Rollercon: #3 Denver Pounds #2 Rose City, 306-77
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Rose City came into their Rollercon weekend hoping that they'd be in a position to repeat their hard-fought 151-115 win over Denver from earlier in the season. However, the complete lack of their primary jammer rotation – Scald Eagle (broken fibula), White Flight (meniscus), and Soulfearic Acid (did not travel) – helped send them to their second blowout loss of the weekend. The depleted Rose City were comprehensively beaten 259-101 by Philly earlier in the day, and Denver smashed Rose 306-77 in Denver's first game of the weekend.
Rose opened the bout with Mel Mangles, who didn't take much time with the star in the frame. She got out and lead at speed -- but was boxed for a major cut after trying to skip down the inside on her first scoring pass. That let Denver jammer Heather Juska roll for 15, making it a 13-point lead once the two points from Mel's first pass were added to the board after an official time out.
19 points over four jams for Denver followed before a game of jammer musical chairs ensued as Denver's Julie Adams and Rose City's Untamed Shrew traded places multiple times. Rose managed to get 5 on the board during the chaos and take the score to 34-7, with two for Mel Mangles in the very next jam.
RCR's The Blast Unicorn gave up eight in the next jam before being boxed on a major cut after being knocked out by Denver's last line of defense after skipping round their rear three-wall and stepping back in in front. Rose challenged the call, but two minutes of intense deliberation couldn't change the referees' mind.
Sharpless took Denver to 57 before Unicorn was out, and Rangeon added 10 to take the period to its halfway point. Shrew took Rose to 67-19 when Juska was boxed on a low block, catching a Rose blocker's leg as she attempted her first pass to knock her down and out. Rose looked to gain a measure of control over the next few jams to eat 10 points into the deficit – but Juska put up a natural 24-0 over Unicorn while the Rose jammer struggled after an unpenalized blow to the face.
Denver passed 100 with six minutes left in the period. Juska pushed the lead to 100 before the half's final jam, but Joyride pulled it back to 133-45 when Sharpless was boxed with under a minute left in the period.
Mel Mangles lined up behind a full pack with only two Denver blockers to beat. She was boxed for a major cut on her first scoring pass though, and Sharpless put up 17 before she was released and Rose's four points hit the board. Juska then pushed Denver to a 164-49 lead as The Blast Unicorn was blasted by the entire Denver pack.
Denver continued to dominate the depleted Wheels of Justice team, though Mel Mangles did give Rose fans something to cheer about with a highlight-reel spinning initial pass for lead midway through the half. Juska took Denver past 200 before Amanda Sharpless took the lead past 150 either side of some consolation points for Mangles. Some strong hitting by Mercy on Rangeon aside, it was painful watching for Rose City fans as Heather Juska took the lead past 200 and Julie Adams took Denver past 300. Amanda Sharpless closed the game out with the scoreboard reading 306-77.
Rose City takes about a month off before facing Minnesota at home on Friday, August 24; Denver plays Minnesota on Sunday at Rollercon (live on DNN), with their last game before the West playoffs coming against Windy City in Chicago on Saturday, August 25.