60-POINT SETBACK HALTS LOCALS’ WIN STREAK AT SIX!
by the Grand Poobah, ARRG Announcer
(CHICAGO, IL) Both the ARRG All-Stars and the Chicago Outfit Syndicate remembered the date well…Saturday, May 21, 2011. That evening within the muggy confines of the Milwaukee Sports Complex, St. Louis’ best on quads dismantled the #9 team in WFTDA North Central region at Midwest Brewhaha. ARRG, ranked one spot behind, went for the jugular early and wound up winning by 57 points.
It was a pivotal bout for both squads. For ARRG, it began a stretch of three consecutive wins over North Central rivals, two with higher rankings. Conversely for the Outfit, skeptics wondered if the lopsided loss was an anomaly or if the Northern Illinoisan franchise – which had only joined the WFTDA some ten months earlier – deserved a lower ranking.
Both teams knew the July 9 rematch could potentially validate success or, conversely, erase doubt.
At the end of sixty minutes on the flat-track Saturday night, the teams side-by-side in the North Central region rankings provided a bout with a similar margin of victory. Unfortunately for ARRG, the result was completely the polar opposite compared to May 21.
Paced by jammer Lola Blow’s 73 points, #9 Chicago Outfit Syndicate “whacked” the tenth-ranked ARRG All-Stars 164-104 Saturday night at Windy City Fieldhouse in front of 900.
“We needed this win really bad,” said Blow of the win. “We had just lost to (South Central #3) Nashville and we lost earlier to Arch Rival, so this was really important. We knew we had good chance to win tonight, but we won by a little bit more than we had anticipated. We did our absolute best and it definitely showed.”
Indeed, this was a Chicago team that didn’t resemble the one that stumbled at Brewhaha. With the win, the Outfit (7-3) netted their fourth win in five bouts and halted ARRG’s six-bout winning streak.
Conversely, the same could be said of ARRG (6-2), who got into trouble early and was never able to get within thirty points throughout the bout.
ARRG drew first blood two minutes in off jammer South City Shiner‘s two-point tally. Unfortunately, that was ARRG’s only lead for the bout.
The Syndicate went on a 26-0 run in the span of four jams. Blow’s three-pointer gave the host squad a 3-2 edge at 26:20. Two jams later, the Outfit’s Sweet Mary Pain posted 10 to extend the lead to 13-2. Blow followed with a baker’s dozen added to the rally, which gave the Outfit a 26-2 lead with 21:04 left in the first half.
Points came few and far between for ARRG in the bout’s first twenty minutes. The Educator broke the ARRG dry spell by scoring eight non-lead points to cut the gap to 33-10 with 20:00 left in the first half.
The Outift silenced the “pink and black attack” with another rally that netted five consecutive lead jams, resulting in a 37-0 run. Pain and Blow netted back-to-back five-pointers to give the Outfit a 43-10 edge. Blow returned to the stripe on the next jam and delivered a dominating 17-point strike to extend the lead to 57-10. A nine-point tally by Queefer Sutherland and a contributing four-pointer by Valerie of the Dolls concluded the Syndicate rally, resulting in a 70-10 lead with 10:00 left in the first half.
Down, but not necessarily out, ARRG launched a rally of their own in the latter stages of the first half. Behind 76-14 with 6:55 left, ARRG jammer Mighty Mighty Boston capitalized on a power jam and netted 10 to cut the gap to 76-24.
Downtown Dallis followed with a 17-point strike on the next jam, whittling the Outfit lead to 76-47. Boston collected two on the first half’s final jam. Altogether, the 29-0 late-half rally put ARRG within striking distance. Once down by sixty, ARRG narrowed the Outfit lead to 76-43 at intermission.
Consider it a moral victory – one that was short-lived as the second half began.
The Outfit scored 18 unanswered points to start second half. Sutherland scored six for the Syndicate, Blow followed with three and Valerie of the Dolls concluded with seven to finish an 18-0 run which put the Outfit back into a comfortable lead – a 94-43 advantage with 25:00 remaining.
ARRG answered with a 20-2 run in the next four jams. The Educator scored five off a non-lead at the 23:00 mark, Dallis followed with seven, and Shiner and Boston posted back-to-back four-pointers, pulling St. Louis to 96-63 with 18:00 remaining.
On the next jam, Pain utilized a Syndicate power jam to score ten, extending the Outfit lead to 106-63. Dallis countered by scoring 14 on the next jam for ARRG, cutting the gap to 106-77 with 15:30 left.
Then the Outfit decided it was time for ARRG to figuratively “sleep with the fishes.”
