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.
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Memorial Hall- The second day of the Tri-State Tourney continues with the debut of The Oklahoma Victory Dolls’ Tornado Alley and All Star Squad. The Victory Dolls are out of Tulsa and currently ranked 67 by WFTDA. Tornado Alley has just recently started their season and only played one game so far against Dallas which they did not win. The All Star Squad has four games under their belt this season and they only lost one.
The first game of the day featured Tornado Alley taking on Omaha Rollergirls’ AAA. AAA just played Plan B last night and lost, 176 to 141. Maybe this will be their day.
The action started off hot as the first two Jams went scoreless but, in Jam 3, Eva lined up for Tornado Alley against Ginny Cash. Eva got Lead Jammer and Ginny ended up in The Penalty Box. Eva made two passes and put up 10 unanswered points before calling off the Jam. Fatal Inferno started the next Jam as a Power Jam but got hung up in the pack. When Ginny Cash got out of the box, she picked up Lead Jammer status and put up 3 points of her own before being forced to call it. Kiki Strike came out next for AAA and got Lead as well as 4 more points, bringing the score to 13 to 7 in Tornado Alley’s favor. Penelope Bruise took the line next for AAA and made Lead and put up 5 points, closing the point gap, 13 to 12. Eva and Ginny Cash lined up again, Eva got Lead but then they were both sent to the box on different offenses so now the Jam would run the full two minutes. By the time the Jam Clock ran out, Eva had scored 18 points to Ginny’s 9. The score was now 31 to 21 in Tornado Alley’s favor. AAA tried to close the gap over the next few Jams but that started to fade in the 10th as Kelin It put up 19 unanswered points and pulled Tornado Alley ahead, 54 to 31. By Halftime, that lead had grown to 117 to 61.
The second period did not go any better for AAA as Tornado Alley rolled on to victory, 340 to 121.
The next game of the day was between Omaha and Oklahoma as well, this time The All Stars were taking on The All Star Squad. The All Stars were still smarting from the 281 to 92 spanking they got from KCRW the night before. They would, however, be looking for a little reciprocity for AAA.
Eblastagirl took the line against Oklahoma’s Trigger Trixie for the first Jam. The whistle blew and Trigger Trixie broke through the pack and became Lead Jammer. Eblastagirl was hung up in the pack as Trixie drew first blood with 7 unanswered points. In the 3rd, Molly Massacre managed to put 13 points up after a Power Jam, bringing the score to 21 to 13 in favor of Oklahoma. Meg Skeeto was able to come out in the 5th and get Lead over Fatal Inferno. The defense kept Fatal busy long enough for Meg to score 18 unanswered points and bring Omaha into the lead, 31 to 25. The lead would change hands a few times until mid- period when Trigger Trixie tied it up 41 all. It would then change hands a couple of more times before, close to the end of the period, T Pain lined up for Oklahoma against Rady Ruck and Ruck got sent to the box. T Pain went on a 20 point scoring run that put Oklahoma ahead, 86 to 62. By Halftime, The Victory Dolls led The Rollergirls 101 to 62.
Omaha seemed to be plagued with penalty problems and Oklahoma kept up their intensity. By the time the final whistle blew, Oklahoma stood victorious at 269 to 127.
After a brief intermission, it was time for Plan B to take on Tornado Alley.
Bear Knuckles took the line against Killy C. to start the game. Killy C. got Lead jammer and put up 2 unanswered points, drawing first blood. TankerBell came out the following Jam and got Lead over Kelin It and answered those points, 4 to 3 in favor of Plan B. Lil Shanksta would face Fantastic Beast next, get Lead and put Tornado Alley back on top, 11 to 7. Plan B would continue to trail behind and pick up points 2 to 4 at a time until the 17th when Bear Knuckles started to lead a rally by getting 20 points, making the score 68 to 43 still in favor of Tornado Alley. Shuvee Gremlin would take advantage of a Power Jam in the following Jam and put 9 points up, narrowing the margin 68 to 52. A few jams later, Bear Knuckles would get a Power Jam situation when Lil Shanksta would go to the box, allowing her to throw up 15 points, 78 to 67 Tornado Alley. The following Jam would see Shuvee Gremlin in a similar situation as Kelin It would be sent to the box and Shuvee would score 7 unanswered points, making the score now 78 to 74 and bringing a close to the first period.
