Memorial Hall- The season has come down to this event, The Rink of Fire. The Victory Vixens have been the reigning champions for the past two seasons but now they will pass on The Tim Warder Cup. The Vixens won the season opener against The Knock-Outs in Overtime but, that was the only game they would win for the rest of the season.
If there is an award for Most Improved Team, it would have to go to The Knock-Outs. Last season was horrible. I cannot think of another word for it. Their injury/illness roster was longer than their bench line up, they had players from other teams going free agent for an hour to don a teal jersey just to have enough players to make a pack, and they lost every game last year.
This season, they had new leadership in the form of Madam McBomb and Sk8l Attraction. They managed to retain veterans like Jess Decker, Sneaky Pete and JessiKa Boom. They got some strong rookies with the draft like Little Miss Rampage and Pebbles. They also had the ability to use the previous season as a motivator. They only won two games in the regular season but they put up one hell of a fight in the other four and never got shut out. They became the underdog that everybody cheered for.
The undercard game for third place was between The Victory Vixens and The Knock-Outs. The first two Jammers for the evening were Shimmy Hendwrex for The Vixens and JessiKa Boom for The Knock-Outs. The whistle blew and the Jammers were off and skating. Boom made it out of the pack first and became Lead Jammer and went on to score four points before shutting it down. The Vixens were going to have a fight on their hands. In the 5th, Sk8l Attraction came out and put up 19 points, making the score 25 to 11 in favor of The Knock-Outs. Track Rat would try to start a rally in the 9th with a 15 point scoring run that would bring the score up to 33 to 28, still favoring The Knock-Outs. It was short lived because in the 12th, Boom came back out and put up 13 points, the score now 50 to 32. The following Jam would see Pebbles come out and put up 19 points and then follow up three Jams later with a 25 point scoring run, the score by this time being 97 to 36, Knock-Outs. In Jam 24, Track Rat would again attempt a late period rally by throwing up 14 points, making the score 113 to 69. Boom would come out again for the last Jam of the Period and put up 23 points. Knock-Outs- 136 Victory Vixens-85 at Halftime. It looked like there was no stopping The Knock-Outs, Dixie Wolf and Singh Machine were going to have 10 minutes to figure out a strategy.
By jam 4 of the second period, JessiKa Boom was back to her old tricks and had a 24 point scoring run, making it 168 to 107, Knock-Outs. She would repeat that success in jam 18, bringing the score 234 to 150. Not one to go down without a fight, Shimmy Hendwrex went on an 18 point scoring run in the 21st which brought the score up to 236 to 176. Ultimately, The Knock-Outs would finish the season in Third Place, 240 to 185.
The Main Event for The Tim Warder Cup would be between the undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans. To start the game, The Dorothys sent out Mel Malice while The Susans sent Xcelerator to the Jammer Line. Mel picked up 9 unanswered points and shut it down. Tankerbell had a Power jam in the 2nd as Turtle Power was sent to the Penalty Box. The Susans defense managed to hold her off and she only picked up one extra point, the score now 10 to 0, Dorothys. Xcelerator came back out in the 3rd against Shuvee Gremlin and this time she was the one to put up 9 unanswered points. The score was 10-9 in favor of The Dorothys but The Susans were now clocked in and ready to go to work. Tankerbell and Bear Knuckles faced off for the next Jam but no points were scored. The tide would start to change a couple of jams later when The Susans sent Polly Rocket to the line against Shuvee. The Susans defense kept Shuvee hung up in the pack as Polly put 22 points on the board bringing the score to 31 to 12, now in favor of The Susans. Mel Malice managed to sneak in a couple of points in the following Jam but in the 8th, it was Turtle Power who would get Lead and put up 12 unanswered points, bringing the score now 43 to 14, Susans. Shuvee and Bear would take turns in the box for the next Jam. Bear would score 11 points to Shuvee’s 9, 54 to 23 Susans. In the 13th, it looked like The Dorothys were going to start rallying as Lady Killshot got a Power Jam when Xcelerator was sent to the box on a Cut Track call. She managed to get 19 points to X’s 9, 78 to 46, still The Susans favor. In the 15th, Mel Malice and Polly Rocket took the line. Mel was hung up in the pack so she passed the star to Fantastic Beast but then Beast was sent to the box on a Cut Track. The Dorothys defense was all over Polly so she passed the star to Enigma who went on to score 9 points, the score now 89 to 52, Susans. By halftime, The Susans were leading 122 to 56. If they could keep it up, they would be the first place team as well as the only team to defeat The Dorothys all season. However, The Dorothys have been in this position before and have come back strong in the second half. The game is not over yet.
The Susans were still large and in charge in the second period. Most notably in the 11th Jam when Turtle Power got Lead over Mel Malice and put up 22 unanswered points making the score 186 to 75. Mel would come back in the 14th and pick up lead against Bear Knuckles and put 23 points on the board while Bear put up 2, 197 to 106. In the 17th, Lady Killshot was able to score 16 points before Xcelerator shut down the jam, 201 to 122 Susans. Lady Killshot came back in the 22nd and got lead over Polly Rocket and put up 15 points, the score now 216 to 149. However, it would be Xcelerator, in the last Jam of the season and the last Jam of her career, who would execute the coup de gras and get lead over Shuvee and score 23 points as the clock ran out. Final score Black Eye Susans-239 Dreadnought Dorothys-157.
The Black Eye Susans take home The Cup, The Dorothys are in 2nd Place, followed by The Knock-Outs and The Victory Vixens. This has definitely been an interesting season. Track Rat, Jess Decker and Xcelerator have announced their retirement. X will finish the season with The All-Stars and Decker will show up sometimes wearing stripes. Hopefully, Track Rat will take up coaching. I guess time will tell. It almost seems a shame to see it end. Fortunately, there is still travel team season to see you through.
The All-Stars will be going to Besterns in Denver on June 2-4 and, The Junior Warriors start their season in July. Don’t worry, folks, it’s not over yet.
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