Memorial Hall-So what do you do when you are a young upstart team and want to be recognized by the WFTDA? You look to your neighbors in the North. That is what 2x4 Roller Derby's Team Osom from Argentina did. They were in need of sanctioned games so they came to America with a dream of getting ranked.
Their first taste of American roller derby was on Friday, August 5th when they went to Lincoln, Nebraska to play No Coast's Mad Maxines. They ended up losing 176 to 143 but it was still an official game so they were off and running.
The following day, in Kansas City, The Roller Warriors organized the South America Meets I-70 Showdown Invitational. The All-Stars, Plan B and The Arch Rivals from St. Louis were all there.
The first game on Saturday had The Arch Rival All-Stars go up against Team Osom. It did not fare well for the Argentinians (340 to 76) but, again, a game is a game.
The next game had Plan B face Arch Rivals Fleur de Linquents. Plan B was back on their game after last months defeat at the hands of The Road Warriors. With the defense forming walls, or maybe you'd call them bubbles now because of the formation, and the offense skating over anything that got in their way, they took control of the game early and held it. The final score 237 to 166 in favor of Plan B!
The last game of the night was the main event, The All-Stars vs. Team Osom. There were some lead changes through the first half and by Halftime KC was only trailing by three points. When the second period got under way, Team Osom seemed to come out strong and started to pull ahead. Unfortunately, as The All-Stars were starting to have a late game rally, JessiKa Boom suffered an injury that put her on the bench for the rest of the game and the girls in black and red never fully recovered their momentum. When the final whistle blew, Team Osom had their first American victory 159 to 140.
The sun rose on a new day and The All-Stars seemed to have learned a lesson from the previous evening as the went up against The St. Lunachix. Oh, what a difference a day makes because this was classic All-Stars, not the team that's been on a losing streak since May. JessiKa Boom was back on the track and the entire offense was skating like they were the only ones on the track. It was truly a thing of beauty. By Halftime they were leading 113 to 50 and when it was over, they had won 212 to 128. They took their well deserved victory lap as the crowd cheered.
The game that followed was a little more brutal. Plan B took on Team Osom and it was a little south of awesome for KC. Argentina took the lead early and held on to it with both hands. By the time the dust settled, Team Osom had another victory under their belt, 225 to 61.
From Kansas City, Team Osom will proceed to Oklahoma before going home. Coming up, Plan B will be in Topeka on the 13th, The All-Stars will be headed to Wichita for the Division 2 Playoffs on the 19th through the 21st and on the 27th, The Junior Warriors will be playing at home. Mark your calendars folks, the season isn't over yet!
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