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DC Championship: Scare Force One 97, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 36

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 22, 2007

In the DC Rollergirls’ first championship bout, Scare Force One put the finishing touches on a dominating run, remaining undefeated by beating the Cherry Blossom Bombshells 97-36.

The imposing Scare Force lineup waits to take the track. Photo credit: Calvo

The bout opened with Scare Force One jammer Harley Quinn dropping a double grand slam on the Bombshells’ Deja Bruise for a 10-0. It was the beginning of an explosive opening for the air women, who would shut out the Bombshells for the first four jams of the bout. making the score Scare Force One 22, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 0. The Bombshells would finally get on the board in Jam 5, where SF1 jammer Meatball went to the penalty box during her opening pass and Kimono Dragon was able to get 2 points out of it. In a way, the momentum shifted to the Bombshells for a little while as they were able to get lead jammer for the next four jams in a row — unfortunately for the underdogs, they were rarely able to turn it into a positive point differential. The Bombshells got their only jam win of the half when Deja Bruise scored a 1-0 over Harley Quinn as Bombshells blocker Five-Ho delayed Harley’s exit from the pack for a fair bit of time. It was the beginning of some more effective blocking from the Bombshells — on the next jam, a crowd-pleasing hit from Bombshell Hippie Longstocking launched SF1 blocker Condelezza Slice into her own jammer Meatball, sending them both to the floor. However, with Bombshells jammer Pam Backhand stuck in the penalty box, Meatball had enough time to run up a 9-3 on that jam, and SF1’s Phang would follow up with a 9-4 as her blocker Trampon leveled Deja Bruise twice on her opening pass. That brought the score to Scare Force One 40, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 10 with about 5 minutes left in the period. On the second to last jam of the half, Scare Force’s Six Five on Skates and Madeline Allfight were all over the hardy Deja Bruise, allowing Meatball to run up 9 points and calling off the jam before Bruise could get anything. As the half ended, it was Scare Force One 53, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 14.

Scare Force would continue the assault as the second half opened. Perhaps looking to give Deja Bruise some rest, the Bombshells put out Guantanamo Babe at the jammer line to start the half, but she was severely bounced around by a tough Scare Force defensive platoon of Helena Handbag, Phang and Trampon, and Harley Quinn zipped around the track for an 11-0 win. Six Five and Demabrat would do the same to Deja Bruise on the following jam, giving Condeleeza Slice the opportunity for a quick 5-0. The Bombshells finally found a way to stop Scare Force on the third jam of the half — unfortunately, it turned out to be in the form of a high elbow from Bombshells blocker Hippie Longstocking to Scare Force jammer Phang, leaving Phang on the floor and Hippie headed to the penalty box on a major. With Phang getting 3 points to 2 for Pam Backhand, that left the score at Scare Force One 72, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 16, and the points would continue to rain down for the rest of the half.

With only about 3 minutes to play, the Cherry Blossom Bombshells would have their best moment of the bout. A Harley Quinn journey to the penalty box allowed Deja Bruise to get two 5-point passes, putting up a 10-0 and moving the scoreboard to Scare Force One 97, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 36. However, it was far too late to affect the course of the bout. There wouldn’t be any scoring in the final jam, and Scare Force was free to celebrate a very impressive first season with the first DCRG championship trophy.

Scare Force ends the season 5-0, while the Bombshells go 3-2. Harley Quinn led the scoring for Scare Force One with 29 points on 7 jams, while teammate Meatball was just a hair behind with 28 points on 5 jams. For the Cherry Blossom Bombshells, it was Deja Bruise in the lead with 15 points on 11 jams. DC’s travel season begins on November 17th, as the Dutchland Rollers head down from Lancaster, PA to take on the newly minted DC all-star team.

6 Responses to “DC Championship: Scare Force One 97, Cherry Blossom Bombshells 36”

  1. DayGlo! said

    Hey, thanks for the write-ups, for coming down and reffing, and for being an awesome human being in general.

  2. sean mcveigh said

    When can I get my season tickets for next year?

  3. Muffin said

    “Harley Quinn led the scoring for Scare Force One with 29 points on 7 jams (4.14ppj), while teammate Meatball was just a hair behind with 28 points on 5 jams (5.6ppj).”

    I think that total jammer points per jam are somewhat less interesting and informative that points per jam and especially differential. You usually note differential in your writeups for Charm City, something that I really like.

    The following stats rant isn’t for you, Justice, as I know that you understand these issues really well – it just struck me that the sentence I quoted above made it seem as though Harley was more effective in this game than Meatball, when in fact (without differential, I can’t say for sure), Meat scored an average of one and a half more points per jam than Harley. And as I just said, even points per jam can be misleading if you don’t have the stats for differential, as Meat may have averaged +3 to Harley’s +4 or whatever though she had a higher PPJ.

    Each jammer stat informs you of something different, really – many points over many jams can indicate consistency and stamina. A high number of points per jam with fewer jams may mean explosive capability over a more limited scope. Differential, though – that’s the game-winner. A jammer with good differential usually indicates good performance in the other areas *plus* a good understanding of strategy – when to jam defensively or effective use of lead jammer. It doesn’t really matter if you average 8 points per jam if the other jammer does, too (though perhaps it shows that you can keep up…).

    Which jammer was more of an asset to her team? The one who scored 50 points at 5ppj but had a negative differential, or the one that was able to outscore her opponent but only scored 20 points at 2ppj? It’s hard to say – but I definitely like having all of those stats to look at when examining a game, and I hope that it becomes the standard.

    On that note, I think that Tucson did a super job with their stats recap pages from Dust Devil, and I hope that the Havoc and Shootout follow suit. You can view stats by team, game, and even player – and compare ppj, totals, and lead percentages across a lot of different games and teams. The one factor missing is differential, which leads to some funny stats for jammers – jamming stats for those teams who lost in blowouts are about the same to those who won some games and lost competitive games, because they are based purely on PPJ, total points, and not differential.

    Once the derby world is sold on the (simple) idea of tracking jammer differential, I think Dahmernatrix will be moving on to a campaign for her *beautiful* objective blocker statistics – which reward (and track) effectiveness and teamwork objectively instead of rewarding flashy play, as most blocker stats do.

  4. Muffin said

    Oh, and just an aside – I love the character that the photos give your recaps.

  5. Justice – you are awesome. Thanks so much for coming down, helping out and partying it up with us after.


  6. Muffin: thank you for the detailed comment, I *love* it when people use a post as a jumping-off point for more conversation. You are 100% right about the jammer point differential being as important a stat as total points, and I must admit the reason I didn’t include jammer point differential in this writeup was because I was hung over and didn’t feel like doing the extra math. I am a bad journalist.

    Six: as I’ve said before, anytime I am invited and don’t have a schedule conflict, I am all about DC. It’s been really great to have followed DCRG’s progress from nearly the beginning.

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