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Subzero Sirens Keep Up Winning Ways, Subdue Greenbelt Riot

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Following up on their debut win 230-160 against the Hammer City Harlots in January, the Subzero Sirens put up another win this past Wednesday against the Greenbelt Riot, the travel team of the Niagara Roller Girls beating them 253-86. Grabbing these wins against close Canadian rivals is helping this team establish an identity after the league made reviving the B travel team a priority for 2016. 
 
Just as they did in the bout against the Harlots, the Sirens jumped out to massive early lead and capitalized on opposing jammer penalties. This time they were able to draw that momentum out across the entire half, skating to a huge half time lead of 166-14. Lead by 5 powerjams to none, the Sirens jammers overwhelmed the Riot blockers in the 1st half – going 19/22 on lead jams. Every Sirens jammer was at least +35 in the half, with Double Barryl perfect on leads 5/5, McCreadie putting up the most points with 47, and Celery STALK Her and Double Barryl both holding their opponents on the jam line scoreless (Celery 43/0, Double Barryl 35/0). 

The second half held up similar to the Harlots game as well though as the Sirens let the Riot creep back in. The Sirens finished on a 29-1 in the final 5 jams to win the half, 87 to 72, but throughout the 2nd half the Riot’s adjustments disrupted and frustrated the Sirens blockers and most of their jammers. Lead jams swung the other way in the second half going 13/24 for the Riot, and the jammer penalty differential closed tighter with 3 for the Sirens and 4 for the Riot. 

Playing awe struck in the first half it seemed like the Riot needed to bottom out before they could focus and play their game in the 2nd. As soon as they did, they looked like a team that belonged and overall in that 2nd half they were able to minimize the damage caused by Sirens jammers not named Celery STALK Her. Tightening their jammer rotation in the 2nd half, playing with a bit more discipline, and focusing on controlling lead jam percentage were all successful moves and they will walk away from this bout hopefully remembering and focusing in on those positive in game adjustments. 

For the Sirens, the two first half leads they have built in their first two games show the promise of this revived B team. They have the ability to dominate the opposition with a solid 1-4 jammer rotation that generally plays clean and smart. The only glaring problem is that they let their foot off of the gas. This is typical for skaters who play in win/loss environments, but for the skaters on this team who wish to play for the Travel A Team – The Lake Effect Furies – this kind of drop off is unacceptable. Weights and ratios demand that every jam counts. It can be tough for skaters to develop that cut throat attitude towards opponents, but it is something this B Team will have to work on. Riot jammer Homewrecken Holly was also able to exploit the outside lines against the Sirens blockers in the 2nd half by taking hits and spinning out while staying in bounds. It happened enough times that the Sirens blockers should focus on communication and lateral movement to close those lines off in the future. 

Unsurprisingly, the skater who had the best complete game for the Sirens is one with the most experience as a Furie, Celery STALK Her. Skating with the Furies from 2010-2015, Celery is now Co-Captain of the B Team. In the jammer rotation for this game, although typically a pivot, Celery was dominant –  going 65/4 overall for a +61 rating, 70% lead percentage, 0 penalties and also a 28-0 jam in the first half to break the spirit of the Greenbelt Riot. The Riot were able to put up double digits against all Sirens jammers in that 2nd half except for Celery.

The Sirens now have a short break before heading back out on the track at Riverworks in the double header, and Furies Season Opener, against Rochester (Roc City) on March 6th. Tickets are already going fast for that bout, so fans should order ahead if they want to beat lines at the box office or secure front row or VIP tables. 

When the Sirens do the hit the track again they may look a bit different as the team has added two new skaters to their roster – Erin Go Braless (Dollies/Queen’s Court) and the leagues first graduated Jr. skater Veggy Cowgirl (Queen’s Court). Look out for them, and for their new badass logo designed by Gelia (below). 

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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/


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