M-80s TOP STUNTS FOR TITLE – SMASHIES TAKE THIRD
by the Grand Poobah, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell
In a set of battles that marked the first regulation bouts held within city limits, two squads utilized early scoring punches and strategic blocking to post impressive wins.
In the championship bout, the M-80s hoisted its first league trophy since 2008 following a 188-139 victory over the Stunt Devils. In the third place bout, the Smashinistas used second-half dominance to score a 220-100 win over Rebel Skate Alliance.
In all, it was a successful evening for the league in an event that saw its largest local audience ever.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT: M-80s 188 STUNT DEVILS 139
In the title bout at Chaifetz, the firecrackers on quads would not let history repeat itself as they quickly and dominantly built an advantage and maintained pressure in the first half’s first fifteen.
A one-point post by M-80s’ co-captain Black Market Baby was countered by Morgan LeFaetal’s two-pointer to give the Stunt Devils a 2-1 edge two jams in.
The M-80s regained the advantage with the next jam and never looked back – scoring 54 unanswered points with nine consecutive leads.
Black Market Baby’s four scored at 26:00 was followed by EnYa Nightmare’s 10-point strike to extend the M-80s’ advantage to 15-2. Another three scored from Munchausen by Foxy helped the ladies in red build an 18-2 edge.
The above three collectively added another 37 points in the next five jams. Highlighted by Foxy’s eight at 18:00 and BMB’s nine thereafter, the M-80s stretched their advantage to 55-2 with 14:00 left in the period.
Jammer Mighty Mighty Boston scored four for the Stunt Devils at 13:15 to break the scoreless stretch – a span that covered fourteen minutes thanks to stubborn M-80s blocking – to cut the deficit to 55-6.
Unhappy with Boston’s points collected, the M-80s went on a 28-0 rally two jams later. Black Market Baby’s 20 scored at 10:20 were followed by Nightmare’s four to give the M-80′s a 79-8 edge.
The Stunts showed a small burst of energy as Boston scored 14 with 8:45 left to whittle the lead to 79-22.
BMB’s counterstrike collected 24 points for the M-80s, extending their lead to 103-22 with 7:00 left in the period. Nightmare added a pair of three-point jams thereafter to give the firecrackers their largest lead of the night – 84 points – in building a 109-25 advantage.
The Stunts would begin to turn momentum into their favor in the first half’s latter stretches, resulting in a 36-4 period ending run. Jammer South City Shiner collected nine with 3:45 left to cut the gap to 109-34. Artemischief’s four was followed by three from Boston to whittle the lead down to 109-41.
Shiner and the Stunts capitalized on a power jam in the first half’s finale. A 20-4 purple strike as time expired concluded the rally and made the M-80s uneasy. Once up by 84 points, the M-80s saw their lead whittled down to 113-61 at intermission.
The Stunt Devils, feeling confident from their late-period turnaround, posted the first points of the second half. Boston’s nine-pointer narrowed the lead to 113-69. Foxy countered for the M-80s on the jam, posting 11 and extending the M-80s’ lead to 55 points, 124-69 with 28:15 left.
Following a 3-3 stalemate, the M-80s blockers – which included May Require Stitches, Science Friction, The Siege, Rhino Might, Bareknuckle Smack, Sue Render, The Sound Of Violence and a host of others - again pulled the plug on Stunts scoring. Accented by the Nightmare’s 18-point power jam at 21:45, the M-80s went on a 22-0 run and extended their lead to 149-72.
As the half progressed, the M-80s kept the scoring freely flowing, maintaining a 175-85 advantage following Nightmare’s eight posted with 10:45 left.
Down by a ratio of 2-to-1 two-thirds into period, the Stunts would valiantly chip away at the large deficit. Shiner collected 18 at 8:45 to cut the lead to 179-105. The veteran added 17 points from a power jam with 4:30 left and narrowed the score to 187-124.
But the large advantage built earlier in the half played to the M-80s’ favor. Black Market Baby gained lead on the title tilt’s final jam to prevent any late-bout drama and give the M-80s a 188-139 championship victory.
BMB topped M-80s scoring with 85 points unofficially, followed by 57 from Nightmare in her retirement bout.
