Memorial Hall- The Junior Warriors concluded their three game season on Saturday. Team Red won the first game 267 to 190 in July. Team Black rallied for Game Two and came back with a 318 to 217 victory. This game would decide the final victor. There is no trophy, like with The Rink Of Fire, instead, it all comes down to bragging rights.
Smack SepticEye took the line for Team Black against Cherlock Bones for the first Jam. Bones drew first blood and set the pace of the game with a score of 24 to 4. Team Red continued to dominate the first period with Halftime score being 150 to 137.
Team Black was still in control of the second period until the tenth Jam. Apocalypstick lined up for Team Red with Mini Me. Apocalypstick was sent to the box before she had a chance to start scoring points. Mini Me took full advantage of her Power Jam and put 15 points on the board as well as putting Team Black in the lead, 236 to 230. Team Red seemed to fall apart and fall behind for the rest of the game. Team Black took the victory lap, 287 to 252.
The official 2017 season is now over but join us again on September 22nd when there will be a Game of Thrones themed open scrimmage just for the fun of playing derby. See you next year!
Memorial Hall- It was the second clash of Team Red and Team Black this season. The first time went to Team Red so Black is looking to dish out a little pay back and balance the scales. The pre-game word from the coaches said that each of the players have moved up a skill level since the last game. With more practice time under their belts, the game promised to be anything but boring.
Squid Vicious lined up for the reigning champions against Cherlock Bones to start the game. By the end of the Jam, it would be Team Black drawing first blood with nine points to Red’s one. Keeping up the great detective theme as well as the winning tradition, Sherblock Holmes put up four more points for Team Black while Goody 2 Skates put up eight points but still trailed 13 to 9 in the second. In Jam 3, Darth Skater started to turn things around when she put up seven unanswered points, making the score 16 to 13 in favor of Team Red. This would be short lived because, in Jam 5, Badelaide got Lead Jammer over Officer Ecton and by the time the whistle blew Team Black was back in the lead 33 to 24.
Team Black would continue to hold the lead throughout the game with a final score of 318 to 217. Now, with one win a piece, Game 3 should get real interesting. Join us on August 26th to see how the season turns out.
Mark your calendars for the 25th as well when Friday Night Scrimmage returns for a one night engagement. This will be an open game to anybody qualified to play. You never know who will stop by, it could be alumni players or Cowtown Butchers, Fountain City or even players from out of town. Seating will be limited and tickets will be sold at the door. Check further details on this website or the fb page.
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Memorial Hall- Plan B ends their season by hostessing a triple header against The Tulsa County Valkyries and The Capital City Crushers. They go into the series with a record of three wins and two losses.
The Capital City Crushers and The Tulsa County Valkyries got things rolling with the first game. There were many lead changes through the first period, and by Halftime The Crushers were leading by one point. It was The Valkyries, however, that would ultimately attain victory, 171 to 152.
Plan B stepped onto the track to play The Crushers for the second game. This did not go so well for the hostess team. Plan B vs. The Capital City Crushers is an annual event. Each season, Plan B goes to Topeka and comes home victorious. This season, it was The Crushers turn. They rolled over the home team 246 to 117. I caught up with Crushers team captain Scarlet O’Scare Ya and asked if there were any new strategies they had come up with for the game, she just shook her head and smiled and said that it was just their time. She also went on to say that she looks forward to a rematch at home. That promises to be an interesting game, tune in next season for the results.
Meanwhile, in the current season, Plan B still had one more game to go before the night was over. Team captain Sk8l Attraction took the line against Rose Rage. Rose got Lead Jammer but Sk8l matched her point for point. The score was 4 to 4 at the end of the first jam. This was going to be a fight. The next three Jams did not go as well for Plan B but then in the fifth, Sk8l came back out and went on an eight point scoring run that put the team back on top, 21 to 20.
The lead changed again in the seventh when Rose Rage went on a nine point scoring run to bring the score to 29 to 25. The Valkyries would hold the lead through Halftime, where the score was 75 to 62.
