Jul 22, 2012

Weekend Derby

MrsZ/Delicate Flower had her debut skating in Crown City purple last night - finally. I very carefully didn't volunteer to work the bout, since I wanted to watch her skate.

I'd love to say it was a great bout and tons of fun to watch and a nailbiter last jam... but I'd be lying through my teeth. The team they were playing (Charlie's Derby Dolls) is a new league, with inexperienced skaters and not much time together. (DF mentioned to me that this was their second bout. Ever.)

(DelicateFlower zips through the pack on her first jam of the night.)

Crown City Rollerz came out swinging for the fences - and it showed. DF jammed in the second or third jam and notched up 25 or 30 points without breaking a sweat. By the end of the first half it was 200-ish ... to zero. Fans were bored. CDD was trying, but they were just hopelessly outclassed. Imagine trying to run your Honda Civic against a NASCAR ride.

I overheard some conversation at the end of the intermission indicating that CDD was intending to forfeit, but decided (or had a talk with a ref and decided) to gut it out. Good for them - major kudos for sticking out an unpleasant situation and making the best of it.

The second half was essentially a repeat of the first: points getting racked up against a shut-down group of Derby Dolls. By this point it was actually pretty offensive - and the CCR coach kept skating her high-scoring jammers instead of moving people around to positions they may not usually play. She did let BabyJ wear the star for the first time ever, which was good - but I would have preferred to see ALL the skaters jamming over the evening.

(BabyJ rocking the jammer panty.)

DF jammed once more towards the end of the second period, and picked up another 25 or 30 points - and then made one of the classiest moves I've ever seen and let the opposing jammer get through/by for a point. The crowd cheered louder and longer for that one point than for any other jam that night.

I did end up with a few good shots from the night; I particularly like this sequence of Evil Lucian breaking through a pair of blockers.

Final score: 383-1. Don't get me wrong: I'm not criticizing CCR for winning. Both teams played clean derby and played hard. Refs were mostly on top of the game. I just think the losing team showed a lot more grace and style than the winners.


agirlandhergun said...

Well, very cool!

Old NFO said...

Interesting, That was a 'sport' that I thought had died LONG ago!!! :-)

ZerCool said...

Boy, NFO, don't let the derby girls up here see those '' marks!

It did die out after a swing of popularity in the 1970s; it started coming back in the mid 2000s and is supposedly the fastest-growing women's sport in the country now.