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Lake Effect Furies Open Up 2016 Season With A Statement Win Over Roc City

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The Lake Effect Furies wasted no time asserting themselves on Sunday at their 2016 Season Opener, kicking off the bout on a 113-0 run before the visitors Roc City could even get on the board. From beginning to end the Furies were dominant and by the time the dust settled they skated away with a 406-52 win, giving up only 9 points the entire bout 5 on 5. The win was exactly what skaters, coaches and fans were hoping for to start this season and this type of performance will need to be repeated throughout their remaining sanctioned home schedule against Ithaca, Green Mt. and Killamazoo. 

The win becomes the highest Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) score in Furies history (461), their 3rd highest positive point differential (+354), their third highest all time single game increase on Flat Track Stats and pushes them to their all time highest Flat Track rating (770). Controlling the game with 86% lead jam percentage, Roc City was forced to make up 43 of their points off of 6 Furies jammer penalties. Their jammers played with a lot of heart and determination, but the Furies blockers ground them down from start to finish. 

Roc City played without star jammer GO! (Flu) and missed veteran blockers like Lethal Lorelai dearly in this bout. Ranked 76th coming in with an average WFTDA score of 233.76, Roc City come away with a lot of bumps and bruises and only 87 WFTDA points. Last year, almost to the day, they came to Riverworks and challenged the Furies to closer a 213-105 loss that netted them a 207 WFTDA score, above their 191 average at the time. This is the ruthlessness of the WFTDA ranking system though and Roc City is unlikely to gain any sympathy from the Furies – especially not after the Furies got to experience what playing Gotham feels like last year and while they will carry the 95 WFTDA score they received from that game around their neck like an albatross all season. 

The Furies mental toughness in this bout was superb. There were no runs or momentum swings for Roc, they played clean and took fewer penalties than their average last year, and while giving up 7.1 points per power jam is still a bit high that is much less than last year. Panic didn’t set in, blockers dug in and did their job regardless of how many of them were on the track. The bout pointed more towards the finer points – jammers taking that extra second to shift their weight as they hit the pack, that extra second on re entry to leave the referees with no doubts. Ending the bout on a final jam with a 4-2 pack advantage for Roc and InSINerator taking a penalty was the first sign of slippage, but the rest of the game was so overwhelmingly positive and dominant it is hard to nit pick. The Furies actually increased their share of total points in that 2nd half – there was no let up.

The Furies jammer statistics go from huge to nuclear – Murphy with a +7.3 per jam, Miss Fire going 70/10 with 7/8 leads, Sin going +10.7 per and 90% of total points and Librawlian putting up 145/6 with 11/11 on leads and +12.6 per and 96% of total points. Sin had a 35-0 jam, Brawl 30-0, Murphy 25-0 and Miss Fire’s highest were two 14-0 jams. 

Let's go Lake Effect Furies! Thanks for having us! @qcrg #rollerderby #qcrg

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As dominant as the jammers were this bout was more of a coming out party for the Furies blockers. Locked into to a system that looks tighter and stronger than last season the Furies blockers held Roc jammers for full 2 mins on their initial passes multiple times – creating massive jams and a nice test of their own jammers endurance. Bricks Hit House looks absolutely terrifying on the track for the Furies right now and their overall communication, reforming and timed offense is all greatly increased from D1 Playoffs in October last year. The video above shows a nice assist from Furies blocker Midnty Maniac as Librawlian pushes through the Roc blockers and Bricks holds a Roc blocker as a “goat.” 

This is great news for the Furies, and a great statement game, but they now have under two weeks to prepare and keep this going as they head to the Quad City Chaos Tournament in Toronto, On (Canada) on March 19th to face more familiar foes – Tri City Roller Derby and Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power. The competition will be stiffer and it will be up to the Furies to stick to the gameplan they executed in this game while lead jams become more rare and penalties may increase. With WFTDA weights of 2.56 (Toronto) and 2.43 (Tri-City), the Furies need a good showing against these teams to propel themselves back up in the rankings and into Division 1 Playoff territory.

They take back to the track at Riverworks this coming Friday with a mash up Expo of Buffalo’s two travel teams – the Furies and the Subzero Sirens – to work on their in game fitness and also have some fun.

