ECDX: (1) Gotham Grounds (3) Denver, 242-117
Photo: Dave Wood.
FEASTERVILLE, PA --Gotham's match-up with Denver was thought to be one of the most contested of the weekend--and while Gotham swept to a 125 point win 242-117, Denver fought throughout--and in the end, they were mostly undone by their own jammer penalty trouble.
The bout opened up in the most appropriate way possible with both teams’ captains facing off against each other on the jam line. Despite Juska nearly escaping, Bonnie Thunders got lead and grabbed four points--but not before Juska had scored two of her own.
In jam two Gotham took the front as Denver held Suzy Hotrod at the back--and after two laps Rangeon finally escaped for lead. Rangeon got boxed on her scoring pass though, letting Suzy in to take the jam 5-4. A 4-2 pack advantage for Gotham gave Bonnie Thunders lead jammer before she hit the pivot line, and she put up five before Rangeon escaped--and four more on her next pass after Rangeon escaped Gotham's grasp to take the score to 18-9.
Rookie Slambda Phage took her first turn with the star in this game for Gotham Girls. OMG WTF held up Sharpless to let Phage get out first, but both jammers got minors on the way through, causing the jam run the full two minutes, increasing the score to 27-14.
Eight points for Juska with Bonnie stuck in the Denver pack reduced the deficit to five points--but Rangeon was boxed again in the next jam. Akers did her best to stop Bonnie, but she extended Gotham's lead to 24 before Rangeon got out of the box. Rangeon got a major cut before this jam ended and found herself in the box. Claire D Way then had her first jam for the Gotham Girls in this bout, but had her scoring prospects severely diminished by Rivas and the rest of the Denver pack, who limited her to five points, taking the score to 60-22 as the first period approached its halfway mark.
Thunders put up four over Adams before Denver took a time-out, as they tried to find a way to halt Gotham's momentum, but to no avail. Sharpless was boxed in the next jam, and could only watch as Suzy Hotrod took Gotham into an 88-22 lead. The differential would have been deeper had it not been for some exceptional blocking from Rivas.
Thunders extended Gotham's lead before Phage and Rangeon shared a 0-0 jam with the score at 92-22 and eleven minutes left on the clock. Slaydie held Adams up at the front long enough for Thunders to add one more as pack speed rose dramatically.
Juska then got Denver's first lead jam call in about ten minutes--and put Denver's first points on the board to end Gotham's 66-point unanswered run. Juska and Thunders then traded 4-0 jams. Next, Rangeon scored 15 unanswered points before Suzy Hotrod could escape from the Gotham pack, and added four more before being forced into a call, leaving the score at 97-50 with under five minutes on the period clock.
Sexy Slaydie did a number on Sharpless in the next jam, though, letting Bonnie Thunders take Gotham into a 114-50 lead. A two-minute jam between Juska and Phage closed out the first half. Both jammers were boxed at almost the same time on their scoring passes after neither got lead, and the half ended with a 123-59 score.
Slaydie and Donna Matrix helped Bonnie make the first jam of the second half 1-0 to Gotham. Phage got stuck in the pack on the next jam, letting Rangeon take the score to 124-72--but she was boxed for another major back block at the death, which allowed Thunders to line up unopposed, and she got lead again before she hit the pivot line. Rivas, Cruz and Akers kept Bonnie's scoring down to 15 as she seemed to struggle with the increasingly slippery floor.
Adams was boxed on a major back block of her own at the start of the next jam, letting Suzy Hotrod stretch Gotham's lead to 149-72, with Long holding Suzy up at the front of the pack as Gotham's passive offense failed to pay dividends.
Several scrappy jams followed, pushing the score to 157-80 before Juska and Rangeon picked up 9 in a four jam, scoreless run for Gotham. Single-digit jams were traded as both teams kept the penalty box officials busy, but Denver got the better of a scrappy passage of play to reduce the deficit to 64. When Barret got boxed for a low block, Bonnie stretched the lead to 84 before Barret got out to steal four points and make the score 186-103 with under ten minutes left.
When Sharpless was sent to the penalty box with around five minutes left on the clock, Phage helped Gotham past the 200 mark on one pass, and into a 100-point lead on the next, and grabbed five more before Sharpless was released to pick up some points, ending that jam on a 214-112 score.
A 9-0 for Thunders, as Rangeon was beaten up by Slaydie and Mick Swagger, took the bout into its last three minutes, after which Denver took their penultimate time-out. Denver got lead after their time-out, but only scored one point in the jam. Sharpless visited the penalty box almost immediately in the final jam, allowing Thunders to push the Gotham lead to 125 and closing the bout out, 242-117.
Bout Stats courtesy of N8.
GOTHAM: 242 pts, 22/42 LJ, 24 PMs, 1 Jammer PM
Bonnie Thunders: 12/19, 111 pts, 5.84 PPJ, +74 JPD, +3.89 JPDPJ, 0 PM
Suzy Hotrod: 5/10, 76 Pts, 7.60 PPJ, +46 JPD, +4.60 JPDPJ, 0 PM
Slambda Phage: 2/7, 37 pts, 5.29 PPJ, -9 JPD, -1.29 JPDPJ, 1 PM
Claire D. Way: 3/4, 18 pts, 4.50 PPJ, +14 JPD, +3.50 JPDPJ, 0 PM
DENVER: 117 pts, 14/40 LJ, 34 PMs, 10 Jammer PMs
Heather Juska: 8/13, 45 pts, 3.46 PPJ, +15 JPD, +1.15 JPDPJ, 1 PM
Sandrine Rangeon: 2/14, 40 pts, 2.86 PPJ, -46 JPD, -3.29 JPDPJ, 4 PM
Amanda Sharpless: 3/8, 28 pts, 3.50 PPJ, -58 JPD, -7.25 JPDPJ, 3 PM
Krisana Barret: 1/1, 4 pts, 4.00 PPJ, -19 JPD, -19.0 JPDPJ, 1 PM
Julie Adams: 0/4, 0 pts, 0.00 PPJ, -17 JPD, -4.25 JPDPJ, 1 PM