Monday, July 27, 2015 - Winnwood Skate Center
The Junior Warriors home teams played their second Underground game of the season on July 27th. After the last game, Rolling Thunder is looking for a little pay back having lost by 31 points. Perhaps this will be their night. I talked to the coaches before the game and the team hasn't really tried to change their tactics or learn any big strategy so much as just tighten up their playing and focus on team cohesion.
Starry Fright seemed confident going into the game. They had a full roster with the exception of Illumihottie who is still awaiting doctors clearance to return to the track after her fall in Des Moines earlier in the month.
The first period started off well for Rolling Thunder. They were dominating the board with only a couple of lead changes and they never trailed more than three points. The middle of the period was when Starry Fright just dropped the hammer and took the lead with a vengeance after Mini Me had her first power jam. By Halftime Starry Fright was leading 114 to 84. Rolling Thunder tried for a rally in the second period but Starry Frights momentum just couldn't be slowed down. By the time it was all said and done, Starry Fright had scored another win at 202 to 165.
The game MVP's were voted on and then announced after the game. Rolling Thunder's Demon Seed was the MVP Blocker with VDub picking up Jammer. Miranda Slambert was voted MVP Jammer and Pebbles was the Blocker for Starry Fright.
Don't miss the next game happening on August 10th at Winnwood Skate Center. There are only two more games left, will Rolling Thunder rise again to their glory of last season or will Starry Fright have another victory? The best way to find out is to show up!
For those of you in the St. Louis area, mark your calendars for August 1st as Plan B takes on The St. Lunachix. Stay tuned to this website for all of the exciting details.
See you next time.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Des Moines, IA
The Junior Warriors travel team took a trip to Iowa for The Des Moines Derby Brats Summer Slam Derby Jam. This is the fourth year for the invitational. They didn't get a chance to play the hostess team but they did play The So-Dak Attack which is the travel team for The Sioux Falls Baby Dollz out of South Dakota. The players may be a little smaller but the action's just as good.
So-Dak controlled the board until Jam 3 when Mini Me put up 4 to their 13 points. The Doctor, Illumihotie, and Apocalypstick soon followed suit and by Halftime KC was in the lead, 109-100.
KC didn't let up in the second half and So-Dak didn't just roll over. They put up a good fight and came close but not close enough. By the end, the score was KC 206 So-Dak 200. The game did set a Summer Slam precedent in that it was the first game where the MVP Jammer and Blocker was the same person. Mini Me took home the MVP certificates for KC while Adrenaline claimed them for So-Dak. Congratulations go out to both players.
Game 5 saw The Junior Warriors take on The Chick Whips from Topeka, Kansas. This has been a standing rivalry so it was bound to be an interesting game.
Things were not looking good for KC when, in the third jam, trailing 30-0, Demon Seed went down hard on her tailbone causing her to leave the game. They were already skating short with ten players, now they were missing another. In the fourth jam, Mini Me was finally able to put 4 points on the board making the score 33-4. The worst of it came in the 12th jam when Illumihottie was making her way through the pack and took a hit that knocked her flat on the track. After several minutes of EMTs working with her, an ambulance was called and KC was down another player. With three minutes and some change left on the clock and the score at 86 to 32 in favor of Topeka, the vote was cast and the call was made to end the game.
On a positive note, Illumihottie was not seriously injured.
The Junior Warriors will return with Starry Fright and Rolling Thunder at Winnwood on July 27th for another Home Team, Underground game. For More info visit the EVENTS - JUNIOR WARRIORS page.
UPCOMING: Don't miss out on your chance to have breakfast with The Roller Warriors on July 18th. For more information visit the EVENTS page. See you there.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Lincoln, Nebraska
The travel teams hit the road on July 11th to play The No Coast Derby Girls at The Ice Box. Both The Mad Maxines and The Road Warriors have proven to be formidable opponents in the past and this night would be no different. The first game of the double header was between Plan B and The Road Warriors.
