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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Durham Classy Trashy Ladies at The Hangar vs. ToRD D-VAS



Photos for this bout are on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmatinee58

The Classy Trashy Roller Girls of Durham Region are a self-described “kick ass team in the making”! And they lived up to their motto as they took to the track for their first game down in Toronto at The Hangar. As part of the 241 Double Header with the Queen City travel team from across the water, Buffalo’s Lake Effect Furies against CN Power, the opening game marked the debut of Durham Region and the Classy Trashy facing the resurrected Deadly Viper Assassination Squad [short form D-VAS] in the incarnation as ToRD’s rookie team. Rebecca Pym / Bones Brigade or “Bonesy”, a seasoned veteran of ToRD Death Track Dolls and CN Power has founded DRRD in Oshawa. She brought down the “you have to be fearless” [quote courtesy of Durham Region News] Durham DRRD squad of eleven players – which in numbers could be a challenge to roll a team on the track. However, not everyone on the team was a rookie, #4 Jewel Kicker [seen last year on the Betties] was DRRD’s triple threat, and with further ammo from #60 Mini Gun from another ToRD blast from the past Bay City Bruisers. It seemed to be more with joy than any trepidation that the first whistle of the jam blew to mark the start of the bout. In the two shortened to 20 minute periods reminiscent of the Montreal tournament Beast of the East the D-VAS were able to build an early lead, seemingly more comfortable on the ToRD track. However, that was no problem for DRRD Jewel Kicker who blazed around the track as jammer. AND BLOCKER. Bones Brigade went skate to skate with her pivot counterpart and captain Misery Mae from D-VAS. Skinned-Knee Crosby the assistant captain of the D-VAS had bouted for the first time ever as a member of the Frenemies against the Rollergettes on May 15 at George Bell Arena. Now in her D-VAS debut she was on pivot and blocker on the outside wall. She as well as the rest of the D-VAS who might be was vying for a position for the draft into ToRD, she has shown a real improvement.

Part of the D-VAS team was Emma Disaster #716 who also hailed from Buffalo. One other name who was familiar from the Canada Day scrimmage was Wolverina with the fierce looking three clawmarks designating her number 111, taking her three point stance on the jamming line to boot as well, AND taking on all three Derby positions. Strategizing, strengths of play could be scrambly at times with plenty of hits and falls, variations of Derby stance and trips leading to the penalty box and the proverbial struggles to stay upright on the track during long no lead jammer jams.

The referee contingent including Parking Lot, Penny Whistler and Classic Joker called it “100% rules from start to finish”, making sure the rookies kept it clean and would learn from their mistakes. There were even a couple of misconduct penalties.

Primary jammers for the Classy Trashy Roller Girls in the first half were #126 Cutsie Bootsie, #18 Roxy Rollah and #6 K-Rip in the first period squaring off against #13 Hellbat [originally from ORD], #1129 Santilly in Yo’Face, #111 Wolverina and #5 Titney. While Hellbat started off the game with a 4 point jam for D-VAS, Roxy Rollah responded with an 8 points on the second jam. The D-VAS were actually holding an 18-15 lead until Hellbat broke for a 14 point run to take the game up to 29-22. With 4:52 left in the period Wolverina with her warpainted face went against Roxy Rollah and scored four more points. As the real world ticked past 6:30 p.m. and the first period with less than two minutes in the first half #911 Krash Klown made her entrance on jammer with an 11-2 jam. Jewel Kicker closed off the first half for the Classy Trashy Roller Girls with a 4 points and the D-VAS ahead 44-32.

With the advent of the second half, Jewel Kicker broke back for DRRD with a near double slam of 9 points against 3 for Santilly in Yo’ Face. For the rest of the period, D-VAS sent jammers Santilly in Yo’ Face #1129, #13 Hellbat, Titney #5, and #111 Wolverina against the likes of #126 Cutsie Pie, #6 K Rip and Jewel Kicker #4 who was probably being held back due to her Smoke City Betties experience took the line only twice. With a triple grand slam from Titney followed by 9 from Hellbat the D-VAS took the score up to 75-44 and dominated at the line for the rest of the game until the last jam. There were plenty of spills and hits sending blockers and jammers to the floor – and double collisions amongst same teams. D-VAS with more awareness seemed to have more control of the pack. With the score at 93-53 with two minutes left, it seemed inevitable that D-VAS were going to get their century, yet both sides were playing full out and giving ‘er the best they got until the game ended with DRRD’s K-Rip closed it off with a double grand slam of her own and a 110-63 final.

Durham Region with all its travails fielding its first team and both leagues garnering first game experience for their rookie teams must be a proud and valuable accomplishment for all. ToRD has new talent waiting for next year’s draft on their farm team.

Under the guidance and coaching of all concerned including Blammo, Goodietwoscrews and Bones Brigade, Derby in Oshawa/Durham Region should not be a secret any longer.