BATTLE OF C-TEAMS SEES WINDY CITY PREVAIL, 274-113!
by Muckety Muck – Story constructed via webstream courtesy of Windy City Rollers
(CHICAGO, IL) At the Golden Bowl Invitational on Sunday at UIC Pavilion, the Arch Rival Roller Girls’ Fleur de Linquents suffered a 274-113 setback to the Windy City Rollers’ Third Coast.
The exhibition featuring Midwestern “C-teams” marked the inaugural meeting between the two. The FDLs fielded a roster of 10 skaters, which included several non-rostered ARRG skaters who were looking to impress and gain potential selection in the upcoming intraleague draft.
The hosting league raced out to a 38-4 lead three jams in following a natural 25-pointer scored by Windy City’s Drew Grit.
FDL jammer IDA the Living Dead scored four on the next rotation for ARRG to whittle the deficit to 38-8.
WCR went on a 44-0 run over the next several minutes to widen the margin. Punctuated by a pair of 15-pointers individually by Grit and Poppy Spock, Third Coast amassed an 82-8 advantage with 18:30 left in the period.
Following a WCR 5-2 score in jam 10, the ‘Quents scored 14 straight. A 10-point power jam propelled by ARRG’s Molecular Mayhem was followed by four from Warpath O’ Jen that whittled the deficit to 87-24 with 14:20 left in the frame.
Fifi Nailya got WCR back in the scoring column with a natural grand slam on the next rotation and pushed the Chicagoans’ lead to 92-24.
The FDLs retaliated with a 21-0 rally. Mayhem’s second power jam of the period yielded a hard-fought six points. IDA followed with 15 the natural way and narrowed the gap to 92-45 with 8:15 left in the period.
Following a scoreless jam on the next rotation, WCR’s Teddy Slams notched nine and pushed the lead to 101-45 in favor of the hostesses.
In jam 18, Dani Get Yer Guns got lead for Windy City and scored five but then was sent off for a track cut. As she went to the box, FDL’s Warpath O’ Jen passed the star to pivot Professor Rumbledore. The non-lead strike resulted in nine points for the St. Louis and whittled the margin to 106-56 with 5:30 left in the period.
Third Coast went on lock down mode on the FDLs, outscoring them 23-0 down the stretch and possessed a 129-56 lead at intermission.
The trend continued in the opening stages of the second half. Capitalizing on ARRG penalties, WCR started the frame scoring 31 straight and widened their lead to 163-56 five minutes in.
Windy City power jams became a theme as the second period progressed. With a full ARRG box in jam nine, Spock scored 24 to stretch the lead to 192-65.
Chicago broke the 200-point barrier two jams later as Grit scored 25 to extend the lead to 221-69 with 15:40 left in the bout.
Valiantly, the FDLs battled through the very end even though the differential was widening. In the process, prime opportunity was given to unrostered rookies Killem Gilliam and Carmina Piranha to show their stuff on the flat-track in their first ARRG travel bout. Piranha notched her inaugural points for the league with a grand slam scored with 4:30 left.
Windy City outscored the Fleur de Linquents 128-57 in the second period to pick up the 274-113 victory.
Drew Grit paced WCR scoring with 80 points while IDA the Living Dead notched 51 to top the FDL ledger.
ARRG FLEUR DE LINQUENTS (113): IDA the Living Dead 51, Molecular Mayhem 28, Warpath O’ Jen 11, Professor Rumbledore 7, Carmina Piranha 5.
NEXT WEEK IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: You’ve probably heard this by now, but the ARRG All-Stars are playoff bound. They’ll compete in the Fort Wayne playoff of the WFTDA Division 1 tourney the weekend of Sept. 6. The league considers themselves lucky to be playing close to home…but it almost didn’t turn out that way. ARRG co-announcer Muckety Muck looks at what COULD have happened to the All-Stars, but didn’t.