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Terminal City Rollergirls' seventh season of roller derby in the Lower Mainland is off to a rip-roaring start! Their season opener on Saturday, April 13 featured all four house teams. In the first bout, veteran team Public Frenemy handily defeated the rookie-heavy Riot Girls 185-90. The second bout saw last year's league champions the Faster Pussycats beat the second-place Bad Reputations 198 to 104. The next event is just around the corner on May 4, so head to www.terminalcitytickets.com for more info.
Jocelyn Ingram and Megan Griffiths close the door on a Treasure Valley Jammer. Photo by TJ Chase
Vancouver’s Terminal City All-Stars have developed a ‘Strive for 25’ plan for the 2013 roller derby season. Among their goals, they hope to break the top 25 in the world within the year, and their performance at last weekend’s Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, WA proved that they are serious. With the restructuring of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s divisional ranking system, the All-Stars don’t know where they stand at the moment, but that isn’t slowing their continued rise to the top.
On Friday night the All-Stars renewed a rivalry with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Last season, they won one and lost one to Santa Cruz, both by very close margins, so the Vancouver team looked forward to the chance to tip the scales to 2-1. Due to some scheduling and injury issues, they seemed to be at a disadvantage, but Head Coach Ian “Mack the Mouth” MacKenzie didn’t see it that way. “We started the Wild West with big adversity; having three of our starting jammers (Kim Janna, Lucy “Luludemon” Croysdill and Evada Perón) not available for the game against Santa Cruz.” Fortunately, Terminal City prides itself on having a deep bench; many of their defensive players are also skilled jammers and they stepped up to the challenge.
Santa Cruz took an early lead, but Terminal City fought back and narrowed the gap to 94-82 at the half. Terminal City kept it close, trading leads back and forth with Santa Cruz throughout the second period. The tug-of-war continued right to end, but Terminal City lost by a nail-biting 138-136. Terminal City Co-Captain and high-scorer (61 pts.) Bobbi Barbarich is looking forward to another tussle with the California team: “Santa Cruz definitely gave us what we were expecting - a really physical game. We skated away from that one already looking forward to the next time we meet.”
In a first-time match up, Terminal City took on Sacramento’s Sac City Rollers on Saturday night. Like the Vancouver team, Sac City has made quick progress up the rankings, and came into this bout as the favorite to win. Terminal City seemed to have added momentum under their wheels, most likely from the disappointing loss to Santa Cruz the day before, coupled with the arrival of jammers Kim Janna and Evada Perón to the tournament. With standout defense by Jocelyn Ingram and Karlene “Buffy Sainte-Fury” Harvey, and the nimble footwork of jammers Evada Peron and Jaime Edgar through Sac City’s defense, Terminal City caught fire and never cooled down. Final score was 207-126 for Vancouver.
Terminal City head coach Ian “Mack the Mouth” MacKenzie saw their last bout of the tournament with Boise, Idaho’s Treasure Valley Roller Girls as the biggest challenge: “I felt Treasure Valley presented the biggest challenge; it's the last game of the weekend, and focus can be a problem.” Most teams would be exhausted by the end of a hard-hitting tournament like Wild West Showdown. Fitness and endurance play key roles in the success of WFTDA teams, as tournament play becomes more prevalent at the upper level. Because of this, another of Terminal City’s ‘Strive for 25’ goals is to “improve key fitness markers by 25%”, and the work paid off against Treasure Valley.
For the first half of the bout, Terminal City caught the eyes of the referees over and over, with a rotating cast of blockers and jammers in the penalty box. Treasure Valley took full advantage whenever they could and cashed in on the power jams.
In the second period however, Treasure Valley racked up penalties of their own, and Terminal City used their signature passive offense strategy to grab some power jam points. In the last minutes of the bout, still looking fit and fast, Terminal City reached into their energy reserves and got control of the penalty situation. They locked down a seemingly-impenetrable defense with great help from blockers Sophie Robinson and Kim MacKenzie (anouncers commented that she reminded them of Sassy from the two-time national champions Oly Rollers), and with the powerhouse jamming of rookie Kotone Frankowski they ran away with the lead, 204-131.
Coming away from the weekend 2-1 is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but Coach Mack the Mouth knows that the team still has room to improve: “We have work to do but we are on track. The track Intelligence of this team is high and and continues to increase. Our special teams are solid; penalty kills and power jams are executing really well. More offensive strategies will be in our plans for March and April, as well as our ability to transition as quickly as possible.” This strategic arsenal will be taken to battle next at The Big O tournament on May 17-19 in Eugene, OR. There, they will take on two more California teams, Silicon Valley and Sacred City, and Melbourne, Austrialia’s Victorian Roller Derby.
