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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!

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