M-80s POWER THEIR WAY TO VICTORY IN THIRD PLACE BOUT
by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell
(BALLWIN, MO) Regardless of the numbers posted on the scoreboard during the Arch Rival Roller Girls 2013 Local Championships, the 1,000 in attendance in Midwest Sport Hockey Saturday night will admit that this was arguably one of the most exciting finales in League history.
In the Championship bout, the Smashinistas defeated the Stunt Devils 179-177 to win their first-ever League title. Even though the original final score of the contest gave the Stunt Devils a 180-179 win, an adjustment to scoring was made post-bout and rendered official Sunday by the ARRG Board of Directors, resulting in the two-point victory for the Smashies.
In the League’s third-place bout, the M-80s capitalized on a first-period sprint and glided to a 160-117 win over Rebel Skate Alliance.
Both bouts provided plenty of excitement and intrigue…and it was worth every penny spent.
CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT: SMASHINISTAS 179 STUNT DEVILS 177
This bout had historical implications written all over it prior to the first whistle. For starters, one of the two competing squads would emerge as the newly-crowned local champions of ARRG.
Specifically for the Smashinistas, it was their first title bout appearance since 2010 and they had never hoisted hardware before.
The Stunt Devils had been in the League’s title bout for six straight seasons. The last time they won the trophy was in 2010…after defeating the Smashinistas.
Adding to the mystique of championship night, key cogs of both team’s blocking schemas were out with injury. The Smashinistas’ Eli Wallop and the Stunt Devils’ Deathica Steele were relegated to the sidelines.
Little did anyone know at the time that derby drama would unfold as the bout progressed…and afterwards.
The Stunts sprinted out to a 9-0 lead after Mighty Mighty Boston’s bout-opening jam.
The Smashinistas’ Brickyard posted four in retaliation on the next jam, whittling the Stunts’ lead to 9-4.
Following a 0-0 push on the next jam, Boston tacked on a trey to extend the margin to 12-4 with 25:40 left in the period.
A 2-2 jam from the Smashies’ The Educator and the Stunts’ South City Shiner pushed the score to 14-6. Stunts’ rookie jammer Killer Painguin collected four at 23:15 to extend the purple rollers’ lead to 18-6.
The Smashies netted eleven points on the next two jams to pull within a point. The Educator’s seven was followed by Brickyard’s four to whittle the Stunts’ lead to a sole digit, an 18-17 lead with 20:35 left in the period.
Following a scoreless rotation, Boston added three at 18:15 to extend the Stunts’ lead to 21-17.
Another scoreless jam ensued to keep the margin at four, but then the Smashies’ went on a 47-0 run on the next two jams to gain the lead and then some. A natural 20-pointer from Brickyard was followed by a 27-point power jam from the Educator, which gave the camo-clad troopers a 64-21 lead with 13:15 left in the period.
Boston stopped the Stunts’ scoreless drought with four on the next jam, whittling the margin to 64-25.
Shimmy Hoffa pushed the Smashies’ lead back to forty points with a four pointer scored at 10:40 that made the score 68-25. The Stunts’ Painguin countered with three on the next jam to make the margin a flat forty, a 68-28 score with 9:45 left.
The Smashies then went on a 13-1 run off three consecutive lead jams. Educator and Brickyard posted treys and Educator added a 7-1 jam with 5:50 left in the period to extend her squad’s lead to 81-29.
As the Stunts found themselves literally on the ropes in the title bout, they rebounded with two straight lead jams. One minor was in scope, one was massive. Boston’s solo point was followed by a 30-point power jam from Shiner recorded with 2:45 left in the frame that narrowed the margin to 81-60.
Not to be outdone by power jam heroics, the Smashies’ Brickyard countered with a 20-point power jam of her own on the period’s penultimate jam that extended the lead to 101-60.
Painguin posted four for the Stunts in the period’s final jam. Considering the equal derby experience, the propensity for scoring, and the overall depth both squads possess, the 101-64 lead for the Smashinistas at intermission to some was a little bit of a head-scratcher.
To begin second-half scoring, Boston posted seven for the Stunts on the period-opener to draw the differential to thirty points, 101-71. A 4-2 jam for the Smashies’ Brickyard extended her team’s lead to 105-73. The Educator added four with 26:00 left to widen the margin to 109-73.
