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6/25 Bout Recap: Richmond Wrecking Belles vs San Francisco Shevil Dead

Saturday night saw a rematch between the two teams who played for third at the end of 2015. Last October, the Richmond Wrecking Belles won the battle for third despite the San Francisco ShEvil Dead coming in with a victory in their previous meeting in August. Fans of both teams knew this game could go either way. Though Richmond won in their last match-up, the Belles were coming into the game with a very short roster of 11 skaters with ShEvil determined to reclaim a victory.

As expected, the game started with an intense and contentious shift. Richmond jammer #20 Eva Menace nabbed lead in the first jam but was sent to the box during her scoring pass which allowed ShEvil’s jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, to pick up some points as well. At the end of the first two minutes, the score was 14 – 10 in Richmond’s favor. In the next jam, #22 Jirsa attempted to drive up the score for Richmond and was awarded 15 points. Meanwhile, ShEvil pivot, #29 Spiller, received a star pass from #89 Mean Burrito and was able to pick up 9 points of her own, putting the score at 29 – 19 Richmond. After an exciting and close start, Richmond took control in the third jam and didn’t look back. Over the next twelve jams, Richmond was awarded lead jammer status ten times which allowed them to steadily put up points and keep ShEvil to just 7 points by strategically calling off jams. In the fourteenth jam, Jirsa put her team solidly in the lead by scoring 19 unanswered points in a power jam against Mean Burrito, putting the score at 81 – 27. But the Zombies would not be thwarted so easily. ShEvil retaliated by tightening their defense and received an offensive boost of their own when #61 Pressure Cooker scored 13 points in one jam. At halftime, the score stood at 108 – 60 with Richmond in the lead.

Credit: IGP Photo
Credit: IGP Photo

The second half started just like the first with both teams scoring at a similar pace. In the first five jams, Richmond managed to score 10 points while ShEvil picked up 9, which did little to change the score differential. Although Pressure Cooker had another 13 point jam, Richmond jammers #11 Lex Pistol and #925 Sterling Archer both had a couple of multiple scoring pass jams, padding their lead at 172 – 98. A little more than halfway through the second period, Richmond ran into some penalty trouble when Sterling Archer received three penalties as a jammer, which spanned a period of two jams and resulted in her fouling out of the game. Here, ShEvil pulled out all the stops and made a valiant effort to close the point spread. However, Richmond’s formidable defense forced a jammer cut on Pressure Cooker, and after returning to the track, she passed the star to pivot Sweet Sherry Pie who picked up four points. The next jam began with a power start for Gori Spelling, who took the opportunity to rack up a grand slam. As time ran down on the game clock, Richmond claimed the win with a score of 181 – 115.

The highest scoring jammer by far for ShEvil was All-Stars team member Pressure Cooker. With 60 points, she scored more than half the total points for her team. Xpress Lane Jane was the second highest ShEvil scorer with 23 points in thirteen jams.

Richmond employed an interesting tactic for this game by rostering two hybrid players who split jamming duties between the halves. For the first half, blocker Jirsa wore the star and in the second half she switched places with Sterling Archer. Jirsa scored 48 points in seven jams, making her the highest point scorer for Richmond. Eva Menace was the second highest scoring jammer with 46 points in 13 jams. 

Credit: Juan Montalvo
Credit: Juan Montalvo

Richmond’s win was decided by their overwhelming lead jammer percentage. ShEvil combated this by frequently passing the star, which they did seven times compared to Richmond’s two times. ShEvil struggled initially with penalties. In the first half, they were boxed 21 times but they cleaned up considerably in the second half of the game with just 14 penalties. Richmond’s penalties were consistent throughout the game with 13 in the first half and 15 in the second. With both teams having the same number of jammer penalties, the game really came down to the ability to rack up points slowly with consistent lead jammer calls and smart, timely call-offs.

Both teams are slated to play in the next double header on July 23, just weeks after this battle. ShEvil will take on the reigning 2015 BAD Champions, the Berkeley Resistance, and Richmond will play their longtime rivals, the Oakland Outlaws.

 

6/25 Bout Recaps: Oakland Outlaws vs Berkeley Resistance

In a rematch of the 2015 BAD League Championship game, the Oakland Outlaws faced a depleted Berkeley Resistance squad and came away with a resounding win thanks to their veteran blockers and an overworked Berkeley jammer rotation.

At the first whistle, Oakland opened the scoring with #33 Vee putting up 14 on her way to being the game’s high scorer with an impressive 82 points. Berkeley got on the scoreboard soon after but then their offense went cold for eleven jams allowing Oakland to go on a 32-0 run. The Resistance responded with two strong jams from #888 Brawllen Angel and #1217 Chasing Amy, but were unable to gain ground on the Outlaws. Berkeley would settle at 63 points to Oakland’s 106 at the half.