With 15:00 left, a trio of pink jerseys was simultaneously sent to the sin bin, resulting in a power jam for the Syndicate’s Blow. Helpless, the lone two ARRG blockers couldn’t contain the full pack mafia from Chicago, which resulted in an easy 30-point monster jam for Blow, extending the Outfit lead to 136-77 with 13:00 left.
“That was the coolest thing ever,” said Blow of the flat-track rarity. “I had a huge smile on my face and all I could say was ‘Thank you, blockers! Thank you, blockers!’”
ARRG tried to save face down the stretch as Boston scored 14 with eight minutes left to cut the gap to 149-104, but the Outfit finished the bout with a 15-0 run to win by sixty points, even the regular season series at one win apiece and erase the memories of a lopsided ARRG win two months ago.
“Our focus lately has been to keep our cool, which was something we had problems with earlier this year,” said Blow afterwards. “We’ve been working on staying calm during halftime, communicating with each other and maintaining our mental awareness. It’s really changed our game.”
Keeping cool has changed the Outfit’s overall outlook – a team that a few weeks ago ran the risk of falling out of the playoff picture has now rebounded into a unit that should realistically make its inaugural trip to the North Central region playoffs come October.
Blow paced Outfit scoring with 73 points, Pain and Sutherland added 44 and 36, respectively, for the Syndicate (7-3).
Downtown Dallis led ARRG scoring with 51 points, followed by Boston’s 34.
And although the loss didn’t help Arch Rival’s chances of climbing the North Central ladder, the end result doesn’t necessarily keep knock them out of the top ten…..unless the unfortunate happens this Saturday as ARRG hosts North Central #14 Grand Raggidy at Midwest Sport Hockey.
A loss to the squad from Grand Rapids- according to some critics – puts ARRG behind the proverbial “8-ball” in their playoff quest.
And for a team that found remedies to make steady progression throughout the season, back-to-back losses in the span of eight calendar days would be an extremely bitter pill to swallow.
CHICAGO OUTFIT SYNDICATE: Lola Blow 73, Sweet Mary Pain 44, Queefer Sutherland 36, Valerie of the Dolls 11
ARRG ALL-STARS: Downtown Dallis 51, Mighty Might Boston 34, The Educator 13, South City Shiner 6
BOOM BOOM SAYS “KA-POW” – LUNACHIX WIN BY 44!
JAMMER’S DOUBLE SIXES EXTEND WIN STREAK!
(CHICAGO, IL) In Saturday’s doubleheader opener at the Windy City Fieldhouse, jammer Boom Boom Pow punched out a career high 66 points to help the Saint Lunachix – ARRG’s developmental squad – post a 156-112 win over the Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade.
The victory extended the Chix’s win streak to three bouts and improved their record to 8-1 in 2011.
The win wasn’t easy as the visitors found themselves in a deficit early. The Shade Brigade raced out to an early 20-8 lead thanks to Kim Mortal’s 15-point power jam seven minutes in.
The Chix whittled the lead down to 22-17 on the next jam as EnYa Nightmare posted a nine-pointer.
The Chix went on a 17-0 run during the bout’s next ten minutes. Rookie Rhino-Might’s seven-pointer, a pair of four-pointers by Nightmare and Munchausen by Foxy and a two-point tally by PolkaDot Yr. EyeOut collectively built a 34-22 lead for the Saint Lunachix with 11:00 left in the first half.
The Chix then capitalized on Outift penalties. After scoring six with the lead jam, the Brigade’s Ottermatic Weapon was sent to the penalty box which allowed Nightmare to score 14 non-lead points, extending the Lunachix lead to 48-28.
Both teams traded points down the stretch of the first half as the Chix maintained their 20-point cushion, 67-47, at intermission.
The Shade Brigade notched the first scoring strike three minutes into the second half as Mortal posted a 15-pointer to pull the locals to 67-62.
The Chix went on another scoring streak – a 28-0 run – with the next three jams. Pow scored 20 with her first jam of the night to extend the Lunachix lead to 87-62. Foxy followed with five and PolkaDot Yr EyeOut added three to build a 95-62 advantage with 20:00 left.
Undaunted, the Shade Brigade went on their own rally to make the bout a nail biter. Outfit jammer Valerie of the Dolls’s 20-pointer was followed by ten from Mortal. The 30-0 Brigade run with 16:00 left erased what was once a comfortable margin down to 95-92.
The Lunachix’s Pow then delivered the TKO on the ensuing jam – a full two-minute strike that netted 28 – which extended lead to 123-92. Pow added an 18-pointer down the stretch to give the visitors some breathing room.
The Lunachix outscored the Shade Brigade 89-65 in the second half to pick up their eighth win. Boom Boom Pow scored all 66 of her points in the second half to lead Chix scoring. Nightmare netted 48 while Foxy added 24.