The Sirens also came away Sunday with a dominant win taking the Roc City B Sides for a spin with a 290-94 win. The first Sirens bout for Queen City Junior Roller Girls graduate Veggy Cowgirl, she looked perfectly at home in the Sirens deep jammer rotation. Her, Dana Scullcrusher, Celery Stalk-HER and Double Barryl were relentless all game. The Sirens put up 145 points a half and only allowed 39 and 53 points for the B Sides. Undefeated this season, the Sirens move to 3-0 and the win shows that much more progress as they never had a momentum lapse in the 2nd half as they did in their first two bouts this year. Like the Furies they kept the pressure on from start to finish. 

Tickets for the Mash Up Expo are available at http://www.qcrg.net/event/lake-effect-furies-opponent-tbd-8/

 


Dollies Pull Off Thrilling Last Jam Win Over the Saucies

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Guest Post By Vile Love It 

The Queen City Roller Girls home season has seen some super tight games and this past Wednesday’s rematch between the Suicidal Saucies and the Devil Dollies didn’t disappoint. With more lead changes than you could keep track of, the Dollies squeaked out a 161-173 win in the exciting last jam.

Dollies jammer McCreadie pulled her team to within 2 points of the Saucies in the second to last jam and then both teams’ clutch jammers:  Rosi for the Saucies and Double Barryl for the Dollies lined up on the track. Unfortunately for the Saucies, Rosi headed to the box early in the jam leaving Double Barryl on the track to calmly gather up the winning points.  She cemented her team’s victory and then hung out in the back until the period clock wound down and the Dollies maintained their 2-0 record against the Saucies this season. 

This was an important game for the Saucies. They lost to the Dollies in the home season opener (179-113) the largest point spread of any home game this season. The Saucies then went on to beat the Alley Kats 174-158 on February 3rd. 

The Dollies, on the other hand, have fallen to the Kats twice. On January 13th they lost by 3 points in another last jam win (164-161) and then again on February 13th 133-115.

In the Saucies mind, it might have been: we beat the Kats, the Kats beat the Dollies, so therefore, we should beat the Dollies. But it just doesn’t always work out like that. First, the Saucies were down several players.  Maggie de Sade is out with an ankle injury. TeKill’ya Sunrise is also injured.  Fresh Slaughter Pearl, Poisonous Peaches and Chet UpStandUp sat out Wednesday’s game due to a variety of issues. The Saucies did pull up Veggy Cowgirl and Emma Dilemma from the Queens Court to fill in and they both made quite a difference.

Veggy Cowgirl is the first Queen City Junior Roller Girl graduate to skate in the adult league and she has made an immediate splash. She has skated games with the Queens Court and recently made the Subzero Sirens travel team. Veggy skated with the junior league for four years and is the eldest daughter of QCRG co- founder Sissy Fit (who herself used to play for the Saucies) so suffice it to say, she’s been skating since before she could walk. She also played on the Junior World Cup Select Team in 2014.  She is a versatile player and was effective as blocker (sometimes pivot) and jammer. 

Emma Dilemma also filled in as a Saucie on Wednesday night. She is a recent transfer from Toronto Roller Derby where she played with the Gore Gore Girls for 5 seasons including 2014 when that team won the prestigious Canadian Beast of the East Tournament.  She was quite effective as a blocker and looked at home in her hastily made red t-shirt.

The Dollies remain under the strong coaching of Senor Wiener assisted by Assistant Coaches and Lake Effect Furies players Ivana LeiHerOut and LiBrawlian (who is also co-coach of the Subzero Sirens). Senor Wiener crafted a team of a select few of anchor veteran blockers including Chickadeemolish, Lip Service, LaBatt Bruise and Bully Holiday and then packed in a solid group of rookies and second year skaters. His rookies, however, aren’t all “technically” rookies.  Double Barryl played for Watertown before she took a year off for knee surgery and a baby. McCreadie and May Bringdowndahaus were with Niagara Roller Girls before they came south.

The Saucies relied heavily on Rosi, Flame Throw-Her, Sigourney Cleaver, and Veggy Cowgirl as jammers (with both Rosi and Veggy playing double duty as blockers). 

