Eights beat Shevils, Maidens take Rollettes

24
Feb
2012

The Crazy 8s continue to dance with what brought them to the Championship in 2011: pack dominance, blocking, and penalty killing. The Shevil jammers constantly found themselves clogged in a morass of black and yellow while ninja jammers were sprung free, clear, and open to do damage and call off jams before their counterparts could even manage a scoring pass. The 8s took lead jammer status in the first four jams en route to owning that prized position 62.5% of the time in the opening half.


Holy smokes, gang. The Cell was ROCKIN’ this month as the Brewcity Bruisers hit attendance numbers around 3200 for the first time. That’s 3200 people who were clapping along to the Beerleaders’ dance routine! 3200 people who heard returning Beerleader It Girl croon the National Anthem with 30 seconds advance notice! 3200 people including several hundred who were witnessing BCB roller derby for the first time—and who are likely to come back, based on a few post-bout conversations had between Bob Noxious, the fans behind the announcers’ table, and myself! Hot dog! So what happened during the two slam-bang bouts witnessed by the largest crowd in BCB history? Well, since I asked, I’ll tell you.

Bout 1: Crazy 8s 101, Shevil Knevils 33

The Crazy 8s continue to dance with what brought them to the Championship in 2011: pack dominance, blocking, and penalty killing. The Shevil jammers constantly found themselves clogged in a morass of black and yellow while ninja jammers were sprung free, clear, and open to do damage and call off jams before their counterparts could even manage a scoring pass. The 8s took lead jammer status in the first four jams en route to owning that prized position 62.5% of the time in the opening half, eventually building to an early 12-0 in the first seven jams. Eventually Skittle got the Shevils on the board with a 4-0 jam, but she ended up leading her team in the first half with a mere 7 points. After a fast-moving first half, the 8s were in control, 32-12, but there was plenty of time for the Shevils to rebound and make some halftime adjustments.

 

However, it was not to be, as half number two was more lopsided than one of those nature videos where the lion devours a gazelle. Bloody Cupcake was a lone highlight for the Shevils, nabbing lead jammer all but the last two times she jammed and racking up 14 of their 33 points, but the 8s piled on in the second half thanks to numerous multi-pass jams, doubly impressive due to the fact that precious few of those were the result of power jams. Instead, Shevil jammers became flustered as they toiled away in the ninja-controlled pack while their black and yellow jammer counterparts whizzed past, adding to the 8s’ lead. Of course, that’s not to say penalties didn’t help the ninjas’ cause; EmFatale’s 14-point run in the half’s 5th jam was surely assisted by Becky the Butcher’s and Minnie Krush’s major blocking out of play penalties. At the end of the bout, 8s jammer ZoTay emerged with 18 points, putting her over 300 for her career, while her teammate Scooter added a whopping 31 to nearly outscore the entire Shevil roster on her way to eclipsing the 100 career point mark. When the dust settled, the Crazy 8s emerged with a devastating 68-point win, leaving many to wonder if any team can stop this juggernaut from steamrolling to a second straight Championship?

 

Bout 2: Maiden Milwaukee 109, Rushin’ Rollettes 58

 Then again, Maiden Milwaukee ended up sending a message to the entire league with their 51-point defeat of the formerly formidable Rollettes. That message? “Worst to first doesn’t only apply to the Crazy 8s.” While the 8s’ dominance of the pack was evident to even the greenest derby fan, the Maidens’ path to victory involved a more subtle, fundamental use of track awareness and crafty maneuverability that mirrored their working-class image. Both teams got into plenty of penalty trouble—Super Hera was sent to the box twice in one jam for the Maidens as a result of two major track cuts (not the best way to spend your time while wearing the jammer star), but the Rollettes definitely found themselves on the business end of the majority of penalty time, which clearly aided the pink and black Maiden attack in piecing together several multi-pass jams. Betty Clobber broke things open for the Maidens with a 14-point run in jam 9, taking what was an eight-point Maiden lead and turning it into a commanding 43-23 advantage. Still, even though the Maidens went into the locker room with a 56-24 lead, no one thought it was a safe lead. After all, the Rollettes have been the queens of the halftime adjustment for their entire existence—that wasn’t likely to change now, was it?

 Oh.


 Slayerah slapped down any thoughts of a second-half Rollette rally with a ridonkulous 19-point jam while HighD Voltage could only look on from where she was buried in the pack. Suddenly it was 75-28 and the Rollettes never threatened again. Sure, they had a couple bright spots, like a 9-0 run by Carrie A. Hacksaw late in the half, but they were never able to string together enough good, penalty-free jams to spark any serious comeback. The second bout of the night was well on its way into the books, setting up what is sure to be a mammoth showdown in March between the 2-0 8s and their fellow undefeated Maidens.

 

So on March 10, seeding for the semifinals will be determined! There won’t be any wacky fiddling around with point differentials—wins and losses will determine who faces whom in the April semis. The undefeateds will clash and the winless will face off in an attempt to get off the schnide at the other’s expense. Will the 8s continue their torrid tear, or will they run into a pink and black bulldozer? Will the Rushin’ Rollettes skid to their first ever 0-3 record, or will they claim their first victims at the expense of the Shevils? And can the US Cellular Arena top February’s attendance? Bring a friend, and let’s do it again!

Thanks to Moosie for the great photos! And announcer extraordinaire Dr. Awkward for writing the post! Our next bout is March 10 at the U.S. Cellular Arena. First bout is 7 p.m. sharp!




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