2010 WFTDA Championships Recaps
Texas blocker The Angie-Christ races to help as Bay Area blocker belle RIGHT hooks holds back Bloody Mary. Photo: Joe Rollerfan
Charm City blocker Thoroughbled blocks Minnesota blocker Venus Thightrap as I. M. Pain takes the inside line while Juke Boxx looks on. Photo: Jules Doyle
Madison jammer Vicious van GoGo jumps the apex around Philly blocker Persephone. Photo: Jules Doyle
Oly blocker Rettig to Rumble blocks Nashville jammer Rambo Sambo. Photo: Joe Rollerfan
Texas jammer Bloody Mary takes an unorthodox whip off of Babe Ruthless. Photo: Jules Doyle
Rocky Mountain jammer Deranged focuses on getting past Charm City blocker Just Carol. Photo: Jules Doyle
Kansas City jammer Jade Lightning tries to hop by Philly blocker Olivia Face. Photo: Phil Peterson
Oly jammer Scara to Death tries to squeeze between Windy City blockers Georgia on Yer Behind and Hoosier Mama. Photo: Jules Doyle
Gotham jammer Suzy Hotrod jumps the apex around Rocky blocker DeRanged. Photo: Jules Doyle
2W Oly 106, 2E Philly 81 -- Philly – the East’s 2nd seed – took on Oly (West’s #2) for the right to play Rocky Mountain in WFTDA’s finals on Sunday, November 7th. Philly took the first score lead with three lead jams by Mo Pain, Persephone, and Elle Viento, but Oly charged back with an 8-point jam, breaking past Heavy Flo and the rest of the Philly pack. 8-7 Oly up with four minutes gone in the half.
The lead changed three more times over the next several minutes with rapid-fire hit-and-quit-it tactics in a half that was very evenly matched -- neither team held a double digit lead until there were six minutes to play in the half. Philly took control as Mo Pain scored nine on a power jam…and held it against Oly. Oly was efficient taking their losses by delaying the opposing jammer with their fast-pack play, but Philly’s defense also shone as Ginger Vitis and Heavy Flo killed Oly jammers at every apex.
With eight minutes remaining, Oly retook the lead with an unanswered nine-point jam as Oly’s Sassy and Femme Fatale stymied Mo Pain (33-32). This started a streak of four lead jams that had Philly’s jammers unsuccessfully juking and diving for forward passage through the pack. As the game hit the half, Oly had taken a eighteen-point lead and were beginning to take their fast game to the Belles of Philly.
The score began at 52-34 in the second half. Oly kept the speed, and kept the pressure. Atomatrix’s acceleration, Sassy and Tannibal Lector in front, and Heffer scoring just as often as Atomatrix; Philly simply could not break past it all more quickly than Oly could execute on a score.
Philly kept up for a time; a penalty visit by Oly’s Licker-n-Split gave Teflon an opportunity to triple slam the Oly pack and narrow the margin to 68–52 Oly with twenty left. Oly then kept the Belles scoreless for four jams while their jammers scored 25. Another power jam for Philly gave them another seventeen points, but it simply wasn’t enough. Atomatrix hit the century mark for Oly with seven minutes to go (101-74), and Philly, though never in an inescapable hold, simply couldn’t find their moment from then on. Final score: 106-81.
Both the remaining games will be rematches of 2010 regional tournaments. Gotham and Philly match up at 2pm CST in a rematch of the Easterns final, and Oly moves forward to repeat the Westerns finals at Western Regionals at 4pm CST on Sunday. This time, it’ll be for everything. -- Garrison Killer
1W Rocky Mountain 113, 1E Gotham 79 -- In a long-awaited clash, the top team from the West met the best of the East in the first semifinal match, and Rocky Mountain held Gotham at arm's length for almost the full bout to earn a trip to the championship bout and deal Gotham their first defeat of 2010 in the process.
