Memorial Hall-The Junior Warriors had their mid-season game on Saturday. The names may change but the colors remain the same. The Red Mild Chili Peppers took on The Skaters Of Anarchy to see who would come out on top. It was an early lead for The Chili Peppers but The Skaters took back and held the lead through most of the first half. With some defensive strategy and a couple of well timed power jams though, The Chili Peppers were leading going into Halftime 140 to 127. The Skaters got close to retaking the lead a couple of times in the second but never managed that task and racked up their second loss, 268 to 204. At the MVP ceremony after the game, Forrest Bump and Speed Reecer were named MVP Blocker and Jammer respectively, for The Chili Peppers and Iron Rose and Officer Ecton received the awards for The Skaters Of Anarchy. Will Team Red make it a grand slam season or will Team Black rise up and break their streak? Find out Saturday, September 17th. Mark your calendars on September 9th for the Harry Potter edition of the Co-Ed Scrimmage. You won't want to miss either of these games since this will be your last dose of derby action until January! See you there! Don't forget to stay connected with KCRW and The Wheel Press on fb.
Wichita,Ks.-The All-Stars made it to the Division 2 Playoffs again this year. They were seeded fifth out of ten teams from across the country. Their first game on Friday, August 19th was against The Belligerents of Brandywine Roller Derby from Downington, Pennsylvania. The Belligerents have won six out their eleven games played. The All-Stars put up a good fight but ended up losing 223 to 112.
Saturday would be a better day to try to turn things around. It was a day of All-Stars as KC first played The Carolina All-Stars of The Carolina Rollergirls from Raleigh, North Carolina. They've won four of the twelve games played and were hoping for a fifth but KC said no with a score of 182 to 150.
This victory moved them into the next bracket to play The Boulder County Bombers All-Stars from Boulder, Colorado. They have won five of their thirteen games and just barely squeaked this one by with one point, 201 to 200.
This loss knocked The All-Stars into the battle for 7th place against the Tucson Roller Derby's Saddletramps. Winning five of their nine games, The Saddletramps have the strongest record of any team they've played so far. These two teams last faced each other back in March at The Clover Cup in Dallas, Texas where The Saddletramps won 335 to 106. This time The All-Stars put up a better fight but ended up losing 223 to 119.
The All-Stars season may be over but The Junior Warriors are just getting warmed up. Join us at Memorial Hall on Saturday, August 27th for more exciting derby action! Don't forget to stay connected with KCRW and The Wheel Press on facebook
Memorial Hall-So what do you do when you are a young upstart team and want to be recognized by the WFTDA? You look to your neighbors in the North. That is what 2x4 Roller Derby's Team Osom from Argentina did. They were in need of sanctioned games so they came to America with a dream of getting ranked.
Their first taste of American roller derby was on Friday, August 5th when they went to Lincoln, Nebraska to play No Coast's Mad Maxines. They ended up losing 176 to 143 but it was still an official game so they were off and running.
The following day, in Kansas City, The Roller Warriors organized the South America Meets I-70 Showdown Invitational. The All-Stars, Plan B and The Arch Rivals from St. Louis were all there.
The first game on Saturday had The Arch Rival All-Stars go up against Team Osom. It did not fare well for the Argentinians (340 to 76) but, again, a game is a game.
The next game had Plan B face Arch Rivals Fleur de Linquents. Plan B was back on their game after last months defeat at the hands of The Road Warriors. With the defense forming walls, or maybe you'd call them bubbles now because of the formation, and the offense skating over anything that got in their way, they took control of the game early and held it. The final score 237 to 166 in favor of Plan B!
The last game of the night was the main event, The All-Stars vs. Team Osom. There were some lead changes through the first half and by Halftime KC was only trailing by three points. When the second period got under way, Team Osom seemed to come out strong and started to pull ahead. Unfortunately, as The All-Stars were starting to have a late game rally, JessiKa Boom suffered an injury that put her on the bench for the rest of the game and the girls in black and red never fully recovered their momentum. When the final whistle blew, Team Osom had their first American victory 159 to 140.
The sun rose on a new day and The All-Stars seemed to have learned a lesson from the previous evening as the went up against The St. Lunachix. Oh, what a difference a day makes because this was classic All-Stars, not the team that's been on a losing streak since May. JessiKa Boom was back on the track and the entire offense was skating like they were the only ones on the track. It was truly a thing of beauty. By Halftime they were leading 113 to 50 and when it was over, they had won 212 to 128. They took their well deserved victory lap as the crowd cheered.
The game that followed was a little more brutal. Plan B took on Team Osom and it was a little south of awesome for KC. Argentina took the lead early and held on to it with both hands. By the time the dust settled, Team Osom had another victory under their belt, 225 to 61.
From Kansas City, Team Osom will proceed to Oklahoma before going home. Coming up, Plan B will be in Topeka on the 13th, The All-Stars will be headed to Wichita for the Division 2 Playoffs on the 19th through the 21st and on the 27th, The Junior Warriors will be playing at home. Mark your calendars folks, the season isn't over yet!
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Memorial Hall - KCRW's Junior Warriors started their 2016 season this past Saturday. There have been a few changes this year. Aside from the new logo, they have adopted a new color scheme, black and red. The new black team is called The Bad Reputations with the red team going by the name of The Hells Angels (obviously, we're not in California). The age cutoff has been dropped back to eight so it's a little reminiscent of the beginning seasons with the exception being that these kids can really skate.
There has been some retention from last season so you'll see some familiar faces along with a fresh crop of rookies. Though they are currently playing at a level two status, I have it on good authority from some of the coaches that the veterans are really busting their a...butts to play at a level one status while the rookies are working hard to be the best level two skaters they can be.
The Hells Angels won the game 250 to 221.The Bad Reputations were starting to come together in the second half but it was a little too late. Hopefully, they'll take what they learned from the game and apply it to their practices because on August 27th they'll be facing off again.
In the meantime, you can still feed your derby fix with the invitational match coming up August 6th and 7th with KCRW, The Arch Rivals and Team Argentina. Don't miss it! Track down your favorite derby girl for tickets or make sure you get to the door early