The Dollies were down regular jammer Jules Burns and so spread the jammer love around to SlamUwell Jackson, Erin Go Braless, Nic Nugget along with regulars Double Barryl, McCreadie and Raspoutine. 

The games started out a defensive battle with “hit it and quit it” jams where few points were scored. Eight minutes into the game the score was only 13-10 with the Saucies in the lead. Although there were jams where one team was ahead by 10 or 15 points, neither team dominated for more than a jam. At the half the score was Saucies 60, Dollies 59.

When a game is this close it is difficult to point to a statistic that won or lost the game for either team.  The Saucies had a total of 8 penalties in the first half but then doubled it for a total of 24 penalties. The Dollies had 16 penalties in the first period and 15 in the second. Dollies caught lead jam slightly more often than the Saucies, but they couldn’t always capitalize on it.

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Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems). Shot at 1/8th Second.  

One fan said the score board resembled a basketball game, back and forth, back and forth but in the end, the Dollies were able to keep their winning record against the Saucies. Fans can see the full bout footage from the game here on QCRG’s youtube channel

The home teams are taking a break during March as the Lake Effect Furies and Subzero Sirens take center stage at Riverworks. The Lake Effect Furies open their home season against neighboring Roc City All Stars with the Subzero Sirens playing against Roc’s B Sides on March 6th and follow that with a Subzero Sirens + Lake Effect Furies Mash up Expo bout on Friday April 11th. You can always find ticket at qcrg.net/tickets.  

 

 

 


Alley Kats Hold On to Repeat Against the Devil Dollies

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Guest Post By Vile Love It

In the first rematch of the 2016 season, the Alley Kats and Devil Dollies took the track in a game that often matched old school derby against new strategies.  Although the Dollies were able to come within striking range of the Kats several times, and kept the score tight up until the last few minutes, old school won out that night and in front of a sold out crowd this time the Kats skated away with their second win of the season 133-115 (both against the Dollies).  

The last time these teams met this season the Kats won in a nail-biting last jam 164-161 for their first win in four years.  In Saturday’s game, the Kats pulled out ahead early in the first period and although the Dollies came to within 9 points several times, the Kats were able to stay focused, keep their penalties low and the pressure high and, most importantly, keep the lead through to the final whistle.

The Dollies have adopted the latest braced wall, sometimes called a quad, made famous by the nearly unstoppable Victorian Roller Derby from Australia.  Victorian nearly toppled the Gotham Girls Roller Girls in the semi-finals at the Womens Flat Track Derby Association Champs using the incredibly strong and agile wall formation.  This formation is new for the Dollies and they are still perfecting it since it requires lightening speed reformation.

On the other side of the benches, the Alley Kats kept up a fairly steady four wall across the back line on most starts.  They only set up using a braced wall in one jam to shut down the Dollies’ Double Barryl.  Even in the pack, they relied on simple walls and tough hits to control the Dollie jammers and blockers.

The Kats also employed another “oldie but goodie” derby strategy and frequently grabbed a lone Dollie blocker and held her in the back of the pack behind a wall of Kats (the blocker is fondly referred to as a “goat” by players and coaches).  The pack is defined by the most players from both teams within proximity to each other (10’ if you want the technical definition).  So the Kats kept control of the pack and reduced the Dollies blockers’ ability to keep blocking their jammer.  It’s an old strategy and the Kats successfully used it again and again.

The Kats relied on their core jammers:  Ashes t’Ashes, Karsmashian and Evil-Lyn Cognito throwing in Ana Killinspree and ½ Pint Destroyer to shake things up.  On the other hand, the Dollies spread the jammer helmet cover around.  Double Barryl and McCreadie stayed in the regular rotation but they also used Jules Burn, Raspoutine, Nic Nugget, SlamUwell Jackson and Erin Go Braless.  Notably, it was the Kats veteran Jammer Evil-Lyn Cognito who was out in that last jam to ice the game for her team – just as she did back in their first match up. 

Another sold out crowd takes in a QCRG bout at Riveworks.

Another sold out crowd takes in a QCRG bout at Riveworks.