The Stunt Devils – league runners-up for the second straight season – were paced by Shiner’s 71 points unofficially, followed by Boston’s 53.
M-80s: Black Market Baby 85, EnYa Nightmare 57, Munchausen by Foxy 46
STUNT DEVILS: South City Shiner 71, Mighty Mighty Boston 53, Artemischief 9, Morgan LeFaetal 6
THIRD PLACE BOUT: SMASHINISTAS 220 RSA 100
The Smashinistas found themselves in familiar territory on championship night. Returning to the third place bout for the second straight year, the camo-clad troops wanted to erase bitter memories of a fourth place finish in 2011.
High impact scoring from a trio of jammers resulted in an early lead for the Smashies.
Down 5-4 one jam in, the Smashinistas went on a run of points in the next five jams and built a 45-point lead.
Smashie rookie jammer Brickyard posted a ten-pointer at 26:10 to give her fellow troopers a 14-5 lead. Downtown Dallis paced a 16-7 Smashie jam one rotation later that extended the lead to 30-12.
After a four-point score from The Educator, Brickyard capitalized on a power jam, notched 18 points and drove up the Smashie advantage to 52-12 with 21:30 left in the half.
Dallis added a five-pointer on the next jam, finishing the eight-minute 53-7 Smashie run that extended their lead to 57-12 with 20:10 left in the period.
RSA’s Stabby McCutcha posted four points at 17:50 to gap to 41.
The Smashinistas continued to maintain control as the period progressed, thanks to the blocking schematic of Eli Wallop, Shimmy Hoffa, Shell Shoxx, The Forecloser, PolkaDot Yr Eyeout, Punches Pileup, Megalodominator and others. The camo-clad troops stretched their lead to 81-22 with 7:00 left in the period.
RSA got the “mothership” back on track in the first half’s latter stages. Jammer Pink Diamond posted a four-pointer with 5:45 left to start the mini-rally. Back-to-back power jams from McCutcha and Diamond netted 16 points collectively and drew RSA closer, 82-42 with 3:05 left.
Scoring was almost even with the final two jams. At intermission, the Smashinistas possessed a 94-56 advantage.
A fast start was the game plan for the Smashies in the second period. Dallis got the scoring rolling with a 14-point power jam to extend the lead to 108-56. The Educator followed with a baker’s dozen to up the score to 121-60.
The Smashinistas kept the pressure on and extended the lead to 153-75 after Brickyard notched 13 points with 21:30 remaining. The margin would reach triple-digits after Dallis scored nine with 14:45 left that pushed the lead to 191-87.The Educator notched a 14-pointer down the stretch that extended the score to 219-96.
Unofficially, Dallis finished the bout with 89 points for the Smashinistas, followed by Educator’s 58 and Brickyard’s 57.
RSA – who finished fourth but should feel optimistic about future play due to the seasoning of youngsters and transfers that will build the squad internally once intraleague action resumes – was paced by McCutcha’s 50 points followed by Diamond’s 44.
SMASHINISTAS: Downtown Dallis 89, The Educator 58, Brickyard 57, Shimmy Hoffa 16
RSA: Stabby McCutcha 50, Pink Diamond 44, Party Foul 6
SEVEN SKATERS ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT AT FINALE
From the league champion M-80s, EnYa Nightmare, The Siege, Munchausen by Foxy and Sue Render finished their intraleague careers with a trophy hoist. Artemischief finished her six-year career in her final bout with the Stunt Devils. The Smashinistas’ Punches PileUp and Harsha Punishment announced their retirements as well.
Both Nightmare and Foxy will continue their interleague play with the Saint Lunachix this Saturday against the Bleeding Heartland Code Blue Assassins at Midwest Sport Hockey.
Congratulations to all seven for their commitment and dedication to ARRG and we wish them all the best in the future. Remember, once you’re a part of ARRG, you’ll always be a part of ARRG.
ADDITIONAL CHAIFETZ NOTES FROM THE POOBAH
Official attendance for the Chaifetz event was not available at press time. Although there is a healthy estimate for the amount of tickets sold in advance, speculating the exact head count would not be ethical and, in my case personally, probably not accurate. I would prefer the league to withhold that information until it is official. Let’s just say it easily topped amounts recorded previously.