Both teams sent their best one-two punch to the jammer line to start the game, as the first and third jams saw DeRanged take on Bonnie Thunders and the second and fourth saw Urrk'n Jerk'n as Booty Blockya against Suzy Hotrod. Rocky's jammers played a very physical offense, unafraid and often even eager to bash their own way through the pack. About seven minutes in, Rocky had managed to keep Gotham off the scoreboard while building a 14-0 lead. Gotham got their first points on a 4-0 to Hyper Lynx on the bout's 7th jam, but that got answered by Rocky Mountain's first grand slams of the game when Urrk'n Jerk'n as Booty Blockya lapped Suzy Hotrod twice for a 10-0.
Gotham was down 37-4 with about 16 minutes left in the first half when they got an opportunity to change the situation -- Urrk'n Jerk'n as Booty Blockya picked up a 4th minor at the end of a turn as jammer, and so Gotham got a minute to sent Bonnie Thunders unopposed against Rocky Mountain, but extremely solid defense from DeRanged, PsychoBabble and Amanda Jamitinya held her to just a 4-0. Their next break would come about 9 minutes left in the half when Deranged lapped opposing jammer Swede Hurt twice and then went to jammer defense -- unfortunately for her, when she took down Swede with a block, it was deemed illegal and DeRanged lost lead jammer status on her way to the box. Swede managed to get through the pack twice to equalize the score at 10-10, with DeRanged still stuck in the box to start the next jam. Bonnie Thunders swooped through for Gotham's biggest jam win at 9-0, and Gotham finally had more than a handful of points at 59-27.
Judging by the response, the crowd seemed to be on Gotham's side and hoping those jams would be the beginning of a comeback, but Rocky Mountain called timeout and finished off the half only allowing 3 more points for Gotham. At the break, Gotham was looking at the bleakest halftime score of their tournament history at 75-31.
The usually very effective juking from Suzy Hotrod had been having extremely little luck in the first half against extraordinarily tight pack play from Rocky Mountain -- she was completely blanked on all eight of her first-half jams. Suzy managed to finally break her personal scoring drought on her first second-half jam with a 4-0 over Urrk'n Jerk'n As Booty Blockya, and Gotham's notoriously effective second-half adjustments seemed to be bearing fruit as the bout played on. The teams were picking up lead jammer perfectly evenly through the first ten jams of the half, with 5 leads to each -- but Gotham was just barely outscoring Rocky Mountain at the midpoint of the half. Still, Rocky had a fairly comfortable 93-54 lead with 15 minutes to play.
It was at about that point that Rocky Mountain started playing some effective -- if not very popular with the crowd -- prevent defense. On three jams in a row, RMRG took lead jammer status with the Gotham jammer right behind, and successfully managed to speed up their packs to suck time off the clock while forcing the Gotham jammer to sprint longer just to claim a 0-0. And after eating about four minutes, Rocky continued to claim lead and start converting it into points to finally hit the century mark at 100-54. Gotham spent 6 jams off the board and finally got a 4-0 for Bonnie Thunders followed by a 3-0 to make it 100-61 with 7 minutes left.
Gotham got a potential opportunity with about 5 minutes to play when Frida Beater started a jam in the box as the Rocky jammer and went right back into it after committing a major back block -- but Gotham was unable to take big advantage of it on a tough Rocky Mountain pack, and Suzy Hotrod called that jam off with 5-0. Even though Bonnie Thunders picked up 10-0 on that, Gotham needed more than just 15 points out of that situation, staring at a 100-76 score with only 1:03 to play.
Suzy Hotrod pulled lead jammer over DeRanged on that jam but couldn't find a way through the pack before DeRanged caught up and completed a scoring pass -- Suzy was forced to call with a 4-3 win for DeRanged. With the score 104-79, Gotham called timeout with 5 seconds left to play. The last jam would be Bonnie Thunders for Gotham up against Urrk'n Jerk'n As Booty Blockya for Rocky Mountain. Bonnie went directly to jammer offense, forcing Urrk'n Jerk'n As Booty Blockya out of bounds -- but went out of bounds herself, making both jammers ineligible for lead. It bought Gotham an extra 1:55 in the game, but it wouldn't buy them a miracle last jam. Urrk'n Jerk'n As Booty Blockya ended up picking up 4 to 0 in the last frame. Although Gotham had won the second half 52-38, they still ended up on the wrong side of the total, and Rocky Mountain defeated the top team from the East, 113-79. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
2W Oly 178, 1NC Windy City 76 -- To the massive cheers of the Windy City Rollers home crowd, the North Central champions came to the track against the legendary Oly Rollers of Olympia. Their last bout resulted in a blowout of massive proportions for Chicago. They lost 220-61, and the Rollers have been hard at work dissecting that bout to be able to take on Oly here in this final quarter-final.
