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!