The Stunts went on a 20-3 run off the next two jams to draw closer. Boston posted a pair of points and Shiner followed with an 18-3 strike on the next rotation to whittle the Smashies’ lead to 112-93 with 23:25 left in regulation.
Just when the purple rollers were literally knocking at the door, the Smashies’ tank rolled out a 40-0 rally off the period’s next five jams. Four from Brickyard was followed by five from the Educator that stretched the lead to 121-93.
A costly Stunts’ penalty resulted in a power jam for Brickyard that yielded 26 points, widening the gap to 147-93 with 18:10 left in the game. Hoffa added two and Educator posted three to finish the 40-point run that extended the Smashies’ lead to 152-93 midway through the frame.
Boston stopped the bleeding for the Stunts by collecting a natural 22-pointer at 13:25 to narrow the margin to 152-115. Shiner followed with two to cut the margin to 35 points, 152-117.
A Smashie 19-3 run on the bout’s next three jams extended the margin that pushed the lead to 171-120 with 7:27 remaining.
In the process, major battles were being waged between both squads’ battalion of blockers, much like a heavyweight prize fight. The rotations of the Smashies’ PolkaDot ‘Yr Eyeout, Shell Shoxx, The Forecloser, Sly Davinita, Megalodominator, Party Rockher, Boom Boom Pow, Mali Bruz Barbie and newcomer Cloak-N-Drag Her waged war with the Stunts’ Grave Danger, Mayor Francis Slayer, Morgan LeFaetal, Hydrogen Bombshell, Arcane Sugar, Biohazard Betty, Vod KaKnockers, Chokehold Chanel No. 5, Shacgyver and Toe Stop Believin’.
A fifty-point lead this deep in a bout might be considered a lock for some. But then again, when the opposition is the Stunt Devils, a margin like this is anything but safe.
A 29-1 run by the Stunts over the next four jams made the bout a nail biter down the stretch. Boston collected a 20-point power jam with 4:14 left to narrow the Smashinistas’ margin to 171-140. Shiner followed with a 2-1 jam to push the deficit to 30 points. Boston posted four and Shiner added three on the bout’s penultimate jam to narrow the score to 172-149 with 1:04 remaining.
The last-jam scenario for the Stunts? Down by twenty-three points with little time left on the period clock.
The Stunt Devils came a calling. Boy, did they come a calling!
On the bout’s final jam, Boston raced to the front of the pack cleanly to become lead jammer with :47 remaining. After the Stunts’ wall released the Smashies’ Educator, Boston notched up four points to cut the lead to 172-153 with :27 left in the period clock.
Both jammers would break through with scoring passes to collect four points apiece to make the score 176-157 as the period clock reached goose eggs.
With the jam clock now sporting :56 remaining, Boston continued to rack up points on scoring passes. The Educator would collect three additional non-lead points before being sent off for a track cut with :20 remaining.
When the jam clock had expired – resulting in the official conclusion of play – Boston had been recorded as scoring 31 points on the jam off of seven reported scoring passes.
Altogether, the 31-7 jam recorded by Boston had resulted in an apparent 180-179 come-from-behind victory for the Stunt Devils, much to the shock to those at Midwest Sport Hockey.
At the moment, the Stunts had recorded the one-point victory and celebrated its first title win in three seasons.
But would the eye-opening triumph last?
The Smashinistas requested on-site to ARRG’s Head of Officiating a review of the points recorded during the final jam.
Although the crowd had filed out of Midwest Sport Hockey and the track was being deconstructed, the title bout was now under official review.
Meanwhile, members of both squads were quick to point out their team’s respective efforts in the championship bout afterwards, regardless of the outcome.
“My girls have working really hard all season,” said Smashinistas bench coach Debaucherous Prime. “This is something we’ve been talking about in the locker room. This is a team effort, a season-long effort. You saw it out here on the track tonight. They did not just give up. I’m so proud of them to get to where they are.”
“The one thing that our team has going for us is that we play really well under pressure,” said Stunt Devil co-captain Grave Danger. “We are not a team that falls apart when we are faced against huge deficits. We’re really good at playing through adversity. I think that was illustrated in spades this evening. We did not go into the evening thinking that it was going to be an easy win for us or an easy win for them.”