Out of all of the Dollies jammers, Nic Nugget had the most penalty trouble, catching back to back penalties in the second period.  Double Barryl skated away with a goose egg of penalties by the end of the game, the only jammer to spend no time in the box. She was also their highest scorer and most consistently won lead jam status.

Both teams had a significant number of jammer penalties: the Dollies had 8 and the Kats had 10.  All in all, the Kats only had 24 penalties (including their jammer penalties) and the Dollies had 27.  This was notable given the high physicality of the game.  The Dollies focused more on strategy and less on heavy hitting, with the exception of May Bringdowndahaus, Chickadeemolish and, of course, Lip Service, who sent many Kats jammers packing throughout the night.

The Kats have a cadre of heavy hitting blockers, and in the second period, much of the Dollies’ offensive strategy was distracting ½ Pint Destroyer, and PaulverizHer.  But that left Knot Nice and Ana Killingspree to pick up the slack.  And they did.  Generally speaking, on a home team front, heavy hitting generally goes hand in hand with high penalties but the Kats kept it clean.

The Dollies will be back on the track on Wednesday, March 6 against the Suicidal Saucies.  

First though, the Subzero Sirens will take on the Niagara Roller Girls on Wednesday February 17 at 7 p.m. and the QCRG Juniors and the Queens Court will be playing in a double header on Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m. (Juniors play at 2 p.m., the Queens Court about 4:30 p.m.) Tickets available at qcrg.net.


Devil Dollies vs Alley Kats Rematch a Hot Ticket for Riverworks on Saturday Night

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Credit: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems). McCreadie v Ashes t’Ashes Jan, 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/

Bout Poster By Gelia

Bout Poster By Gelia

 


Subzero Sirens Hold Off the Hammer City Harlots In Debut Win

Credit: Rene T. van Ee

Credit: Rene T. van Ee

The Queen City Roller Girls’ move to Riverworks in 2015 was a major effort and in the move the league downsized and retired their B Travel Team – the B Lo Zeros, for the year. Fast forward to October and the Lake Effect Furies travelled to Omaha, Nebraska for their first ever Division 1 Playoff appearance. In their first game they pulled off a last jam victory against long time rivals CN Power from Toronto, On (Canada). CN Power was short handed with injuries, retirements and skaters who couldn’t travel, but their handful of B Team call ups kept them in the game and had them oh so close to a win. In that game Furies jammer InSINerator wrenched her neck as she fell forward on a blocker. She played through the injury in that game and later against Gotham, but stiffness forced her to sit against No Coast. Travelling with an already short jammer roster, the Furies suffered. Both of these games, and the entire experience that weekend, spoke to the need for the league to revive its Travel B Team and that became top priority in the offseason. Tryouts began less than a month later and the roster was set by mid November. 

Officially renamed the Subzero Sirens, the B Team set their sights on this first bout against the B Team for the Hammer City Roller Girls in Hamilton, On. This was the first time these leagues B Teams would square off, and the first time the leagues played each other since the Furies beat HCRG 263-105 in an unsanctioned game in June 2014. With a whole new team and coaches, and in a new venue, the outcome of the game felt wide open. 

The Sirens immediately set the tone though with a massive 19-0 jam to start the bout and they pushed that to a 87-22 advantage 14 jams in, capitalizing on 4 Hammer City jammer penalties. Hammer City responded, playing even for the rest of the half and putting up 59 points to the Sirens 124. Giving up 16/23 lead jams to the Sirens, and taking 5 jammer penalties in that first half the Harlots needed to regroup. Sirens jammers Double Barryl Cheryl and Dana Scullcrusher dominated in that first half going 26/4 and 61/1 (!) and a combined 11/11 on lead jams. The Harlots would need an answer for them. 

The 2nd half started off tight, but the Harlots slowly chipped away at the lead capitalizing on Sirens penalties. They turned 3 Sirens jammer penatlies and 2 powerstarts into a run and pulled the bout to 171-132 for the Sirens with over 10 minutes left. Sirens blockers finally dug in and stayed out of the box, while Sirens jammer and Co-Captain McCreadie answered with an 18-4 jam to stop their run. The Harlots wouldn’t get close again. 

