Bout Recaps - August 11 Double-Header
Bout Coordinator Twisty Hurtzmore summed up the August 11th double-header at Minoru Arena perfectly: “You paid for a whole seat, but only used the edge!”
There was a lot on the line in the first bout. With a big enough win, Public Frenemy could topple the undefeated Bad Reputations’ standing, and the lineup for the August 25th Semi-Finals. Both teams brought out the big guns from the get-go: formidable jammers Rumble Stiltskin and Specialist Cally. The Frenemy frontline swallowed lead jammer Stilts back into the pack, and the first of what would be many 0-0 jams was called off quickly. Flamin’ Jane put the first points on the board in the second jam, and Frenemy maintained the lead the entire period. Both rosters featured a return from injury – Bad Reps rookie Skull Kraken, making a strong debut jamming in her first official bout, and Frenemy’s Collide-o-Scope Kid, back to cutting through the pack like a laser. Frenemy looked like the impenetrable Green Machine of last season, with Violent Femme, Alkazar, and Drop Dead Red working defense like a fortress on wheels. The Bad Reps were no slouches, either. Jammer Real Canadian Bacon dazzled the crowd with more than one huge points-grabbing leap, while rookie and newly minted All-Star Eve Hallows proved indispensible in all positions. The solid pack of teal-clad veterans did their best to disrupt the opposition, but the half-time score was 78-42 for Frenemy.
Bad Rep Severin Strychnine lays one on Public Frenemy jammer Flamin' Jane. Photo by Nicolas Charest for Rollergirl.ca.
The Bad Reps took a breather to “re-focus on playing our game and pull together as a team,” said captain Diva la Revolution, and it worked. A trio of strong jams from Diva, Stilts, and Eve closed the gap. The final minutes of the period saw three lead changes, but the Bad Reps packed on the points and came out victorious, with a final score of 135-116.
The headliner bout pitted the Terminal City All-Stars against the Texas Rollergirls’ Hustlers. The TXRG were ranked #3 in all of North America last year, and are credited with starting modern roller derby. With the the All-Stars currently sitting at #12 in the WFTDA's Western Region, it seemed the packed audience was in for a treat.
The game started with a series of tight 0-0 jams, both teams favouring scrum starts and the jammers facing unbreakable four-woman walls of blockers. The Hustlers’ Sadie Mae Care nabbed 5 points in the fourth jam, calling it off after a precision takedown by Sundown. The All-Stars hit their stride, tightening their teamwork to help powerhouse Kim Janna score 20 points. They followed it with another 25 by Evada Perón, with some outstanding defense by Rollergirl. The Hustlers had some incredibly strong skating by Molotov M. Pale, Babe Ruthless, and captain Acute Angel – all of whom are also skaters for TXRG’s WFTDA all-star team, the Texecutioners – but struggled to score against the All-Stars’ powerful defense. In one epic power jam, Janna collected an astounding 35 points with the help of just two blockers, 8Mean Wheeler and PLAYER 1, shattering the previous record (34) held by Sissy Straight-edge. Did P1 swap Janna’s jammer star for a Super Mario invincibility star? Anything seemed possible, the way the All-Stars played this year, and the period ended at 145-16 in their favour.
Miss E. Masculator, Rollergirl and Sundown (L-R in red) wall up to stop the Hustlers' jammer. Photo by Bob Ayers.
But everyone knows not to mess with Texas, and they came back with their long horns lowered. Curvette, who doubles as captain of the Texecutioners, seemed unstoppable in the second half, gaining lead jammer status nearly every time she was on the track. Belle Starr stuck to the home team jammers like glue. Despite some penalty trouble, the All-Stars maintained their tight strategies, and finished strong with a 235-85 win in their last home game of the season.
“I feel very strongly that it wasn’t me who set the record, but rather us as a collective,” Janna later said. “I want the blockers to feel my love.” We’re sure they do.
The next event for TCRG is a big one - League Semi-Finals! Public Frenemy vs. Faster Pussycats and Bad Reps vs. Riot Girls, Saturday Aug. 25, 5pm at Minoru Arena in Richmond. Winners of both games move on to League Championshops on Sept. 8. Tickets are on sale at terminalcitytickets.com or at the door.