Early minutes showed Windy having taken their medicine. The very first jam resulted in seven points unanswered by Shocka Conduit against Oly’s Heffer. However, Atomatrix, Harmony Killerbruise, and Tannibal Lector brought the scoring and went ahead, 36-16, even breaking a Varla Vendetta lead jam.
Oly then went scoreless for ten minutes as Windy spun widdershins around their opponents. They could not score more than four in a jam, but a wide range of jammers made a few points while Georgia on Yer Behind and Hoosier Mama (as well as captain Varla Vendetta) held the Oly scorers back.
Then the gears switched. Over the last eight minutes in the half and due in part to a Shocka Conduit penalty visit, Oly more than doubled their scores…including the half’s final jam by Femme Fatale that gave Oly fifteen points unassisted by a power jam situation. At the half, Oly had built a decent lead – 74-31.
Olympia kept the defensive pressure on. Sassy and her blocking staff kept Windy scoreless and forcing penalties for the first seven minutes. Atomatrix scored a triple slam for Oly in the first jam of the half; the team scored twelve more unanswered points before Varla Vendetta at last got nine and it was 101-40 Oly after seven minutes.
Then followed a series of four power jams for Oly over the next fifteen minutes of play. The problem seemed to be that Windy – such a fast team normally – could not play for sustained periods at Oly’s speed. Oly took advantage and scored 45 points off of those jams. And while Windy City had two power jams over two consecutive jams, Windy could only score twelve during theirs. By the end of the final Oly power jam with five minutes left, Oly was up 173-60.
Windy recharged for the end; resolute to bypass their last score against Oly (61), WCR jammers took the final four leads and easily blew past to the final score of 178-76. Oly advances, and now faces Philly in the semi-finals at 7:15pm CDT. -- Garrison Killer
2E Philly 147, 1SC Kansas City 126 -- The last time these two teams met in August, Philly handed Kansas City a 94 point defeat, but Kansas City stayed considerably closer to their opponents this time. Philly lost almost all of a 43 point lead and Kansas City was within just one point in the second half, but Philly's pack work ended up just being slightly too much for Kansas City to overcome.
While the game started with three very low scoring jams that had KCRW narrowly ahead 4-2, Kansas City filled their box on the fourth jam of the game and Philly's Mo Pain got an 8-0 that put her team in front 12-4. Although Kansas City whittled away piece by piece with a 3-0, 2-0 and 2-0 that had them within a point at 12-11, they once again had a jammer penalty hand their opponents 8 points. Hall Balls had lead and got KCRW barely in front during the jam, but was whistled off on a major track cut before she was able to call, and Teflon Donna picked up a 8-3 to keep Philly ahead at the end of the jam, 20-14. Philly increased their lead fairly steadily, heavily relying on Shenita Stretcher on the jam line (she'd jam in 7 of the half's 16 jams.)
Philly caught a break in a jam near the end of the half when Kansas City jammer Track Rat flew into the pack at high speed and scored all four points before being knocked into the infield -- she tried to call the jam off from the floor, but Philly's jammer Shenita Stretcher managed to enter the pack and score all four points to equalize the score before the jam was called. That jam ended with Philly up 54-26 and quite a few boos from the underdog fans in the crowd.
