120-73 WIN GIVES DEFENDING CHAMPS STANDINGS LEAD
by The Grand Poobah
(ST. LOUIS, MO) It was not that long ago in ARRG’s history that the Stunt Devils were a team that was always looking in from the outside – a franchise that always had the talent, but for some reason never had the breaks that would give them the chance to be in control of the ARRG chain of command.
Those days are now long behind them.
Thanks to the double-powered attack of jammers Starry Starry Fight and Artemischief, the defending ARRG champions upended the Smashinistas 120-73 in interleague play in front of 1,000-plus Saturday night at the All-Amercian Sports Mall.
The win resulted in a 2-0 record for the ladies in purple – and placement at the top of the ARRG standings three interleague bouts into the 2010 season.
“We’ve never been in this position before,’ said Stunt co-captain Mayor Francis Slayer. “We’re stacked….we’re really lucky.”
Some might disagree with Slayer about the “luck” part – this team is skilled.
And to their credit, the Smashinistas on Saturday night were prepared for that at the bout’s onset – which made for tight scoring early.
Following a bout-opening 5-point jam by the Stunts’ Starry Starry Fight, Smashinistas’ jammer The Educator collected a nine-pointer to give the women in cammo a 10-5 lead three minutes into the half.
Both teams traded points – and hits – for the next seven minutes. The end result was a tight 22-21 Stunt advantage with under 20:00 remaining in the opening frame.
Then it was time for the league’s leader in scoring to take over.
Starry’s triple grand slam delivered a huge blow to the psyche to the Smashies. The 15-point jam gave the Stunt Devils the evening’s first commanding lead, a 37-21 advantage with 18:15 remaining in the first half.
“The Stunts have a history of starting off slow, but coming up big in the end,” said Stunt Devil jammer Artemischief about the blow-for-blow scoring early on.
And in order for the Stunts to deliver “big” as the first half progressed, it meant that the purple jammers would have to turn on the jets…which is exactly what happened.
The Stunt Devils would go on a 26-9 run in the first half’s final six minutes. Starry’s 8-point jam followed by Artemischief’s 14-pointer resulted in a 74-34 halftime lead for the defending league champions.
During the halftime break, the Smashinistas figured that they needed to revert back their original blueprint – control the pack, control the pacing, control the scoring – and the rest will take care of itself.
“We felt that the worst was over,” said Smashie jammer The Educator of the 40-point halftime deficit. “We felt we only have to get better from there.”
And they did…much better.
The pretty princesses took control of the bout in the early stages of the second half. A 23-9 run by the ladies in cammo cut the gap to 83-57 midway through the final frame.
But then another layer of a potent Stunt offense seized opportunity and shifted the momentum back to the defending champs. South City Shiner – who had been held to one lead jam in the first half – sprinted to the front of the pack en route to a double grand slam. The 10-pointer with 12:45 remaining gave the Stunt Devils a 93-59 lead.
The precision pace would continue down the stretch as the Stunts outscored the Smashies 27-14 in the bout’s final ten minutes to pick up their second win, and sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Starry Starry Fight’s 41-point effort for the Stunt Devils was reciprocated by The Educator’s 41-point output for the Smashinistas, who drop to 0-2.
Anchored by the impressive scoring tally by the defending champs – their second triple-digit outing in 2010 – the jammers in purple assessed the team’s performance as complete.
“Things went really well for us,” said Artmischief, who added 39 points for the Stunts. “We had good jammer rotation, everybody produced and all our blockers were really on it. It’s all you could really ask for.”
And for the veteran jammer, it clearly crystallizes the dominance of the 2010 Stunt Devils – who are no longer on the outside looking in.
“The Stunts did prove that – as a team – they could win more than once,” she said.
The defending league champion returns to ARRG Interleague play on Saturday, April 10 to battle the M-80s (1-1) at the All-American Sports Mall (11133 Lindbergh Business Court, St. Louis, MO.)
IN POOBAH’S CORNER: SATURDAY NOTES
It goes without saying, but Saturday was an epic night for the league – and for roller derby in general in St. Louis.
The sold-out crowd who attended our double-header proves that this sport, without a shadow of a doubt, provides the very best in alternative athletics in the Gateway City.
On behalf of ARRG, the Gatekeepers and the folks who support this sport with unconditional love, I want to thank each and every one of you for attending Saturday’s bouts. Your passion and commitment to what we love to do means so much to us.
Your patience in our late start – which allowed the overflow capacity to enjoy both bouts – was much appreciated.
In short, we are humbled by your support.
- A good portion of this success was supported by the continuing help of the various media outlets who send the message of ARRG to the masses – including St. Louis Magazine, stltoday.com, KTVI-TV, The Riverfront Times, 106.5 FM The Arch, The St. Louis Beacon, nextstopstl.org, KCFV 89.5 FM and many others. Thank you for your continued support.
- I will admit, I had a good feeling that the Gatekeepers would get the duke in their franchise opener – see next article after the ARRG standings graphic – but little would I have expected that the way that they did it would be so overwhelming. These men have done an excellent job in preparation and they should be proud of their accomplishments. Best of luck to them as the season progresses – they’ll do the city proud, I guarantee it.