Last June, when these two teams met, The Road Warriors skated away victoriously with a score of 154 to 133. The season prior to that, Plan B took a merciless beating with the final score 271 to 122. This season they were looking to turn that around.
Team captains Sk8l Attraction and Chewbokma toed the line for the first jam of the game. SK8L gave Plan B an early lead which was held until the third jam when The Road Warriors scored 20 to KC's 13. Plan B never caught back up in the first period and the score was 82 to 64 going into halftime.
Plan B never seemed to fall farther than 30 points behind but never got closer than 20 points until late in the second period. In Jam 20, Sk8l gets a 14 point power jam that brings the score to 167 to 159, Road Warriors favor. In the next jam, Sk8l is still jamming, this time against Sunshine. Sk8l gets lead but is sent to the box. Sunshine manages to get a 9 point lead out of her power jam as Sk8l comes back out of the box. Official time has run out and there is only 22 seconds left on the jam clock. Both skaters are moving like their lives depend on it, trying to get all of the points they can. The whistle blows and for a moment it looks as if Plan B has an easy victory. After a five minute official review, the points are reassessed and the score is tied sending the game into overtime.
Sk8l once again takes the line against Chewbokma. In Overtime there is no lead jammer and whoever scores the most points in two minutes wins the game. The whistle blows and the skaters are off. Chewbokma makes it out of the pack with Sk8l barely a stride behind her. The two skaters race around for their scoring run. The blockers are not giving an inch to either skater. Just before Chewbokma makes it out of the pack she is called for a cut track. Sk8l has a power jam with 40 seconds left on the clock. By the time Chewbokma makes it back on the track Sk8l has won the game with a score of 210 to 206. Games like this is why we love this sport.
The All-Stars have played The Mad Maxines six times previously. The Mad Maxines have yet to win a game against The All-Stars. This is the night they're hoping to turn that around. I asked team captain Ripa what she thought the chances were that this would be their night. She wasn't trying to see this as anything more than just another game, "we expect to win no matter who we play", she said this with an air of confidence that told me that The All-Stars were going to have their hands full and victory would be hard earned. I asked Dr. Dread for her thoughts on the game- "We've never played Anna Maniac AND Flash Gloria before so that should be an interesting challenge."
It was a shaky start with The All-Stars not even showing up on the board until the third jam when Reptar scored 12 to their 26. The following jam saw Jessika Boom put The All-Stars in the lead with an amazing 19 point jam making the score 31 to 26. They managed to hold on to it until the the middle of the period when The Mad Maxines took back the lead and held it. By Halftime the score was 121 to 102.
For a couple of jams later in the second period, it looked as if history might repeat itself as The All-Stars got within 10 points of a tie but then fell back again. The final score was 208 to 161 as The Mad Maxines finally pulled off a victory against their long time rivals.
Don't forget to tune in for Plan B's trip to St. Louis on August 1st to take on Arch Rivals' Saint Lunachix. Thanks for reading and we'll see you next time.
Municipal Auditorium-Saturday, June 27th
The last time we were here, The Knockouts were taking home the trophy, The Susans were congratulating them on a game well played, and The Dorothys lost, as they had done all season, the The Vixens. What a difference a year makes.
This season, The Dorothys have fought their way out of the basement with The Vixens hot on their heels, The Knockouts were within striking distance of the number two spot and The Susans tail behind with only two wins. This season has been far from boring.
Last years champions, The Knockouts, had an amazing season last year. They were undefeated and seemingly unstoppable. This season...things have not gone their way. With only two wins, it's hard to believe that they were seven points away from the number two spot. Now they fight to maintain third place.
The Black Eye Susans were in second place last year. This year they've been in the basement all season. They did manage to make it to third place after the May 2nd game when they beat The Victory Vixens and The Dorothys beat The Knockouts. That was short lived because they lost to The Knockouts in the May 30th game. It's difficult to say exactly what happened between seasons because their two wins have been against The Vixens and The Dorothys and while they were in the number one position. They have strong players and seasoned leadership; I guess this just wasn't their year.
