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Devil Dollies Keep the Alley Kats Winless in 2015

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Coming off of a close loss to the Saucies, the Alley Kats were hoping the momentum would push them to a win last Friday night at Riverworks against the Devil Dollies. The Dollies had other plans though. The Dollies led from the 8th jam of the bout til the end; outscoring the Kats in each half on their way to a 215-155 final. 

The Kats put up a good fight, but again struggled to play a full disciplined bout. Although the disparity wasn’t as pronounced as in the Saucies game, penalties still put them in a hole early and they couldn’t recover. They are there so often, QCRG Coach/Announcer/Ref Senor Wiener has referred to the penalty box as the “litter box” for the Alley Kats. As a team they need to find a way to tighten up their blocking core and get past track cut penalties for their jammers. The game was much closer than their 233-136 loss earlier in the year to the Dollies, but closer losses shouldn’t be relief any more for a team that can win in this league. 

Fatigue played a big role in the bout as the Kats had played the week before and were playing with a very tight jammer rotation. Only 3 jammers for the Kats were on that jam line more than 5 times for the bout. The bounce that was in Bang GRRang’s step last week was all but but gone by the second half – a mix of exhaustion and solid team blocking by the Dollies. More than any team in the league, the Dollies have the luxury of a larger jammer rotation to rely on. 5 jammers saw more than 5 jams (Griff had 4) and 7 in total saw the jam line. This kept their jammers fresh, wore the Kats blockers down, and cut down on those mental mistakes. There is no better example of this than Vanilla Creamz who managed 54 points on 6 jams – all of which she got lead. On 14-0 and 10-0 jams in that 2nd half the Kats blockers just had no answer for her aggressive style

The result will most likely set up a repeat of last years home league playoff with the Kats facing the Knockouts in the first round and the Dollies facing the Saucies. Both of these teams will be getting a much needed rest with the Kats not playing again til May 1st against the KO’s and the Dollies off until a May 8th bout against the Saucies – but as both of those bouts are against who they will meet down the road in the playoffs you can expect a battle. Although things are shaping up in the standings to match last years results, those margins are closing and both the Dollies and the Kats are trending upwards. Tighter blocking, better communication, more discipline and tighter jammer rotations will push these teams to the next level. 

The next QCRG bout is this Saturday at Riverworks as the 34th ranked Lake Effect Furies will take on the 29th ranked Steel City Roller Derby from Pittsburgh. This will be the Furies first bout this year against an opponent with a higher WFTDA ranking and it will be a great opportunity for them to climb into the top 30 for the first time ever. 

Stat of the Night: Vanilla Creamz put up 58 points in 6 jams, all of which she got lead jammer, and only had 8 points scored against her. She was a +46 for the bout and she rolled over the Kats defense the entire night. InSINerator had an impressive night jamming for the Alley Kats, gaining lead jam on 13 of 14 jams. That one jam she didn’t? That was her jam against Vanilla Creamz. Also, when Vanilla wasn’t destroying Alley Kats blockers as a jammer, she was taking bodies as a pivot. All around dominant game. 

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)