The second period started off well with Shuvee Gremlin getting Lead but shutting it down after 1 point, 78 to 75. In the 2nd, Bear Knuckles lined up against Kelin It and what was once so close became far away as Bear went to the box and Kelin went on a 20 point scoring run making the score now 98 to 76. The following Jam seemed to go through the looking glass as Tankerbell took the line against Eva. Eva took a trip to the box and Tankerbell went on a 17 point Power Jam. The score was now 98 to 93, still in Tornado Alley’s favor but Plan B was back in striking distance. Eva was still in the box as Shuvee Gremlin took the line and made Lead Jammer. She was able to score 3 more points before Eva was released, 98 to 96. In the 5th, Lil Shanksta got Lead over Bear Knuckles and put up 17 points to Bear’s 8, the score was now 115 to 104. There were a couple of more points scored for both teams over the next two Jams but in the 8th, Shuvee and Eva toed the line and Shuvee got a Power jam when Eva got sent to the box. 14 points later saw Plan B sitting on top, 123 to 116. That would change the next Jam as Killy C. put up 8 points making it 124 to 123 Tornado Alley. Things would continue to look grim for Plan B until the 15th when Shuvee Gremlin would take advantage of a Power jam and put up 23 unanswered points, bringing the score to 170 to 160 Plan B. This time Plan B managed to hold the lead all the way to the end when the final score was 213 to 172. Plan B came from behind and rallied to victory!
Is this really the same team that fell apart in the last two games they played? That answer is no. I had a chance to ask a couple of the players afterward about the change in playing styles and they told me that one of the main focuses in practice has been unit cohesion and playing as a team. This is going to be an exciting season if they keep playing like this.
It was almost time for The Roller Warriors to meet The Victory Dolls on the track. Both have the same amount of track time for this season but The Victory Dolls have one loss where KC has none. This should be an interesting game.
KC put The Dream Team in to start the game against Trigger Trixie. This had little effect on the score board as Trixie picked up Lead jammer and JessiKa Boom got sent to the box while she proceeded to rack up 10 unanswered points. Next, Xcelerator faced Emma C. Hammer who put up four more points, making the score 14 to 0 in favor of Oklahoma. Things did not get any better for KC when Eve Illness was sent to the box, giving Fatal Inferno a Power jam that not even The Wall of Doom could stop, 24 to 0 Oklahoma. Finally, by the 4th, KC showed up on the board as Sk8l Attraction got a Power Jam and put up 10 unanswered points. After making ground a couple of points at a time, the 9th rolled around and a hero did rise. JessiKa Boom got Lead jammer and put up 13 unanswered points as Lethal Lamb attempted to fight her way through the pack. The score was now 30 to 28 in KC’s favor. That victory was short lived as Oklahoma quickly reclaimed dominance until Jam 16 when Sk8l Attraction got Lead over Fatal Inferno and put 9 points up bringing the score to 44 to 42 KC. The following Jam brought the familiar call from the announcers-“JessiKa Boom Lead Jammer!”, as she proceeded to put up 22 unanswered points, 66 to 42 KC. Xcelerator came out the next Jam and took advantage of a Power jam as Trigger Trixie went to the box and she scored 10 more points, 76 to 50 KC. Oklahoma started to go on a late period rally as Emma C. Hammer had a 20 point Power jam, 85 to 70 KC. Oklahoma had closed the gap to 85 to 80 by Halftime.
JessiKa Boom and Trigger Trixie started the second period with Boom getting 23 points to Trixie’s 11, 108 to 91 KC. Oklahoma never did recover the lead and KC went on to win 187 to 171. KCRW is still undefeated!
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There will be some more derby action coming up on April 22nd as The Dreadnought Dorothys take on The Victory Vixens and The Black Eye Susans go up against The Knock-Outs in the final home season game before The Rink Of Fire in May. Get your tickets now and then get yourself to Memorial Hall.
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Memorial Hall- The Tri-State Tourney was conceived by KCRW as a fun way to get some other teams to play and put some fans in the seats to keep them entertained. The Omaha Rollergirls were invited down from Nebraska and The Oklahoma Victory Dolls agreed to drive up from Tulsa. All three leagues have their All-Star travel team as well as their B team. If you are wanting derby action, you are in the right place!