The Lunachix look to extend their win streak to four as they host the Southern Illinois Roller Girls this Saturday at Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin.
Kim Mortal paced the Shade Bridge with 47 points while Valerie of the Dolls added 37.
ARRG SAINT LUNACHIX: Boom Boom Pow 66, Enya Nightmare 48, Munchausen By Foxy 24, PolkaDot Yr EyeOut 10, Rhino Might 8
CHICAGO OUTFIT SHADE BRIGADE: Kim Mortal 47, Valerie of the Dolls 37, Ottermatic Weapon 18, Lindianna Jones 9, Graves 3
ROOKIE RIVALS POST WIN OVER OUTFIT’S C-TEAM
(SUMMIT ARGO, IL) The ARRG Rookie Rivals posted over 100 second-half points en route to a 180-71 win over the Chicago Outfit Shakedown Sunday afternoon.
Racing out to a 79-36 lead, the Rookie Rivals outscored the Shakedown 101-35 to pick up their second victory in as many weeks.
ARRG HOSTS #14 GRAND RAGGIDY THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!
There’s little time for rest as the ARRG teams prepare for another donnybrook this weekend!
This Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey, another North Central region battle ensues as #10 Arch Rival (6-2) host #14 Grand Raggidy (5-3) from Grand Rapids, MI. Prior to that match-up, the Saint Lunachix square off against the Southern Illinois Roller Girls of Marion, IL.
Discounted tickets for the doubleheader – held at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO) – are available at Brown Paper Tickets by going to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE. Bout time is at 7 pm. On bout night, tickets are $15. Children 10 and under get in free.
In the main event, a pair of North Central teams are making a late-summer push for a playoff berth.
The ARRG All-Stars are looking to keep their perfect home record intact Saturday. Last month at Midwest Sport Hockey, Arch Rival blasted #7 North Star 181-40 in a bout that brought national derby attention as the win shook up the foundation of the North Central region rankings.
If the bout proved anything, it was that St. Louis’ best on the flat track continued to effectively utilize the strategy that resulted in six solid victories – play smart derby and pounce when the other team makes a mistake.
Case in point: in the bout against North Star, ARRG committed half as many penalties as the Supernovas. The end result was numerous uncontested scoring streaks that amounted to the inevitable 141-point margin of victory.
The rollers from the Gateway City will have to perform at their best against a squad that has had a solid rebuilding season and, with a win, could potentially make a strong case for a post-season playoff bid.
The Grand Raggidy All-Stars come into Saturday’s bout convincing winners of two straight in the North Central region. Grand Raggidy netted wins in May over #12 Ft. Wayne (124-73) and Killamazoo (192-57).
The rollers from Grand Rapids also have a pair of wins over #18 Paper Valley and #21 Fox City to complete their five wins for the season thus far.
Grand Raggidy were extremely competitive in an April loss against North Central #3 Detroit, but were blasted by #4 Naptown (Indianapolis) 193-41 in February.
GRRG's Viva LaBoom
Look for jammer Viva La Boom to lead the charge offensively. The four-year vet has won MVP jammer in the past and has been instrumental in Grand Raggidy’s resurgence in 2011.
Blocker Bette Mangler personifies the heart and soul of GRRG. A fixture of the league since 2005, Mangler has won just about every award on and off the track.
In the end, the winner of this bout will make a strong statement for playoff inclusion.
This Saturday’s opening bout with the Saint Lunachix and SIRG brings plenty of intrigue as well. In October 2010, the Saint Lunachix went down to Southern Illinois and roughed up the host team 200-34.
SIRG's Tess LaCoil
You can bet that SIRG has not forgotten about that embarrassment. You can bet they will be looking for redemption Saturday night.
Southern Illinois, who became an apprentice league for the WFTDA in January, picked up a 121-99 win over Lafayette (IN) in June. They also have a win over Demolition City (109-94) in May. Look for jammer Tess LaCoil to lead SIRG offensively.
This should be a good test for both squads. As always, expect the unexpected.
There’s plenty of action off the track to be found as well at Midwest Sport Hockey Saturday. Stop by our charity raffle table and see what kind of prizes you can win! Tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5.
And after the bouts, stop by Iggy’s Mexican Cantina (13645 Big Bend Rd.) for our official post-bout after-party. There will be drink specials and live music for all to enjoy. Remember, there’s no cover to join us at the after-party!
Continue the summer sizzle by supporting the teams of ARRG this Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey!
NEXT MONDAY IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: We’ll have a full recap of both bouts from Saturday and we’ll see if the complexions of the post-season push changes.
The Grand Poobah and Hells LaBelle are bout announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news and information.