In the second Jam of the second period, fortune favored Plan B. Bear Knuckles lined up against Sweet Demise. Bear got Lead Jammer and a Power Jam when Demise was sent to the box for a back block. After an 18 point scoring run, Plan B was back on top, 93 to 90. The momentum just built from there and The Valkyries never recovered. Plan B would end the season the way they started it, victoriously. The final score was 223 to 160.
Make sure to mark your calendars for August 12th when The Junior Warriors take the track again. Last time, Team Red was the last team standing. I’ll bet that Team Black will have something to say about that this time around. Kansas City derby season is not over yet!
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Memorial Hall-The All-Stars have returned home after a hard go of it in Denver. Where once there was confidence, now the air feels somber. It is the last game of the season as well as the final game for Xcelerator. She has been with the league for ten years, but after tonight she has decided to hang up her skates. X was named MVP when The All-Stars won The Championships back in ’07. When Snot Rocket played for The Dorothys, theirs was a rivalry that always drew a crowd. She will be missed by fans and players alike as, I’m sure, we all wish her well on her future endeavors.
On this night, The Music City All Stars have travelled from Nashville, Tennessee to take on KCRW. The Rollergirls have been in a bit of a slump lately and are looking for a win to help turn things around. The Roller Warriors are currently ranked 52 and just want to be able to maintain that ranking since, after tonight, all other possibilities to advance are over. To make that happen, Kansas City will have to win the game by a 2 to 1 point percentage.
The game started off with the crowd singing The National Anthem, which actually turned out well for a spontaneous event. The teams were introduced and the game was soon underway.
For the first jam, Music City sent Jigglewatts to take the line against hometown favorite JessiKa Boom. Boom was all business as she made Lead Jammer, scored four unanswered points and shut down the Jam. Helping to set the pace of the game, Shuvee Gremlin took Lead Jammer over The Truth and put up 18 points. The score was now 22 to 0 in favor of KC. Music City finally showed up on the scoreboard when Sure Lee Mental took on acting captain Sk8l Attraction and put up four points. JessiKa Boom was back on the line in Jam 4. This time she was up against Nikki Slix. Boom took Lead Jammer while Slix got hung up in the pack. She passed the star to Gnarley Quinn who did manage to put one point on the board but not before Boom scored 19. The score was now 41 to 5 in favor of KC. Sk8l went up against The Truth in Jam 6 and not only got lead but put up 15 unanswered points.
Music City started to get a rally in the 9th when Jigglewatts lost the lead to Sk8l Attraction and got hung up in the pack but, she managed to pass the star to Electra Cal who managed to put 9 points on the board when Sk8l went to the penalty box before the jam came to an end. The score was now 68 to 14, still in KC’s favor. The Truth came out for the 10th but got hung up with the defense. Sk8l was released from the box and got Lead jammer and scored 5 unanswered points and this time, The Truth went to the box as the jam ended. JessiKa Boom took the line for the 11th and got lead. The Truth came out of the box but got hung up in the pack so she passed the star to Gnarley Quinn who ended up scoring 8 points but, not before Boom scored 19. The score was now 92 to 22. By Halftime the score was 114 to 49.
The second period started looking better for Music City. JessiKa Boom and Nikki Slix lined up for the first jam. Boom got sent to the box on a cut track call and Slix got lead as well as 6 unanswered points. In the 4th, Boom went up against Incredible Hull who managed to get lead and score 5 points. The score was now 129 to 66. Nikki Slix got lead again in Jam 6 over Shuvee Gremlin and brought the score to 129 to 72. This did not last long as Boom and Sure Lee Mental took the line for the 7th and Boom got lead and 19 unanswered points. Unfortunately, she also got a forearm call against her and went to the box. Incredible Hull came out for the 8th and managed to score 5 points. 150 to 77. In Jam 23, Lady Killshot got lead over Incredible Hull and put up 8 unanswered points. The score was now 194 to 99 and there was just over two minutes left on the clock. There is no hope of a Music City victory but if KC does not put up 5 unanswered points, they drop in the rankings.