The real story for Berkeley was their diet roster of only 11 skaters who labored valiantly to match the Outlaws horde. #86 Gretchen Vomette skated in ten of the first eleven jams as well as the Resistance captain, #405 Dirty Lil Trick, skating in nine consecutive jams at one point. Berkeley’s offense struggled to stay even with Oakland in the second half with reserve jammer #434 Shenghis Khan getting caught up in a whirlwind of penalties over three jams leaving Oakland jammers #10 Huck Sinn and #333 DreadZilla able to capitalize. Stifling defensive blocking from Outlaws veteran #7 Murderyn Monroe and relative newcomers #410 Aims to Maim and #29 Dual Hitizen put Oakland in the driver seat after halftime. The most recent addition to the Outlaws jammer line up, #99 Pizza, was able to break off an 18 point jam – her share of 99 total second half points for the Outlaws.

Credit: Nocklebeast
Credit: Nocklebeast

Ultimately, Oakland outlasted Berkeley, taking control of the game by grabbing Lead Jammer status 25 times out of 43 total jams and taking advantage of a Resistance corps that barely had time to catch their breath in the second half.  The final score was Oakland Outlaws 205 to Berkeley Resistance 168. With their win the Outlaws go to 2-0 for the season. Berkeley adds a loss to their one win and now stand 1-1.

Both of these teams have different opponents on July 23. For the first bout, Berkeley will face off against the upstart zombies of the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. In the second bout of the evening, Oakland will go up against their longtime rivals the Richmond Wrecking Belles.

 

2016 Season Previews: Richmond Wrecking Belles

Richmond ended the last season 1-3, their only win being the final game of the 2015 season. By emphasizing teamwork and unity – a theme that will be reflected in both lineups as well as strategy – the Richmond Wrecking Belles are looking to improve their record in 2016.

2015 Record: 1-3, 3rd place

All-time League Record: 21-7

Losses: #140 Abominatrix, #11 Angel Maker, #238 Baron von Punchausen, #10 Thin Lizzy, #T2 T-Wrecks

Additions: #44 BamBam Booty Slam, Brooklyn Defiance, #4 Mad 4 Gravy

Photo credit: IGP Photo
Photo credit: IGP Photo

For long-time Belles fans, this season’s roster will look a little different. Abominatrix, Thin Lizzy, and T-Wrecks retired from the team at the end of last season and while their absence will shake up the jammer rotation and blocking line-up, returning players – blockers and jammers alike – will still be tough enough to fight off their opponents.

“This season we’re changing up or our bench structure, which makes our jammer line more fluid,” coach Skatelyn said.

All-Star jammers, Eva Menace and Skrappie, return with up-and-comer Snide Boob hot on their wheels. “They are all looking fiercer than ever,” Skatelyn added.

The Belles’ blocker line is adjusting to some early-season injuries that have rendered All-Star pivot/jammer Demanda Riot, newcomer Brooklyn Defiance, and returning member, Chiquita Bonanza, sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.

Notable blockers and new to the All-Star team this year, Sterling Archer and Biggie Brawls, along with Team Gold member Mad 4 Gravy (a mid-2015 addition to the Belles from Silicon Valley Roller Girls) will join long-standing veterans Jirsa (formerly Little Miss Masochist), Kutya Cackoff, Liza Machete and Skatelyn in holding down the Belles’ defense. A few of the aforementioned skaters will also don the pivot and maybe even receive the star pass this season!

BamBam Booty Slam, a transfer from the Undead Bettys, has been seamlessly absorbing the team’s track presence as a new blocker for the Belles.

Overall, the focus for the Belles this year is cohesion. Players are continuously honing their roles. According to Skatelyn, “Sterling Archer is our strongest on-track communicator, with her confidence in strategy quickly growing, she has been a great blocker QB [quarter-back] this season.”

And newbies are showing early promise, Skatelyn added, noting the team’s newest draft picks “all have strong skills with even greater potential for growth.”

“All have strong skills with even greater potential for growth.”

Prepped for a great season, Richmond will take on the Berkeley Resistance in the first home team double header of the season on March 26 at 7:00 pm.


