#14 Montreal Upsets #11 Texas, 104-88
Reprinted with permission from Roller Derby Is Sport.
HOUSTON, TX - Jumping out to a big early lead, the Montreal New Skids on the Block had to hold on against a late 36-0 scoring rally to take a 104-88 victory over the Texas Rollergirls Saturday in Houston. Texas was without several of their key players for this one, missing ace jammer Olivia Shootin John along with multiple threats Bloody Mary, Sarah Hipel and Vicious Van Go Go. It was the first game of two for the traveling Montreal squad, as they also played the last bout of a derby triple-header at Houston Indoor Sports (Montreal would win again versus Houston, 126-121).
Montreal opened up strong displaying offense and defense early in the game. The first seven jams led to a 37-2 advantage for New Skids on the Block, as their jammers consistently beat the Texecutioners' defensive walls. The visiting team took the first seven consecutive lead jammer statuses, highlighted by an opening 4-2 jam by Iron Wench, a 6-0 second jam by Georgia W. Tush, and a 17 point score by Iron Wench in the sixth jam.
Texas finally took a lead jammer status, but could manage no more than a 3-3 score in that jam. Things started to swing a little bit for Texas in the ninth jam as Montreal took lead jammer status, but Luce Bandit got a 4-3 scoring advantage. For the next four jams it was the Texecutioners' turn to shut down the visitor's offense.
The Killa Sal Manella and Shortcut scored three points each, and then Molotov M. Pale added a four point score to close the lead to 43-19. The visitors countered with a 5-0 jam by Iron Wench and a 10-0 jam by Georgia W. Tush that lengthened their lead to 68-19. Mange Moi el cul scored a 10-4 final jam for Montreal to give the New Skids on the Block a 73-27 lead at halftime.
The difference in the first half was the quickness of the visiting jammers beating the Texecutioners' blockers, but momentum changed in the second half.
Texas stated off by shutting out Montreal for the first four jams, but Shortcut was the only jammer for the team from Austin able to put up points (six), and the lead was narrowed to 73-33 after the fourth jam. Both teams scored five points over the next four jams, as the bout turned into a defensive blockfest.
Finally Texas was able to take advantage of a jammer penalty for the visitors as Molotov M. Pale scored a 10-0 jam, narrowing the lead to 80-48 after the tenth jam. Montreal countered immediately with a 13-point jam by Iron Wench to expand the lead out to 93-48. In the next four jams, Montreal scored the only two points in more heavy-hitting jams making the score 95-48 after 15 jams. Time was starting to run out for the Austin team.
Shortcut took advantage of solid Texecutioners blocking in the 16th jam by scoring a 9-0 margin. Luce Bandit added a crucial 4-0 jam next, with Texas picking up a quick 4-0 subsequent jam by Molotov M. Pale. Texas wasn't scoring many points, but they also weren't taking up much time off the clock either.
A big 10-0 jam by Shortcut narrowed the lead to 95-75, and suddenly the Houston crowd started murmuring about a real chance for the Texecutioners overtaking the team from Canada. Molotov M. Pale scored a 4-0 margin in the 20th jam of the second half, and Rita Menweep added a 5-0 score in the 21st jam to narrow the lead to 95-84, and the Houston crowd roared its excitement for the Texas Rollergirls.
The New Skids on the Block stopped the Texecutioners' rally cold, as Iron Wench took lead jammer status in the 22nd jam, and made a couple of pack passes, but most importantly ran out the clock as the team from Canada posted a final score of 104-88 on the scoreboard, with Montreal taking a clockwise victory lap.
The leading scorers for the New Skids on the Block were Iron Wench with 52 points, Georgia W. Tush with 34, and Mange Moi el cul with 10 points. The top blockers for Montreal included Lil Mama, Bone Machine, Nameless Whorror, and Jess Bandit.
Top scorers for the Texecutioners included Molotov M. Pale with 38 points, Shortcut with 32 points and Luce Bandit with 10 points. Luce Bandit was also the leading blocker for Texas. Other top blockers for the team from Austin included Belle Starr, Smarty Pants, and Babe Ruthless.