REMATCH FEATURES POTENTIAL CAMO REDEMPTION!
by Hells LaBelle
This Saturday Night will be a special treat for the Arch Rival Roller Girls’ fans. June 19th, the All American Sports Mall will be the place to find the ARRG Defending League Champions, the Stunt Devils, getting a look at their opponent for July 10th’s League Championship game, the Smashinistas.
This opens up a series of scenarios for the July 10th Championship Bout. Such as…
1. Will the Stunt Devils try and smother the Smashies like they did in their 43-point victory over the Smashinistas back in March?
2. Will the Smashies follow up their first win of the season by sending out a statement to the defending champs and stealing a win before the Title Bout?
3. Are the Smashinistas reaching their peak after winning by 40-points over the M-80′s?
4. Can the Stunt Devils maintain their consistent triple-digit scoring totals against the Smashies in their first game without their “Star”, Starry Starry Fight, who recently moved back to her home state of Oregon?
5. Will either team hold back some punches in fear of showing their Championship opponent their entire playbook before they square off for the Title?
6. Or will both teams keep their feet on the gas pedals and try to weaken their championship opponent less than one month before the Season’s climax?
All good questions leading into this weekend’s jaunt.
The Stunt Devils will look to their depth and experience to fill in Starry Starry Fight’s spot. Starry is a 40+ point scoring threat at jammer and has the ability to break the game open at any given moment.
We all know the Stunts are enjoying their most stacked roster since their formation 4 seasons ago. Every fan of the ladies in purple know that Artemischief is more than capable of game-breaking jams.
South City Shiner had a helluva weekend in Wisconsin at the BrewHaHa and followed up with a great game against Duke City, so expect her to come out fired up. Morgan LaFaetal will be looked upon to step up in her young career and pick up the point total slack.
Smarty McFly is fighting through an injury, but when healthy is a more than ready jammer. Mighty Mighty Boston is the rookie with the quick feet and could possibly do some jamming on Saturday.
So, as you can see, the Stunts still have depth at the Jammer position.
But it’s at the Blocker position, where their experience will shine through for the defending champs. The team will always skate with confidence when led by Grave Danger, Mayor Francis Slayer, Danikka Doom and Miss Lippy. Domme E. Nation has been a sensational newcomer to the team this year.
Deathica Steele is having the best season I’ve seen her have since she was drafted as a Stunt. Every Stunt Devil Jammer doubles as a blocker, too, and prove every time they’re equally good at both duties.
There are a handful of new players on the bench that will also get in the game and make an impact this Saturday night, so I’d say the Stunts probably feel pretty good about their chances.
But you can’t say enough about what getting that long-awaited first win finally under your belt can do for a team’s confidence and style of play. The Smashinistas did just that in their last game against the M-80′s and did so convincingly. That night saw the Smashies finally seem to gel with all their experience finally coming together on the track.
The Smashies roster combines experience from all over the country. The Educator is one of ARRG’s most respected and best all around players. Davey Blockit and Sue She have worn the Smashie jersey for quite some time.
Eli Whallop and Jezebelle used to be teammates in Arizona before they both moved here. Downtown Dallis was her league’s most valuable player in her final season in Dallas, Texas, before moving to St. Louis.
The rest of the roster is a mixture of players in only their first or second years with the Smashinistas, but with plenty of experience of their own. Rookies Ginny Beastley, Rock Steady and the Forecloser just came off impressive showings in the ARRG Rookie Rivals’ win over the Saint Chux Derby Chix.
And all that different experience from all sorts of diverse situations came together on the track and gelled together for a 107-67 victory, the Smashinista’s first in two seasons. The 40-point victory has the co-captains Eli Whallop and Punches Pileup feeling fantastic about their team’s chances coming into Saturday.
Punches Pileup led the way in that win with 44 points, The Educator added 37, and Downtown Dallis scored 26 points. Now that’s a triple-threat the Stunt Devils will need to keep their eyes on.
But don’t look now, just last weekend, The Forecloser put the game against St. Chux out of reach with a 20-point jam, adding to her 34-point total on the night. So, it may appear as though the Smashies have options.
Either way it should be a great game, and no matter what, it will in NO way imply how the championship game will go.
The 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team played an exhibition game against the Russian Red Army hockey team at Madison Square Garden just weeks before the Olympic Games in Lake Placid. On that night, the Soviets crushed the Americans, 10-3.
We all know what happened when they met again in the Gold Medal Olympic Semifinals.
And in case you don’t…
USA WON!!! And then went on to win the Gold Medal against Finland.
So that just goes to show how quickly things can change when the stakes are raised…
I’ll see ya there!
ARRG TO APPEAR ON KPLR “11 NEWS AT NOON” THIS FRIDAY
The ladies of ARRG will be featured on KPLR-TV Channel 11 on Friday, June 18 on “11 News at Noon.” Look for the ladies at around 12:40 pm. If you cannot see the broadcast live, go to kplr11.com later on in the day to view the segment.
