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 214, 3SC Nashville 53 -- As expected, the final bout of the day turned out to be the biggest blowout -- although it was only 1 point larger than the 213-53 spanking that Philly had put on Madison just previous. As usual in Oly wins, Oly picked up their margin of victory slowly and steadily -- there were few double-digit jams, but the great majority of the jams saw Oly increase their lead by 4 to 9 points, and that eventually buried Nashville.
Nashville stuck mostly to a three-jammer rotation of Ramb0 Samb0, Maulin' Monroe and Britches N Hose with a few support jams from Lady Fury, while Oly put out a wider array than usual and jammed the normally very heavily used Atomatrix and Heffer only a handful of times -- Heffer only jammed once in the second half and spent the majority of her time in the pack. 8 Oly skaters would take the jam star overall -- Heffer, Atomatrix, Harmony Killerbruise, Clitty Clitty Bang Bang, Licker *N* Split, Scara 2 Death, Tannibal Lector and Femme Fatale.
The underdogs fired up the crowd on the first jam when Ramb0 Samb0 managed to take lead jammer on the opener and tied Oly's Heffer on a 1-1, but the next four jams saw Oly go 9-0, 10-0, 9-0 and 10-0 to claim a 39-1 lead. Nashville was able to get on the board fairly consistently after that, but only for the only double-digit win for Oly came about halfway through the half when Femme Fatale took the jam star in a full-length frame against Maulin' Monroe -- Oly took it 19-3, by which point they had built up a 69-11 lead. At the half Oly was up 94-40 -- still in the realm of comeback possibility in theory, but Nashville had only been able to string together consecutive jam wins once at the end of the half.
In the second half, though, Oly seriously stepped up their defense, took lead jammer on the first eight jams of the half and only allowed Nashville to score on 4 of the half's jams. Any hopes that Nashville fans might have had for an epic turnover went out the window at about the midpoint of the half, with the score 135-50 -- a full-length jam saw Nashville lose jammer Maulin' Monroe to the box and Atomatrix drop a 15-0 to give Oly exactly a hundred-point lead at 150-50; Femme Fatale followed with 20-0. That kicked off Nashville's roughest patch of the bout, as they couldn't get on the board for eight straight jams while Oly put up 75 unanswered points. Only a 3-0 to Ramb0 Samb0 on the game's second-to-last jam saved Nashville from being shut out for the final 15 minutes, and in the end Oly's margin of victory was 161.
Oly advances to play tournament hosts Windy City Saturday at 2:45pm. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
2E Philly 213, 3NC Madison 53 -- The score didn't look very close in the game, but the game still wasn't quite as close as the score implied. Philly absolutely dominated Madison over the first 45 minutes of the bout and held them to just 13 points in the first half on their way to a very impressive win.
Philly didn't waste any time establishing control of this bout, as Madison fell into a hole right off the bat when Philly took an opening 4-0 followed by a big 19-0 powerjam to Teflon Donna and 9-0 to Persephone. When Shenita Stretcher followed with a 2-0, it was 34-0 in Philly's favor just six minutes into the game. Madison finally got their first lead jam call of the game when they pulled a quick jam start by having their pack start on an knee, and turned it into a 5-0 for Jewels of DeNile, but that didn't presage much a comeback. Madison wasn't able to break into double digits until there were almost 20 minutes gone in the game at 68-11 -- and Philly really put the boot down after that, only allowing two more points in the half. At the break, Philly was having almost no trouble, up by 105 points at 118-13.
The second half began with a lot more of the same -- Madison jammers unable to find their way to daylight behind very cohesive blocking from Philly and the stronger and more agile Philly jammers fairly consistently frustrating the Madison defenders. Madison only scored on two of the half's first 11 jams and was down by a harrowing 182-18 with about 12 minutes left in the game. Things got as dire as 206-24 before Madison was able to take advantage of Philly moving outside of their normal jammer rotation to give usual blocker Ginger Vitis a few turns with the jam star. Madison actually ended up scoring the majority of their points on her as she was boxed twice in her four jams -- they picked up a 10-0 and 15-0 to make the final score a little more respectable, but in the end it was still an overwhelming 160 point victory for Philly.
Philly advances to play Kansas City Saturday at 1pm. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
3E Charm City 249, 2NC Minnesota 118 -- Big first-half penalty trouble for Minnesota led to big lopsided powerjams for Charm City in this early-round shootout that bore very little resemblance to the earlier highly defensive battle battle between Texas and Bay Area.
For the first twenty minutes of the game it looked as if Minnesota might have yet another big upset in them. The opening jam went full-length as neither Charm's Joy Collision nor Minnesota's Suzie Smashbox were able to get lead jammer status; it ended in a 16-10 win for Joy, and I.M. Pain followed with a 9-4 over L'exi Cuter to stake Charm to an early 25-14 lead. However, over the following six jams, Minnesota managed to hold Charm City to only 2 points during a 4-2 Minnesota win for Psycho Novia over Lady Quebeaum, and by the end of that run Minnesota had slowly but surely pulled themselves into the lead at 35-27.
