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Lake Effect Furies Bury DC Rollergirls

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

 What was a close game at half, 103-75 for the Furies, was blown open in the second half as the DC Rollergirls ran out of steam. Although down 28 at the half, DC actually controlled the majority of the first half with 7 more lead jams than the Furies. In the second half that advantage disappeared as the Furies defence tightened and their jammers outlasted DC. DC would only see 6 lead jams over the final 26 jams of the second half and only score 27 points for the whole second half – for a final of 246-102 for the Furies. 

The second bout of the season for the Furies, and just the first for DC, the Furies dominated the second half playing a complete team game that saw outstanding defensive blocking alongside strong assists to open up lanes and make it easier for their jammers. That extra bout certainly helped the Furies, especially in the second half, and the blocking overall was greatly improved from their win against Roc City weeks ago. As a good defense should operate, few really stood out from an overall dominate group effort, however, Head Huntress and Bricks Hit-House struck serious fear into DC jammers while B’kini Whacks, Ivana LeiHerOut and Co-Captian Tabrina Schreier did a great job opening up holes for their jammers and holding opposing jammers back. 

Jammers 1 through 4 of the Furies offered no break for DC, who struggled to find their own consistent jammer line up – rolling out 7 jammers in total during the game. Veteran jammers for DC in Rocky Brawlboa and Yankee Scandal struggled, while new jammers Byers Remorse and Dottie Deathwish couldn’t get into a rhythm. Of all the 7 jammers sent out by DC none of them ended the game with a positive plus/minus rating. 

While DC certainly planned for Furies’ jammer Librawlian – who torched them for 143 points the last time the they played – the scoring for the Furies was much more balanced this time around. InSINerator had a strong showing, giving up only 6 points against the entire bout, scoring a 29 point jam and finishing with the only penalty free game of the Furies top 4 jammers. Low Hits Griffin and Murphy capitalized with jams in the teens and kept DC’s points down with great strategic jamming – overall no Furies jammer had more than 40 points scored against them. Librawlian was still a highlight reel though, her apex jump in the 7th jam of the game was special to watch as was the bizarro jam where Brawl racked up points while Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played over the PA. 

Riverworks is still a work in progress, but with two solid wins to start the season and eight wins over their last ten bouts, the Lake Effect Furies are beginning to enter into unchartered territory as they shoot up the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings. Their next test will be the first of the season against a higher ranked team when they take on Steel City Roller Derby from Pittsburgh at Riverworks on Saturday April 18th. Five spots ahead of them in the rankings, Steel City will be an important test to see if Queen City can play a complete game instead of relying on strong second half. 

Stat of the Game: Furies Jammer InSINerator only had 6 points scored against her on 12 jams. That is a .5 average against per jam and it is so impressive I’ve triple checked it just to make sure it is right. Whoa. 

Crowd Assist: Although unlikely, it is possible the Furies were spurred onto a massive second half by the half time dancing efforts of their mascot the Yeti. Two examples of what that looks like, because it is an awesome and weird new QCRG tradition. 

Yetiiiii! #QCRGvsDC #QCRG #yeti #RollerDerby #Furies

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Fear the Yeti and his silks #QCRG #QCRGvsDC #yeti #RollerDerby

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