Following a recommendation from the League’s Head of Officiating, the end championship result fell into the hands of ARRG’s Board of Directors, who would then render a final decision.
After reviewing and evaluating the situation on Sunday afternoon, the ARRG Board of Directors officially ruled that Boston completed six scoring passes that totaled 28 points, which was three points less than originally reported and recorded on-site at Midwest Sport Hockey Saturday night.
The end result was a 28-7 jam recorded by Boston for the Stunts in the final rotation, which made the Championship bout’s official final score 179-177 in favor of the Smashinistas.
The ARRG Board of Directors released an official statement late Sunday evening:
“After an exciting and controversial end to the ARRG 2013 Championship between the Stunt Devils and Smashinistas, it has come to light that there was a scoring error in the final jam of the game between Mighty Mighty Boston and The Educator.
The score at the beginning of the jam was 172-149 with the Smashinistas leading. Mighty Mighty Boston received lead jammer at the beginning of the jam and was originally reported to have 7 scoring passes (31 pts total) while The Educator was sent to the penalty box on her second scoring pass but not before scoring 7 pts bringing the score to what was originally reported 180-179 with the Stunt Devils announced as victor.
After an official review of the final jam, it is apparent that there was a scoring error and Mighty Mighty Boston only made 6 scoring passes (28 pts total) bringing the final score 179-177, making the Smashinistas the ARRG 2013 Champions for the first time.
We realize that this is a lackluster and disappointing announcement for both teams and for fans. It is unfortunate that the mistake occurred causing unprecedented challenges for our Officials staff. We are working with the Officials to develop stronger best practices to prevent future errors as well as establish protocol for handling final score discrepancies in a manner that is thorough and fair, but also respects the sense of urgency for providing a definitive outcome for our players and fans.
This was a tough decision for the Board of Directors and we don’t want to take away from either team but we can’t let a scoring error change the true outcome of the game. We want to congratulate the Smashinistas for their win and praise the Stunt Devils for the hard fought game that they played.”
With the championship win, the Smashinistas finish the local season with the franchise’s first-ever title win and a record of 4-1. Brickyard finished with over 100 points unofficially in the bout while The Educator added 67.
The second-place Stunt Devils conclude the local season with a 3-2 record. Boston paced the scoring unofficially with 100 points, followed by Shiner’s 66.
In the end, and no matter which way one’s pendulum swings, one will have to admit, this was one heck of a bout.
And one can bet that both teams are already salivating to face each other next season.
THIRD PLACE BOUT: M-80s 160 REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE 117
For the M-80s, being out of the title picture Saturday night was frustrating. They wanted to end the season on a high note against a team that wanted the same result.
The 43-point win for the firecrackers in the third place bout was just what the doctor ordered.
“We played clean,” said M-80s’ jammer EnYa Nightmare afterwards. “We had half the penalties that we had last game. Our jammer’s stayed out on the track and our blockers stayed clean.”
It had to be this way against the hard-charging RSA, a team that has progressed by leaps and bounds as the season progressed.
For the first few rotations, the play was extremely even.
Following a 4-4 stalemate off the opening jam, the M-80s’ IDA the Living Dead posted eight points to give the firecrackers a 12-4 lead with 26:30 left.
RSA countered with eight of their own with back-to-back four-pointers from Smarty McFly and Pink Diamond, resulting in a 12-12 tie.
The M-80s found their first surge of the bout with a 34-0 run off of the next four rotations. A pair of points from IDA was followed by eight from Molecular Mayhem, which gave the M-80s a 22-12 lead with 20:45 left in the period.
IDA added a 20-point power jam on the next rotation to stretch the lead to thirty. Nightmare’s two-pointer put the capper on the rally, which extended the M-80s’ lead to 46-12 with 17:15 left in the frame.
As the period progressed, RSA chipped away at the deficit. McFly’s 9-6 jam with 8:09 left in the period narrowed the margin to 59-33.
The M-80s then proceeded to post 23 points uncontested off back-to-back jams. Mayhem’s nine-pointer was followed by IDA’s 14-point strike that extended the M-80’s lead to 82-33 with 5:05 left in the first half.
