Well derby fans, we've made it through the holidays and into the new year. Did everybody get a chance to enjoy their new season tickets on Sunday? On the off chance you missed it (or just want to relive it), get yourself a hot dog and a cold beverage of your choice and I'll tell you all about it.
Before we get into the game action though, there is a new change in the Dreadnought Dorothys team. Team captain Jade Lightning has retired for personal and professional reasons. She will be missed by her team and fans alike. We all wish her the best in all of her future endeavors and extend an open invitation to any and all tailgating.
Road Hash, Jade's former co-captain, has stepped up to take the reins and lead the team on to victory. This is never an easy task, but her new co-captain is none other than star veteran player Bruz-Her, who has experience leading the Dorothys to numerous wins. I know I've said this before, but I think now that things are starting to settle down, the Dorothys will get down to business. The proof will be in the pudding in February.
Sunday, January 12 saw the Dreadnought Dorothys take on the Victory Vixens. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season. They were playing with a vengeance as both teams kept the referees busy and treated the penalty box like it had a revolving door.
The Vixens were able to dominate the score board until the fifth jam, when Dr. Dread was able to put up five points. This was a valiant start, but it just wasn't enough. Going into half time, the Vixens were leading 130 to 23. The second half saw just as much aggression as the Dorothys continued to struggle against the Vixens defense. By the fifth jam, Vixens team captain Ruth Canal had racked up her seventh penalty and had to lead her team to victory from the sidelines. The final score was Vixens 248, Dorothys 74.
The second game was between defending champions the Black Eye Susans and the Knockouts. Both of these teams won their games last month, so the final score would determine who kept their winning record and who had to chalk one up in the loss column.
Both teams started out strong, giving no quarter and taking none. The score was never more than two points apart. But, somewhere toward the end of the first period, the Knockouts got the upper hand and managed to hang on to it going into half time, where the score was Knockouts 72, Susans 45. Going back into the second half, Bella Fire managed to rally her team and the gap started to close. The Knockouts, however, managed to use any Susan disadvantage to their advantage as well as keep a strong defense that the Susans' jammers kept butting their heads against. By the time the dust settled and the final whistle blew, the Knockouts were victorious with a score of 123 to 104.
Don't forget to join us on February 16 at Winnwood Skate Center, where once again, there will be plenty of derby action as we see what Road and Bruz have done with the Dorothys and if the Knockouts can maintain their record. You don't want to miss this as we move into the home stretch for the championship game. Don't forget to mark your calendars, folks: Rink Of Fire will be Saturday, April 19 at Municipal Auditorium.