Memorial Hall- Kansas City took its first step down the road to tournament season on Saturday as they played hostess to The Syndicate and The Shade Brigade of The Chicago Outfit. These two teams have not faced each other in two years so the time had come. Going into the bout, Kansas City was ranked 64 by the WFTDA, with Chicago coming in at 68. September is still in the distance but Kansas City will have an uphill struggle to make it to Division 1. Their record last season was not good, so this year they will not have to merely win, but shut out the teams they play to gain a point spread advantage.
If the pre-season is any indication of how the season will go, I would say that Kansas City fans have a reason to get excited again. They beat Wichita by 113 points and went on to defeat Rocky Mountain by 98 points so the ability is there. With The Wall Of Doom on defense and the offense able to score 12 points in a jam faster than the announcers can say "Lead Jammer", I would say there is a very good chance indeed.
There has been one recent addition since the last game. The travel team has officially adopted their nickname, Wolfpack. They are now known as The Wolfpack All-Stars and Wolfpack B. The name is new but the team remains the same.
To start Saturdays festivities, Wolfpack B took on The Shade Brigade. Chaos drew first blood against Bear Knuckles as Chicago started out with three unanswered points. Bear Knuckles would come back in the 9th Jam with an eight point Power Jam to put KC in front for the first time, 28 to 27. After another lead change, it was Bear Knuckles again, that went on a 19 point scoring run bringing KC back up 87 to 82. Kansas City held the lead going into Halftime, 100 to 82.
The second Jam of the second period saw Tankerbell go on a 10 point scoring run to stretch the lead 118 to 86. In the 7th, Carlson had a 15 point Power Jam for Chicago and broke the century mark, bringing the score to 136 to 112, still in favor of KC. The next Jam, however, saw Shuvee Gremlin throw up 20 points and stretch the lead again to 156 to 112. The 11th Jam saw a big rally from The Shade Brigade as Aimageddon had a 13 point run and started closing the gap, 157 to 148. In the 13th, Jenergizer Bunny scored 6 points and put Chicago in the lead for the first time in the second half, 162 to 161. Powerhouse Shuvee Gremlin came out in the 18th with an impressive 21 point scoring run that tied it up 184-184. Jenergizer Bunny would come out the following Jam to score 9 unanswered points and put The Shade Brigade back in the lead, 193 to 184. As the final whistle blew two Jams later, The Shade Brigade had beaten Wolpack B 197 to 187.
This makes two losses to one victory for the Kansas City B team. While it is an improvement over the team that seemed to fall asleep during the second period against Project Mayhem, you have to wonder what happened to that team that spanked The Havoc? It seemed like there was a revolving door on The Penalty Box for this game. To be fair, Chicago had similar issues but, where The Shade Brigade seemed to get aggressive and make mistakes, KC seemed to get careless. Hopefully, they can get back on track by April 14th when they take on Omaha AAA at Memorial Hall.
The main event, Wolfpack All-Stars vs. The Syndicate, was next. After such a close first game, Kansas City fans neede some reassurance that there would be a little joy in Mudville that evening. For the first Jam, KC lined up The Dream Team- Dixie Wolf, Enigma, Jess Decker and Pebbles on defense with JessiKa Boom on offense. Ice Hurt toe stopped the line against Boom. ice Hurt managed to get Lead Jammer and put four unanswered points on the board. Bit and the coaching staff quickly adjusted fire as Xcelerator donned the star for the next Jam and scored 13 points which then set the pace for the rest of the game as the score was now 13 to 8. Sk8l Attraction came out in the 3rd and also had a 13 point run bringing the score up 26 to 13, KC. In the 5th, it was JessiKa Boom scoring 18 points making it 45 to 14. Not to be out done, Havok came out in the 8th and went on a 14 point scoring run with the score now 77 to 24. Xcelerator came back out in the 11th, put up 20 points and broke the century mark, 104 to 26. Sk8l followed it up with a 17 point run that brought KC to 121 to 40. She would follow that up in the 16th with a 15 point run and bring the score up to 140 to 58. By Halftime, Kansas City was leading Chicago 145 to 62.
Xcelerator would start the second period with a 19 point jam, giving KC a 100 point margin of 164 to 62. The final score was Wolfpack All-Stars 273 The Syndicate 108. They set out to dominate and accomplished the mission! If they can maintain this roll, this will be on hell of a season!
Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, April 14th as they take on The Omaha All-Stars at Memorial Hall. Check this website for ticket information. If you cannot wait until the 14th for more derby action, you are in luck because the home team action heats up on April 1st (no fooling) when The Dreadnought Dorothys take on The Knock-Outs and The Black Eye Susans go up against The Victory Vixens. Also, on April 2nd, The Junior Warriors will be taking their first trip of the season to play The ICT Roller Juniors in Wichita. Can't make it to Wichita? Don't worry, you can follow the action as it happens on The Wheel Press page on facebook. Follow KCRW, your favorite home team and The Junior Warriors on fb. See you in April!