RSA countered with back-to-back treys from Diamond and Chewblocka to pull to 82-39 after the half’s penultimate jam.
Nightmare’s four-pointer for the M-80s concluded first-period scoring, which stretched the lead to 86-39 at intermission.
A power jam for the M-80s started second period play. A 10-4 strike by Nightmare extended the lead to 96-43.
The M-80s continued the momentum as the period progressed. IDA’s 10-point power jam at 21:20 widened the margin to 121-44.
As seen numerous times this season, RSA began to surge in the second half. Chewblocka’s 17-point power jam on the next rotation narrowed the deficit to 121-61. She later added a 14-point power jam to whittle the margin to 125-75 with 13:34 left.
The M-80s staved the Rollin’ Rebs attack on the next jam with a 19-pointer scored by Nightmare that extended their lead back to 144-79.
Down, but not necessarily out, RSA launched a 25-0 rally from three jams. After Chewie’s 20-point power jam with 7:05 left, the M-80s clung onto a 152-104 lead.
Clock management became key down the stretch for the firecrackers. Stubborn blocking from Rhino-Might, May Require Stiches, The Ginger Assassin, Sp!ce Rack, Stray Touhell, Julia Ghoulla, Tregedy Ann and the returning Siege also helped the cause.
Despite being outscored 78-74 in the second half, the M-80s maintained their halftime advantage and took home third place with the 160-117 victory and finished the local season with a record of 3-2.
“I think this (win) is going to help our momentum,” said EnYa Nightmare, who finished with 56 points. “We had some new girls who were jamming, which really helps boost their morale. And we had two new skaters in the line-up as well. As a team as a whole, we’re coming together really well.”
IDA the Living Dead paced M-80s’ scoring with 76 points, unofficially. Molecular Mayhem scored 28 to notch a team personal best.
For RSA, Chewblocka’s trio of power jams yielded 50 points which paced her squad’s scoring ledger.
Even though the squad finished the local campaign 0-5, one would have to admit that this was the most misleading 0-5 team one could meet. The Rollin’ Rebs showed Saturday night that when the new local season launches later in the calendar year, they will be a very cohesive squad.
“Although we didn’t win this game, I’m really excited about the future of RSA,” said Smarty McFly, who finished with 33 points. “The losing sucks, but at the same time watching us play our best game of the season was really impressive.”
This is important as the team will again see a slight change in complexion during the local off-season. The loss of the retiring The Oregon Betrayal, Lady Macdeath and N’ Toss Ya will leave the squad with prime holes to fill in the blocking schema next season.
But on the upswing, the key core of veterans will return to the fold and this season’s progression of younger skaters such as Prof. Rumbledore, Warpath O’ Jen, Shear-Ra Powers and Hotrod Herbie certainly boost expectations.
“Shear-Ra has been super awesome and I think Rumbledore is Rookie of the Year,” said McFly.
The first overall pick in the next ARRG local draft will also help.
“What we’re looking for is a skater who is hungry for the game,” McFlay said. “If you see that hunger from that skater, that means that they are going to push themselves to become better players and they are going to be a benefit for your team. Like Shear-Ra Powers. She’s trying to make things happen. You want someone like that.”
M-80s (160) – IDA the Living Dead 76, EnYa Nightmare 56, Molecular Mayhem 28
REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE (117) – Chewblocka, 50, Smarty McFly 33, Pink Diamond 25, The Oregon Betrayal 9
SKATERS RETIRE FROM ARRG IN PRE-BOUT CEREMONY
Eleven retiring skaters from the league were honored in a pre-bout ceremony Saturday night. For some, Saturday night marked their final bout with the Arch Rival Roller Girls in a skating capacity.
The retiring intraleague skaters honored Saturday night included:
Smashinistas – PolkaDot ‘Yr Eyeout and Boom Boom Pow. Stunt Devils – Biohazard Betty, Toe Stop Believin’ and DollyRot N. M-80s – The Sound of Violence. Rebel Skate Alliance - The Oregon Betrayal, Lady MacDeath, N. Toss Ya and Spider Monkey. ARRG Fleur De Linquents - Trajec Tory.