Of course, the Chaifetz Event would have not been possible without the hard work of every member of the league. The building of this event began well before the end of 2011. If you were in attendance on Saturday, you saw firsthand that production levels can be brought up to a whole new level when given the resources. But it still takes the sweat equity to make these dreams become reality. The league should be very proud of its accomplishments on Saturday. Will it ever happen again? That remains to be seen, but at least for this one special night, it happened and there will be no regrets.
Acknowledgement goes to the staff at Chaifetz Arena for their cooperation prior to and during the event and to their audio/visual staff for the excellent coverage of the evening’s proceedings.
Special thanks to Mayor Francis Slay as well as Kara Bowlin and Josh Wiese from the Office of the Mayor-City of St. Louis for designating April 28, 2012 as “Arch Rival Roller Girls Day.” Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Kind words as well for our sponsors that continue to support the league. Your commitment to bringing womens flat-track roller derby to audiences will always be appreciated. From the Chaifetz Arena event, we acknowledge the support of Harrah’s Casino, Ranken Technical College, Lockton, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Rockstar Skates, TRX Tattoos, Mama Gustos, Halfway Haus, Boom Reactive, FroYo, Kama, Inc., The Zombie Squad and Miss Pin-Up St. Louis.
And of course, we thank you for being a part of history.
PROCLAMATION FROM FRANCIS G. SLAY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS, AT SATURDAY’S CHAIFETZ EVENT:
Whereas, in 2005, the Arch Rival Roller Girls began empowering women in St. Louis by giving them the opportunity to participate in the physically and mentally challenging, full contact sport of flat track roller derby; and
Whereas, in 2007, the Arch Rival Roller Girls became a member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the international governing body of the sport; and
Whereas, the Arch Rival Roller Girls is a player-owned and operated organization whose skaters and support staff are all volunteers; and
Whereas, volunteerism and service to the community of St. Louis has been a pillar of the Arch Rival Roller Girls organization since its inception as demonstrated by the monies raised and hours spent to support and benefit local non-profit organizations; and
Whereas, the 2012 Arch Rival Roller Girls local championship is the inaugural event held within in the City of St. Louis.
Now, therefore, I, Francis G. Slay, Mayor of the City of St. Louis, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2012 as:
“Arch Rival Roller Girls Day” in the City of St. Louis.
COMING UP TOMORROW AT 8 AM: April has come to a conclusion and ARRG’s “30n30″ reaches its conclusion. On Tuesday, the epilogue.
ARRG’s “30n30” is a daily feature that examines different aspects of the Arch Rival Roller Girls – St. Louis’ first female flat-track roller derby franchise. In this section every morning at 8 AM for the entire month of April, a new feature will be presented.
Other installments of ARRG’s “30n30″: PRE-SERIES SET-UP (1) EVOLUTION (2) THE DREAM TO PLAY AT CHAIFETZ (3) LOCAL SEASON RECAP (4) ARRG ALL-STARS (5) SAINT LUNACHIX (6) ROOKIE RIVALS (7) REFEREES & NSOs (8) PRE-BOUT RITUALS (9) POST-BOUT RITUALS (10) GUERILLA UNCAGED – NO MINORS (11) ARRG VS. MEMPHIS PREVIEW (12) CHARITY (13) CHAIFETZ PUBLICITY (14) McWHEELY PHOTOGRAPHY (15) GUERILLA UNCAGED – DERBY NAMES (16) ARRG ALL-STARS VS. MEMPHIS RECAP (17) JEERLEADERS (18) SKATING MOMS (19) LUNACHIX VS. SIRG PREVIEW (20) GUERILLA UNCAGED – DERBY INJURIES (21) CHAIFETZ ANTICIPATION (22) LUNACHIX VS. SIRG RECAP (23) REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE (24) THE SMASHINISTAS (25) THE-M-80s (26) THE STUNT DEVILS (27) CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW (28) IN THEIR OWN WORDS (29) ARRG VS. BLEEDING HEARTLAND PREVIEW