Devil Dollies Look to End Nickel City Knockouts 17 Bout Win Streak
by Dylan Powell - posted 7:02 pm, March 25, 2015
June 4, 2011 – the QCRG home league championship, the Devil Dollies vs the Nickel City Knockouts. That is how far back you would have to go to find the Knockouts last home league loss. Since that 19 point loss, the Knockouts have gone on to win 17 straight home league bouts and take three straight QCRG Championships. The team is a juggernaut. The Dollies, still reeling from a 75 point loss to the Suicidal Saucies, will have to rebound and set brave new goals if they want to break this streak. Dollies fans should already be breaking out the crystals and channeling positive energy.
Doors open at Riverworks (359 Ganson St. Buffalo) at 7pm and the bout starts at 7:30. Front row seating is $20, general admission is $15 and kids under 12 are $10 (at the door only). You can purchase tickets at http://www.qcrg.net/event/nickel-city-knockouts-vs-devil-dollies/
Storylines to Watch
Librawlian v Low Hits Griffin: The Dollies have tried using Griff as pivot more this year, but these two jammers have finished the last two years in the top 3 in points scored for the entire league. No teams relied more on their jammers in 2014 than Brawl with 51.4% of all points for the Knockouts, and Griff with 42.8% of all points for the Dollies. Both teams will be hoping for a more balanced jammer attack – but ultimately both teams need these jammers to play well.
The New Kids on the Block: The Dollies drafted 8 new players this year, 6 of whom are rookies. The Knockouts drafted 2, both rookies. The Dollies will be hoping for some big games from new players and also hoping they can catch a complacent Knockouts team by surprise. The Dollies have also committed to the long game by really prioritizing working new players, especially rookie jammers, into their first two bouts. This bout will seriously test that plan as veteran Knockouts blockers like Lambchop and Ivana LeiHerOut can hit very, very hard.
Focus On Good Habits: The Dollies next two bouts after this are against the Alley Kats and the Suicidal Saucies. Look for the Dollies coaches to work on using the bout experience to key in on good habits moving forward. Those following two bouts will decide where the Dollies line up going into the QCRG playoffs and playing against a team like the Knockouts can be great experience leading into them. Body language, focus, penalties, team blocking and communication should all be a priority for this young team no matter what the score is.
Remember to use the #QCRG hashtag on instagram if you take photo/video from the crowd during the bout! For each bout recap I will be looking for great shots or video that really capture what it was like to be in the crowd.