Although a 70 point victory, the Harlots finished with a solid 2nd half putting up 101 points to the Sirens 106 and overall they matched the Sirens after initially giving up that 87-22 run in the 1st. They increased their lead jams in the 2nd half to 11/26 and their jammers played a clean and disciplined 2nd half to at least give them a chance. 3 of their jammers held net positive ratings in that 2nd half and their jammer fErineheit put up 54 points and a +8 rating for the bout. 

The Harlots blockers were able to minimize the damage in the 2nd half, but they could not contain Dana Scullcrusher who went 96/9 for the bout with an 11/13 lead jam count. A debut not just for the Sirens, this was also a debut for this Niagara Roller Girls transfer who is a Travel A/B rookie this year. 

After building that solid lead, the Sirens did a great job of bending but not breaking, responding to runs from the Harlots and building the lead up again. Veteran blockers like C0-Captain Celery Stalk-HER did a great job of calming their team down in the 2nd half to regroup. Coaches forced jammers to try and time their call offs, which led to some points being stolen by Harlots jammers, but the experience will pay off and Sirens jammers played focused for the entire bout managing to steal points on jams without lead as well. Overall, with a roster of many young and inexperienced skaters and everyone playing together for the first time, this was a solid win for the Sirens. Getting into the habit of making “every jam count” as it does in the WFTDA weighted rankings that the Furies play under, will take time as will developing that killer instinct to bury teams and not let them back into bouts. Cutting down on penalties, holding walls without rolling, and bridging will be a focus for the blockers and playing under control with power jams and call offs will be a focus for jammers (the Sirens jammers took 2 penalties in the game while on powerjams). 

The bout saw a great sized crowd and also pointed to how the location at Riverworks is becoming a hub for surrounding leagues. Non-skating officials (NSO’s) and referees came from Niagara Roller Girls, Hammer City, Roc City and Ithaca and a nice sized Canadian contingent was on hand cheering on Hammer City and also NRG transfers like May Bringdowndahaus, McCreadie and Dana Scullcrusher. 

The next QCRG bout is this Friday and it is a charity bout for Buffalo Dream Weavers with the #Icecanos squaring off against the #IceCars. The league is asking for donations of hats, gloves and scarves on game day. You can learn more about the event at its facebook event page and you can get tickets at http://www.qcrg.net/event/charity-mash-up-7/


Bombshell Battalion Sink Queen’s Court With A Second Half Comeback

Credit: Robert Kerr (Dark Images Photo)

Credit: Robert Kerr (Dark Images Photo)

The Bombshell Battalion, the B Team for Alliston, Ontario’s Renegade Derby Dames, finished their about against Queen City Roller Girls Queen’s Court on a 88-39 run to skate off with a 181-158 victory on Sunday. The bout marked the first time QCRG hosted another league this season, and also marked the league debuts for TeKill’Ya Sunrise, Mortu Mary, Schmitty Schmitty Bang Bang and QCRG’s first graduated Jr league skater Veggy Cowgirl. 

The Queen’s Court, made up of 1st and 2nd year league skaters, got out to solid lead in the first half going on a 29-0 run to capitalize on the Battalions jammer penalties. Pushing that lead to 32 points at 60-28 would be the most comfortable margin for either team in the game, and the Battalion slowly chipped away at that lead to pull to 20 at the end of the first half 99-79. With a jammer penalty differential of 4/1 and a lead jam favouring Queen’s Court 14/26, the Battalion were lucky to be down just 20 at half. 

The second half started off tense and saw a tight bout. Only 35 total points were scored through the first 11 jams of the half and the Queen’s Court held a 119-94 advantage with just under 20 minutes left. The Queen’s Court collapse would begin in the 12th jam as CurlySlew for the Battalion grabbed lead and 9 points on TeKill’Ya Sunrise – pulling the bout within 16 points. After Double Barryl Cheryl grabbed lead and 4 points for the Queen’s Court to respond, the Battalion managed a 20-0 score on a jam that would have fans searching for their WFTDA rule books.

Queen’s Court jammer Raspoutine had her jammer star cover fall off as she made her way through her initial pass and as she skated around to pick it back up and put it on her head the Queen’s Court blockers couldn’t make sense of the chaos. Raspoutine would pass all Battalion blockers, but was still held up until she star passed to Sigourney Cleaver. This finally forced a call off, but not before the Refs scored 15-4 points for the Battalion and then corrected that to 20-0. Tie game.