- Thanks again to the Twin City Derby Girls of the Champaign/Urbana, Illinois area for attending the bout and lending support. A few members of the newly-formed league even stuck around and practiced with ARRG skaters the following morning. Trust me ladies, the hard work’s gonna pay off down the road.
- Another big raffle was held, which helped ARRG’s ongoing work this season to Youth In Need to raise awareness in the local non-for-profit. Your continued support is pushing us closer to our goal of $3,500 for the season. Expect more big raffles as the season progresses.
- Much thanks to my derby broadcast partner Joanie Rollmoan, who did a solid double dip of duty, as well as Mr. Macabre, who drove the four-hour trip from Indy to provide commentary for the Gatekeepers/Race City bout. Their help provided much relief to a man whose voice was slowly but surely trailing off as the night progressed.
GATEKEEPERS DEBUT WITH WIN
Prior to Saturday’s ARRG match-up, the St. Louis Gatekeepers - the area’s first men’s flat track roller derby squad – posted a dominating 125-17 win over the Race City Rebels of Indianapolis, IN.
It didn’t take long for the locals – in their inaugural debut – to send a message to the nation’s developing men’s roller derby leagues. A fast start out of the gates propelled the mean, green machine to a 55-11 halftime lead.
Multi-point jams by Magnum P.I.M.P., Bony Hawk, Batwing and Short Knocks paced the Gatekeepers – who outscored the Indy contingent 70-6 in the second half – to the team’s first win in franchise history.
Magnum led the Gatekeepers in scoring with 34 points, followed by Knocks’ 28. Magnum picked up the MVP Award for the bout for St. Louis while blocker Big N’ Plenty – who did a solid job against tough competition – collected the MVP hardware for Race City.
The Gatekeepers (1-0) return to action in the upcoming six-team “Spring Roll Tournament” held on May 8-9 in Ft. Wayne, IN.
ST. LUNACHIX TRAVEL TO INDIANA THIS SATURDAY
The future of ARRG heads to the Hoosier State this weekend to face the best from Evansville.
The St. Lunachix – ARRG’s developmental team – battle the Dynamite Dolls of the Demolition City Roller Derby league this Saturday, March 27 at the historical Evansville Coliseum (300 Court St., Evansville, IN).
The Chix/Dolls clash is part of a two-bout doubleheader that features Evansville’s Destruction Dames vs. the Southern Illinois Rollergirls on the undercard. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Bouts begin at 6:30 pm.
This is one of those few match-ups where a developmental team (ARRG) meets an All-Star team (DCRD).
And this Evansville team is one not to be taken lightly.
The Dynamite Dolls launched their 2010 campaign with two quick wins in February. After beating the Tragic City Rollers (Birmingham, AL) at home 121-66 on February 20, the Dolls bested the Derby City Rollergirls (Louisville, KY) the following week 156-75 to start the season unbeaten.
Dynamite Dolls' Godjilla
The key to the Dolls’ attack is Godjilla, who last month celebrated the start of her third year of active competition…with a massive quad-stomping. Crowned “Best Jammer” in 2009 by DCRD, the crowd favorite notched 61 points against Birmingham, followed by a 50-point outburst against Louisville.
The power jammer has picked up just about every award imaginable, including honors last season for “Offensive Performance of the Year” and “Most Dedicated to the League.”
But don’t be fooled – the Dolls are not one-dimensional. Also watch out for Lillith of the Valley, 2009′s “Rollergirl of the Year.” The blonde bomber’s 56-point output against Birmingham shows that she can pack a punch offensively if Godjilla is held at bay.
But if there was ever a team to accept the challenge from an impressive outfit, it would be the St. Lunachix – who in their entire history of play have never lost a bout.
You read that right….have never lost a bout…
Have never lost a bout…
The St. Lunachix finished 2009 with a perfect 5-0 record, outscoring their opponents 653-302.
And although a few key members of that undefeated squad were acquired by the ARRG All-Stars, the St. Lunachix reloaded with an impressive crop of newcomers, as well as a few ARRG league veterans.
At presstime, here’s the The St. Lunachix roster for the match-up vs. the Dynamite Dolls (listed alphabetically): Ana Warpath, Beatn-chix Kiddo, Beretta Michaels, Black Market Baby, Chokehold Chanel No. 5, Deathica Steele, Ginny Beastly, Jean Slay, Miss Lippy, Morgan La Faetal, Polka Dot YrEyeout, The Seige, Suri OKiller and SueShe. Alternates, such as Cookies N.Creme, Jezebelle and Whip Scream, are also eligible for play.
I don’t know about you, but if I lived in another city that had developmental derby, I’d be envious of this line-up!
A travel tip from Archie as you head towards the tri-state: Click on the picture of WFIE-TV Weekend Meteorologist (and avid rollerblader!) Chad Sewich for your “14 First Alert” weather forecast.
Using the stagenames of “The Grand Poobah” and “Hells LaBelle,” Wink Funklebean and Flip Van Landingham are bout announcers for the 2010 season of the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check the news section every Monday for the latest ARRG news and information.