Devil Dollies vs Alley Kats Rematch a Hot Ticket for Riverworks on Saturday Night
by Dylan Powell - posted 10:49 am, February 10, 2016
January 13th, the season opener for the Alley Kats and in the middle of a snow storm, marked a major milestone for Queen City Roller Girls Alley Kat’s – their first win since January 2012! That bout came down to the final jam, the 164-161 victory sealed by long time Alley Kats veteran jammer Evil-Lyn Cognito. It was one of the most thrilling QCRG games ever but the snow storm and Wednesday night schedule, meant only a couple hundred fans saw it. This Saturday at Riverworks at 7pm, the leagues first 7pm Saturday night bout of the year, the Kats will look to repeat that success in front of a much larger crowd. A week before the bout the league has already sold out all front row and VIP Table tickets while outpacing their presale tickets for their record breaking 1,300 fan season opener. No pressure.
Three games into the home league season and aside from fast tracking skater development, the league has also achieved much better parity – every home league team is 1-1 and the average point margin is just 28. Two of those three bouts have gone down to the final jam. For comparison, the average point margin last year was 63 through 15 home league bouts with only 3 bouts all season being decided by less than 20 points.
Fans heading out to Riverworks on Saturday night can expect another tight bout for this rematch. The last time out the Dollies jammer rotation, largely made up of league rookies, were thrown off of their gameplan by the aggressive blocking style of the Alley Kats. This time around they should be better prepared and if the Kats are to repeat it won’t be because they took the Dollies by surprise. They will need to focus on their gameplan and playing a disciplined game. Penalties sunk them late in their last bout against the Saucies and walking that thin line between being aggressive and staying out the (litter) box will always be the challenge for this team.
The game will feature the two of the top home league jammers – Double Barryl for the Dollies and Ashes t’Ashes or the Kats. Their stats through two games are close – they share a league leading +60 rating when on the track and they both see 1/3 of their teams track time. Ashes holds an edge in points per jam (4.43/3.71), while Double Barryl has taken less penalties and has a higher lead jam percentage (64.5/50). These two held close track ratings the first time out (Ashes +39 / Double Barryl +43) and I expect to see them match up frequently on the jam line on Saturday night. In their last meeting the Dollies jammers were able to stay in the game off the strength of a strong showing from Jules Burn and a great second half from Raspoutine, while the Kats saw Karsmashian have a great game and Evil Lyn provided the key jams they needed to win. If Double Barryl and Ashes grind each other down to a wash it will be up to the rest of the jammer rotation on either side to be the difference. The Dollies have the deeper jammer rotation, but the Kats have the more experienced one.
For the blockers this rematch is another test to see who can use the same blocking style to more effect. Both of these teams feature veteran skaters who’s comfort zones are out front of the pack holding, slowing and punishing opposing jammers. The Kats blocking core has the size advantage, but as long as the Dollies focus on controlling the pack they can stretch out those Kats blockers and key in on the most feared of their blocking core. Fans can expect lots of big hits in this bout, both in blockers targeting jammers and blockers trying to open up assists for their jammers and hold other blockers (“goats”) to control the pack.
Box office open at 6pm and the first whistle is at 7pm. You can still pre order general admission tickets online, or pick them up at the box office. Online tickets – http://www.qcrg.net/event/devil-dollies-vs-alley-kats-3/
For more information you can also check out the Facebook Event Page for the bout – https://www.facebook.com/events/190870227938964/