To kick off the festivities, Omaha Rollergirls' AAA took on hostess, Plan B. AAA's first game of the season was against St. Chux Derby Chix' Hell's Belles. They lost that game the first weekend in March. Plan B won their first game of the season but lost the last two. In those two games they have fallen into the habit of coming out of the gate strong but then falling apart in the second period. Hopefully, they have found a way to solve that problem.
To start the game, Bear Knuckles faced off against Penelope Bruise and ended up putting four unanswered points on the board. Genni Cash would come out for AAA in the fourth and tip the score in their favor, 5 to 4. Finally, it was Tanker Bell who managed to get a three point scoring run in that set the pace for the rest of the game and brought the score 9 to 8 in favor of KC. By Halftime, Plan B was leading 68 to 48.
In the second period, it was Eve Illness who went on a 23 point scoring run, bringing Plan B over the century mark, 106 to 69. The final score was Plan B-176 AAA-141. Plan B had pulled it off and got out of their second period slump. Let's hope that they can maintain the intensity through tomorrow!
The main event of the evening saw number 57 KCRW take on number 70 Omaha Rollergirls. Omaha defeated St. Chux' Pack In Black 203 to 175 in March. If a team like this starts to gain momentum, you can lose control of the game real fast. KCRW has played two pre-season games and one sanctioned game this year and stand undefeated. While this is a nice record, the pressure is on to not just win but to destroy the other team to be able to use the point spread to their advantage when it comes to the rankings. 57 will not get us in to Division 1 playoffs. In June they go out to Denver to face a team ranked 44. Every game is an attempt to raise that score a little higher.
To start the game, KCRW sent out The Dream Team of Jess Decker, Enigma, Dixie Wolf and Pebbles on defense and JessiKa Boom on offense. Her opponent was Eblastagirl. The whistle blew and Eblastagirl hit The Wall of Doom and it hit back. Meanwhile, Boom managed to get Lead Jammer and score four unanswered points. Boom would come back in the fifth and have a 20 point scoring run that would ring the score 30 to 10 in KC's favor. Omaha had rally in Jam 11 when Sk8l Attraction and Meg Skeeto were both ineligible for Lead Jammer so the jam could not be called off early. Meg scored 18 points to Sk8l's 13 but KC still held the lead, 89 to 38. By Halftime, KCRW was leading 159 to 39.
Xcelerator started the Second Period by scoring 20 unanswered points against Meg Skeeto. Jam 15 would see a different side of Omaha as, once again, X and Meg lined up. This time it was Meg who got Lead Jammer and X got hung up in the pack. She tried to pass the star to Pebbles who did finally get four points but not before Meg scored 15. By this point, Kansas City was leading 225 to 74. Ultimately, KC would go on to win 281 to 92.
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Wichita, Ks.- It was an early morning in Kansas City as gear was packed and carpools headed south. It was a post game morning for parents and coaches, normally spent sleeping in or soaking the bumps and bruises out in a warm tub. But this particular morning would be spent on the road to Wichita, for the love of the sport and the hope of the next generation. The Junior Warriors were taking on The ICT Roller Jrs for some pre-season action.
The National Anthem was sung, the intros were made and the starting whistle was blown. ICT drew first blood with four unanswered points but then Apocalypstick came out in the second Jam and replied with nine points, bringing the score 9 to 8, KC's favor. ICT started to pull ahead but Speed Reecer came out in the fifth and tied it up 22 all. In the seventh, Illumihottie went on a 14 point scoring run and put KC back on top, 36 to 31. Unfortunately, ICT had a late period rally that KC had trouble containing and by Halftime ICT was leading 65 to 46.
Speed Reecer came out strong at the start of the second period with a 19 point scoring run and closed the gap, 78 to 65 still in favor of ICT. In the fifth, Schwack-Her was able to put KC on top, 83 to 82. ICT later went on a scoring run as KC had a string of penalty problems. The final score saw ICT on top 148 to 117.
After the game, Illumihottie was voted MVP Blocker and Apocalypstick was MVP Jammer.
The Junior Warriors season will start on July 8th with following games on July 29th and August 26th. Stay tuned to this website for further details.
Do not forget to get your tickets for the tournament on April 14th and 15th where KCRW will take on The Omaha Rollergirls and The Oklahoma Victory Dolls. It all happens at Memorial Hall.
Home team action will continue on April 22nd with the last game before The Rink of Fire in May!