“C TEAM” ARRG ROOKIE RIVALS DEBUT WITH WIN
by Hells LaBelle
(ST. PETERS, MO) Don’t call them a C-Team. Don’t call them Rookies. Don’t call the game they play a Tryout.
Because when the ARRG Rookie Rivals took the track on Saturday Night, they looked like the farthest thing from anything that could be considered a C-Team, a rookie, or participants in a tryout.
This ragtag bunch of rookies and newbies (some of whom received their derby names on the same DAY as their first game) sent a loud and clear message to the ARRG Veterans and fanbase that watched them skate Saturday Night at the Wheel in St. Peters. That message was went something like this:
“WE’RE READY TO PLAY SOME DERBY!!!”
For a few of the ladies on the Rookie Rivals (Pelvis Costello, Munchausen by Foxy, Ginny Beastley, Cookies “n Cream, The Forecloser and Rock Steady), they have already been drafted and played in some local ARRG bouts. THEIR message went something like this:
“WE’RE ROOKIES BY TITLE, BUT QUICKLY BECOMING LEADERS ON THE TRACK!”
The rest of ARRG Nation was listening. They watched as the Rookie Rivals emerged victorious with a 112-80 win over the still young in existence St. Chux Derby Chix. For SCDC, this was only their second bout since their formation in August of 2009.
Their team has also been riddled with injuries, as the Chix were missing a number of skaters, leaving their roster dwindled down to just 10 skaters for the whole bout. Both teams showed serious heart through 60 minutes of Womens Flat Track Roller Derby. It was the battle of the City versus the County.
The Rookie Rivals jumped out to a quick start thanks to a 39-0 run to start the bout. The Forecloser and Stitches kicked off the night with back-to-back 9-point jams. Then Pelvis Costello and Rock Steady took turns with a pair of 4-point jams to extend the Rivals’ lead to 26-0.
Hedda Crusher took the position of jammer and sent the crowd into a frenzy with a 5-point jam to make it 31-0. Smashinista rookie Ginny Beastley punctuated the 39-0 run with a 8-point jam. The City-Goers were rockin’ and rollin’ early.
The St. Chux Derby Chix finally were able to put an end to the ARRG onslaught when The Victimizer was able to sneak 4 points out of a jam that ARRG’s Splat ‘Em Curie was lead jammer for. Curie added a point for the Rivals.
Then, despite the M-80 Rookie Munchausen by Foxy getting lead jammer and adding 4 points to the rookies’ score, Grey Goose O’Flyen was able to add 3 points of her own to make the score 44-7. D’Wicked Pirate added a 2-point jam, making the score 46-7.
It should be noted here that when Shimmy Hoffa took the track as the jammer for the Rookie Rivals, she successfully obtained Lead Jammer status for the 10th straight time for the ARRG Rooks.
In that stretch, 10-different Rookie Rivals attained lead jammer in the first 11 jams. The odd jam out was a Lead Jammer-less jam between Pelvis Costello and Grey Goose. After Shimmy’s scoreless jam, the St. Chux Derby Chix woke up and tried to swing the momentum back in their favor.
P. Diamond broke the lead jammerless streak, scoring 4 points for St. Chux. Lady Lucifer followed her lead with a 4-point jam as well. Crashes Clay was able to sneak 3-points out of that jam before LL could call it off.
The Punctuator was then able to take lead jammer back for the Rivals, but not before Spice Rack swiped 3 points out from under her. The Victimizer was the next lead jammer adding 4 points to St. Chux’ total, but Slamnigua bested her with 5 points for St. Louis in the same jam, making it 54-22.
Hydrogen Bombshell took the track making her the 14th different jammer for St. Louis in the first half. Bombshell scored 5 points, against the Victimizer’s 3.
A pair of scoreless jams between Badonka Bam and Lady Lucifer, and Stitches and Diamond rounded out the first half of action where the Rookie Rivals sent 15 different skaters out to jam. All but 2 tallied points.
The score at the half was 59-25 in favor of the ladies wearing pink.
But their lead was about to dwindle…
SCDC came out of the gate flying and went on a 20-0 run in the first three jams of the second half. Lucifer scored 12 points in the first jam, Grey Goose with 4 in the next, Diamond capping the run with 4 more unanswered points. A 34-point lead shrunk to just a 14.
Shimmy Hoffa ended the Rookie Rivals’ scoreless streak with 3 points, only to see Diamond take 3 points right back, 62-48. The Forecloser took the track for the first time in the half and recorded a 5-point jam. Bombshell followed that up with a 7-point score, but Lady Lucifer 4 more in that jam, as well as 5 more on the next jam, leaving the bout with a 74-57 score.
With Stitches in the penalty box, Diamond scored 4 points, but Stitches sprung loose and scored 2 quick points for the ladies of the Metropolis. Hoffa and Grey Goose traded 4 points in the same jam, upping the score to 82-63. Goose added 3 points two jams later, followed by Costello outscoring Diamond 3-1 in the next jam.