The Court responded with a 14-2 run to build their lead back up before TeKill’Ya Sunrise grabbed two jammer penalties in the same jam and the Battalion went 18-0 to take the lead for the first time since the 3rd jam of the bout. The Court would again respond pulling the lead down to 2, before their jammer MegaLO-MEINia was called on a track cut and Battalion jammer Laya Down capitalized with a back breaking 22-0 jam. They pulled that lead down to 14 heading into the final jam, and Battalion jammer CurlySlew was called for a penalty in that jam, but it was too late. 

Fans got a close and exciting game. 19 of the games 53 jams were called off before either team could score 4 points, with 10 of those either 0-0 or 0-1 jammer races. The penalty advantage the Court held in the first half swung the other way in the 2nd and the Battalion did a better job of capitalizing on those mistakes – the Court were 51/34 on powerjams while the Battalion went 55/4. Perhaps the most impressive stats of the game are the 2nd half stats for all of the Battalion jammers. They ran a 3 jammer rotation for the entire bout, there was no drop off and consistency throughout, and they managed to play more disciplined in the 2nd half. CurlySlew led them in that second half scoring 48 points on 6/9 lead jams and going +32 in the half taking only one penalty after taking 3 in the first half. 

The inexperience of the Queen’s Court skaters showed throughout parts of the bout, but for the most part these skaters looked at home playing against experienced skaters from Renegade Derby Dames which included Amazon and Bad “D”Cisions from their 2015 A Travel Team and some skaters from surrounding leagues. The debut of Veggy Cowgirl in the adult league was special. She held her own going 4/4 in points on 3 jams with 1 lead and as a blocker she did an amazing job tracking the opposing jammer and drew a couple track cut calls. TeKill’Ya Sunrise also had a strong start in the first half in her debut before running out of steam. This bout for the Court saw 7 of their skaters playing their 3rd bout in 8 days – the 7 Dollies rookies on the roster – and the second half collapse makes a bit more sense thinking about how their legs most likely felt like cement. 

Skating through the fatigue Double Barryl Cheryl kept up her solid start to 2016 grabbing 7/9 lead jam statuses in the game and going 35/2 on points for the best +/- in the bout. The move to jam her more in the 2nd half pulled her out of the blocking core though and the strong game her and Veggy were having blocking in the first half didn’t carry over. Erin Go Braless and Raspoutine had solid bouts going for 50 and 36 points, but the Battalion were able to capitalize on their inexperience at key points. The Court jammers struggled with call offs and clock management, giving up points with lead jam status or before the Battalion jammer had made their initial pass, but they also fought hard to steal points on many jams as well. The in game feel, especially in a close and aggressive bout like this, will definitely help them work through those panic moments and momentum swings. These bouts for the Queen’s Court are about bout experience and a game like this, complete with freak scenarios, back and forth lead changes and a rowdy crowd, are perfect for the development of these skaters – even if it is in a loss. For anyone interested in viewing footage of the bout you can find bout footage on the QCRG youtube channel. 

The focus now moves to the next visiting Canadian team as the Lake Effect Furies B Travel Team the Subzero Sirens make their debut against the Hammer City Rollers B Team, The Hammer City Harlots, on Saturday January 23rd at Riverworks. Doors open at 1pm and first whistle is at 2pm. You can get tickets online here


QCRG Week 2: Future of QCRG to Take to the Track Against Two Canadian Teams

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Since our week 1 preview the Queen City Roller Girls have set a new all time attendance record and kicked off their 2016 home league season with two competitive bouts that saw the Dollies beat the Saucies to open the Season and the Alley Kats beat the Dollies for their first win since 2012. That down-to-the-last jam victory for the Kats offered three lead changes in the final ten minutes and will be remembered as one of the most exciting bouts in the history of the league. By any measure, Week 1 was a resounding success. 

Week 2 shifts to the Queen’s Court and the revived B Travel Team the Subzero Sirens. The Queen’s Court, 1st and 2nd year skaters, will take on the Renegade Derby Dames from Alliston, On (Canada) on Sunday January 17th at 2pm and the Subzero Sirens will take on the Hammer City Harlots B Team from Hamilton, On (Canada) on Saturday January 23rd at 2pm. These bouts will be the first time QCRG hosts another league in 2016, and the first time visiting leagues will get to bout in a fully finished Riverworks facility. 