Memorial Hall- The Rink of Fire is only two games away and the home teams are sweating it out to either keep their chance alive or cement their position. The Dreadnaught Dorothys are the only team unaffected by the evenings activities. They currently sit at the top of the heap, undefeated. The Black Eye Susans are sitting pretty in the second place position with two wins and two losses while The Knock-Outs and The Victory Vixens both have one win and three losses. If The Knock-Outs and Vixens win their games then Game 6 on the 22nd will be a free for all to see who plays The Dorothys. The Susans lost their last game so there may be some confidence issues or they could be looking for payback. The Knock-Outs won their first game in over a season last time so they will be hungry and ready to do it again. The Vixens have been in a slump since Game 2 and this will be their last chance for a shot at The Cup to make it a third consecutive year.
The first game of the evening was between The Black Eye Susans and The Victory Vixens. Rayna Pain lined up for The Vixens against Xcelerator to start the game and as the Jam came to an end, neither team had scored. That all changed in the second when Rogue put up 19 unanswered point for The Susans. Jam 6 saw the return of Track Rat as a blocker. Outside conflicts have kept her sidelined through most of the season, but she's back just when she is needed the most. She would go on to jam in the 18th in hopes of evening up the score as The Vixens were trailing 41 to 36 at that point but, she was not Lead Jammer so the Jam shut down with 0 points scored. By Halftime, The Susans were leading 122 to 66.
Track Rat came back out to jam again in the third but had to shut it down after scoring only four points, bringing The Vixens up to 73 to 148. In the 14th, it was Xcelerator who would go on a 25 point Power Jam and put The Susans past the double century mark, 206 to 129. At the end of the game, The Susans took their well deserved victory lap with a final score of 220 to 182.
The following game pitted The Knock-Outs against The Dreadnought Dorothys. It was another exciting start as Havok and Sk8l Attraction faced off at The Jammer Line neither one scored. JessiKa Boom would come out in the following Jam and put four points on the board for The Knock-Outs. Havok would come out in the 7th and set the pace of the game with a 10 point jam that would bring The Dorothys up to 12 to 7. Little Miss Rampage would try a late period rally with a 14 point Jam, bringing The Knock-Outs up to 23 to 72. The following Jam had Sk8l Attraction scoring 14 points as well, making the score 37 to 72. By Halftime however, The Dorothys were still leading 95 to 54.
In the second period, it was JessiKa Boom trying to rally her team with a 9 point jam, bringing the score up to 73 to 98, still in The Dorothys favor. In the 7th, Mel Malice came out with a 9 point Jam, proving that The Dorothys were not yet ready to give up, 111 to 73. The Knock-Outs finally broke the century mark in the 15th as JessiKa Boom went on a 19 point scoring run making it 105 to 136. Boom would go on make a valiant last stand in the final Jam with a 21 point scoring run, however, The Dorothys would still remain undefeated, 185 to 145.
Join us again on the 22nd when The Dreadnought Dorothys will take on The Victory Vixens and The Black Eye Susans play The Knock-Outs. At this point, they are just playing for bragging rights. You will also want to come down to Memorial Hall on the 14th and 15th as KCRW takes on Tulsa and Omaha in a two day mini tournament. The Junior Warriors will be playing ICT Roller Jrs in Wichita on the 2nd as a pre-season game. Don't forget that you can stay connected with your favorite home team, KCRW, The Junior Warriors and The Wheel Press on facebook.
Memorial Hall- Kansas City took its first step down the road to tournament season on Saturday as they played hostess to The Syndicate and The Shade Brigade of The Chicago Outfit. These two teams have not faced each other in two years so the time had come. Going into the bout, Kansas City was ranked 64 by the WFTDA, with Chicago coming in at 68. September is still in the distance but Kansas City will have an uphill struggle to make it to Division 1. Their record last season was not good, so this year they will not have to merely win, but shut out the teams they play to gain a point spread advantage.
If the pre-season is any indication of how the season will go, I would say that Kansas City fans have a reason to get excited again. They beat Wichita by 113 points and went on to defeat Rocky Mountain by 98 points so the ability is there. With The Wall Of Doom on defense and the offense able to score 12 points in a jam faster than the announcers can say "Lead Jammer", I would say there is a very good chance indeed.
There has been one recent addition since the last game. The travel team has officially adopted their nickname, Wolfpack. They are now known as The Wolfpack All-Stars and Wolfpack B. The name is new but the team remains the same.