Stitches gave St. Louis a 22-point lead with a 4-point jam. Diamond answered with 4 for St. Chux.
SCDC’s Grey Goose made the score the narrowest it had been all night at 89-76 with a 5-point jam late in the half. Everyone in the rink could sense something explosive about to happen.
St. Chux, with only 10 skaters, showed no signs of fatigue. In fact, they got stronger as the game went on. A 34-point halftime lead had dwindled down to 13.
Living up to the name on the back of her jersey, the Forecloser foreclosed on St. Chux’ claim at a victory.
With a 20-point jam, the Foreclosure put the bout out of reach for the host team. Pelvis Costello added 3 points in the final jam, while Diamond rounded out the scoring for the home team with a 4-point jam.
Final Score: 112-80, Rookie Rivals
The St. Chux Derby Chix held their heads up high in a loss, knowing that with just 10 skaters, down by 34 points at halftime, the Chix fought hard and outscored the Rookie Rivals 55-53 in the second half.
But it would not be enough. The Smashinista, the Forecloser, rookie played the role of the hero with the 20-point jam with just 3 minutes left in the Bout.
The Forecloser led the game with 34 points for the Rookie Rivals. The game’s second leading scorer was Lady Lucifer with 25 points for SCDC. Diamond scored 24 points. Grey Goose O’Flyen turned in 19. Stitches piled up 15 points in her derby debut. The Victimizer scored 11. Hydrogen Bombshell had 12 points, and Pelvis Costello was the only other skater in double-digits with 10. Nine other skaters on the Rookie Rivals were able to put points on the board as jammers for the City Dwellers.
Head Coaches Joanie Rollmoan and Miss Lippy sent 16 different skaters out to jam in this bout. Their scoring was very spread out. And they never panicked once when they saw a 34-point lead shrink down to just 13.
They kept their composure, waited for one opportune moment to lay down the fatal blow, and capitalized on it. The win was an uplifting one for the Rookie Rivals, especially for those without a local team to their name yet. Several skaters certainly impressed the veterans in the crowd with solid play, and surely made a statement that screams for them to get drafted to a local team later this year.
D’Wicked Pirate was a blocking machine all night long for the Rookies. Stitches boasted her hockey background, flying around the track like T.J. Oshie himself. Shimmy Hoffa, Hydrogen Bombshell and Slamnigua made impressive appearances for the visiting team.
And after last night, those rookie skaters that already find themselves on local team rosters made their case for more playing time in Local Bouts – particularly Pelvis Costello, The Forecloser, Ginny Beastley and Foxy.
It was a night when every screaming veteran sitting around Turn 3 on the track can be proud of the development of the ARRG Roller Derby League.
It was a night where the ladies of SCDC showed heart, guts and more importantly, progress with their own venture out in St. Charles.
They have certainly come a long way in just two short years with talented skaters, an entertaining venue and a very positive attitude.
I know one thing… As far as ARRG is concerned, I can’t wait to see who gets drafted later this year. This year’s draft will showcase some serious talent and add considerably more depth to the league. Teams are only going to get better with the additions of the skaters featured Saturday Night in St. Peters.
These “rookies” had the moxie and swagger of multi-year veterans. They should celebrate a hard-earned victory for now, but I promise, for many of them, it will not be the last time they taste victory.
Now folks, keep in mind, the numbers and statistics in this recap are my UNOFFICIAL recount of the night’s events using the chicken-scratch hieroglyphics notepad I use on a nightly basis… It’s not an EXACT science yet, but I’m working on it.
So please, don’t be offended if I fumbled on a few of your point totals. It is never intentional. It’s just like I always say…
“Math is Hard.”
ARRG RAISES OVER $1500 FOR “RACE FOR THE CURE”
(ST. LOUIS, MO) Members of ARRG participated in the annual “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure” this past weekend in downtown St. Louis.
The ARRG team, which raised $1,595 for local cancer research, was part of the over 71,000 participants who competed/walked in Saturday’s event.
The St. Louis event raised over $3.4 million in total donations.
Thanks to all who supported ARRG and the “Komen Race for the Cure.” Expect ARRG to be back again next year!
MAYOR ELECTED TO JOURNAL’s “30 UNDER 30″
Congrats to Stunt Devils’ Co-captain – and perennial All-Star – Mayor Francis Slayer, who was recently named to the “30 Under 30″ by the St. Louis Business Journal – which recognizes the upcoming movers and shakers of the St. Louis business scene.
Slayer will be featured in the July 9 issue of the St. Louis Business Journal.
To see the complete list, and to take a guess of which one of 16 women might be her, head on over here.
The Grand Poobah and Hells LaBelle are bout announcers for the 2010 season of the Arch Rival Roller Girls. In their spare time, they provide the voices for the Country Bear Jamboree Puppetronic Show at Disney World. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news and information.