The Queen’s Court roster for Sunday includes many 2nd year skaters (home league rookies); MegaLO-MEINia, Molly Malign, Double Barryl, Percipihatin’, Sigourney Cleaveher, Cinister, Raspoutine, Erin GoBraless, and Skarpinski. Rachel Tension, formerly Jaded, is returning after some years off and will be playing in the bout and TeKill’Ya Sunrise, Mortu Mary, Schmitty Schmitty Bang Bang and Veggy Cowgirl will all be making their league debuts on the track on Sunday. For Veggy Cowgirl this is also an important milestone as this is her first adult league bout after being the first Queen City Jr Roller Girl to graduate to the home leagues. 

The visiting team from Alliston, the Renegade Derby Dames, are a WFTDA certified league and ranked #277. The team has struggled to get wins over the last few years, squeaking out close wins over Tri City’s Plan B Team in 2014 and the Nickel City Derby Dames and the South Simcoe Rollers in 2015. They kicked off their 2016 season with a l0ss to Forest City and look to be on a small upswing coming into this bout. This should make for a tough and close bout on Sunday. 

The following Saturday the Subzero Sirens host the Hammer City B Team, the Hammer City Harlots, for an afternoon bout at Riverworks. The league ran a B Team in 2013 and 2014 named the B Lo Zero’s, but disbanded the B Team before the 2015 season prioritizing the Furies and the move to Riverworks. After seeing the success of other competitive B Team programs, like the excellent use of B Team skaters by rivals Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power at Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, NB, reviving the B Travel Team became a league priority. The league took a large team name list down to 3, voted on it, and decided to revive the Subzero Sirens name – a name that was originally intended to be the name of the Alley Kats way back in 2009. 

The Sirens roster includes 2015 Furies: Celery Stalkher, Her Heiny Granger, Wrecks Kitten alongside rookies, Chet UpStandUp, Double Barryl, May Bringdowndahouse, McCreadie, Molly Malign, and TeKill’ya Sunrise. The rest of the roster is rounded out by veterans NicNugget, Wailing Wench, Maggie de Sade, Chickadeemolish, Brutali-Tease, Jules Burn, June Cleaveher, and SlamUWell Jackson. The B Lo Zeros were 4-1 over their history and this new version of the B Team will be looking to be competitive against top tier B Teams for D1/D2 Playoff Teams. 

The Hammer City Harlots will be making the trip down the QEW for their first bout of the 2016 season on the 23rd. According to Flat Track Stats the Harlots went 3-4 in 2015 with most bouts being blowouts either way – only one of those bouts was within 90 points. The Hammer City program has been running consistently since 2007, so the league has continuity and experience on their side, but the Subzero Sirens will be looking to make a statement in their first bout. The Sirens and the Queen’s Court want these Canadian teams leaving feeling upset about more then just the exchange rate. 

You can always find tickets at qcrg.net/tickets


New Year, New Alley Kats: Kats Pull Off Thrilling Last Jam Victory Over the Devil Dollies

Cred: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

Cred: Chris Kalisiak (CK Photographic Systems)

January 28, 2012. That is the date of the last Alley Kats victory. They squeaked out a 141-135 win that night over a Suicidal Saucies team that would not win a game in 2012. When that bout happened Whitney Houston was still with us, the Occupy Movement was still grabbing headlines, and Lindy Ruff was still the coach of the Sabres. 18 losses later and the Alley Kats got to celebrate their first victory in almost four calendar years with a 164-161 win while a snow storm raged outside. The team, fans and their coaches hugged, cheered and some even cried. With 9 returning skaters this year and 5 skaters who have been with the team since that last win, this was an emotional and well deserved victory. 

It almost didn’t happen though. After a tight first four jams, with three lead changes, the Kats managed a 30-0 run over the next 3 jams to pull away 46-17. The Dollies cut back into the lead, but then gave up a 14-4 powerjam and a 25-0 jam by Ashes t’ Ashes. This was the safest lead of the night at 54 points, but it only lasted a short while as the Kats gave up a 33-0 run to the Dollies later on in the half when they got bogged down with jammer penalties. Sitting 105-89 at the half the Kats led, but they opened the door for the Dollies to get back into the bout. With a close first half lead jammer status 11/9 favouring the Dollies and jammer penalties 3 a side, it was already looking like the end was going to be close. 

The second half saw the Dollies grab 7 of the first 10 lead jammer statuses with the Dollies managing to tie the bout at 118 before giving up another jammer penalty. After allowing the Kats to build a small 9 point lead  they stormed back on a 21-4 run of their own. The final 10 jams of the second half saw a tie, three lead changes, and 3 jammer penalties. The Kats would push back grabbing 6 of 10 lead jams and setting the stage for the final two jams.

The Kats were down 158-153 with 1:42 left. Head Coach Shockher called a time out and then sent out Ashes t’ Ashes to line up against Double Barryl. Barryl to that point had a stellar 12/15 lead jams. Ashes quickly grabbed lead jammer though and called the jam with 4 points, 50 seconds left and more importantly before Double Barryl could score. 158-157 Dollies, coach Señor Wiener responded with his own time out to freeze the clock and rest his jammer before sending Double Barryl back out against Kats jammer Evil Lyn. These two had lined up against each other 5 times in this bout with Double Barryl claiming all leads and flexing a 30/8 points advantage. Evil Lyn had the crowd and a 4-3 pack advantage though. As the jam began Evil Lyn stretched out the Dollies blockers while the Kats swallowed Double Barryl. In a one on one match up against Dollies blocker Lip Service, Evil Lyn bunny hopped over her on the inside in turn 2 to claim lead. She raced around the track and made another pass before Double Barryl could get through, but still needed to run down the clock. As she came around for her third pass, Double Barryl was able to grab three points, but the game clock had run down so Evil Lyn hit the pack and called the jam – 7 to 3 for the Kats. The comeback was complete, the Kats win 164-161. 

The crowd at Riverworks, who took in the bout during a snow storm, celebrated the win – even the ones who didn’t realize the gravity of the victory for the Kats. Outside of the 2015 Championship bout, this was the biggest nail bitter that the league has had in its new digs and the fans who could make it out got to see something special. 

For the Kats jammers Karsmashian led the way with 64 points and Ashes t’ Ashes had the best +/- with a +39 performance and the most lead jams with 8. The Kats jammers all played great, but it was also the teamwork of their blockers that made this win possible. Kats veterans Flocking Girl Scout, PaulverizHer, Knot Nice and newcomers lead by Ana Killingspree and Half Pint did a great job of holding the Dollies jammers and landing punishing hits both on Dollies jammers and on Dollies blockers to open up holes for their own jammers. Playing against a team that just had a bout 5 days prior, the Kats used their size and strength to disrupt the Dollies and give them a taste of their own medicine (the Dollies played and won with a similar style against the Saucies). They were able to target the two anchors of the Dollies blocking core – Chickadeemolish and Lip Service – and make sure their jammers were not recycled after being so close to getting free. 

On the Dollies side the bout saw another dominating bout from Double Barryl going for 74 points, 12 of 17 leads, and a +43 overall. Jules had a solid night right behind her, but most remarkable is the second half that rookie jammer Raspoutine had. After struggling in the first half with no lead jams, she returned in the 2nd half to grab 50% lead jams and +6 rating that included a handful of crucial jams down the stretch. Seeing how these rookie Dollies respond to adversity will be a big test for how they play down the road in the playoffs, and Raspoutine passed with flying colours on Wednesday night. The Dollies did control lead jam for the bout 25/19, so if they cut down on their jammer penalties this jammer rotation should be fine. 

The league now shifts to bouts for the Queen’s Court (1st and 2nd year skaters) on January 17th, the first bout for the revived B Travel Team the Subzero Sirens on the 23rd and another Charity Mash Up bout on the 29th before the Saucies and Kats start home league play back up on February 3rd. With new attendance records under their belt, and much more parity in the home leagues, QCRG is off to a great start in 2016. You can always find tickets at qcrg.net/tickets

For anyone who wants to re live that final jam.

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