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.
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