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