Xcelerator and The Truth take the line. The whistle blows and X cuts through the pack and gets lead as The Truth picks up a back block call and goes to the box. X now has a Power Jam! She is trying to make the most of it when she gets called for cutting the track. Xcelerator goes to the box giving The Truth a Power Jam. The defense is all over her as the final seconds tick off the Jam Clock. As the whistle blows and the points are tallied, Xcelerator saved the day one last time, 211 to 101!
It was a season that started off with so much promise and even though things did not turn out as well they could have, The All-Stars did better than they did last season, and that is what we have to come away from this season with. You have to have faith that next season will be better. Hopefully, there will be high retention and with a few more rookies like we had this year, I can see some great things happening in the year to come. There are some Plan B players who will gain some more experience and most likely move up in the next charter.
While we’re on the subject of Plan B, their season is not over yet. On July 15th, they will play hostess to The Tulsa County Valkyries and The Capital City Crushers in a round robin tournament at Memorial Hall. You won’t want to miss this. Also coming up in July, The Junior Warriors start their season on the 8th. The derby action is not over yet, folks! See you in July!
Denver, CO.-The day got started with KCRW going up against The Sacrificers from Sacred City. JessiKa Boom lined up against Ariel La-Twister. Ariel got lead and drew first blood, putting four unanswered points on the board. Xcelerator was next in the line up and she was able to put four points up but The Sacrificers still led by two points. The All-Stars trailed until Jam 11 when X put them in the lead, 37 to 31. There would be two more lead changes and then a tie score and then The Sacrificers were leading 87 to 77 by Halftime.
Things still felt positive at this time. They were behind, but nothing that could not easily be made up. The second half, unfortunately, was where things started to fall apart. The All-Stars were starting to rack up penalties and it ultimately hurt them as far as trying to get a good rally was concerned. In the end, The Sacrificers took 10th place, leaving KCRW with 11th.
The fight for 8th place was quick and concise. Treasure Valley's All Stars took on The Saddletramps from Tucson and just came out swinging. Treasure Valley was ahead 131 to 29 at the half and won the game, 225 to 119.
No Coast had taken 7th place yesterday so that left Wasatchs' Midnight Terror and The Boulder County Bombers' All-Stars to play for 5th Place. Midnight Terror had a fight on their hands early in the first period, but they were leading 92 to 47 by Halftime. They won 5th Place, 189 to 126.
Things started to get interesting by the time Jet City's Bombers and Sac City's Capital Punishers were competing for 3rd Place. The Bombers took control early and dominated the whole game with the final score of 141 to 95.
When 1st Place is on the line, the competitive spirit comes out and it was in full force as Rocky Mountain's Fight Club took on Arizona's Tent City Terrors. Fight Club took an early lead and held it through the first half, 99 to 70. It was in the second period that The Tent City Terrors started to chip away at their lead until, eventually, they were on top and then there was no stopping them. The Tent City Terrors won The Besterns Trophy, 246 to 141.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 17th when The All-Stars will take on The Music City Brawl Stars from Nashville at Memorial Hall.
Today started weeding out the girls from the women, as far as the rankings are concerned. The first game of the day was between Boulder County Bombers' All-Stars and Treasure Valley's All Stars. Boulder County came to play and dominated early. They were leading 93 to 78 at Halftime but Treasure Valley started to close the gap in the 2nd Period, just not fast enough. The final score was 182 to 174. Boulder County would have another game later that day, Treasure Valley will come back tomorrow for a shot at a lower ranking.
The second game or Game 9, for those of you playing along with the bracket, was between No Coast's Mad Maxines and Sacred City's Sacrificers. The Mad Maxines may have been off their game yesterday but they found their groove today and showed The Sacrificers a few things. They won the game 228 to 187 and would move on to play again later. The Sacrificers were done for the day.
