Memorial Hall-The air was alive with excitement and energy. It was summer the last time anybody had seen their favorite team in action and crowd and player alike were ready to get things under way. The first game of the new season saw The Victory Vixens going up against The Knock-Outs.
Last season, The Vixens only lost one game and went on to win The Rink Of Fire for the second year in a row while The Knock-Outs had one of their worst seasons. With over thirty rookie players this season, I think we're going to see four different teams this year.
Foxxi Brown sang The National Anthem and D'Nouncer Duane took care of the announcements and introductions. The crowd counted down and Kerowhack blew the whistle starting the twelfth season.
JessiKa Boom drew first blood for the girls in teal with three unanswered points. She set the pace of the game as The Knock-Outs went on to dominate the first period. In the last jam before Halftime, Track Rat had a 24 point scoring run that brought The Vixens within ten points as the score was 96 to 86 in favor of The Knock-Outs.
The second period saw a few lead changes but both teams were out to win and neither one was backing down. As the Jam Clock ran out and the final whistle blew, the points were tallied up and it was a tie game! It's been a long time since anybody has seen a game go in to overtime.
Head referee Effin' Ref quickly pulled the officiating staff into a huddle and reviewed the rules for an overtime jam. After getting everything straight with the refs, he went over it with the pack and the game was ready to continue to its conclusion. The biggest thing about an overtime jam is that there is no lead jammer called, it goes for a full two minutes.
The players lined up and the whistle was blown. The Knock-Outs jammer made it out of the pack with The Vixens jammer in hot pursuit. With each pass, both teams defense made it a slow and arduous trek through the pack. When the clock ran out though, it was The Vixens who had scored more points and kept their grip on the trophy with a final score of 220 to 206.
I later asked Madame McBomb, team captain of The Knock-Outs, about the changes in the team as this is definitely not the same team we saw last season. Were there methods of inspiration, new training techniques or perhaps a change of diet? She simply said that while the outcome was not as well as she had hoped, she was very proud of her teams performance and she didn't have to feed them anything since they always had it in them. What will the future hold for The Knock-Outs? You'll have to show up to the next game for that answer.
The second game of the night saw the classic match up of The Black Eye Susans and The Dreadnought Dorothys. Both teams are pretty evenly matched on paper. They both have about the same amount of new players and have strong veteran leadership in the form of Love Tap for The Susans and Havok for The Dorothys. Unfortunately for The Susans, The Dorothys also have a strong defense.
The first period started off with a few lead changes but then The Dorothys took control of the scoreboard and held on through Halftime when the score was 76 to 48.
The girls in gingham managed to hang on to their lead through the second period as well with the final score of 198 to 160.
Join us again on January 28th as The Dreadnought Dorothys will take on The Knock-Outs and The Victory Vixens will go up against The Black Eye Susans. Tickets are on sale now through the website or you can track down your favorite derby girl. Don't forget to stay connected with KCRW and The Wheel Press on facebook.