Poster photo by Bob Ayers
Season 7 Schedule Announced
Grab a pen and mark your calendars, because we've just announced our Season 7 schedule!
Bout 1 • April 13• Riot Girls vs Public Frenemy | Bad Reputations vs Faster Pussycats • Minoru Arena - Richmond
Bout 2 • May 4• Riot Girls vs Faster Pussycats | Public Frenemy vs Bad Reputations • Minoru Arena - Richmond
Bout 3 • June 1• Terminal City All-Stars vs London Rollergirls • Venue TBC
Bout 4 • July 13• Riot Girls vs Bad Reputations | Faster Pussycats vs Public Frenemy • Minoru Arena - Richmond
Bout 5 • August 10• Semi-Finals • Minoru Arena - Richmond
Bout 6 • September 7• Championships • Kerrisdale Arena - Vancouver
If you watched one bout since September, we hope it was the Terminal City All-Stars vs. the Jet City Bombers.
On February 9th, the teams faced off at Surrey’s Central City Arena. Everett, WA’s Jet City Bombers finished last season ranked 10th in the WFTDA’s Western Region; Terminal City ranked 12th. The two teams look evenly matched on paper, but they differ in styles. Jet City is known for their aggressive, physical game, and Terminal City for their finesse and strategy. With the new WFTDA rule set and the change of several former minor penalties to majors, the ability to capitalize on a power jam is now more crucial than ever. Saturday night was definitely evidence of why.
The Bombers were all in from the first whistle. Veteran jammer Ivana Hercha packed on 13 points while the All-Stars’ jammer served a penalty. The All Stars’ Bobbi Barbarich (fka Beretta Lynch) squeezed two points out of her first jam, and pint-sized powerhouse Evada Péron racked up another 10 while her team’s blockers shut down the Bombers’ jammer in the pack. A 15-point power jam by Kim Janna put the All-Stars in the lead, followed quickly by an even bigger 23-point power jam from Barbarich that pushed the score to a 47-14 advantage for the All-Stars.
Barbarich negotiates with a Jet City blocker.
The All-Stars' momentum seemed to be building, with impressive offensive picks by Sophie Robinson (fka Amazombie), and solid defense by Lisa Suggit (fka Rollergirl) and new member Scarlett Bloodbath. But the Bombers held their own, and kept the All-Stars from building on that lead. The score was 98-68 at halftime, and neither team was showing signs of weakness.
The Bombers kept it tight going into the second period, with strong defensive plays by Marilyn Gun-Hoe and Tabula Rasa playing a key part chipping away at the All-Stars lead. Pippy Longstalker was a huge standout, switching effortlessly from jamming to blocking all night. The All-Stars’ blockers ran into penalty trouble, and the Bombers’ jammers took advantage of having fewer opponents in their way. With 15 minutes left, the All-Stars’ lead had shrunk to 110-101. And with just six minutes on the clock, Nasty Nikki Nightstick rocketed through a sizeable power jam, catapulting the Bombers into the lead 129 to the All-Stars’ 126.
Blocker Megan Griffith slows down the Jet City jammer
The final minutes of the game felt like an eternity to the fans packed into Central City. The Bombers added another 17 points while the All-Stars fought to contain them. The tables turned once again with another power jam for Kim Janna, pushing the All-Stars up to 138 with the Bombers holding on at 146 and just 1:30 left on the period clock. As the last jam started, with no blockers in the box and the entire building holding its breath, Barbarich blasted through the pack securing lead jammer status for the All-Stars. Suggitt, Flower Plow’her, Robinson, and Scarlett held the Bombers jammer back as one impenetrable red wall. When Barbarich finally called off the jam, the score was 146-146. But because Barbarich had lapped the Bombers’ jammer on her first pass, it tipped to 147 in the All-Stars’ favour and they officially won their first sanctioned bout of the year.
The All-Stars don’t have much down time to celebrate after that skin-of-their-teeth victory – they travel to Bremerton, WA for the Wild West Showdown tournament on March 1-3. There, they will play 3 WFTDA-sanctioned bouts against Boise, ID’s Treasure Valley Rollergirls, Sacramento’s Sac City Rollers and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls.
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