Game 10 saw The All-Stars of Kansas City take on Wasatch's Midnight Terror. Yesterday was an off day for The All-Stars. Anybody will admit to that. They were missing players, they were in a strange city and on a strange floor. It just was not their game. You could see it from the minute they took the track to warm up. Today, the players were all here, they looked relaxed and well rested. The warm ups looked good, the team looked strong. It was as if our team had made it back from Philadelphia or parts unknown where things go that get lost. This correspondent had a good feeling about the game. Wassatch had put up a good fight last night but, we would be ready for them. When the game started and the first Jam was underway, it was a thing of beauty. The defense was in total sync with each other, and JessiKa Boom was jamming. She scored 9 unanswered points. It felt like she was setting the pace of the game. Unfortunately, the next Jam is where things started to go wrong for KCRW. Midnight Terror scored 10 points and started to become our waking nightmare. By Halftime, the score was 118 to 53 in their favor, and a couple of our players were flirting with injuries as the medics escorted them off the track. Luckily, nothing was serious enough to warrant anything more than sitting out for two jams. By the end, the score was 235 to 104 and not in our favor. Wassatch would continue the race for 5th place while The All-Stars will return tomorrow to fight it out for 10th.
Game 11 had The Mad Maxines returning to take on Boulder County. The Bombers All-Stars made quick work of the Nebraska team and, thanks to an 11 team bracket, No Coast finished the tournament in 7th Place. Everybody else still has to wait until tomorrow.
Game 12 saw Wasatch spreading their Midnight Terror over The Tucson Saddletramps. The final score on that was 169 to 137.
Game 13 was where The Capital Punishers of Sac City got shut down by The tent City Terrors of Arizona 250 to 112.
One of the closest games in the tournament happened between Rocky Mountains Fight Club and The Jet City Bombers All Stars. The All Stars led 82 to 70 at Halftime but then, a little at a time, Fight Club lived up to their name and came back for a final score of 182 to 158.
Tune in tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. (MST) to see if KCRW can take 10th place. Remember them if you go to church.
Memorial Hall- The season has come down to this event, The Rink of Fire. The Victory Vixens have been the reigning champions for the past two seasons but now they will pass on The Tim Warder Cup. The Vixens won the season opener against The Knock-Outs in Overtime but, that was the only game they would win for the rest of the season.
If there is an award for Most Improved Team, it would have to go to The Knock-Outs. Last season was horrible. I cannot think of another word for it. Their injury/illness roster was longer than their bench line up, they had players from other teams going free agent for an hour to don a teal jersey just to have enough players to make a pack, and they lost every game last year.
This season, they had new leadership in the form of Madam McBomb and Sk8l Attraction. They managed to retain veterans like Jess Decker, Sneaky Pete and JessiKa Boom. They got some strong rookies with the draft like Little Miss Rampage and Pebbles. They also had the ability to use the previous season as a motivator. They only won two games in the regular season but they put up one hell of a fight in the other four and never got shut out. They became the underdog that everybody cheered for.
The undercard game for third place was between The Victory Vixens and The Knock-Outs. The first two Jammers for the evening were Shimmy Hendwrex for The Vixens and JessiKa Boom for The Knock-Outs. The whistle blew and the Jammers were off and skating. Boom made it out of the pack first and became Lead Jammer and went on to score four points before shutting it down. The Vixens were going to have a fight on their hands. In the 5th, Sk8l Attraction came out and put up 19 points, making the score 25 to 11 in favor of The Knock-Outs. Track Rat would try to start a rally in the 9th with a 15 point scoring run that would bring the score up to 33 to 28, still favoring The Knock-Outs. It was short lived because in the 12th, Boom came back out and put up 13 points, the score now 50 to 32. The following Jam would see Pebbles come out and put up 19 points and then follow up three Jams later with a 25 point scoring run, the score by this time being 97 to 36, Knock-Outs. In Jam 24, Track Rat would again attempt a late period rally by throwing up 14 points, making the score 113 to 69. Boom would come out again for the last Jam of the Period and put up 23 points. Knock-Outs- 136 Victory Vixens-85 at Halftime. It looked like there was no stopping The Knock-Outs, Dixie Wolf and Singh Machine were going to have 10 minutes to figure out a strategy.
By jam 4 of the second period, JessiKa Boom was back to her old tricks and had a 24 point scoring run, making it 168 to 107, Knock-Outs. She would repeat that success in jam 18, bringing the score 234 to 150. Not one to go down without a fight, Shimmy Hendwrex went on an 18 point scoring run in the 21st which brought the score up to 236 to 176. Ultimately, The Knock-Outs would finish the season in Third Place, 240 to 185.