As the time in the opening half ticked down, it looked like Kansas City might end up in an inescapable hole by the break, but on the last jam of the half, Kansas City got exactly the situation they needed -- Shenita Stretcher serving out a penalty from the previous jam and then Philly filling their penalty box. Kansas City's Case Closed turned that minute into a 20-0 jam win that sent them into the halftime with only a 23 point deficit, 78-55.
Philly opened up the second half by slightly increasing their advantage to 89-58, but Kansas started claiming lead jammer regularly after the first couple of jams and started a slow comeback that suddenly exploded into a major one. 6-0 and 4-0 jam wins to Track Rat and Case Closed were soon followed by a stadium-exploding 20-0 powerjam for Kelley Young as the Kansas City pack once again demonstrated their skill at separating opponents to make space for Young's slaloming style. All told it was a 30-0 run over four jams, and all but one point of Philly's formerly large lead was gone with the score Philly 89, Kansas City 88 with about 20 minutes left in the game.
Philly started scoring again just in time to avoid losing the lead, pushing it back out to double digits by answering with a 10-1 to Gloria Grindem. With about 14 minutes left to play, a particularly penalty-heavy jam ended with both jammers being sent to box twice each; when it was all over, it was 104-97 Philly and both jammers -- Hall Balls for KC and Shenita Stretcher for Philly -- had to start the next jam from the box. That jam went full-length as well, making for some very tired jammers by the time it was all over, but it was Shenita getting the better of it with a 7-0 win that put Philly up 111-97.
That series seemed to take some of the wind out of Kansas City's sails. as they were held off the board for 4 jams in a row. Kansas City performed a very impressive penalty kill with about 8 minutes left in the game when Track Rat was boxed and Philly's Teflon Donna was unopposed, but Kansas City blockers Bruz-Her and Eclipse held her to just 4-0. Still, it only slowed the rate at which Philly pulled away in a 7-0, 4-0, 4-0, 15-0 series that had Philly in control, 134-97, with only about 6 minutes to play.
Desperately needing a huge jam, Kansas City jammed Kelley Young three times in a row (though she was forced to jam the middle one due to starting in the penalty box) and in four of the game's last six jams. She was able to give Kansas City a last-jam prayer by getting them within 31 points at 147-116 with just enough time for one more jam, but there just wasn't enough time in the last jam for Case Closed to make up that many points. A Kansas City 10-0 ended the game with Philly hanging on against a surprisingly effective Kansas City attack, 147-126.
Philly moves on to play the winner of Windy City vs. Oly at 7:15 Central. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
1W Rocky Mountain 165, 3E Charm City 103 -- Rocky and Charm couldn’t grab an edge in the opening minutes of this second quarterfinal. The teams scored three points overall in the first four jams. Rocky’s DeRanged finally dropped a grand-slam on Charm to go ahead 7-1 with six minutes gone in the half.
In the following jam, Urrk’n Jerk’n as Booty Block’ya took the lead, scored two, then got hit with a back-blocking penalty. Charm City’s Just Carol went on the attack and scored sixteen on the resulting jam, stealing the lead change for her team. 17-9.
Charm kept that lead for three jams, but Rocky recovered. A track cut from Flo Shizzle sent the Baltimore jammer to the box, and this gave Rocky’s Urrk’n a fresh minute of power jam. Urrk’n scored fifteen. Only a few jams later, the refs sent Urrk’n herself to the box on a track cut. However, Charm’s Holden Grudges could only snag a double slam and Rocky stayed ahead. 38-33 with ten left.
Rocky lost the lead and regained it in a matter of minutes as their fast, intense pack play began to run roughshod over Charm’s stutter-pack strategies. However, the difference in score by the end of the half was by no means conclusive. Rocky had only gained a fifteen-point lead as time was called on the half. Rocky 67 – Charm 52.
As play resumed, the track fell into a mess of penalties and chaos; a perfect storm of bad falls that resulted in Rocky Mountain came out of with a massive jump in lead. After an official timeout, Rocky had increased their lead to 103-64.
Within just two more jams, Charm began to feel the strong effect of the new seven-penalties-and-out rule. With twenty minutes to go, Rosie the Rioter, Thoroughbled, and blocker impresario Dolly Rocket were all showing five penalties each in addition to being down by almost forty points.
