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Oct. 22, Everett, Washington - The Terminal City All-Stars added another one for the league's history books when they travelled down the I-5 to take on Seattle's Tilted Thunder Rail Birds in the Vancouver team's first ever banked track bout. It was an evening of a few firsts, as not only were the TCRG All-Stars taking to the Kitten Traxx track for the first time, but it was also the debut of the newest incarnation of both leagues' all-star team rosters.
Vancouver jammer Luludemon on a slanted breakaway
TCRG came out strong and hard, really showing their roller derby experience with a physical game that initially took TTRB by surprise. With Rollergirl taking lead jammer status right out of the gate, TCRG owned the first jam with a 4-3 lead. TTRB made certain not to let it go unanswered by calming themselves and quickly going back to playing the banked track game they know.
By the second quarter the Rail Birds' Thumper Skull had given her team a 44-31 lead, capitalizing on two power jams and taking advantage of TCRG's inability to make use of their own power play opportunities. Despite a few moments of looking shaky, the TCRG blockers - including Booty Quake, Chica Bomb, LA Gunns and PLAYER 1- used their teamwork to create solid walls which effectively held back TTRB jammers, like powerhouse Creep Suzette. The entire first half remained close with a few lead changes back and forth, and TCRG quickly closed gaps on any significant Rail Birds leads that popped up. Ending the first half with the score 60-53 in favour of the Seattle team, it was still anyone's game.
Vancouver blockers (in red) make way for their jammer, RollerGirl, by the upper rail
The Rail Birds must have gotten quite the pep talk at halftime, because going into the third quarter they seemed to have fresh legs and came out guns-a-blazing. Using their banked track experience to their full advantage, TTRB now had the first real definitive lead (98-66) after TCRG found themselves running into penalty trouble. This period also saw notable crowd pleasing monster jams by Terminal City's veteran RollerGirl and rookies Miss E. Masculator and Buffy St. Fury, while the Rail Birds' Thumper Skull and Catti LaBelle let the hometown fans know why they don the stars.
TCRG All-Stars' pivot Amazombie (C) surveys the action in the pack
The fourth quarter saw some hard-fought jamming by TCRG's Luludemon but even with the inspired rally, the TTRB blockers effectively managed to contain the TCRG offence- solidifying their lead over the visiting flat-trackers. With the score 130-112 and 48 seconds left on the final period clock, Rollergirl's last ditch efforts to rack up points as she'd done twice earlier weren't enough to catch up, and the Rail Birds managed to pull out with a 138-112 win.
The score was nowhere near indicative of how closely matched this bout actually was. Both teams played an incredibly physical and fast-paced game that was truly thrilling to watch. One would say not bad for a bunch of canucks' first time on the tilt-a-whirl, wouldn't you agree? If this game was any indication, this isn't the last we've heard of the Terminal City All-Stars kicking some butt on the banked track.
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Promotional photography courtesy of Nicolas Charest for Rollergirl Roller Skates and Bob Ayers, unless otherwise noted.