 #44 BamBam Booty Slam || #77 Biggie Brawls || Brooklyn Defiance || #323 Chiquita Bonanza || #000 Demanda Riot || #13 Dita de los Muertos || #23 Diva Negativa || #20 Eva Menace || #2 Kutya Cackoff || #22 Jirsa || #1 Liza Machete || #4 Mad 4 Gravy || #36 Skatelyn || #5 Skrappie || #8 Snide Boob || #925 Sterling Archer || #512 Val Curry

2016 Season Preview: San Francisco ShEvil Dead

After coming off a one-win season in 2015, things are looking up for the San Francisco ShEvil Dead! With the leadership of new coaches, Sweet Sherry Pie and Korn Holy-O (Pie-Hole for short) , and a scrappy crew of new draft picks, the Dead are aiming to scare the life out of their opponents in 2016. Rounding out the Dead’s coaching staff off-skates is Slaybia Majora, whose veteran presence during bouts will continue to be a major asset, especially for the hungrier zombies joining the Dead for their first year.

Photo credit: Mark Nockleby
Photo credit: Mark Nockleby

2015 Home Record: 1-3, 4th place

Losses: #55 Bobby Dazzler, #222 Fluezy, #104 Harsh Mello, #300 Humm Vee, #52 Kid Ace, #47 Kimfectious, #140 Nurse Lithium, #0 Slaybia Majora, #90 Pearl Bones, #999 Tarah Bishop, #555  Zia Later

Additions: #7 Butter & Jam, #3 Chili Con Carnage,  #68 Danymite, #804 Dixie Did It, #9 Domme Juan, #713 Global Warman and #404 permab&

ShEvil drafted seven skaters at the beginning of the season—a mix of transfers from other leagues and skaters new to roller derby: Butter & Jam (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Chili Con Carnage, Danymite, Dixie Did It (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Domme Juan (Sin City Rollergirls), Global Warman (Houston Roller Derby) and permab& (Resurrection Roller Girls).

The Dead are already on the right track, coming in an hour before their team practices to workout together off skates each week. Hole is optimistic about the start of the season, noting that the Dead “…are feeling super good! We have planned out lots of opportunities to skate together.” She added that some of the team’s new members already feel like they’ve gelled after having skated together prior to being drafted back in January.

With half their roster made up of newbies, expectations are high for the Dead’s returning skaters. Their jammers: Mean Burrito, Pressure Cooker, Xpress Lane Jane and Gori Spelling are all returning. It will be exciting to see if any more speedy zombies will join ShEvil’s point-scoring line-up.

“We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.”

A stout foundation of blockers for the Dead include pivot Sweet Sherry Pie, Korn Holy-O, Erma Gerd — one of ShEvil’s newest bruisers (also from Houston Roller Derby) who was drafted toward the end of the 2015 season — and veteran Thea Pocalypse (formerly Thea Venger). Then there are versatile players, like Cassius May, Spiller, and Princess Peachka, who you may see blocking or jamming depending on the day.

When asked about the sentiments thus far this season, Hole replied, “We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.” Stay tuned ShEvil fans! We know you are just dying to watch the evolution of your favorite zombies as the season unfolds in 2016!


#7 Butter & Jam || #71 Cassius May || #3 Chili Con Carnage || #68 Danymite || #804 Dixie Did It || #09 Domme Juan || #93 Erma Gerd || #713 Global Warman || #310 Gori Spelling || #17 Korn Holy-O || #89 Mean Burrito || # 404 Permab& || #61 Pressure Cooker  || #418 Princess Peachka || #29 Spiller || #201 Sweet Sherry Pie || #1 Thea Pocalypse || #212 Xpress Lane Jane

2016 Season Preview: Oakland Outlaws

Long-standing Oakland fans know that defeat is fuel for the Oakland Outlaw’s fire, which will rage again in the 2016 season. After defeating their strongest challengers, the Berkeley Resistance, in August of 2015, the Outlaws looked like the easy pick to take the BAD home-team championship this past October. But, in a grueling second half, Berkeley proved the stronger team, landing Oakland as BAD’s second place team in 2015. Find out what is changing this season, and what Oakland’s prospects are for getting back on top!

2015 Home Record: 3-1, 2nd place

All-time League Record: 16-13

Losses: #8380 Hazel-Raw, #45 Colt, #320 Sheer Luxe, #8 Fatal Dreidel, #105 Strawberry Killz, # 243 Scratcher in the Eye

Additions: #72 Chop Ramen, #27 Red Card, #82 Brute E. Pie

Photo credit: Mark Nockleby
Photo credit: Mark Nockleby

When asked what has changed during the off-season, player-coaches, Val Hella and Huck Sinn are quick to point to Chop Ramen as a key addition to the Outlaw brigade. Chop started playing roller derby in the Seattle area as part of the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) 2015 champions, the Seattle Derby Brats’ Galaxy Girls,  and came to Oakland with five years of roller derby experience already. Her Oakland coaches tell us she’s a sturdy skater who will eventually mix into their jammer rotation.

