Memorial Hall- It is the half way point of the home season and two teams are undefeated while two have yet to find their way to the winners circle. This is a night where records will change and the race for The Cup gets a little closer.
The Black Eye Susans have yet to win a game this season. However, they are improving with each game so it’s hard to write them off completely. They have had bad seasons before and they have managed to pull themselves up. I don’t see a reason why Bear Knuckles and the ladies in black and yellow won’t be able to again.
The Dreadnought Dorothys have not just won games this season, they have left their opponents broken and bleeding on the track. With over a 100 point difference in scores, these ladies seem unstoppable.
The Knockouts have been on fire this year, leaving a similar path of destruction as their defense seems to be able to stop any opposing force while Sk8l Attraction and the rest of the offense rack up points.
The Victory Vixens are a bit of a mystery. They have not won a game since last seasons’ home opener despite the amount of talent they have. The team seems to be going through some kind of metamorphosis with new leadership, new uniforms, and new bench coaches. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.
Game one of the evenings double header was between The Black Eye Susans and The Victory Vixens. The Susans came out early and dominated the first five jams. They were leading 38 to 20. In the sixth, Eve Illness put 14 unanswered points on the board and made people take notice of The Vixens. The following Jam saw Rogue come out and put up five unanswered points, putting The Vixens in the lead by one point. Bear Knuckles was able to put up eight unanswered points of her own and put The Susans back in the lead, 46 to 39. Jam 9 had Jade Lightning skating against Shimmy Hendwrex and by the end of it, the score was tied at 50. Eve came back out and tipped it back in favor of The Vixens, 54 to 50, but it was Rogue who was able to use a Power Jam to her advantage and get the momentum going, 63 to 50. The Susans were never able to recover after that. By Halftime, they were down 117 to 73 and The Vixens went on to control the second period, bringing it home with 207 to 147. Where has this team been for the past year?
During Halftime between the two games, The Junior Warriors had an exhibition bout. They had Team Black and Team Red play a 15 minute period.
Hells Bells lined up for Team Black against Lil’ Sneaky to start the game. Black drew first blood with a score of 8 to 4. Goodie 2 Skates put up 10 unanswered points for Team Red and put them in the lead 14 to 8. Things were looking good for Red until Darth Sk8er came out. The fourth was strong with this one. Despite a trip to the box, she was still able to put Black back on top, 37 to 36. Black held the lead for a while, but then in the eighth, Goodie 2 Skates came back out and Red was once again in the lead, 82 to 79. The final Jam had Ziggy Star Dust and Darth Sk8er slugging it out toe stop to toe stop. It was an exciting finish as both Jammers would work their way through the pack and then come back around for another scoring pass. In the end, it was Team Black who brought home the victory, 93 to 90. It’s a bit of a rebuilding year with The Junior Warriors, but if this is any indication of how the season will go, you are not going to want to miss this.
The main event got under way as Dorothys team captain, Havok, took the Jammer Line against crowd favorite JessiKa Boom. With records on the line, it was no time to play around as Boom drew first blood with one unanswered point. The Knockouts would continue to build on that until Jam five when JessiKa Boom would go up against Mel Malice. Mel got lead and then Boom went to the box for a low block presenting a Power Jam situation. The Dorothys were now leading 26 to 19. Sk8l Attraction would encounter a similar twist of fate in the following Jam and put the girls in teal back in the lead, 33 to 26. The Knockouts held on to the lead until Jam 18 when Havok got lead over Little Miss Rampage; the score was then 81 to 71 Dorothys favor. The Dorothys would continue to dominate until Halftime, 110 to 88.
The first Jam of the second period once again saw Havok line up against JessiKa Boom, but this time it was Havok who scored the single point and shut it down. The Knockouts would continue to chase The Dorothys, gradually closing the gap, until the 19th, where Lady Killshot and JessiKa Boom went head to head. Killshot was Lead Jammer and Boom was sent to the box. As Boom got out of the box, Killshot committed a penalty and found herself in the box. The Jam would now go the full two minutes. By the time Killshot was out of the box, Boom had used her Power Jam to rack up 18 points and bring the score to 208 to 204, still in The Dorothys favor. With just over two minutes left in the game, Boom reassures Sk8l that she’s good for one more and stays in against Havok. The whistle blows and both Jammers hit the back of the pack. Boom makes it out first, getting Lead. Havok was delayed but not by much. Boom comes around for her first scoring pass, makes it through, but Havok is still right behind her. She comes around again, and another time after that, Havok never farther than 20 feet behind her. Boom checks the board and decides to call it off. The score is now 221 to 218 in favor of The Knockouts with 30 seconds left on the clock. The Dorothys call a time out. This time it’s Havok that stays in to jam against Sk8l Attraction. The whistle blows and again, the Jammers are fighting their way through the pack. The teal defense are all over Havok. Sk8l makes it through and gets Lead. As she heads into turn three, she checks the clock, 3-2-1. Sk8l calls off the jam and The Knockouts go undefeated, 221 to 218.
Make sure you mark your calendars for March 3rd to see what happens next. Don’t forget that if you buy your tickets in advance you will save money. Contact your favorite Roller Warrior or go online for tickets now.
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Memorial Hall- The second game of the season has The Knock Outs skating against The Victory Vixens for the first game. The ladies in teal defeated The Black Eye Susans in the last game and are looking to keep their momentum going. Team captain Sk8l Attraction told me before the game that their basic strategy is just to score more points than the other team, after that it’s just about having a good time. They are certainly having a good time.