To start Saturdays festivities, Wolfpack B took on The Shade Brigade. Chaos drew first blood against Bear Knuckles as Chicago started out with three unanswered points. Bear Knuckles would come back in the 9th Jam with an eight point Power Jam to put KC in front for the first time, 28 to 27. After another lead change, it was Bear Knuckles again, that went on a 19 point scoring run bringing KC back up 87 to 82. Kansas City held the lead going into Halftime, 100 to 82.
The second Jam of the second period saw Tankerbell go on a 10 point scoring run to stretch the lead 118 to 86. In the 7th, Carlson had a 15 point Power Jam for Chicago and broke the century mark, bringing the score to 136 to 112, still in favor of KC. The next Jam, however, saw Shuvee Gremlin throw up 20 points and stretch the lead again to 156 to 112. The 11th Jam saw a big rally from The Shade Brigade as Aimageddon had a 13 point run and started closing the gap, 157 to 148. In the 13th, Jenergizer Bunny scored 6 points and put Chicago in the lead for the first time in the second half, 162 to 161. Powerhouse Shuvee Gremlin came out in the 18th with an impressive 21 point scoring run that tied it up 184-184. Jenergizer Bunny would come out the following Jam to score 9 unanswered points and put The Shade Brigade back in the lead, 193 to 184. As the final whistle blew two Jams later, The Shade Brigade had beaten Wolpack B 197 to 187.
This makes two losses to one victory for the Kansas City B team. While it is an improvement over the team that seemed to fall asleep during the second period against Project Mayhem, you have to wonder what happened to that team that spanked The Havoc? It seemed like there was a revolving door on The Penalty Box for this game. To be fair, Chicago had similar issues but, where The Shade Brigade seemed to get aggressive and make mistakes, KC seemed to get careless. Hopefully, they can get back on track by April 14th when they take on Omaha AAA at Memorial Hall.
The main event, Wolfpack All-Stars vs. The Syndicate, was next. After such a close first game, Kansas City fans neede some reassurance that there would be a little joy in Mudville that evening. For the first Jam, KC lined up The Dream Team- Dixie Wolf, Enigma, Jess Decker and Pebbles on defense with JessiKa Boom on offense. Ice Hurt toe stopped the line against Boom. ice Hurt managed to get Lead Jammer and put four unanswered points on the board. Bit and the coaching staff quickly adjusted fire as Xcelerator donned the star for the next Jam and scored 13 points which then set the pace for the rest of the game as the score was now 13 to 8. Sk8l Attraction came out in the 3rd and also had a 13 point run bringing the score up 26 to 13, KC. In the 5th, it was JessiKa Boom scoring 18 points making it 45 to 14. Not to be out done, Havok came out in the 8th and went on a 14 point scoring run with the score now 77 to 24. Xcelerator came back out in the 11th, put up 20 points and broke the century mark, 104 to 26. Sk8l followed it up with a 17 point run that brought KC to 121 to 40. She would follow that up in the 16th with a 15 point run and bring the score up to 140 to 58. By Halftime, Kansas City was leading Chicago 145 to 62.
Xcelerator would start the second period with a 19 point jam, giving KC a 100 point margin of 164 to 62. The final score was Wolfpack All-Stars 273 The Syndicate 108. They set out to dominate and accomplished the mission! If they can maintain this roll, this will be on hell of a season!
Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, April 14th as they take on The Omaha All-Stars at Memorial Hall. Check this website for ticket information. If you cannot wait until the 14th for more derby action, you are in luck because the home team action heats up on April 1st (no fooling) when The Dreadnought Dorothys take on The Knock-Outs and The Black Eye Susans go up against The Victory Vixens. Also, on April 2nd, The Junior Warriors will be taking their first trip of the season to play The ICT Roller Juniors in Wichita. Can't make it to Wichita? Don't worry, you can follow the action as it happens on The Wheel Press page on facebook. Follow KCRW, your favorite home team and The Junior Warriors on fb. See you in April!
Memorial Hall- The non-sanctioned action continued on Sunday as The Rocky Mountain Roller Girls made a stop in Kansas City after their back to back victories in Wichita against ICT Roller Derby. The anticipation was high and the spirits were good despite the early hour and the games played the previous night. One of the reasons for the excitement was that the travel teams recently had a new draft so this would be a shakedown cruise for their new line up. For the most part, there was little change but there are some new faces and they may not be playing the position you're used to.
The latest All-Star line up is as follows:
Erin No Bragh
Yoko Oh No You Didn't
The first game of the day was The All-Stars vs. The Contenders. JessiKa Boom toe stopped The Jammer Line against Massacre. The pack for KC consisted of a line up I've started calling The Wall Of Doom, Dixie Wolf, Enigma, Jess Decker and Pebbles. They assume a triangular formation with the fourth player able to stay in motion and cover the inside or outside gap. It does not seem to matter which player is in either position because they appear to have a hive mind where the opposition is concerned. Whoever faces to the rear calls out player movement like a Field Marshal and the pack responds with speed and ferocity. By the time you throw in a Jammer of jessiKa Boom's caliber who started with The Junior Warriors and has only improved since moving up to the big league, you have a dream team that put 13 unanswered points on the board to start the game. The All-Stars kept the pressure on and were up 112 to 34 at Halftime.
The second period did not go any better for The Contenders as The All-Stars just kept their momentum moving forward. By the time the fourth whistle blew, it was Kansas City standing victorious at 196 to 98.
Plan B has the most new faces as well as a couple left over from The All-Stars. This is their latest roster:
Swezey On The Eyes
The second game of Plan B against Project Mayhem started off with strong potential, despite a late first period rally. Rookie player Tanker Bell faced off against Suri Brawl to start the game with Brawl puting four unanswered points on the board. KC would trail just out of reach until the 15th Jam where Rogue went on a 17 point scoring run and put Plan B in the lead for the first time, 53 to 46. In the 22nd, Ghostskate Killah had a power jam that put Project Mayhem up by one, 62 to 61. Just before Halftime, Rogue came back out and put KC back up 65 to 62.
The second period is where things turned around and went downhill. In the second Jam, Suri Brawl had a 9 point scoring run that put Project Mayhem in the lead, 71 to 65, and that was when they started gaining traction. Not to downplay Denver's victory but, I can't help but feel that fatigue had something to do with KC's lack of performance. Somewhere in the second half it just felt like both teams were starting to phone it in, Plan B just came in on the losing side of a bad day. The final score was Project Mayhem 174 Plan B 105.
Do not forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25th when you will get to see the travel teams live and in person as The All-Stars take on The Syndicate and Plan B goes up against The Shade Brigade of The Chicago Outfit. This will be the first sanctioned game of the season and you will not want to miss it. Tickets are available through this website, get yours now!
As always, you can stay connected to KCRW and The Wheel Press through facebook. See you on the 25th!
Memorial Hall- The race for The Tim Warder Cup got hot on Saturday as the home teams went head to head for the fourth time this season. For those of you keeping track at home, so far, The Dreadnought Dorothys are undefeated, The Black Eye Susans have two wins and one loss, The Victory Vixens have one win and two losses and The Knock-Outs have three losses. Things are looking good for The Dorothys if they can just maintain and avoid the mid-season choke that has afflicted them in the past. The Susans appear to be on a roll and if they keep it up they will be a contender for The Cup. The Vixens won their first game in Overtime but seem to have stalled out since then. Finally, The Knock-Outs keep trying and the best one can say is that they have improved but it almost feels like they have forgotten how to win.
There has been a mid-season draft since the last game. Four new faces have shown up and been placed on teams. Hits McGee is the newest Knock-Out, Reekin' Havoc is sporting the black and yellow jersey and Sissy Facecheck and Veruc Assault were drafted to The Vixens. All four are skating veterans from other leagues which is how they were able to fast track through the usual selection period that can take several months. Welcome to the league, ladies, and good luck to you!
The first game of the night was between The Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans. Xcelerator took the Jammer line against Havok for the first jam and scored four unanswered points for The Susans. Havok came back in the fourth jam and had the last laugh as she went on a ten point scoring run and took the lead for the first time-10 to 6. The lead changed hands several times through the first period and at Halftime it looked like The Dorothys were starting mid-season choke as they were trailing 88 to 107.
The Susans kept the pressure on through the second period but in Jam 13, Shuvee Gremlin went on a scoring run that put The Dorothys back in the lead, 127 to 123. With this new momentum, The Dreadnought went full speed ahead to victory, 213-188.
The rematch we've all been waiting for was the second game of the night. The Victory Vixens vs. The Knock-Outs! The last time these two played each other, it went into Overtime. Will history repeat itself or will The Knock-Outs get almost but not quite there?
