Saturday, April 25th - Chicago
KCRW took a road trip to The Windy City Field House as The Chicago Outfit had their home opener. Sk8l Attraction and Plan B helped The Shade Brigade ring in season eight with a stinging defeat of 215 to 189.
High fives and celebrations were short lived however as The Syndicate put a hit out on Dr. Dread and The All-Stars and retaliated with a victory of 188 to 163. The All-Stars will be going to Fort Wayne, Indiana in May for The Spring Roll Tournament where their first game will be a rematch with The Syndicate. Perhaps they'll get a little reciprocity of their own.
Good luck All-Stars!
Wednesday, April 22nd - Winnwood Skate Center
Last time we had two teams with zero losses playing to see who would stay on top. This time we go through the looking glass with two teams looking for their first win. The Black Eye Susans, led by Tuff Noogies, have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with in seasons past. This season they've put up a good fight but just can't seem to close the deal. Are they just slow starters hanging back to let the others wear themselves out or is luck just not on their side this season? Only time will give us the answers.
The Knockouts, led by Mary Lou Wretched, are last years Rink Of Fire winners but have been unsuccessful in defending their title thus far. Even though this is KCRW's fifth game, it's still too early to write off either team. This is roller derby, a game where anything can happen.
As the first period started, it looked like The Susans were on the attack and taking no prisoners. It wasn't until the fifth jam that Lady Kill Shot (that's right, she's back and skating for The Knockouts) scored 3 points and finally putting her team on the board with a 27 point deficit. The Susans kept the pressure on and at Halftime they were leading 59 to 23.
The beatings continued and The Knockouts morale did not improve in the second half until the sixth jam when Mary Lou Wretched scored 24 points and tied the game for the first time. There would be a few more lead changes as the game went on but when the clock ran out and the whistle blew, it was The Knockouts who were in third place with the final score 115 to 101.
Tickets are still available for the next game being held at Municipal Auditorium on Saturday May 2nd. Will The Vixens remain victorious? Will The Susans finally get their win? Can The Knockouts keep their momentum going as they attempt to fight their way back to the top? And what of The Dorothys, the little team that could who climbed out of the basement and currently sit at number 2?
No matter who you cheer for, you won't want to miss it!
Wednesday, April 15 - Winnwood Skate Center once again held the first half of yet another amazing derby match for Underground Game 3. The event you've all been waiting for finally happened April 15th, just in time to take the sting out of Tax Day. The undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys went head to head against the undefeated Victory Vixens. The first major change of the season would happen on this night.
I had a chance to speak with both captains prior to the game and both sounded focused and ready for the game. Erin No Bragh said that she and The Dorothys were "cautiously confident" and not under estimating The Vixens. When I asked Vixens' captain, Rump Wrecker, for her thoughts on the upcoming game she told me, "This is the most excited I've been for a game since my first!" She gave me a brief run down of everything the team has been doing to keep themselves focused on the current season and when asked for a prediction she said, "It's going to be close but we're going to win."
The teams lined up, the crowd counted down and the whistle blew. The game was under way. The Dorothys came out strong and held The Vixens at a 20 point lead going into halftime. The Vixens were far from rolling over and accepting defeat, the first half just wasn't their game. The Dorothys defense just seemed to be everywhere at once and Case Closed and Dr. Dread moved like nothing could stop them. The game, however, was far from over.
The second half would see the blood sweat and tears of both teams as they fought to stay on top. Typically, it's a sign of inexperience and sloppy playing when a player fouls out. There's also the flip side of that coin that shows the level of determination. Both teams kept the penalty box officials busy all night and by the middle of the second half, you couldn't help but wonder if The Dorothys would have enough players left to finish the game. The Vixens were down a few players as well. When the period is only 20 minutes long, the number of penalties before ejection drops to five. They add up fast.
Dr. Dread and Chum Fiesta toe the line for what would be the final jam of the night. The score is tied and there's less than a minute left on the period clock. Chum Fiesta got lead but Dr. Dread managed to start her scoring run first. She was half way through the pack when she was sent to the box for a cut track. If Chum Fiesta can make it through the pack and call of the jam, the game is over. With 3 seconds left on the period clock, Chum Fiesta is sent to the box before she can call the jam. There is still a minute left on the jam clock and no lead jammer. The game is not over yet. Dr. Dread gets pushed out of the box early. The Vixens defense is all over her. Chum Fiesta is out of the box. Both jammers are now fighting their way through the pack as the final seconds tick off the clock. The whistle blows and the officials confer. After a few tense moments, the official final score reads Victory Vixens-109 Dreadnought Dorothys-104.
The top two positions are starting to take form, tune in next week to see whether The Black Eye Susans or The Knockouts will get their first victory of the season. Don't forget folks, you can get your tickets for the Underground Games right here on the website.
Underground Game 3B is scheduled for April 22nd! Get your tickets here!!!
North Richland Hills, Texas- The Seventh Annual Clover Cup Invitational Tournament ran March 27th through the 29th at The Nytex Sports Centre and your KCRW All-Stars were there to start their season. Teams showed up from as far away as Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ashville, North Carolina and even New Orleans, Louisiana to play.
KCRW's first game was against the hostess team, The Dallas Derby Devils. Dallas showed up ready to play and took an early lead, determined not to lose in their house. By Halftime, The Derby Devils were leading 119 to 39. Unfortunately, it would take more than an inspiring locker room speech by Dr. Dread to pull off a win that day. By the end of the second half, Dallas had put 213 points on the board to The All-Stars 107. Day one didn't go so well but don't count KC out yet.
Saturday, March 28th, Day Two - KC went up against Northwest Arkansas who lost to The Oklahoma Victory Dolls the day before. NWA took an early lead in the first half and led 16 to 8. The All-Stars decided to wash the bitter taste of the previous day's defeat, dug in and in the first 10 minutes they were leading 45 to 16 and nothing was going to break their momentum. By Halftime the board read 155 to 47 in favor of KC. There was no mercy to be found for NWA in the second half as the final whistle blew and KC won 281 to 100. They would go on to play The Oklahoma Victory Dolls later that night.
With a few hours of rest, KCRW was anxious to get back on the track. They faced The Oklahoma Victory Dolls to see who would go on to play for third place the following day. Oklahoma drew first blood and took an early lead but that would change several times until Halftime when KC led 81 to 76. Finishing what they started, KC kept the pressure on Oklahoma and emerged victorious 212 to 112. KCRW would go on to play Houston Roller Derby for third place.
Sunday, March 29th, Day Three - Both Houston and KC had come a long way and the tournament would end for one of them with a trophy while the other packed their skate bag and went home to review their tapes and see where they needed to improve. In the first half there were several lead changes early in the game but by Halftime it was looking gloomy for KC as Houston was leading 125 to 61. Taking the track for a valiant effort in the second half, KC just couldn't seem to rally. The final score was Houston 251 KC 177.
The All-Stars will be going to Chicago on April 25th to take on The Chicago Outfits' Syndicate. Tune in for all of the details.
Photo Credits: Roxy Rotsalot