Rocky’s She Who Must Not be Named extended the lead further on a twenty-five point power jam fifteen minutes before the end of regulation. Joy Collision and Just Carol came back with two strong lead jams to bring the game within 50 (137-91), but it was here that the Rocky Mountain team retook control. Rocky kept Charm from scoring for ten minutes…slowly building their lead to 156-91.
Charm’s penultimate jam brought them their final score; Just Carol’s 12-point jam took them over the century mark. However, Dolly Rocket went out for her 7th penalty and was taken to the back. Urrk’n scored nine on the resulting short pack, and brought the game to its conclusion at 165-103.
Rocky Mountain will now take on Gotham in the first semi-final at 5:30pm CDT tonight. -- Garrison Killer
1E Gotham 151, 2SC Texas 52 -- The third entry in the Gotham / Texas rivalry once again played out with the New Yorkers on top, and their path to victory was familiar to fans who have been following them all year -- a somewhat uncertain start in the first few jams, followed by increasingly effective play as the first half went on, followed by near-complete defensive dominance in the second half. Texas was only able to get on the board in four second-half jams and didn't break into double digits on the second half until the final jam of the game.
Texas came out of the blocks strong, pulling lead jammer in the first two jams with an Olivia Shootin' John 4-0 followed quickly by a 3-0 for Bloody Mary, but it only took about 5 jams for Gotham to find their footing. With the score 8-5 after four jams, Bonnie Thunders battled through for a 10-0 over Bloody Mary that put Gotham in front for the first time, 15-8. Texas avoided giving up any big jams to follow it up, but lost three low scoring jams in a row to find themselves down 27-14 with about 18 minutes to play and called an early timeout.
At about the 15 minute mark, Gotham's Bonnie Thunders got a pop from the crowd by helping her own cause in a 10-0 win over Luce Bandit by taking her down away from the pack after her first scoring pass, forcing her to be re-absorbed by the pack. That moved the score to 41-15, and Suzy Hotrod followed up with a 10-zip of her own to put Texas in a serious hole at 51-15. Texas had a chance to make up some ground on the next jam when Olivia Shootin John got an increasingly lead jammer call for Texas, but she picked up a fourth minor and was sent to the box in a jam that ended up going 10-4 for Gotham's Hyper Lynx.
Gotham's lead had increased to 65-26 going into the last jams of the first half when Texas finally got an opportunity for a powerjam on Suzy Hotrod, who was boxed in her opening pass; unfortunately for Texas, opposing jammer Bloody Mary didn't realize that Suzy had been sent to the box, and called off the jam immediately upon being called lead jammer. Texas was only able to squeeze a 5-0 out of the following jam and found themselves down 65-31 with about 2:40 in the half. After an 0-0 to follow up, Suzy Hotrod hit the box again on a major back block, and that gave Texas a little more momentum at the break as Olivia Shootin' John scored a 8-0 in the unopposed time to end the first 30 minutes at Gotham 65, Texas 39.
That halftime score seemed doable for Texas, but Gotham came back from the break with some of their trademark second half lockdown defense, not allowing Texas to get on the board in the first 8 minutes. Their cause was also seriously set back on the half's second jam as Suzy Hotrod claimed the largest jam of the game with a 23-0 powerjam following a cut track major from Bloody Mary. With about 20:42 to play, Sarah Hipel got the first Texas points of the half on a 3-0, but by that time the score was 95-42 favoring Gotham after a 30-3 run. At about the midpoint of the half, Gotham broke the century mark with a 14-0 powerjam to Suzy Hotrod, pushing Gotham's advantage to 111-42 with 14 minutes to play, and it was almost all Gotham for the rest of the game -- they held Texas scoreless for 9 jams in a row and picked up lead jammer on 16 of the half's 19 jams.
Gotham advances to play the winner of Charm City / Rocky Mountain at 5:30 today. Texas' elimination means this year will be the first time Texas has failed to reach the last day of a championship tournament. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall