Hello world! Lake Effect Furies vs. CN Power – August 21, 2010

The photos from the game can be seen on Flickr at: http://tinyurl.com/midnightmatinee60
This story is on www.derbyspotlight.com

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In what was called a “clean” and “fun” match by jammer B.J. Harmstrong the Lake Effect Furies, the all-star team from the Queen City Rollergirls came to exact their revenge upon Canada.

CN Power brought in a different band of sisters for this match than the one last eyewitnessed at Quad City Chaos back on March 27 and 28, 2010. For starters Dyna Hurtcha was on the bench with Sonic Doom overseeing new CN Power faces [but not rookies by any means] Betty Bomber [#23], Candy Crossbones [#2020], Foxy Sinatra [#13], back in action Monichrome [#35], Molly Boom [#XVII], Pretty Peeved [#26er] and a “pants on” Lucid Lou [#12:34]. Returning for CN Power this bout against their counterparts from across the border included Brim Stone [#21:8], Dust Bunny with her Defecaitlin #2 number on, Lady Gag-ya at 212db, Mega Mouth [#26] this time, Nasher the Smasher [#2×4] and Rebel Rock-It [#7].

On the jam line for the Lake Effect Furies this night was last year’s rookie of the year Addy Rawl [#525] who was MIA at the Tri-City match [which was a close loss by the Furies] but back to show her speed and skill along with the Bumble herself B.J. Harmstrong [#134], Mexicali Bruise [#420] and Ruby Revenge [#10]. [Bumbles bounce as is seen in that photo! See Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for Bumble reference.]

After the intro by Brawl as the Lake Effect Furies demonstrated their cool Ice Ice Baby choreography, CN Power were introduced as ever by Crankypants.

Crankypants was in fine voice and spirits lauding the virtues of Buffalo down the highway and noting all the city contingents from Hamilton, Thames, and the newly formed Kingston who were all there at the steamy hangar to watch these two WFTDA Apprentice teams and trading off on mic with Queen City Brawl calling the action. He was wondering why there was no “Lindy Rough” on the Furies team.

At the Hangar, the action proved to be fierce, fast and furious. The partisan Toronto crowd went wild when CN Power would achieve lead jammer status. Even if the Power were first off the mark they would face the tightknit defensive resistance of the Furies. The battle of jammer on jammer was close with CN Power building a lead.

The feature matchup on jammer was CN Power Defecaitlin against the Furies Addy Rawl. As Addy Rawl, a former NCAA athlete, called it: “Defecaitlin was definitely a good match up for this rookie of the year [last year] as well.” However, the Furies chipped back and gained the lead with a first half score of 53-38. This was a night and day different game from the bout up in Tri-City where the first half score had been only 37-14 in favour of Tri City Thunder.

In the second half the Furies was in solid game control mode, big hits with the indomitable Lip Service [#360] in sync with Argo [#19] along with Lamb Chop #71 to add the chop. The Furies had learned their lessons well about pack control from the Tri City match.

Intent on “nickel and diming” to gain points and build their lead, the Furies tactics of quick stops and starts off the jam ground the hometeam down to a halt. “We definitely were trying to nickel and dime the points away from them, and it definitely seemed to work – but the CN Power had some really great jammers as well, it was such a close game in that aspect,” said B.J. Harmstrong.

However, the CN Power never quit with veteran pivot Rebel Rock-It, Nasher the Smasher and the M&Ms Monichrome and and Mega Mouth in the pack blazing around the track building the block and wall for their own jammers Candy Crossbones, Brim Stone and Defecaitlin who scored her own 15 point jam. Going for broke, Brim Stone went down for the count in a knee down with a collision and nasty fall on her shoulder by the Furies Dr. Dementer over on corner three.

The hit of the night was on Furies’s B.J. Harmstrong who had a spectacular fall but like all good bumbles she bounced back up. And just seconds later Lip Service laid the hit back on the Power.

By the end, the Furies from Queen City like the Sabres always do with the Leafs prevailed over the CN Power by a 110-79 knockout count. It was a fun bout marked with clean play, and respect for each other.

CN Power coach Sonic Doom in summary says: “It was an awesome game, far from a disappointing loss. I really don’t think it was an easy bout for either team, we just came out a little short in the end.”

Let the ladies wrap this up:

Addy Rawl: “I’ll say that it was a high paced, high intensity game, with lots of class and lots of heart from both sides. It was a true display of sportsmanship and the appreciation two teams can have for each other in terms of respecting the skill and style of the opposing team. The beauty of Derby!”

Lamb Chop: “The match seemed super clean – the least amount of penalties I personally have ever had in a bout so I was very excited about that, hehe! It was such a blast to play CN Power, they are great athletes and kept us on our toes at all times. It seems like the Canadian teams skate faster than the leagues here… hockey background? So the pack control is SO important, and I’m glad that the Furies really got a handle on it for this bout, it’s become second nature for us now!”

And the last say goes to CN Power’s Jubilee: “I would say that the Lake Effect Furies played one hell of a strategic game and they were really great to play with. CN Power has come a long way and continuously playing games of that caliber will keep our momentum going! Also, thanks to the fans and media for sticking it out in the heat!!”

Late note: Congratulations to Lake Effect Furies for just a becoming full fledged WFTDA team now!

A Fistful of Brawlers! Tri-City Thunder at home vs. Montreal Sexpos – August 28, 2010

This story appears on Derby Spotlight at: A Fistful of Brawlers
The gallery of photos for this bout are on Flickr at: www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmatinee57/

A Fistful of Brawlers marked the return of the Montreal Sexpos into the corral of the Tri-City Thunder. A mere near two years ago at Little Bout of Horrors, the Montreal Sexpos had gotten the measure of the Thunder over in Old New Hamburg. Was revenge a dish best served cold for the Thunder?

The line-ups are as follows:

Montreal Sexpos (dressed in blue):
Georgia W Tush 40oz
Chasing Amy 454
Trash n Smash 1.18L
Bone Machine 11:11
Charlotte Bruise a Lot 3
Hurricane Hayles 74mph
Hymen Danger 11
Low Dive Jenny 796.21
Beats per Minute 33/45
Nameless Whorror 202
K-Dawg 42

Tri-City Thunder (dressed in black):
3 Kitty Krasher
9 Anita Martini
4i Jill Standing
5oh Cellblock Bettie
18 Bare Leigh Legal [captain]
19 Lippy Wrongstockings
22 Freudian Whip
33 Suzy Slam [on the sidelines]
37 Lilith No Fair
over 80 Gunmoll Mindy
204 Motorhead Molly
306 sin-e-star [captain]
952 Greta Garbage

HURRICANE HAYLES of Montreal Sexpos, “I was part of the Contrabanditas when they played Tri-City here in Montreal back in May, [May 29th doubleheader in Montreal with Tri-City Thunder vs. Contrabanditas followed by Boston Tea Party vs. La Racaille] which was a win for the Ditas, but the Sexpos by no means underestimated Tri-City Thunder because of this.”

Furthermore, “we knew they had trained with our A Travel Team, The New Skids on the Block after this, so we fully expected the team to have a different strategy and game play. So we were pretty much going into a bit of unknown territory and knew that it would not be an easy game and that TCRG were a really good league. We’ve worked hard over the last few weeks but we knew TCRG were doing exactly the same!”

The tandem of announcers from Montreal Plastic Patrik Pink and Thunder’s Lightnin’ Slim rekindled the exciting energy of Beast of the East 2010. The Sexpos brought eleven skaters but only 10 entered the bout itself. The Thunder had generously allowed four members of WFTDA’s New Skids on the Block to bout with the Sexpos in the presences of 40oz Georgia W. Tush, 202 Nameless Whorror, 1111 Bone Machine and 18 Trash n’ Smash. Not bad at all!

With Sexpos rookie #454 Chasing Amy on the first lineup in her debut followed by #11 Hymen Danger, #33/45 Beats Per Minutes and #40oz Georgia W. Tush [nimble bunny] jamming against Thunder’s 204 Motorhead Molly, 5oh Cellblock Bettie, 3 Kitty Crasher and 19 Lippy Wrongstockings, the Sexpos built a 4-0, 10-0, 19-0 and 28-0 lead and visions of another Beast of the East shutout flashed before my eyes before Celllblock Bettie #5 for the Thunder broke the shutout with her own grandslam for a 29-5 comeback. Within three jams the score had closed to 29-12. It was no easy task at all for Thunder having to encounter the additional New Skids on the line. However, by the first timeout the Sexpos were assured with a 44-12 lead with a 9 point run by Beats Per Minute. Thunder were to score only one more point while Sexpos accrued three more grand slams and the first half ended at 61-13 for the Montreal squad.

“I think the game saw some great plays from both teams and the score for me doesn’t really reflect how tough a job it was for us on the Sexpos. We skated with 10 players so we were all on every other jam, sometimes more. Not all of us were used to that kind of intensity. I personally remember being pretty grateful for half time when it came!” says Hurricane Hayles.

After the intermission the game really revved into top gear with Thunder striking back with a vengeance.

“The half time break must have seen a fantastic motivational speech in the Tri-City Thunder dressing room because when they came back they prevented us getting lead jammer a number of times, which caused us on a couple of lines to rethink strategy and try to adapt our playing and hold on to the lead which was ever shrinking at this point,” says Hurricane Hayles.
With twenty minutes left in the final period the score was closed to 62-39 with Thunder’s Cellblock Bettie jamming against 33/45 Beats Per Minute on the line. Next jam Hymen Danger vs. Lippy Wrongstockings narrowed the lead even further to 62-41. Then Georgia W. Tush took off against Motorhead Molly with a resultant 71-46. Bone Machine against Cellblock Bettie then Lippy against Hymen Danger again saw the Sexpos lead soar away. With the score posted on the scoreboard at 78-46 with 14 minutes left on the game clock, and Chasing Amy in a power jam lineup with the towering Trash n Smash, Beats Per Minute, Low Dive Jenny, Bone Machine and Hymen Danger [gold helmet 11], the total Montreal shutdown came into effect with a combination of the famed Montreal slow pack guarding the inside, effective blockers forcing Thunder jammers to the outside boundary lines with a flying block or two, and a tight pack squeezing daylight away from Thunder jammers. The Montreal blocking was like a smooth machine, so in sync with each other. Both the Thunder and Montreal surprisingly sped away the pack themselves trying to make it difficult for jamming points.

Hurricane Hayles comments: “Once we managed to get our heads and plays together again we seemed to do a lot better. Although we suffered from a little bit of penalty trouble we were thankfully never too short handed on track and managed to avoid a full sin bin.”

The lead expanded to 88-46. Slowplay tactics at the start of jams to kill time and counter Sexpos’ penalty situations thwarted Thunders best efforts by Bare-Leigh Legal, Greta Garbage or sin-e-star and Lilith NoFair to negate the wall that was Nameless Whorror and Trash n Smash and the situational Montreal blockers K-Dawg, Hurricane Hayles or triple threat captain Beats Per Minute.

Thunder tried to hit back but the team that were able to counter newly minted WFTDA full members Lake Effect Furies with their own pack strategies were facing another team in a league of their own. [“It was like the NBA!” said one Thunder after the match.] At 91-46 with Cellblock Bettie and Beats Per Minute on the line, Thunder were never to garner another point despite best efforts by her teammates to get Cellblock Bettie through, she getting knocked down not once but twice trying to blast through the wall of doom that was Nameless Whorror along with the likes of Hymen Danger and others-and another knee down situation with Jill Standing on the floor. “A more efficient way of working in comparison to the beginning of the second half saw us finish at 115-46,” finishes Hurricane Hayles.

“The TCRG are wonderful hosts and amazing skaters and I always thoroughly enjoy playing with them. I truly look forward to seeing them all again for more hard skating and fun times at Beast of the East 2011!”

Tri-City Thunders captains sin-e-star and Bare-Leigh-Legal graciously conclude this story. “We are super proud of how our girls played. MTLRD is a force on the track and they are among the best in the world. It is always so much fun to play them and they are an amazingly talented league of athletes. Every game we play against them we view as a learning opportunity. We learned so much this weekend and look forward to analyzing and dissecting the game. Games like this remind us of how far we have to go in derby but also how unbelievably far we have come. We heart TCRG…DMN8! Oh, and lastly…ok Sexpos, you took the first one, and now the second….but third time’s a charm…we’ll be back 🙂

Grateful acknowledgement to everyone on the Tri-City Thunder and Montreal Sexpos including Bare-Leigh Legal, sin-e-star, Anita Martini, Lippy Wrongstockings, Pepper Assault, Hurricane Hayles, and to MTLRD Johnny Capote and GTAR’s Canadian Psycho and Coach Marquis. Anyone who I missed in naming, you are still acknowledged.

One nice benefit at the very end of the night as we were packing camera gear for the trip back to the bright lights big city was the after concert by The Shanks as they played their merry raucous tunes as the crowd exited the Waterloo Memorial Auditorium and their number one fan was videotaping the two members for the night band. Their CD “The Dark Richard Show” was presented and has been listened to more than once to get through the sad times with Christmas Star our favourite song of the moment which is so Big Star Adventureland moody.

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