The first change that you should be aware of — before you start thinking I’ve made some kind of typo — is that the teams have been completely redrafted, so you’ll probably see some familiar names in some unfamiliar places. Sometimes you just have to shake things up to keep things interesting.
Another change is that KCRW, along with a couple of other leagues, is cooperating with WFTDA in trying out a new policy for 30 second penalties, cutting back from the 60 second penalty. It started with the rookie bout last month and still seems to be gaining favor, so keep your eyes open for it to find its way into tournaments by the end of the season.
Meanwhile, back at Winnwood Skate Center, the first game of the season saw the Dreadnought Dorothys take on the Knockouts. The Dorothys offense, lead by team captain Jade Lightning, put up a good fight, but in the end, the Knockouts defense shut them down. The final score was Knockouts 186 Dorothys 68.
Whatever captain Annie Maul has been feeding her team, it’ll be worth showing up next month to see if they’re still on the same diet.
Last season, the Dorothys finished in the basement at the Rink of Fire. A lot of changes have been made since then and Jade is going to have her hands full being the new captain of a new team, but the fans are still behind them and this could be the year they turn it all around. It’s too early in the season to make any kind of predictions, but, with a month of practices before the next bout, I’d be willing to bet that you will see a different team skate on to that track January 12. You get to the championships the same way you get to Carnegie Hall.
The second game of the day had the Black Eye Susans defending their title against the Victory Vixens. It started off grim for the girls in black and yellow as Vixens captain Ruth Canal drew first blood in the first jam by putting 10 unanswered points on the board. The Vixens dominated most of the first half, but after the Susans caught up, they just kept the pressure on and took control of the board, bringing the score to 77 to 46 by half time. The Susans didn’t let up after the break. The offense became like liquid when it came to moving through the pack. The Vixens defense made a lot of good hits; they didn’t just sit back cruise around the track. However, by the time the last whistle blew, it was the Susans who were taking the victory lap with a score of 166 to 78. Could this again be the year of the Black Eye Susans? Tune in next month and follow the action.
Mark your calendars now for January 12 at Winnwood Skate Center. If you’re not there, you’re just reading about it!