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Some skaters elect to remain with the league and serve in volunteer capacities. So even though you may not see them skating on the flat track anymore, there’s a good bet that you’ll see many still showing their love for the sport as either a volunteer or a fan.
Congratulations to all the retiring skaters and thank you for your service and dedication to the league!
ALL-STARS TO RETURN IN CLOSED BOUT SUNDAY VS. SCDC
A brand new travel season begins this weekend for the ARRG All-Stars…and the first opponent in the 2013 campaign is a memorable one.
For the first time ever, ARRG faces St. Chux Derby Chix Pack in Black (1-0) in WFTDA-sanctioned action this Sunday in a closed bout.
The ARRG All-Stars, the league’s “A” travel team, come into the match-up currently ranked eighth in the WFTDA North Central region after finishing last season 11-5.
The team ranked high as fourth in the region in 2012, but a 1-3 finish at last September’s North Central region playoff in Niagara Falls dropped ARRG to its current position.
However, the slate is wiped clean and the team will have a very busy schedule in the next couple of months. In fact, the team already has three bouts scheduled for March.
The team charters twenty skaters and fourteen are rostered to play in a bout. Many familiar faces return to this year’s squad and some new additions compliment the line-up.
The trio of Mighty Mighty Boston, South City Shiner and Black Market Baby return to the jamming rotation this year. Additions to the charter in the jammer position include EnYa Nightmare, who last played with the All-Stars in 2011, Brickyard, who makes her initial appearance with the “A”-squad and Pink Diamond, who makes her ARRG All-Star charter debut.
Leading the blocking schema are returning veterans Grave Danger, Eli Wallop, May Require Stitches, Science Friction, Chewblocka, Shimmy Hoffa, The Educator, Smarty McFly, The Oregon Betrayal, Mayor Francis Slayer and Morgan LeFaetal.
Blockers Rhino Might, Prof. Rumbledore and Hydrogen Bombshell are new additions to the ARRG All-Star charter.
The team is already projected as “ones to watch” in 2013 as they are currently ranked #24 in the latest Power Rankings by Derby News Network, which independently ranks WFTDA-sanctioned travel teams internationally.
And this year’s travel season features a new twist as it progresses. Although the WFTDA North Central will retain league rankings within the region for tracking purposes, all WFTDA-sanctioned teams competing (currently 172 leagues internationally) will now be assessed by a newly-formulated “rankings calculator.” The top 40 WFTDA leagues ranked at the end of the regular season cycle will be eligible for the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs.
In short, gone is the traditional WFTDA region playoff format. It’s now the chase to be one of the best forty internationally…and that now means that every travel bout is an important one.
ARRG’s opponent this Sunday has already had a quick sprint out of the gates to start 2013. Coincidentally, it’s also the league that is closest in proximity to ARRG.
St. Chux Derby Chix – Photo Credit: Jeff Higgins
Established in 2009, the St. Chux Derby Chix out of St. Charles County became a charted WFTDA-sanctioned league last September.
The honor was richly deserved. During its one-year WFTDA apprenticeship, the Pack In Black amassed a 10-3 record against comparable leagues. After it became a full-fledge WFTDA member last September, the league split its next two bouts and gained an inaugural ranking of #31 in the WFTDA North Central.
That provided enough of an incentive…and SC/DC made an impact to start 2013.
The Pack in Black upset North Central #22 Demolition City 212-123 two weekends ago in St. Peters in its season opener.
Or maybe it wasn’t such an upset. For those who follow derby locally know that St. Chux has done all the right things that past few seasons to make itself a pretty well-oiled machine. With years of derby seasoning by veterans, rapid progression in skill sets by younger additions and improvements in conditioning overall, SCDC has progressed into a league that could potentially make a very realistic charge into the WFTDA Division 3 playoff schema.
Although there is a wide differential in the current ranking between the two, this is the type of bout that realistically benefits both leagues and a projected outcome is not guaranteed.
We’ll see how both teams answer the challenge on Sunday.
Even though the bout is closed to the public, we’ll have a full bout recap next Monday in the ARRG Newscenter!
Muckety Muck and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check in this section on Monday’s for the latest in ARRG news and information.