The Main Event for The Tim Warder Cup would be between the undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans. To start the game, The Dorothys sent out Mel Malice while The Susans sent Xcelerator to the Jammer Line. Mel picked up 9 unanswered points and shut it down. Tankerbell had a Power jam in the 2nd as Turtle Power was sent to the Penalty Box. The Susans defense managed to hold her off and she only picked up one extra point, the score now 10 to 0, Dorothys. Xcelerator came back out in the 3rd against Shuvee Gremlin and this time she was the one to put up 9 unanswered points. The score was 10-9 in favor of The Dorothys but The Susans were now clocked in and ready to go to work. Tankerbell and Bear Knuckles faced off for the next Jam but no points were scored. The tide would start to change a couple of jams later when The Susans sent Polly Rocket to the line against Shuvee. The Susans defense kept Shuvee hung up in the pack as Polly put 22 points on the board bringing the score to 31 to 12, now in favor of The Susans. Mel Malice managed to sneak in a couple of points in the following Jam but in the 8th, it was Turtle Power who would get Lead and put up 12 unanswered points, bringing the score now 43 to 14, Susans. Shuvee and Bear would take turns in the box for the next Jam. Bear would score 11 points to Shuvee’s 9, 54 to 23 Susans. In the 13th, it looked like The Dorothys were going to start rallying as Lady Killshot got a Power Jam when Xcelerator was sent to the box on a Cut Track call. She managed to get 19 points to X’s 9, 78 to 46, still The Susans favor. In the 15th, Mel Malice and Polly Rocket took the line. Mel was hung up in the pack so she passed the star to Fantastic Beast but then Beast was sent to the box on a Cut Track. The Dorothys defense was all over Polly so she passed the star to Enigma who went on to score 9 points, the score now 89 to 52, Susans. By halftime, The Susans were leading 122 to 56. If they could keep it up, they would be the first place team as well as the only team to defeat The Dorothys all season. However, The Dorothys have been in this position before and have come back strong in the second half. The game is not over yet.
The Susans were still large and in charge in the second period. Most notably in the 11th Jam when Turtle Power got Lead over Mel Malice and put up 22 unanswered points making the score 186 to 75. Mel would come back in the 14th and pick up lead against Bear Knuckles and put 23 points on the board while Bear put up 2, 197 to 106. In the 17th, Lady Killshot was able to score 16 points before Xcelerator shut down the jam, 201 to 122 Susans. Lady Killshot came back in the 22nd and got lead over Polly Rocket and put up 15 points, the score now 216 to 149. However, it would be Xcelerator, in the last Jam of the season and the last Jam of her career, who would execute the coup de gras and get lead over Shuvee and score 23 points as the clock ran out. Final score Black Eye Susans-239 Dreadnought Dorothys-157.
The Black Eye Susans take home The Cup, The Dorothys are in 2nd Place, followed by The Knock-Outs and The Victory Vixens. This has definitely been an interesting season. Track Rat, Jess Decker and Xcelerator have announced their retirement. X will finish the season with The All-Stars and Decker will show up sometimes wearing stripes. Hopefully, Track Rat will take up coaching. I guess time will tell. It almost seems a shame to see it end. Fortunately, there is still travel team season to see you through.
The All-Stars will be going to Besterns in Denver on June 2-4 and, The Junior Warriors start their season in July. Don’t worry, folks, it’s not over yet.
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Memorial Hall- It is the last official game of the home season. The crowd has shuffled in and found a place to enjoy the game. There is a buzz, that slight feeling of electricity in the air, partly because this is the final chance to see the home team favorites and also because of the sense of the unknown. The Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans will be playing for The Cup in The Rink of Fire. That was determined in the last game. Nothing can change that. On this night, The Susans will be playing The Knock-Outs and The Dorothys will be playing The Victory Vixens. There is no pressure to win by a certain point spread or any of the other tournament related pressures that have loomed over all four teams so far this season, there is only the determination to play to the best of each team’s ability. This night is for the love of the sport and anything can happen.
