QCRG: Furies 30 Days Out From Omaha, League Looks to Recruit and Grow
by Dylan Powell - posted 1:04 pm, September 2, 2015
While Division 1 WFTDA Playoffs begin this weekend in Tucson, AZ, the Lake Effect Furies are still 30 days from their first ever Division 1 appearance in Omaha, NB. Watching Division 2 playoffs so far, which began two weeks ago, the Furies should be mindful of the higher level of scrutiny from the refs in playoffs. With 2 playoff tournaments completed, the team with fewer penalties has won 24 of 33 bouts (1 bout had a tie in total penalties). The Furies have struggled with penalties all year and are frequently the most penalized team, even in wins. With a higher level of competition and scrutiny, they will need to tighten up their discipline on the track.
All of this extra time to train and prepare is definitely a luxury for this team though and has provided ample time for skaters to rest injuries, work on conditioning, and scout potential opponents. Their first opponent in Omaha will be a familiar foe in Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power. CN are a perennial D1 team – but they are stumbling into playoffs after a season with large roster turn over and two of their core players, BiggleySmallz and jammer Smoka Cola will be out with injuries. They have brought up 4 B Team skaters to fill the void and round out their tournament roster, which should help with their depth, but the advantage they held in tournament experience is slipping away as their roster is rounded out more and more by skaters who will also be skating in their first ever D1 Playoff.
A year of first for the Furies, the Furies also finally have their first sponsored skater as Juice Wheels has sponsored Furies vet Pepper Stix. As a jammer turned blocker, Pepper represents the best of QCRG and the best of a derby generation that has lived through different rule sets to thrive. Her communication skills, high track IQ and overall positive attitude make her an integral part of this team and a great choice for Juice Wheels. I expect some more sponsorships to follow after this teams first D1 playoff.
While the Furies are still preparing for D1 Playoffs, the league is quietly restructuring and preparing for the upcoming 2016 home league season. Active recruitment call outs are out for new skaters (fresh meat) for both the home adult league and the Jr. League. The adult league is hosting a boot camp for new skaters on Sunday September 13th at Rainbow Rink in Tonawanda and the Jr. league is currently recruiting for girls aged 10-17. You can always find more information about the leagues on their sites – the QCRG Jr. League and QCRG.
Even though it seems like a quiet offseason, the Queen’s Court has still been practicing and scrimmaged recently to a 101-90 win over a mix team from Niagara Roller Girls, and the Furies exorcized some demons in a scrimmage against Tri-City who upset them earlier this year at Beaver Fever. League practices start back up this month and fans and skaters alike should be excited for the 2016 season at Riverworks. For those who can’t wait – a short clip below from the Furies v Tri City scrimmage. Furies blockers do a great job of swallowing Tri City jammer Crazy Squirrel on the back line, while Murphy pushes the pack forward and blocker Midnight comes up to make an assist and release her. Filmed from the mezzanine – which feels so damn good to watch bouts from!