I think The Knock-Outs pretty much destroyed all doubt as to who they thought was going to win from the first whistle. JessiKa Boom and Eve Illness lined up for the first jam and before you could say Lead Jammer, Boom had four unanswered points on the board. In the third Jam, Pebbles went on a 13 point scoring run, raising the Knock-Out lead 20-0. Finally, by Jam five, Rayna Pain was able to put The Vixens on the board with four points. Shimmy Hendwrex was still playing catch-up in Jam 14 with a 14 point scoring run that brought The Vixens up to 35-48. The Vixens seemed to be inching their way up into striking distance when Sk8l Attraction came out in the 21st and had a 22 point scoring run that put the girls in teal ahead 92-50. By Halftime, they had increased that lead to 126 to 70.
In the second half, it was Pebbles again who went on a 19 point scoring run in the 4th and widened the gap, 153 to 86. Sk8l Attraction came back out in the 9th and scored 14 points, raising the score 180 to 98. In Jam 18, Eve Illness and Pebbles went toe stop to toe stop and scored 12 points each but it was too little too late for The Vixens because when the final whistle blew, after a season and a half, The Knock-Outs had finally done it, 272 to 169!
With this latest game, the lines are now a little blurred. First place is still held by The Dorothys and with two victories to two losses, The Susans are still in second but now, The Vixens and The Knock-Outs are both 1 and 3. If The Knock-Outs and The Vixens both win their next games on April 1st, Game 6 will be amazing because everybody will be a contender for second.
Tickets for the the April 1st game are available through this website or your favorite derby girl. Get yours today because you don't want to miss this!
Don't forget to stay connected to your favorite home team, KCRW and The Wheel Press on facebook.
Memorial Hall-The 2017 Travel Team season got started with two unsanctioned bouts against ICT Roller Derby from Wichita, Kansas. KCRW's All-Stars took on ICTRD's All-Stars and Plan B went head to head with Havoc (not to be confused with the player who spell hers with a k). Due to venue restrictions and the nature of the game, this event was not open to the public.
There have been a couple of changes made to this seasons travel team. The first is that there is no official roster designating All-Stars from Plan B as there have been in the past. The rosters are all decided within the team according to practice time, availability and captains discretion. The second most noticeable change is the uniform. Instead of the traditional red and black jerseys, they have switched over to a light grey jersey with the new team logo on it. I have to admit they look pretty sharp.
This was ICT's first game of the season as well and the players from both teams were excited to finally get things underway. After the months of practicing, they were hungry to compete against somebody else. After a brief captains meeting with Head Referee, Effin' Ref, it was time to play some derby!
The All-Stars played the first bout. Bomb Run Brit toed the Jammer Line against JessiKa Boom who drew first blood with five unanswered points. Apparently, she got a good nights sleep and was in top form after playing a home game the previous night (see related story in the Feburary 2017 Archives). ICT came close a couple of times to tying it up but they never took the lead. By Halftime, KCRW was leading 117 to 57. After the second half, KCRW chalked up their first win-231 to 118.
The All-Stars really work as a team and often times I've singled out the offense players for their great deeds but, I'd like to take a second to talk about a pack that really impressed me during the game. Blockers Jess Decker, Pebbles and Dixie Wolf with Enigma as Pivot were forming some pretty solid walls that just stopped the opposition cold. They were communicating with each other and just acting as one unit, it was a sight to behold. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come after last years less than stellar season.
Plan B and Havoc were up next and once again ICT had Hell unleashed against them. Bear Knuckles met Bomb Run Brit on the Jammer Line this time and Miss Brit did not fare much better against the B team as Bear put eight unanswered points on the board, again setting the pace for a swift success. At Halftime, Plan B was in the lead with 111 to 90.
Havoc hung in there for another half while Plan B continued making left turns to victory. As the whistle blew, the final score was 214 to 169 in Plan B's favor.
How would you like to help the travel teams and have fun at the same time? Friday, February 24th, 7:00 p.m. at Cronin's Bar & Grill, you can be part of The Travel Team Bingo Fundraiser and help them get to the Besterns Tournament in Colorado this June! Bingo action, beer drinking and local sports figures all in one place! Mark your calendars!
March 12th is when you will want to tune into The Wheel Press on facebook as we bring you more unsanctioned action as The All-Stars take on The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Project Mayhem and Plan B goes up against The Contenders. This will be a closed event that you can only read about here so tune in.
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