Memorial Hall-The Junior Warriors brought the season to a close on Saturday, September 17th as The Blackouts faced The Holy Rollers. The Holy Rollers, a.k.a. The Red Team, have won the last two games in this three game season. Will this be the resurrection of The Starry Frights, just with a different color scheme or will The Blackouts make a final stand? The Blackouts came out strong and took control of the board early, but by the middle of the period The Holy Rollers were starting to rally and there were a few lead changes. However, by the end of the period, The Blackouts were leading 129 to 102. Things were still looking good for The Blackouts through the first part of the second period but The Holy Rollers had managed to inch their way up to a tie game and eventually took the lead. They never got far enough ahead that The Blackouts couldn't catch up, but The Blackouts were starting to rack up penalties and The Holy Rollers defense was really starting to feel their Wheaties. By the last jam, The Blackouts had managed to get back in the lead by four points. Apocalypstick was lead jammer and all they had to do was hold The Holy Rollers jammer until the remaining seconds ticked off the period clock and then call the jam. Things were going well until Apocalypstick was sent to the penalty box. Now The Holy Rollers have a power jam and there's less than a minute left on the jam clock. Apocalypstick gets out of the box, The Holy Rollers have tied the game and the seconds are ticking off the clock. If the defense can hold the Red jammer just long enough for Apocalypstick to make a pass through the pack, The Blackouts can win the game. Of course, the same can be said for The Holy Rollers. If either skater can pass just one more blocker before the whistle blows, the game is won. As the Jam Timer blew the final whistle, Apocalypstick cleared the pack giving her four points and making the final score Blackouts 218 Holy Rollers 214. Will Apocalypstick move up to the home teams? Will The Knockouts rise up out of the basement? Will The Victory Vixens win The Rink of Fire three years in a row? What kind of season will Plan B have? Will The All-Stars break out of Division 2? The answer to these questions and more will be answered in January when the new season starts. Check this website for your season tickets because you wont want to miss any of it. See you next year!
Memorial Hall-Friday, September 9th marked the close of the adult derby season with a Harry Potter themed co-ed scrimmage called Hit It And Quidditch. Players were encouraged to create costumes (or at least themed uniforms) and the crowd got in on the action by purchasing a wand. With the wand, the audience could cast a "spell" that would effect the game. They could have a player start in the penalty box, add a blocker to each team, have the jam skated clockwise, add 10 points to their favorite teams score or, for a select few, even swap the score. There were four games instead of the usual two. Each game lasting one thirty minute period. The first game was all female Hufflepuff vs Slytherin. Hufflepuff came out on top of that one 110 to 65. The next game was still all female and had Ravenclaw go up against Gryffindor. Gryffindor had a little help from the audience and won 117 to 111. Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw was the first co-ed game of the evening.Despite the audiences best efforts on the part of Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw ended up winning 99 to 94. The final game of the night saw co-ed Gryffindor take on Slytherin. Gryffindor, true to form, won the game 119 to 102. Something I think should be mentioned here is the incredible performance of JessiKa Boom. She played in all four games and would usually have a double digit scoring run each time she jammed. On more than one occasion, her team would be lagging behind in points, she'd come out and close that gap and even put them in the lead. Just as her team would get a comfortable point deficit and victory seemed within easy reach, somebody in the audience would cast the flip-the-score-spell and they'd be behind again...until she took the jammer line. These are the moments you miss when you stay at home. Check this website for your chance to get season tickets for the upcoming season that starts in January. Don't delay, it'll be here before you know it. In the meantime, your last chance at Kansas City derby action will happen at Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 17th when The Junior Warriors play their last game of the season. You don't want to miss it!