The first game of the night was between The Black Eye Susans and The Knock-Outs. The last time these two faced each other was back in February when The Susans skated their way to victory, 174 to 159. The Susans have since gone on to win more games than they lost while The Knock-Outs, though greatly improved, have only won one game all season. What effect will the lack of performance anxiety have on each team?
Xcelerator was the first Jammer The Susans sent to the line against JessiKa Boom. The whistle blew to start the game and Boom made it out of the pack and became Lead Jammer. She would score two points and shut it down before X got into scoring position. Sk8l Attraction was up next for The Knock-Outs against Turtle Power. Sk8l would get Lead Jammer but Turtle would score one point before Sk8l had a chance to shut it down. The Susans would send in Polly Rocket to face off against Pebbles. Polly would get Lead Jammer but Pebbles was hot on her wheels and Polly could only get one point before being forced to shut down the Jam. It was now a tie game. In the fourth Jam, it was JessiKa Boom who would set the pace of the game by putting up two unanswered points bringing The Knock-Outs into the lead once more. Pebbles and Sk8l would follow suit and get Lead, make their scoring run and shut it down before The Susans had a chance to score more than three points at any time. The Susans called a time out in an effort to regroup and hopefully slow the momentum The Knock-Outs were building but in the 10th, Xcelerator was sent to the box on a cut track call and JessiKa Boom picked up 13 points in a Power Jam. The score was 33 to 19 in favor of The Knock-Outs. By Halftime, the score had become 93 to 46 Knockouts.
The Susans looked like they were going to make a second period rally when Boom lined up against X again but was sent to the box giving X Lead jammer . Boom got out of the box but was soon sent back on a cut track call. By the end, X had put up 20 unanswered points. Turtle Power would start the next Jam with a Power Jam as Boom finished her time. Turtle would put seven unanswered points on the board making the score 93 to 73, still in The Knock-Outs favor. Sk8l Attraction would be the one to bring the game back under Knock-Out control again as she picked up Lead Jammer over Polly Rocket and scored four points to Polly’s three. The girls in teal would send out Little Miss Rampage next who would get Lead and shut it down after one scoring run, not wanting to press her luck against Xcelerator who picked up two. This trend would continue through the rest of the period as The Susans would score 10 or more points in one Jam but then The Knock-Outs would lead the next few inching the score up one run at a time. Ultimately, The Knock-Outs would gain their second win of the season, 162 to 150.
The second game was between the undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys and current Cup holders, The Victory Vixens. If ever there was a time to think that The Dorothys might break their streak, this was it. Havok, their team captain and one of their powerhouse offense players, was injured in The Tri-State Tourney and will be out for the rest of the season. What effect will it have on morale or team organization or on the track? They still have an impressive offensive line up with Lady Killshot, Shuvee Gremlin and Tankerbell. There is also Mel Malice and Erin No Bragh. Foxxi Brown is off of the injured list and back on defense, which will only get stronger now. Will they skate together or fall apart before the big game?
The Victory Vixens have an equally impressive offense squad with Eve Illness, Rogue, Shimmy Hendwrex and Track Rat, who returned after a long absence for the April 1st game. They are led by Dixie Wolf, who is ¼ of the travel teams’ Wall Of Doom, and have some other impressive blockers including co-captain Singh Machine and rookies Dreadlocked N. Loaded and Hannabalistic. Their biggest weakness seems to be timing. It seems as though the defense can be holding the opposing Jammer but then the offense gets hung up or sent to the box. If the offense is on fire then the defense has trouble getting it together. They are almost as unpredictable as The Knock-Outs.
If the scoreboard was any indication, then it would seem that The Dorothys chose to skate together because despite Track Rats’ impressive 22 point Jam right before Halftime, the girls in Gingham were leading 90 to 69. They kept the pressure on through the second period as well and the final score was 214 to 128.
Get your tickets now for The Rink Of Fire on Saturday May 6th!
Gentlemen, have you ever wanted to play derby? On May 1st you’ll get your chance. The Mens league is having an open recruitment night and you are welcome to attend. Check details on this website under Mens Derby.
Also, don’t forget about the Besterns Tournament coming up in June. Stay tuned to The Wheel Press for coverage on that. Follow us on facebook for up to the minute coverage.
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