Steel City Looks to Put a Hurtin’ on the Furies
by Dylan Powell - posted 1:00 pm, April 16, 2015
The Furies bout against Steel City Hurtin’ on Saturday will be the first of the year against higher ranked competition. With Steel City in 27th and and the Furies at 33rd, the bout is a great chance for the Furies to move up the rankings and into the top 30 – a place they have never been. The two teams are heading in different directions in long term trends as the Furies are trending up while Steel City are trending down – they once held as high a ranking as 14th in recent years – but this bout will be a serious test for just how high that ceiling is for the Furies. Steel City won’t hand them this bout and they want to regain their former glory and move back into the top 20.
The two teams haven’t played since 2011, so this will also be a match up of two teams who are largely unfamiliar with each other on the track. Steel City features a tight jammer rotation with Snot Rocket (who also plays for Team USA) splitting time between pivot and jammer, veteran jammer Rock Hard Candy, and two tall jammers in Leeannibal Lector and River Kyx’s. The Steel City roster has seen quite a bit of turnover in recent years, but this jammer line up is pretty solid and constant. The Furies have the size and speed to match this line up, but it will be a battle and every jam will count.
Doors open at Riverworks (359 Ganson St. Buffalo) at 5:30 and the bout starts at 6pm. 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/steel-hurtin-pittsburgh-vs-lake-effect-furies/
Storylines to Watch
Experience: Although Steel City has 8 new skaters this year, their core and their league have been around longer and seen more bouts than Queen City – putting total bouts all time at 56 for the Furies and 102 for Steel City Hurtin’. I expect a very close game that could come down to one specific jam. A rare play call, strategy, or penalty could decide the game and Steel City have an edge when it comes to experience.
Endurance: Both of these teams have a pretty tight jammer rotation and the closer the game is the more that will tighten. This game could very well be decided by endurance and whichever teams top jammers can withstand the wear and tear of the bout the longest.
Home Track Advantage: The DC Rollergirls really struggled in the 2nd half of their bout against the Furies earlier this year and it was pretty clear they didn’t travel well. Once the Furies got some momentum the crowd got into the bout and they never looked back. Riverworks still doesn’t quite feel like “home” for QCRG – but it is getting there and if close home league games are any indication then Riverworks will be a very loud and intimidating place for opposing teams in close games.