107-67 FINAL RESULTS IN TITLE BOUT TURNABOUT
by The Grand Poobah
(ST. LOUIS, MO) Perhaps iconic singer Frank Sinatra said it best…
“The best revenge is massive success.”
And perhaps somewhere out there over the weekend, The Chairman of the Board’s words resonated in the minds of the Smashinistas, who avenged an earlier loss this season to the M-80s with a 107-67 victory Saturday night at the All-American Sports Mall.
Well, the reference to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” might be a bit of a journalistic stretch. Yet the ladies in camo fired back a shot after the two teams’ initial meeting three months ago, which saw the M-80s gain the “W.”
And one would have to agree that the victory for the Smashies was massive – not only in point total, but also for their immediate future.
With the win, the Smashinistas (1-2) kept their quest for a championship bout berth intact.
Meanwhile, the loss for the M-80s resulted in a final regular season record of 1-3.
That means that the ladies in red will be helpless observers when the Smashies face the Stunt Devils next month at the All-American for ARRG’s next interleague bout – a bout that will determine the 2010 league championship match-up.
Long story short, if the Smashinistas beat the Stunts on June 19, they’re automatically in the finals.
But a Stunt Devils’ win will result in the Smashinistas and the M-80s sporting identical 1-3 regular season records – and as the two teams split their head-to-head bouts, the team that advances to finals will be decided on mathematics.
That’s a lot to digest post-bout – but the Smashies’ strategies before and during Saturday’s bout were executed almost flawlessly.
“We worked so hard for this,” said co-captain Eli Wallop following the bout. ”We worked hard on the track getting our skills up. We worked hard off the track, getting our teamwork together. And we worked hard in the war room, writing the lineups and getting the girls together on the track at the right time and in the right order. We fought for it and it feels good.”
That hard work resulted in an early lead for the Smashies – a lead that they would never surrender.
Four consecutive early lead jams from the onset – buoyed by the triple threat of jammers The Educator, Downtown Dallis and Punches Pileup, resulted in a 12-1 Smashie lead five minutes into the bout.
Following a three-point tally by Dallis, the M-80s cut into the gap ten minutes in. Jammer Enya Nightmare’s seven-pointer whittled the Smashies’ advantage to 15-8.
A two-point jam by Educator was followed by a grand slam by the M-80s Madam Moonstruck. The five-pointer made the score 17-13 Smashies with 17:00 remaining in the first half.
Both teams racked up points on the next jam. Dallis picked up two more while the M-80s utilized Black Market Baby’s four-point effort – which resulted in a 19-17 bout.
And then the wheels flew off the wagon for the M-80s, and the Smashinistas would go on an unmerciful attack.
The Smashies would post a 24-0 run for the next five minutes. Pileup’s grand slam for the Smashies was followed by Educator’s 19-point power jam – which collectively resulted in a 43-17 lead for the ladies in camo.
But just when things looked in total control for the Smashinistas, the firecrackers on quads would go on a roll of their own.
Jams by BMB, Keligua and Nightmare resulted in a 20-5 run for the M-80s in the first half’s final eight minutes. A 48-37 halftime lead for the Smashinistas was anything but safe against this dangerous bunch.
It would have been easy for the Smashies to buckle under this late-half pressure – yet at the intermission break, the camo braintrust decided to stick with what had worked so well early in the bout.
“We just made sure that we followed our strategy and played our game,” said The Educator. “We weren’t reacting to what they did. We stayed on our game and focused on what we needed to do.”
And that focus was evident as the second half started. Pileup scored seven for the Smashies on the opening jam of the frame. Dallis followed with a five-pointer of her own two jams later, which saw the Smashies pull ahead to a 60-38 lead five minutes into the second half.
Yet, being down by 22 points did not stop the effort of M-80s, paced by rookie Black Market Baby. The jammer silenced the camo contingent with a 13-point score, which narrowed the gap to 60-51 with 21:00 remaining.
But once again, the M-80s would be caught in a scoring malady – this time a fatal one as they failed to score in the bout’s next fifteen minutes.
This resulted in the Smashies going on a 35-point uncontested scoring run. Pileup would score 25 points during the streak while Dallis added ten. When the dust had finally settled, the Pretty Princesses had posted a 95-51 advantage.
The Smashies would outscore the M-80s 59-30 in the second half en route to the 40-point victory – their first of the season – and a season saving one at that.
“I am so proud of this team,” said Wallop. “At the beginning of the season, we had a lot of rookies and we had a lot of work to do. We’ve been putting in the time and it’s great to see it result in a win.”
For some of the Smashie veterans, the win was a little overwhelming.
“Since I’ve been in the league, we’ve only won one other time,” said Pileup, who finished with a bout-high 44 points. “When you’re accustomed to always playing second fiddle, it feels pretty darn good to be in the winner’s circle.”
The Educator scored 37 points for the Smashinistas while Dallis added 26, her ARRG personal best. Black Market Baby scored 32 hard-earned points for the M-80s while Nightmare finished with 27.
