B-TEAM THUMPS VISITORS IN 205-POINT VICTORY
by the Grand Poobah, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer
(BALLWIN, MO) The Saint Lunachix – arguably one of the strongest flat-track derby “b-teams” in the Midwest – continued its winning ways this weekend by outscoring its opponent by a ratio of 5-to-1.
The Arch Rival Roller Girls’ b-team travel squad outmuscled the Southern Illinois Roller Girls 255-50 Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey in front of 300.
The 205-point win kept the Lunachix 2012 record perfect at 3-0.
“I think the Lunachix are one of the best ‘b-teams’ in the country,” said Lunachix blocker Rhino-Might following the win. “I think our team is capable of playing some of the ‘A teams’ in the region really well.”
Such was the case Saturday night as Southern Illinois – one of the newest additions to the WFTDA North Central region – brought its “A-squad” for its third meeting in league’s history against the Lunachix.
The end result of the match-up replicated the overwhelming wins that the Lunachix had accumulated in two bouts prior.
“I think we did really well with our pack work, we kept our penalties low and our girls worked together well,” said Lunachix jammer EnYa Nightmare of the dominance. “We knew what we were getting into and we worked hard to continue that roll.”
And just like the prior two meetings between the two squads, the locals posted points early and often.
Morgan Le Faetal would take advantage of a power jam off the opening whistle and rack up a 16-pointer to give the Chix the early advantage.
Munchausen by Foxy followed with 7-4 jam to extend the lead to 23-4. Following a 4-4 stalemate, LaFaetal posted a five-pointer to extend the lead to 32-8 with 23:15 left.
Then after SIRG’S Ak-40 Devin scored one to cut the gap to 32-9, the locals would go on a 53-0 run.
To begin the rally, the Chix capitalized on a power jam one-third into the period as Biohazard Betty notched a baker’s dozen to extend the local’s lead to 48-9 with 18:45 left in the period. LeFaetal added a 20-point strike on the next jam to increase the Chix lead to 68-9. Foxy’s trey at 13:40 was followed by another 13 scored by EnYa Nightmare, which extended the lead to 85-9.
“In any game, we like to get the momentum going early and we really don’t want to hold back,” said Rhino-Might of the rally. “A 53-0 run – it couldn’t have gone any better than that.”
SIRG’s Krush Groove would break the visitor’s drought by scoring four, concluding the 53-point Chix uncontested run with the scoreboard reading 85-9. Angry about the streak being broken, Foxy posted 17 points two jams later to help the Chix break triple digits, 102-15 with 5:20 remaining in the period.
“Even when we’re up like that, we keep doing what we’re doing,” said Nightmare. “We don’t want to change it up at all.”
A telling sign of the bout play would be seen in the latter third of the first period. The stubborn blocking schematic of Bareknuckle Smack, Sue Render, The Oregon Betrayal and Shell Shoxx put the clamp on SIRG jammer Laryn Hill deep. This allowed Foxy to score 13 non-lead points to extend the Lunachix lead to 127-18 with 1:05 left.
Nightmare put the exclamation point on the first half with a 24-point strike, which gave the Lunachix a 151-18 lead at intermission.
To start the second half, the Lunachix kept the pedal to the metal and launched a 32-0 rally. Nightmare’s four was followed by an 18-point strike from LeFaetal to extend the lead to 173-18 with 28:10 left. Betty used a power jam to score 10 that extended the lead to 155 points, finish the run, and give the hosts a 183-18 lead.
The Lunachix pressure continued in numerous ways as the second half progressed. With 17:45 left, Chix blocker Rhino-Might received a “star pass” from jammer Biohazard Betty. The rumblin’ rollin’ rookie posted 13 and extended the Chix advantage to 202-26.
“I know as a pivot that it’s my job to expect it, but I really wasn’t really expecting it,” said Rhino-Might of the star-pass. “Betty made the call. She thought it was right. I was a little shocked at first, but then I thought ‘Holy hell, I gotta do it.’”
Midway through the period, Foxy added a 17-pointer off a power jam to extend the Chix lead to 225-26 with 14:25 left.
The Lunachix outscored Southern Illinois in the second half 104-37 to coast to the 205-point win and pick up their third win of the season.
“We had a plan going in,” says Nightmare, who finished with 78 points unofficially. “We had jammers that wanted all defense. We had blockers that wanted offense. The girls on our team have such good synergy together.”
Foxy added 64 for the Lunachix while LeFaetal collected 60.
Whether it’s the high-scoring offense or the stubborn defense, the Saint Lunachix knows that the sum of all the parts is what’s keeping that momentum intact in 2012.
“We must be doing something right,” says Rhino-Might.
The Lunachix next play on Saturday, May 5 at Midwest Sport Hockey against the Bleeding Heartland Code Blue Assassins prior to the ARRG All-Stars match-up with the Bleeding Heartland Flatliners. Advance discount tickets for the double header are on sale now online at Brown Paper Tickets by going to this LINK RIGHT HERE.
UNOFFICIAL SCORING –
SAINT LUNACHIX (255): EnYa Nightmare 78, Munchausen by Foxy 64, Morgan LaFaetal 60, Biohazard Betty 27, Rhino-Might 13, The Oregon Betrayal 3, Eveready 3.
COMING UP TOMORROW AT 8 AM FOR ARRG’s “30n30″: Championship week approaches us! The four local squads prepare for the big tilt Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena. In the upcoming week, we’ll look at each squad indvidiually and show you what to expect from each squad. ARRG Bout Co-Announcer Magilla Guerilla will take us down the stretch in the series and look at what makes each team tick and what each team needs to do to pull out a win Saturday night. On Monday, we feature the Rebel Skate Alliance.
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