Memorial Hall- The non-sanctioned action continued on Sunday as The Rocky Mountain Roller Girls made a stop in Kansas City after their back to back victories in Wichita against ICT Roller Derby. The anticipation was high and the spirits were good despite the early hour and the games played the previous night. One of the reasons for the excitement was that the travel teams recently had a new draft so this would be a shakedown cruise for their new line up. For the most part, there was little change but there are some new faces and they may not be playing the position you're used to.
The latest All-Star line up is as follows:
Erin No Bragh
Yoko Oh No You Didn't
The first game of the day was The All-Stars vs. The Contenders. JessiKa Boom toe stopped The Jammer Line against Massacre. The pack for KC consisted of a line up I've started calling The Wall Of Doom, Dixie Wolf, Enigma, Jess Decker and Pebbles. They assume a triangular formation with the fourth player able to stay in motion and cover the inside or outside gap. It does not seem to matter which player is in either position because they appear to have a hive mind where the opposition is concerned. Whoever faces to the rear calls out player movement like a Field Marshal and the pack responds with speed and ferocity. By the time you throw in a Jammer of jessiKa Boom's caliber who started with The Junior Warriors and has only improved since moving up to the big league, you have a dream team that put 13 unanswered points on the board to start the game. The All-Stars kept the pressure on and were up 112 to 34 at Halftime.
The second period did not go any better for The Contenders as The All-Stars just kept their momentum moving forward. By the time the fourth whistle blew, it was Kansas City standing victorious at 196 to 98.
Plan B has the most new faces as well as a couple left over from The All-Stars. This is their latest roster:
Swezey On The Eyes
The second game of Plan B against Project Mayhem started off with strong potential, despite a late first period rally. Rookie player Tanker Bell faced off against Suri Brawl to start the game with Brawl puting four unanswered points on the board. KC would trail just out of reach until the 15th Jam where Rogue went on a 17 point scoring run and put Plan B in the lead for the first time, 53 to 46. In the 22nd, Ghostskate Killah had a power jam that put Project Mayhem up by one, 62 to 61. Just before Halftime, Rogue came back out and put KC back up 65 to 62.
The second period is where things turned around and went downhill. In the second Jam, Suri Brawl had a 9 point scoring run that put Project Mayhem in the lead, 71 to 65, and that was when they started gaining traction. Not to downplay Denver's victory but, I can't help but feel that fatigue had something to do with KC's lack of performance. Somewhere in the second half it just felt like both teams were starting to phone it in, Plan B just came in on the losing side of a bad day. The final score was Project Mayhem 174 Plan B 105.
Do not forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25th when you will get to see the travel teams live and in person as The All-Stars take on The Syndicate and Plan B goes up against The Shade Brigade of The Chicago Outfit. This will be the first sanctioned game of the season and you will not want to miss it. Tickets are available through this website, get yours now!
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