The Victory Vixens lost game one to The Dreadnought Dorothys. Let’s hope that they’re not just carrying over their streak from last season where they only won one game. This is definitely a building year for the new team captain, Eve Illness. She has some solid veterans like Rayna Pain, Singh Machine and Shimmy Hendwrex. Rogue, unfortunately, is currently on the injured list but will hopefully be back in action soon. The Vixens also picked up four rookies this season who are showing a lot of promise. The season is just getting started so let’s not count them out yet.
Shimmy Hendwrex took the line to start the game against crowd favorite JessiKa Boom who picked up Lead Jammer and shut it down after drawing first blood with three unanswered points. In the fifth Jam, Sk8l Attraction managed to build their lead 12 to 6. The following Jam is where The Knock Outs really picked up momentum when Pebbles got a Power Jam after Eve Illness was sent to the box; the score became 22 to 6. Jam 7 almost showed potential as JessiKa Boom and Rayna Pain took the line. Boom went to the box giving Rayna a Power Jam but then she was sent to the box for a cut track call, so now Boom had a Power Jam and brought the score to 36 to 19. This went on until Halftime when The Knock Outs were leading 101 to 59.
The second period saw The Knock Outs still large and in charge. The Vixens would get a few Power Jam situations but never seemed to be able to take full advantage of them. It was the 10th Jam, however, that justified the price of admission. JessiKa Boom lined up against Vixens rookie May Q. Cry Wolff and picked up Lead Jammer. She then went on to score 33 points! Wolff answered 3 of them. The score was now 164 to 84. In the 19th, lightning came close to striking again when Boom went up against Shimmy Hendwrex and picked up lead again, this time scoring 22 to Shimmy’s 11 points. The score was now 202 to 120. Ultimately, The Knock Outs would take it, 222 to 142.
The second game of the night saw The Dreadnought Dorothys play The Black Eye Susans. This has always been a classic rivalry and this night was no exception. The first Jam saw captain vs. captain as Bear Knuckles lined up for The Susans against Havok. Havok took lead and set the pace of the game with a score of 18 to 5. The Dorothys came out hard and fast and dominated the entire game. They were leading 114 to 72 by Halftime and brought it home at 254 to 146.
Join us on February 10th where things will start to get shaken up when The Knock Outs play The Dorothys and The Susans play The Vixens. Records will change on this night and you don’t want to miss it. Get your tickets now either online or through your favorite Roller Warrior.
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Memorial Hall- Welcome back, derby fans! It’s that time of the year again, time to start the new season! All of the rookies you saw in in the game back in October have been practicing with their teams and now it’s time for rookies and veterans alike to take to the track and see who has what it takes to pry The Warder Cup out of The Black Eye Susans hands.
To catch you up on the holiday shenanigans, there was The Winter Wonderslam that KCRW hostessed for the fun of it. Eight teams were made up of area derby players and they had a mini tournament. It was fun, you should have been there. You missed JessiKa “The Nutcracker” Boom’s amazing run of 29 unanswered points when her team, Sparkle Bits played The Bah Humbugs. They beat The Bah Humbugs 125 to 71 and would eventually go on to win the tournament.
The Dreadnought Dorothys and The Victory Vixens would christen the new season with the first game. The Vixens have new uniforms this season, but The Dorothys have that old familiar blood lust. They took control of the game early and never relinquished. By Halftime, they were leading by 102 points. When the final whistle blew, the score stood Dorothys 232 Vixens 120.
The Susans faced their first challenge with The Knock Outs for the second game. Team captain Bear Knuckles took the line for the first Jam against JessiKa Boom. Boom drew first blood by getting Lead Jammer, scoring two points and then shutting it down. Bear would come back in the 3rd Jam to skate against Pebbles. Pebbles ended up going to the penalty box and The Susans took back the lead 10 to 5. They held onto it until Sk8l Attraction jammed against Bear in the 5th and put up 15 unanswered points. Now The Knock Outs were leading 24 to 10. The Susans put up a valiant effort to reclaim the lead but by Halftime they were down 130 to 82.
The Second Period saw more of the same. The Susans would get Lead jammer or a Power Jam situation but just couldn’t make it work to their advantage. In the 7th, Hateful SkEight jammed against JessiKa Boom and The Susans defense kept Boom busy just long enough for Hateful to get Lead. She was coming up on the pack with Boom hot on her wheels and going into turn three. Trying a Hail Mary play, she breaks through The Knock Outs wall and calls off the jam…but not before Boom jumped the apex and picked up three points of her own.
This would come back again as the two faced off again ten Jams later. This time, Hateful went to the box giving Boom a Power Jam. She racked up 25 points by the time the whistle blew. The score was now 238 to 159. The Knock Outs would go on to win 283 to 141.
Mark your calendars for January 20th when The Dorothys will take on The Knock Outs and The Vixens will try for a victory over The Susans. The season is just getting started, you don’t want to miss this! Tickets are available online or through your favorite local derby girl!
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Memorial Hall- The Roller Warriors were hostess to a post season mash up scrimmage they called The Jam Of Thrones. The theme was inspired by the popular HBO series, Game Of Thrones which is based from the series of novels by George R.R. Martin. It was open to anybody who was eligible to play derby and attracted players from across the city and as far away as Nebraska. There were four teams- The Lannisters, The Starks, The White Walkers and The Westeros.
The first game was between The Lannisters and The Starks. It was a close game at Halftime with The Starks leading by one point but, by the time the final whistle blew, they had extended that lead to 115 to 91, reigning victorious over The Lannisters.
The second game saw The White Walkers take on The Westeros. By Halftime, The Westeros were setting the pace of the game, despite the manipulation cards being played by the crowd. When all was said and done, The Westeros were on top, 114 to 99.
Make sure to mark your calendars for January 6th, 2018 when the home season will be back! You’ll see all of the rookies and returning veterans as they start the quest for The Rink of Fire!
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!