I asked both captains for a pre-game prediction. Mary Lou Wretched-"Since they've picked up Turtle Power, we're not letting our guard down. We're going to go out there and hopefully do what we did last time."
Tuff Noogies-"It'll be close. I'm feeling pretty good about it. With Turtle I think we'll have a deeper jammer rotation and I'm hoping to keep the penalties under control and for a better point spread."
It's interesting that both captains mention recent acquisition Turtle Power who transferred in from Salina and Veteran City and played her first game with The Susans in the last Underground game of the season against The Dorothys. She had a 25 point power jam.
The Susans were skating without Estee Slaughter and Peter Babriel and The Knockouts were missing Jamalamadingdong.
With the game under way, there were a few lead changes early in the first period. Love Tap, Reptar and Turtle Power were doing their best against the Teal Defense but by Halftime The Knockouts were leading 111 to 79.
Mary Lou Wretched and company kept the pressure on through the second half and managed to maintain their third place standing with a final score of 173 to 158. This was Tuff Noogies' farewell game. After seven seasons she's hanging up her skates to pursue other interests. I'm sure she'll be missed by fans and skaters alike. We here at The Wheel Press wish her only the best.
The Victory Vixens have had an interesting season. At the beginning, it looked as though they would be unbeatable but then The Susans put a stop to that streak and the The Dorothys took them to task. Still, they managed to hang on to the number two spot.
The comeback story of the year has to be The Dreadnought Dorothys. Last season they lost every game. This season they are in the number one spot going in to The Rink of Fire. When I asked team captain Erin No Bragh about the secret of their success, she had this to say-"We got some fantastic people in the drafts, but great individuals do not a team make. I believe some major factors were dedication and camaraderie. We consistently had the highest attendance at scrimmages and these girls work incredibly hard. What I find very interesting is that with Hash injured all season, we do not have a single first string All-Star blocker. Our defense comes from playing as one, which was our focus from the first day.
Things I never could have trained into the team that happened naturally are the generosity and genuine friendships that have formed. People paid for each others uniforms and team dinner during Restaurant Week. One girl is a massage therapist and gives free 90 minute massages despite her hectic schedule. We support each other through injuries, illnesses, tough games. We bond off skates, which I have always believed, helps on the track. I would love to take credit for our successes (along with my fantastic co-captains Buffy and Hash), but I think a lot of it is that I got lucky with some alignment of talented skaters and literal blood, sweat and tears. Usually happy tears, thankfully! But whenever we've had disputes within the team-because in any group of strong women there will always be a few differences of opinion-we've discussed it and moved past it to what really matters. And every person matters, including bench staff. We also make sure to give everyone far more than the required four jams in as many games as possible, because experience develops skaters and strengthens teams."
The Vixens were skating without Hydrogen Bombshell, Remy Killjoy, Shannibal Lecter, Sheeza Riot and Track Rat while The Dorothys were only missing Road Hash.
Rump Wrecker's pre-game prediction was-"No predictions, just really excited. We've spent the day getting mentally prepared and we're just going to go give it our all."
Erin No Bragh-"I think it'll be close. We usually play really well at Municipal. I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to jinx us."
The first period was definitely a defensive game. By halftime The Vixens were barely ahead 79 to 74.
The offense really started going to work in the second period as The Vixens widened the margin and brought home the trophy-138 to 124. Congratulations to The Victory Vixens. "Our success not only (tonight), but this entire season is the result of team work. We play to each other's strengths and trust one another."-Rump Wrecker.
This concludes the 2015 home season. Don't forget to tune in on July 11th as The All-Stars and Plan B take a road trip to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on No Coast. On July 12th, The Junior Warriors will be going to Iowa as they take on The Des Moines Derby Brats. Don't worry folks, there's still plenty of derby action to get you through the summer.