That was a 21-2 run for Minnesota, but it was erased in just one 24-0 powerjam to Just Carol when Minnesota jammer Scarmen Hellectra went to the penalty box. It was the first of multiple jams in the half where Minnesota ended up with their penalty box totally full. Two jams later, I.M. Pain took advantage of a similar situation for a 15-1, and with about ten minutes left in the half, it was still fairly close at 66-42. Minnesota suffered a big setback right there though when Charm hit them with a 14-0 powerjam followed by a 15-3 to give Charm City a 95-45 advantage. The last three jams of the half ran more or less evenly, leaving Charm up 109-58 at the break.
Minnesota needed a good momentum jam to kick off their second half, but they got the exact opposite when Suzie Smashbox went to the box on her opening pass and I.M. Pain dropped a 20-0; when that was followed by Just Carol turning in a 9-0, Charm City's lead had ballooned to 80 points at 138-58. Over the next 15 minutes or so, Minnesota was able to keep Charm's lead from growing, but could only get as close as 62 points at 154-92. At that point, though, Charm City started putting up the lopsided scores again -- 12-0 to Quebeaum, 17-4 to I.M. Pain, 19-3 to Holden Grudges and 19-0 to I.M. Pain during a 83-8 run that saw Charm City take 8 of 9 lead jam calls and go up 241-100. Three jams later it was all over at 249-118.
Charm City advances to play Rocky Mountain Saturday at 11:15 Central. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
2SC Texas 72, 3W Bay Area 59 -- Both teams played a smart, clean and very conservative game in the kickoff to the 2010 Championships. Although there were almost no jammer penalties throughout the game, the low scoring contest was still decided by the 21-0 Texas margin on those few powerjams, and Texas advanced to play Gotham on Saturday.
This one opened with effective defense from both teams, as Astronaughty opened for Bay with lead but only a 1-0 and Bloody Mary followed for Texas with lead but only a 2-0. On the game's third jam, though, Burlybot was able to get a full 5-0 before Lucille Brawl escaped blocking and called it off. That gave Bay Area a 6-2 lead that was immediately erased by Olivia Shootin' John's 4-0, making it tied at 6-6 with 24 minutes left in the first half. A quick 1-1 later, it was still a tie at 7-7.
Texas got the first powerjam of the game when Chantilly Mace got herself a major track cut, but Belle Right Hooks, Friskie Meow , Brawllen Angel and Auntie Christ did a decent job of killing it for only a 6-0 to Bloody Mary. Bay Area was forced to go to penalty killing again on the very next jam, and once again managed to get out of a jammerless minute with minimal damage, giving up a 5-0 to Olivia Shootin' John.
Texas was up 18-7 there, but BAD's Ivy Profane erased that whole lead with a 13-0 as Texas' Bloody Mary was nicely pinned down by Bay Area black-and-gold. With the score 20-18 Bay Area, Texas called time with exactly 16 minutes left in the first half.
Things stayed low-scoring and tight to the 10 minute mark, as almost every jam was being called with only one or two points to the leading jammer. Bay Area was barely getting the better of it, though they couldn't expand that small lead into double digits. As the time counted down to about 5 minutes left in the half, Bay Area was up 32-28 -- but Texas finally got their first double-digit jam of the game when Bloody Mary lapped Chantilly Mace twice for a 10-0. That put Texas in the lead for the first time in about 10 minutes at 38-32, and two jams later the half ended with a 5-0 to Ivy Profane that left Texas up by just one point at the break, 38-37.
The lead changed hands four times in the first ten minutes of the second half. Bay Area was ahead 43-41 with 23:30 to play. However, a game that had been very clean up to that point suddenly had a jammer penalty pileup as BAD's jammer Chantilly Mace picked up a cut track major that boxed her, Texas' Bloody Mary picked up 5 before committing her own major back block, and then Mace, freed from the box, went right back on a major back block. That left Texas with a 46-43 lead and an unopposed minute on the following jam that Luce Bandit turned into a 5-0. With 19:22 left in the game, Texas was up 51-43, and with about 15 minutes to play they'd matched their largest lead of the game at 58-47.
Bay Area chipped away at the lead as the game continued to be built around tiny point differentials, and they were within 5 at 58-53 as the game entered its last ten minutes. But Texas got a big jam with about 7 to play as Belle Starr and the Angie-Christ did a good job of containing and tiring Ivy Profane while Olivia Shootin' John racked a 8-0 to give Texas their biggest separation at 68-53. With 6:25 to play, Bay Area called their first timeout.
BAD got lead jammer status on the following three jams, but only got two points out of the whole thing on a 2-0 -- Texas jammers followed them right out of the pack to force 0-0 calls on the other two. With only 3:03 to play, BAD called their second timeout looking at a 68-55 deficit. A lead jam call for Sarah Hipel there was a major blow to BAD's hopes there, as she pulled out a 4-0 and sucked precious time off the clock for Bay Area, who were forced to call their final timeout with 1:43 to play and down by 17 points at 72-55.
Bay Area put their chips on Astronaughty in the final jam, and some nice blocking from Friskie Meow and Velveteen Savage allowed Astro to lap OSJ and pick up 4 points -- but while caught up behind the last Texas blocker on that first scoring pass, Astro made a fatal miscalculation and called off the jam with 27 seconds left on the clock. Bay Area couldn't stop the clock again, and Texas won as time expired before another jam could go off, 72-59. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall