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Now that’s more like it

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 4, 2007

On the tail of the front-page Chicago Tribune article on Windy City at Heartland Havoc, here comes another encouraging sign of derby’s slow rise to respect in the mainstream media, this one from the Kansas City Star:

Bummer about the conjoined twins and all, but this image is a very, very good thing for the continued growth of roller derby.

More good sports coverage here in the Austin Chronicle (even if they do engage in the time-honored tradition of hating on the refs) and Kansas City’s The Pitch.

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Posted in Championship Bouts, Derby in the Media, Interleague Bouts, Kansas City Roller Warriors, Rat City Rollergirls, Tournaments | 1 Comment »

Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Kansas City 89, Rat City 85

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007


photo credit: insanitylabs

Kansas City and Rat City played an instant classic of a contest to cap off the Texas Shootout. The #1 seed in the west, Rat City, was heavily favored coming into the final match of the tournament, but, like #1 East seed Gotham before them, found out the hard way that Kansas City was just playing a tiny bit smarter, harder and faster than everybody else. A bout full of explosive performances, numerous lead changes, pivotal strategic adjustments and thunderous support from both teams’ loyal fanbases ended up coming down to the very last instants of the very last jam, with Kansas City barely holding off a desperate late comeback and hanging on to become the 2007 WFTDA champions, 89-85.

The first jam went 4-0 for Rat City as Miss Fortune got the better of Xcelerator, but Kansas City hit back hard on the following jam, where their defense held Burnett Down on her opening lap for a full 2 minutes while Snot Rocket scooped up 9 points. Over the course of the next four jams, the teams traded lead jammer status and wins, keeping the margin about the same. On Jam 6, between Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin for Rat City against Xcelerator for Kansas City, Rat City made a questionable strategic decision, with Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin getting 4 points before Xcelerator was sprung from the penalty box but choosing not to call the jam before Xcelerator got a chance to get on the board. The gamble didn’t pay off, and Rat City lost a chance to close the gap as the jam ended 6-6. The total score was Kansas City 26, Rat City 19 at that point, and Snot Rocket would open up the lead further by going 7-3 over a penalized Miss Fortune on the next jam (with Miss Fortune just barely picking up her 3 points as time expired in the full-length jam.) Next up, Kansas City pulled out a hole card by sending out a well-rested Dominant Jean for the first time in the tournament, replacing Fearlys in the Kansas City jammer rotation. Jean would fit right in, getting lead jammer status and scoring a quick 2-0 over Rat City’s Pia Mess. That made the score Kansas City 35, Rat City 22 with about 13 minutes left in the half, but events took a sharp turn in favor of Rat City at that point.

On the next four jams, Rat City jammers picked up three grand slam laps while their defense repeatedly ensnared Kansas City jammers — a 9-0 for Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin over Jade Lightning, a 5-0 over Miss Fortune over Dee Claw (who barely avoided more damage by getting lead jammer and cutting off the action an instant before Miss Fortune would have started her second scoring pass), and a 5-0 over Valtron over Snot Rocket. Kansas City’s only offense in that series would be a close 4-3 victory for Xcelerator over Ann R. Kissed. Suddenly, Rat City had gone on a 22-4 run that turned a double-digit Kansas City lead into a nine-point Rat City lead at Rat City 48, Kansas City 39, with about 5 minutes left in the half. It looked for a moment like Rat City might be on their way to taking control of the bout, but Xcelerator had different ideas, running up a 7-0 jam over Valtron that got the Kansas City war drums in turn 4 thumping hard. Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin would get Rat City a 2-1 win on the following jam and there would not be any time for more scoring in the period, but even though Rat City was winning at 50-47, Kansas City seemed to have the momentum simply by proving they could stick with the #1 team in the nation for a full thirty minutes.

Of course, Kansas City was interested in more than just sticking with Rat City in the second half. While the teams traded victories in the first three jams of the half, leaving Rat City with a 60-51 lead, Kansas City seriously got their game together afterwards, getting lead jammer status on an amazing 10 jams in a row. On Jam 5 of the half, Snot Rocket jammer got a massive response from the crowd when she chose to rely on her strength rather than her speed to get past Rat City’s Skate Trooper, sending Trooper flying with a block that sprung Rocket from the pack on the way to a 6-0 win. That put the score at Rat City 64, Kansas City 60, and two jams later, Rat City’s consistent problems with the penalty box put the lead in Kansas City hands, 66-65, as Dee Claw ran up 3 points for KC while Rat City’s Ann R. Kissed watched from the box. Still in the middle of their impressive run of lead jammer jams, Kansas City would win every jam for the next 10 minutes, culminating in a 8-4 jam win for Xcelerator over Pia Mess. That made the score Kansas City 89, Rat City 76 with 7 minutes left in the half, the bout and the tournament.

In those 7 minutes, though, Rat City came within a hair’s breadth of taking the bout back. Suddenly, Kansas City found themselves incapable of scoring points, and for the third time in three games had to hold off a late run. First, the Rat City defense was able to bottle up Snot Rocket for a full-length jam while Ann R. Kissed spent a minute in the penalty box in a jam that went 1-0 for Ann. Apparently rested from her time in the box, Ann R. Kissed would burst out on the following jam to lap Kansas City’s Jade Lightning, getting a 4-0 on the board for Rat City. The score was then Kansas City 89, Rat City 81, and Miss Fortune got Rat City tantalizingly close with a 4-0 over Xcelerator that made the score 89-85 with only about a minute left to play.


In the crucial final seconds, Rat City’s Valtron can’t find a way through tough defense from Princess Slay-Ya, Patti Wackin & Snot Rocket. Photo credit: insanitylabs

It would come down to Valtron on the jammer line for Rat City against Snot Rocket for Kansas City, and though Valtron burst out of the pack first, she was not awarded lead jammer status. With only about thirty seconds left on the clock, Snot Rocket took a calculated gamble at this juncture, choosing to hang in the back of the pack and risk her lap point — potentially the game-winning point — by helping her rear defenders block Valtron. The gamble worked out, as Valtron was unable to get through in the few seconds remaining, and the Austin Convention Center went absolutely wild for an enormous upset. Xcelerator was awarded the MVP trophy for the tournament, and the Kansas City Roller Warriors were crowned the new queens of the derby world by knocking off the #1 ranked team in the nation, 89-85.

Posted in Bout Recaps, Championship Bouts, Interleague Bouts, Kansas City Roller Warriors, Rat City Rollergirls, Tournaments | 11 Comments »

Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Texas 110, Carolina 46

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007

In the third-place match of the Texas Shootout, hosting league Texas bounced back from their tough loss to Rat City just one hour earlier. The match turned out to be a rematch of a battle in Carolina that had taken place just 15 days earlier, when Texas had barely held off Carolina, 64-59. This time around, though, Carolina looked like they were reaching exhaustion after two very tough bouts against Tucson and Kansas City. While Carolina stayed in the game for the first half, their endurance finally ran out in the second half, allowing Texas to start running away with the lead. In the end, Texas would keep a secure hold on to their third place ranking with their 110-46 win.


photo credit: insanitylabs

The bout would kick off with a number of neck-snapping momentum swings. On the first jam, Texas jumped out to an 8-0 lead as their captain and jammer Bloody Mary lapped Princess America. Mary would go to the penalty box on a major during that jam, but even though the next jam started with Mary in the box, Carolina’s Betty Rumble couldn’t do better than a 1-1 tie. Zella Lugosi had a big jam in Jam 3, going 8-0 over a penalized Cat Tastrophe to tie the game at 9 all, but things began to look bad for Carolina after that, with Texas delivering two 9-0 jams in a row to bring the score to 27-9. It was then Betty Rumble’s chance to strike back hard, as Texas failed to send a jammer to the start line in time and Rumble would thunder through the pack for 10 unopposed points, making the score a more respectable Texas 27, Carolina 19. The margin remained there for a few jams, but then Texas’ seemingly tireless Rice Rocket dropped a 7-0 jam on Princess America, who was showing serious signs of fatigue after being heavily relied on in the previous two bouts. That brought the total to Texas 37, Carolina 22, and with Texas picking up lead jammer status for five jams in a row near the very end of the period, they were able to nickel-and-dime the lead up to 23 points going into the half, sitting on a 54-31 advantage.

In the second half, Texas would continue to score their points at about the same clip, while the tiring Carolina squad could only put up half as many points as they’d scored in the first. Carolina remained scoreless for the first three jams of the period (one of which ended early on a once-in-a-blue-moon happenstance — Carolina jammer DVS losing her helmet cover when it got stuck to some loose Velcro on Texas blocker Derringer’s elbow guard), and only scored 4 points in the first 10 jams of the period. Meanwhile, Texas took lead jammer of 8 out of 9 jams to start the period, and their jammers were suddenly finding it a lot easier to sneak past the weary opposition. With about 12 minutes left to play, it was Texas 89, Carolina 35, and while Carolina managed to step up their scoring output a little bit in the last few jams of the bout, they were still held to just 15 points in the 30 minutes of the second half. However, with their stirring defeat of Tucson on the previous day, and by taking eventual tournament champions Kansas City down to the wire, Carolina had more than earned their fourth place finish. Final score was Texas 110, Carolina 46.

Additional reporting: Reckless Ndangerment, Charm City Roller Girls

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Rat City 89, Texas 79

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007

The third-place match may have been billed as the “Grudge Match,” but the second semifinal was the real grudge match of the Texas Shootout — a rematch of Dust Devil’s fierce semifinal bout, where Rat City became only the second team to defeat Texas on the way to booting them out of the #1 spot in the WFTDA rankings by winning the Dust Devil. This time around, it was Texas as the #3 seed and Rat City as the #1 seed, but the outcome was eerily similar, as Rat City overcame a significant early deficit, took the lead in the second half and then held fast against a increasingly aggressive attack from the Texas squad to win the most physical bout of the tournament, 89-79.


photo credit: insanitylabs

Rat City had a rough time getting off the blocks, as the second through sixth jams of the half all featured a Rat City jammer either getting sent to the penalty box during the jam or starting off in the penalty box. Texas used that to their advantage, managing to establish a crowd-pleasing 21-7 lead over the course of the first ten minutes. The seventh jam proved to set up a bit of a turning point, though, as Rat City jammer Femme Fatale was sent to the box for cutting track on a spectacular but failed attempt to leap over the last Texas blocker in the pack — but Texas jammer Lady X wasn’t far behind in picking up her fourth minor. Forced to put blockers in the jammer position on the next jam, Rat City sent Morning Gory to the line against Dinah Mite for Texas, and Gory got the better of the contest, picking up an 8-0 spot. Next up, Texas jammer Bloody Mary was working with a significant disadvantage as two Texas blockers were in the penalty box, and Rat City’s Pia Mess got in three scoring laps while Bloody Mary only got one, giving Rat City a 10-4 jam win and tying up the score at 25-25.

The momentum shifted right back on the following jam, as a bit of substitution confusion on the Rat City bench resulted in the next jam starting before the Rat City jammer got to the starting line. With a full two minutes to work unopposed, Texas’ speed machine Rice Rocket got her full 5 points on two scoring passes, putting Texas back ahead, 35-25. Texas would get lead jammer status on 7 out of 8 jams to close out the half, and were able to control the jam margins for the remainder of the half, sending the teams to their lockers with Texas holding a 48-37 lead.

The second half opened with a quick reversal of fortune. It looked like Texas had an advantage with Lady X starting on the jammer line unopposed against Ann R. Kissed, who had to finish out serving a penalty she committed at the very end of the first half, but X went to the penalty box just as Ann R. Kissed was freed from it, and she managed to get lead and 8 points to X’s 3. With X in the box to start the next, Rat City’s Edie Brickwall put up 4 more points before Lady X could get out, claim lead jammer and call off the jam. Suddenly, Texas’ lead had been whittled to just two points at 51-49. After a couple of tie jams, Texas’ Bloody Mary gave Texas a bit of breathing room by running up a 5-0 jam over Burnette Down, who started the jam in the penalty box. A couple of one-point jam wins for Rat City made the score Texas 60, Rat City 55 with about 16 minutes left in the bout, but then it was Texas’ turn to fail to send a jammer to the start line in time for the opening jam whistle, and Rat City’s Miss Fortune duplicated Rice Rocket’s first-half feat by picking up 10 unopposed points, putting Rat City in the lead for the first time since the second jam of the bout, 66-60.

Rat City pushed their advantage on the next jam, with Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin getting two grand slams in the course of going 11-0 over Cat Tastrophe. It was then Rat City 77, Texas 63 with about 12 minutes left on the clock, and both teams somehow managed to find a way to ratchet up the intensity even further. Texas jammers Trouble, Sparkle Plenty and Bloody Mary scored 3, 4 and 5 points respectively on the next three jams while Rat City remained stuck at 77, once again running into penalty trouble that often left their jammers watching the action from the box. That closed the score to Rat City 77, Texas 72 with 8 minutes to play, but Burnette Down would get Rat City some much needed points on the next jam, getting in a lap point on Sparkle Plenty and starting a second scoring pass before Sparkle finally broke the pack and immediately called the jam. Rat City’s swift Miss Fortune pushed the Rat City lead out to 15 on the subsequent jam by getting lead jammer and putting up a quick 4-0 over Rice Rocket.


Rat City’s Ann R. Kissed takes down Lady X. Photo credit: insanitylabs

With the score Rat City 87, Texas 72 and only 5:30 left on the clock, the hometown crowd went wild when Rice Rocket managed to put up a 3-0 over Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin to narrow the Rat City lead to 12, but they also went wild in a different way on the following jam, when Texas jammer Lady X went down hard on a low hit that caused the jam to be called due to an apparent serious injury. There was a lengthy break in the action while the EMTs attended to Lady X, which provided ample opportunity for the Texas fans to razz the Seattle bench (Lady X would not return to the game.) When the action started up again, there was only 3:19 left on the clock and Texas was still looking to climb out of a 87-75 hole. In a matchup of blazing speed between Rice Rocket and Miss Fortune, it was Miss Fortune who got a pivotal lead jammer call, allowing her to call the jam immediately at 0-0 and burn a crucial minute off the clock. Rat City’s Pia Mess would seal the victory on the following jam, picking up lead jammer and scoring 2 points against 4 for Rice Rocket. With only 41 seconds left on the clock, those would be the final points scored in the bout, and Rat City skated away with a victory, 89-79, in what has arguably become one of derby’s hottest rivalries.

Additional reporting: Reckless Ndangerment, Charm City Roller Girls

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Kansas City 116, Carolina 108

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007

Kansas City got a chance to play for the national championship in flat-track roller derby by outracing and outblocking a dogged Carolina team in the semifinal bout of the Texas Shootout, 116 to 108.


Kansas City’s Xcelerator squeezes past Carolina pivot Denise Lightning, while Carolina jammer Princess America tries to make up the ground. Photo credit: insanitylabs

For the first twenty minutes or so of the first half, it looked like Carolina had figured out a way to answer Kansas City’s gameplan, as they quickly picked up a 5-0 on a grand slam for Zella Lugosi over Fearlys. Although Kansas City won the second jam, a full two minutes that saw Xcelerator beat out Denise Lightning, it was only a one point 8-7 win, and Carolina would win each of the next three jams by three points. That run climaxed with an exciting 10-7 win for Zella Lugosi over Dee Claw, where Zella managed to break the pack just as time ran out on another full two minute jam. The score then stood at Carolina 28, Kansas City 15 with about 19 minutes left in the half, but that was where Kansas City turned the game around rather abruptly. After a quick 2-1 for Kansas City’s Fearlys over Princess America, Kansas City’s Xcelerator had a 10-6 over Violent Femme (who passed the jammer star to pivot Denise Lightning early in the jam), and then the always dangerous Snot Rocket busted out a 7-0 jam over Princess America, who had to spend a minute of the jam in the penalty box. Suddenly, it was all tied up at 35 with about 13 minutes left in the half. Carolina would pull back ahead for a short time, but the 13th jam of the half proved to be very unlucky for them, as the Kansas City defense completely had Zella Lugosi’s number and the Carolina defense could not find a way to stop Snot Rocket, who thundered through the pack for three grand slams on her way to a 15-0 jam. The score was Kansas City 63, Carolina 46, the KC corner in turn 4 was creating a massive ruckus, and the momentum had palpably changed. Kansas City’s Xcelerator continued to impress on the final jam of the period, where she kept the momentum going by managing to claim lead jammer and barely complete a 4 point scoring pass even though there were only about 40 seconds left in the period when the jam started. After the first thirty minutes, Kansas City was sitting on a 70-50 lead.


photo credit: insanitylabs

The Kansas City lead would remain at about 20 for the majority of the second half. In the seventh jam, Carolina got a golden opportunity to close in a little bit. With the score Kansas City 91, Carolina 70, Betty Rumble took the jammer star for Carolina against Snot Rocket for Kansas City. Snot Rocket burst out of the pack first, but by cutting the track to get out, she found herself going to the box on a major penalty. However, Rumble was quite obviously tiring, and the KC defense, keyed by Princess Slay-Ya and Patti Wackin, managed to keep her on the same lap for the full minute of Snot Rocket’s penalty. As the penalty came to an end, Rocket came back out of the box … but entered the pack illegally, picking up a fourth minor and going directly back to the box. While that jam ended 0-0, it gave Carolina a chance to start the next jam with Princess America unopposed on the jammer line. She was extremely opposed in the pack, though, this time with Annie Maul, Red Ripper and Xavia all taking turns bashing Princess to the outside, keeping her stuck on her opening lap until Snot Rocket finally got out of the box, claimed lead jammer, and put up 4 points, making the score Kansas City 95, Carolina 70. In those two jams, Kansas City had managed to come out ahead on the scoreboard even though they were missing their jammer for over two minutes. Trouble continued for Carolina on the next jam, when crucial weapon Denise Lightning fell backwards hard early in the next jam, causing the action to stop for some time while the EMTs attended to her. Denise would remain in the game, but looked like she was continuing to feel the effects.

Coming into the end of the bout, though, Carolina got a series of breaks that they were almost able to turn into an improbable comeback. With about 7 minutes left in the game and Kansas City up 113-88, Betty Rumble was able to put up a grand slam over Jade Lightning in the course of running up a 9-0 margin. Just as crucially, Jade picked up her fourth minor in the waning seconds of the jam, allowing Carolina to send Princess America to the jammer line unopposed in the next jam. This time, she capitalized on the chance, quickly picking up lead jammer status and 5 points on her first scoring pass. Jade got out of the box and managed to pick up 3 points for Kansas City before Princess made another scoring pass and called it off. That narrowed Kansas City’s lead to 11 points, 116-105, which was the closest Carolina had been in the whole half. Unfortunately for the East girls, there was less than a minute left on the game clock, and the final jam wouldn’t contain enough time for Carolina jammer Denise Lightning to get more than one scoring pass in. Kansas City hung on to win, 116-108.

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Rat City 160, Detroit 50

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 30, 2007


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Like Windy City, Detroit had surprised their way into the Texas Shootout, but there would be no upset for them this time around, as the #1 Rat City crew dominated them in the most lopsided bout of the opening round, 160-50.

It was fairly obvious from the outset that Detroit was going to be in a lot of trouble. The bout opened up with a marquee jammer matchup, as the MVP of Heartland Havoc, Racer McChaseher, went up against the MVP of Dust Devil, Miss Fortune. Miss Fortune got a grand slam over Racer on her way to a 8-0 win, and that was only the beginning of Detroit’s woes. Rat City continued to hold Detroit scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the bout while consistently getting one or two grand slams on each scoring lap. After five jams, the score stood at Rat City 35, Detroit 0. Detroit’s speedy Honey Suckit finally got her team on the board with a 4-0 over Valtron, and the underdogs got another couple on the board in a 4-2 jam for Rat City’s Femme Fatale over Racer McChaserher. Unfortunately, Detroit got stuck at 6 for five more jams, during which time Rat City’s Blonde ‘n’ Bitchin put up a massive 16-0 jam over Elle McFearsome. It wouldn’t be until Jam 15 that Detroit finally broke into double digits, but by that time Rat City was sitting on a 89-12 lead, and the half would end two jams later with a 92-13 lead for Rat City.

While Detroit kicked off the second half with their highest scoring jam so far — a 7-4 for Racer McChaseher over Ann R. Kissed — it was mostly more of the same. With the lead reaching 135-28 about 10 minutes into the half, Rat City began putting in their usual blockers at the jam line, with Jowanna Asskickin’, Rettig to Rumble, and Skate Trooper all getting chances to put points on the board for Rat City. In the end, Rat City had put on the most impressive performance of the opening day with a 110 point victory, and earned the right to battle the hosting Texas Rollergirls in the semifinals on Sunday.

Additional reporting: Reckless Ndangerment, Charm City Roller Girls

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Texas 108, Windy City 56

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 30, 2007

Windy City had established a sudden reputation as giant killers after surprising Sin City, Madison and Carolina in the past few months, but the magic wouldn’t extend to knocking off the mighty Texas. While Windy City put up a strong fight, Texas was simply too much for them, and the home team ground out a punishing 108-56 victory to advance to the semifinals of the Texas Shootout.

It was a fairly tight contest for about the first 20 minutes of play. Texas grabbed a fairly significant lead on the first jam of the bout, when Windy City jammer Malice in Chains had a lot of trouble clearing a tight pack while Texas jammer Bloody Mary managed to gain a lap point on her in the course of going 9-0. Windy City struck back on the next jam, as Texas jammer Buckshot went to the box during the jam and Windy City’s Hoosier Mama was able to get a 5-0. The third jam narrowed the score by one more point, as Eva Dead claimed lead jammer on her way to a 4-3 jam over Lady X, making the score Texas 12, Windy City 9. Texas would narrowly win the next few jams, but the notoriously boisterous Windy City cheering section got a reason to go wild on Jam 8, as their jammer Yvette Yourmaker managed to get Windy City’s highest point total of the half, lapping Texas jammer Lucille Brawl on an 8-1 jam that made the score Texas 24, Windy City 19 with about 15 minutes to play in the period. Still, though, things started to tilt significantly in the Texas direction a few jams later. After Eva Dead made the score Texas 33, Windy City 23 with a 4-1 win over Buckshot, the Windy City offense stalled out at 23 for five crucial jams near the end of the half, unable to get in a second scoring pass against heavy hitting from the Texas blockers. Meanwhile, Texas would repeatedly take lead jammer, putting together a 20-0 run that put them in control of the game. Malice in Chains managed to get 4 points on the last jam of the half, but it was only enough to tie opponent Buckshot, and the teams went to the locker rooms with Texas holding a thirty-point lead at 57-27.


Rice Rocket has her own signal for lead jammer. Photo credit: insanitylabs

Windy City needed to open the second half big to get back in the game, but instead, it would be Texas delivering the knockout blows almost immediately. They got lead jammer on the half’s first three jams, using it to outscore Windy City 20-2 and push the score to an all-but-insurmountable 77-29. From that point out, the margin would remain at about 50 points, with all Windy City jam wins replied to in kind by Texas. Texas did start sending out a slightly more varied jammer lineup in the second half, with Rice Rocket, Dinah Mite, Trouble and Cat Tastrophe all seeing their first jammer action in the second thirty minutes — a testament to Texas’ depth at the position. While Windy City was able to keep the lead jammer battle more even in this half, it wouldn’t be enough to help them make any inroads against a Texas defense that was playing as smart as they were playing hard. In the end, the Windy City girls became the victims of the third seeding upset in a row, 108-56, and Texas went on to get a long-anticipated semifinals rematch with the team that knocked them out of Dust Devil 2007, Rat City.

Additional reporting: Reckless Ndangerment, Charm City Roller Girls

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Carolina 80, Tucson 73

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 30, 2007

In an extremely close contest, Tucson and Carolina traded the lead for almost an entire bout, with neither team able to gain the upper hand for any significant amount of time. However, it was Carolina that was ahead when time ran out, and they became the only team from the East region to advance to the Texas Shootout’s second day, 80-73.


Carolina jammer Denise Lightning makes her move out of the pack. Photo credit: insanitylabs

Many Carolina bouts seem to start off as very strategic, low-scoring affairs, and this was no different — while Carolina’s Zella Lugosi managed to start off the bout with a 2-0 over Tombstone Teri, the score became stuck there for the next five minutes as lead jammers would consistently call off jams at 0-0 to keep their opponents from gaining an advantage. After seven jams and about 13 minutes into the bout, it was tied up at 11. At that point, Tucson jumped out to a bit of a lead, as Tucson’s Sloppy Flo picked up 3 points when Carolina’s Denise Lightning went to the penalty box. On the following jam, Denise was taken down hard in her opening lap and had to switch to defense in an unsuccessful attempt to keep Tucson’s Two-Bit Ore from picking up a grand slam point on her. That made it 19-11 in favor of Tucson, but on a big Jam 9 for Carolina, Tucson focused slightly too much on helping out their jammer Tombstone Teri, allowing Carolina’s Princess America to lap her twice in the course of going 8-0 to tie up the bout at 19. That was the beginning of a Carolina run that climaxed with Carolina captain Betty Rumble dropping an 11-2 jam on Sami Automatic as the Tucson defense completely failed to notice her on her first two scoring passes. This put Carolina up 42-26, and it looked like the girls from the East were settling in the driver’s seat. They also got a significant break a couple of jams later, when Tucson’s Sloppy Flo got lead jammer and was about to lap opposing jammer Betty Rumble when Rumble broke the pack and was also called lead jammer — before the mistake could be rectified, Rumble called off the jam. While Flo won the jam 4-0, Carolina was saved the grand slam point and possibly a few more. A few jams later, the half ended with Carolina up 48-34.


photo credit: insanitylabs

Tucson came out playing very smart in the second half, managing to keep Carolina scoreless throughout the first six minutes of the half while slowly cutting into the lead. On Jam 4 of the half, Sloppy Flo tied up the game, 54-54, on a tight 7-6 jam over Denise Lightning, who started the jam in the box. On the following jam, Tucson’s Sami Automatic managed to get Tucson the lead for the first time since early in the first half with a 4-1 over Zella Lugosi. However, the lead went right back to Carolina on the next jam, when Liberty Valancezuela took a heavy hit that left her deep in the infield and then tried to cut the track directly across the middle to get closer to the pack. She was sent to the box, and Betty Rumble put up 5 points before being sent to the box herself, setting up a full 2 minute jam between blockers Randi Canyon for Tucson and Eva Lye for Carolina. Both skaters were battered by the defense and could not finish their first scoring passes, but Eva Lye barely got the better of it, winning 3-2 and giving Carolina a 63-60 lead with about 12 minutes to play.

The score remained tight over the next few jams, and finally Tucson would make their move. First, Denise Lightning got seriously battered on a jam against Sami Automatic, and Sami won 3-0 to bring Tucson to within just one point at 70-69. Next up, Tombstone Teri put the lead back in in Tucson hands with another 3-0 win, marked by Carolina blocker Militia attempting to deck Teri as she made her move for lead jammer but instead spectacularly wiped out, driving the audience into a frenzy. And just one jam later, the bout would be tied up yet again when Denise Lightning picked up a 3-1 over Sloppy Flo, making it 73-73 with just 6 minutes to play.

This set up a very dramatic set of three final jams. First off, Tucson blocker Deadlock Doe absolutely leveled Tucson jammer Betty Rumble during the opening pass. Apparently feeling the effects of the hit, Rumble passed the jammer star to Eva Lye, but neither Eva nor the Tucson jammer, Sami Automatic, could get through the pack for a solid minute. Finally, Eva battled her way out the pack, and savvily took her time waiting for the right moment to make her move around a still trapped Sami, picking up the grand slam point on her just as the two minutes ran out. That put Carolina up 78-73 with 3 minutes to play. On the next jam, Carolina’s Princess America managed to claim lead jammer and sneak past the pack on the inside before opponent Sloppy Flo could get any points on the board, but Princess only picked up 2 points due to cutting the track — and more importantly, picked up a fourth minor right before she called off the jam. That set up a riveting final jam, with 1:30 left on the clock and Tombstone Teri coming to the jammer line unopposed for a minute with the chance to erase a 80-73 lead for Carolina. But there would be no last-jam heroics for the Saddletramps, as Carolina’s defense kept Teri on her opening lap for a full minute, until Princess America was finally sprung from the penalty box. While Teri was finally declared lead jammer, there were only about 20 seconds left on the clock, and she called off the jam, setting off a rowdy celebration for the Carolina bench and sending them to a semifinal bout against Kansas City. Final score: Carolina 80, Tucson 73.

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Kansas City 116, Gotham 101

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 30, 2007

The Texas Shootout opened with a significant upset, as the highest seed from the East, Gotham, was booted by the lowest seed from the West, Kansas City.


photo credit: insanitylabs

Kansas City kicked off the bout by picking up lead jammer on nearly every jam, apparently crossing up the normally effective Gotham defense with the blinding speed of their two star jammers Xcelerator and Snot Rocket. Kansas City jumped out to a 10-5 lead on the second jam and built their lead slowly but steadily for the first 15 minutes of the half. After 8 jams, Gotham still had yet to secure lead jammer status and Kansas City was up 31-17 — however, after a timeout, Gotham seemed set to take control of the game as they picked up lead jammer three times in a row. That keyed a 14-3 Gotham run that gave Gotham their first lead of the bout, 36-34, with about 10 minutes in the half. At about this time, though, Gotham was already showing clear (and somewhat surprising, given their machine-like performance at Heartland Havoc) signs of fatigue, with some blockers unable to stay with the pack and some jammers unable to fully accelerate when approaching the pack. Kansas City showed no such signs, though, and on a full 2-minute Jam 15, Snot Rocket tied the game back up at 43 with a 9-7 win over Cheap Skate. The remainder of the half was marked by fairly low-scoing jams, but the margins favored Kansas City, and the half ended with Kansas City up 60-53.

For nearly the entire second half, the Kansas City lead would hover around 10 points, but Gotham was never able to get any decisive jam wins against them to erase that lead, in large part due to the speed of the Kansas City pack and the nimbleness of their jammers. Kansas City’s Xeclerator, in particular, often elected not to call off jams in situations where it would have seemed strategically advantageous due to a KCRW advantage in the jam score, but her choice was correct more often than not, as the Kansas City pack was usually able to hold back a Gotham jammer while Xcelerator used her speed to close the gap and add a few more points before calling it off. Meanwhile, Gotham made a small but crucial error in Jam 8, when they got a rare advantage over Xeclerator — first, Gotham blocker Fisti Cuffs laid her out on a hard but clean fit, and second, Xeclerator went the box on a fourth minor before completing her opening pass. Bonnie Thunders picked up four points and was coming around for more, but when Xeclerator got back out on the track, Thunders called the jam, thinking she was on the verge of scoring points. Thunders won the jam 4-0, and that made the score 86-75, but against Kansas City playing as well as they were, Gotham would need every last potential point just to stay in the bout.

Gotham just could not close that gap, and with about 4 minutes, the score was 102-90. That was when Snot Rocket would close the door on the New Yorkers, running up a back-breaking 14-1 jam over Bonnie Thunders that put the game out of reach at Kansas City 116, Gotham 91 with only enough time for one more jam. Gotham’s Cheap Skate was able to put up a 10-0 on that final jam when Jade Lightning went to the box, but it was too little, too late, and Kansas City knocked off the Heartland Havoc champions a mere hour into the Texas Shootout by 15, 116-101.

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Carolina upsets Tucson, 80-73

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 29, 2007

So far in Austin, Texas, it’s two upsets in two bouts, as Carolina and Tucson played an amazingly tight game that seemed to be tied every five minutes. In the last six minutes of the bout, a rare star pass from Carolina’s Betty Rumble to Eva Lye proved to be the margin of victory as Eva Lye ran up a grand slam behind some smothering defense from her blockers… but still, the last jam of the bout was a nailbiter as Tucson was down by 7 points with 1:30 to play and Carolina jammer Princess America starting the jam in the penalty box. The Carolina defense would step up, though, and kept Tucson’s jammer Tombstone Teri from getting through on her opening pass.

Carolina will go up against Kansas City tomorrow at 11am, with the winner heading to the championship bout.

I likely won’t be updating posts for the rest of the evening, as I’m working these last two bouts, but check for final scores in the sidebar and look for detailed recaps of Saturday action tomorrow morning. Be sure to hit leadjammer.com’s liveblog for up-to-the-instant score updates!

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