And while the victory seemed sweet at the time, the leaders of the Smashinistas knew that their uphill climb must continue if they wish to enter the championship title bout against the Stunt Devils – a team they battle next month.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we can do it,” said The Educator. “It’s all about our attitude and how hard we practice. I know it’s all possible.”
“We are taking it one game at a time, one practice at a time, one jam at a time,” added Wallop. “It’s gonna pay off.”
Smashinistas: Punches Pileup 44, The Educator 37, Downtown Dallis 26
M-80s: Black Market Baby 32, Enya Nightmare 27, Madam Moonstruck 5, Joltin’ Josie 3
SATURDAY NOTES FROM THE POOBAH
We thank all of you who came out to Saturday’s bout, and especially all of the moms who spent their Mother’s Day weekend enjoying ARRG action. We appreciate your continued patronage and support.
Also a big thank you to the local media outlets – including The Riverfront Times, “The Last Call with Brian McKenna” on KFNS-590 AM and Van Lorenz from 106.5 FM The Arch – who continue to support ARRG on a continuous basis.
We appreciate those who contributed and donated to our monthly raffle, which continues to support our 2010 fundraising efforts for Youth In Need. A lucky fan won two tickets to this Tuesday’s Cardinal baseball game.
A retraction from last week’s column: Last week’s Smashie/M-80s bout preview listed rookie skater Mighty Mighty Boston as one to watch for Saturday’s bout. And she was one to watch – as she did a magnificent job working the charity raffle. You see, Boston actually skates for the Stunt Devils. My apologies for the error – and for the confusion. ARRG Newscenter Managing Editor Harland Whipple also apologizes for the error – and promises to keep the PBR away from the Poobah while he writes future columns.
To see photographer Bob Dunnell’s pictorial from Saturday’s bout on FLICKR, GO HERE. It’ll give you a true flavor of the great action ARRG brings you every month!
Experience it yourself on Saturday, June 5 and Saturday, June 19 at the All-American Sports Mall.
ST. LUNACHIX ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND!
ARRG’s developmental team, The St. Lunachix, return to action this Saturday night as they travel to face the Rockford Rage at the Indoor Sports Center (880 East Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL)
Doors open at 6 PM. Bout time is 7 PM.
The Chix (1-1) are back into the groove following their first win of the season in Cincinnati last month.
And what a win it was! The locals upended the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ Silent Lambs 89-39 in front of 3,100 derby fanatics on April 17.
The St. Lunachix was paced by The Siege’s 29 points, followed by Mighty Mighty Boston’s tally of 20.
The Rage (1-2) also picked up their first win of the season in April, a 117-49 victory over Ft. Wayne.
This will be another tough challenge for The Chix. Hopefully another quick start – such as the one in Cincinnati – will result in another triumph.
ARRG TO PARTICPATE IN MACKLIND DAYS THIS WEEKEND!
The Arch Rival Roller Girls are proud to announce their participation in the 2010 Macklind Days festivities.
This year’s event features plenty of great local music, a washer tournament, a PIE contest, BELLY DANCERS, FIRE DANCERS….and a beanbag toss with your Macklind-lovin’ Arch Rival Roller Girls!
For more information about Macklind Days, including a rundown of events, CLICK HERE.
ARRG TEAM SET TO “RACE FOR THE CURE” IN JUNE
Continuing our community outreach efforts in 2010, ARRG has a team participating in the 2010 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, to be held in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, June 12.
The Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Of the net proceeds raised locally from the Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure, a minimum of 25% goes to national breast cancer research and up to 75% stays in St. Louis to help organizations provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs.
Last year, ARRG raised $2,700 – this year our goal is $3,500! As of Monday, May 10, we have reached 22% of our goal! Thanks to your support and donation, you’ll help us achieve that goal and continue our streak of successful community outreach projects in 2010.
To join our team and to make a donation, visit the ARRG team page.
And by all means – come walk the 5K with us on June 12 and show support to those who have courageously fought and continue to fight this disease!
GATEKEEPERS RUNNERS-UP AT SPRING ROLL
(FT. WAYNE, IN) Congratulations to the STL GateKeepers, the area’s only mens flat track derby franchise, who placed second in the men’s division of The Spring Roll held this past weekend in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
While most people on Saturday morning were either making that pot o’ coffee or butterin’ up that slice of bread, the STL GateKeepers were laying down the foundation for a title bout appearance.
St. Louis advanced to the finale with an early morning 49-35 victory over The Twin City Terrors, followed by a nail-biting 43-40 win over The Dallas Deception.
The title bout saw the GateKeepers drop a heartbreaking 121-120 loss to Puget Sound of Tacoma, WA.
Following the weekend tilt, the GateKeepers find themselves with a record of 3-1 in their inaugural campaign, which finds them on the road to Evansville, Indiana on May 29, followed by a return home to the All-American Sports Mall on Saturday, July 10.
When not discussing the globalization of mass media conglomerates and its relationship to the hegemony of popular culture – or their favorite Ric Flair wrestling match – The Grand Poobah and Hells LaBelle are bout announcers for the 2010 season of the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news, information and retractions.