When pressed for more information about which skaters would be likely to don the star Coach Huck Sinn was hesitant to offer too many hints. Based on 2015, it will come as no surprise to see 2015 rookie of the year, Dreadzilla, and veteran Vee as foundational to the Outlaw jammer crew. Also, look out for sturdy hybrid blockers, Ames to Maim, Esteemed Bun Bun, and team captain Dual Hitizen to take the star. When asked if Coach Sinn would be jamming, she replied with a wry grin, “It would nice if I could learn how to block this season.”  It remains to be seen if Huck Sinn’s team will let her block or not — when stars align, you won’t want to miss it!

True to form, a few hard hitters will be missed this year. Despite having lost fewer skaters than some of BAD’s other home teams, Oakland coaches pointed out, “Yes, but Hazel left and she’s equal to about 9 blockers on her own.” Certainly, Hazel-Raw has left some huge skates to fill. Helping to bridge that gap will be 2016 rookies, Red Card and Brute E. Pie. Red Card honed her blocking skills and knowledge of the game as a part-time official and on the Reckless Rollers, BAD’s rec league, while Brute E. Pie transferred from the Peninsula Roller Girls.

“Our goal last year was to innovate and try out new strategies. Our goal this year is to really hone those new strategies and apply them during games.”

With Murderyn, fellow BAD All-Star Dual Hitizen, and veteran pivot, Jane Hammer, the Outlaws have strong anchors to their blocking corps. Oakland describes their defensive ambitions, “Our goal last year was to innovate and try out new strategies. Our goal this year is to really hone those new strategies and apply them during games.” With three formidable track leaders, the hybrid jammer-blockers, and returning blockers Val Hella, Bully Elliott, Mary Prankster, Bella Bomber and Imelda Snarkos, it will be tough for the other teams to find a chink in the Outlaws’ armor.

Oakland has already played an early game this year, helping the Humboldt Redwood Rollers open their season on January 30th. The Outlaws nailed the win, 280-75. “It enabled us to gel as a team, reassure ourselves that we still knew how to play derby after the off season and to bring new teammates into the fold,” says the captain, “We were able to execute strategy and test some new communication styles as well as have fun with our team given the low pressure of an away game.” That pressure will ratchet back up in March as the home season opens with the Outlaws facing a revamped ShEvil Dead team.


#410 Ames to Maim || #215 Bella Bomber || #82 Brute E. Pie || #5678 Bully Elliot || #72 Chop Ramen || #333 Dreadzilla || #29 Dual Hitizen || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun || #10 Huck Sinn || #63 Imelda Snarkos || #777 Jane Hammer || #64 Mary Prankster || #7 Murderyn Monroe || #27 Red Card || #40 Val Hella || #33 Vee

2016 Season Preview: Berkeley Resistance

As the season readies to open, so does Berkeley’s defense of their 2015 league title. With all of the other teams eager to ensure that Berkeley’s reign is a short one, the Resistance will have to rely on the work ethic, team cohesion, and grit that helped make them champions last October, while developing skaters to fill voids left from the departure of skaters from last year’s team.

2015 Home Record: 3-1, 1st Place

All-time League Record: 8-11

Losses: #45 Dolly Rocket, #76 Jet-I Force, #11 La Chica Mala, #50 Taxi Scab, #19 Steely Jan, #1950 Stoodie Baker, #91 Vile E. Coyote, #22 Knitorious

Additions: #1217 Chasing Amy, #701 Illuminaughty

Photo credit: IGP Photo
Photo credit: IGP Photo

Berkeley’s jamming rotation was arguably the best in the league last year, and at its core this year are savvy All-Star skaters, Brawllen Angel and Frightmare, who never shy away from having the star on their head (and more often than not they get results). When you add the potential that Shenghis Kahn and Chasing Amy bring, replacing the recently retired Steely Jan, it seems Berkeley won’t have any problem scoring points.

However, jammers don’t win games without help. With Frightmare joining Dirty Lil Trick (also known as Sasha Fierce or even Broseph) as Berkeley coach for the first year, we are excited to see how the Resistance’s new leadership addresses the team overall. Frightmare shed a little light on their approach this season saying, “We’re constantly working on shaping the team as a whole instead of relying on a few key players.” Both coaches realize they will be able to depend on returning stalwarts like Gretchen Vomette, who is a strong blocker who skates with the Bay Area All-Stars, comfortable and capable as a pivot, and doesn’t shy away from the jamming rotation when relief is necessary, and Jambee, the embodiment of the Resistance’s team mentality, a tenacious and determined blocking force on the track while still being all about the love and rarely without a smile on her face.

The team is betting the keys to repeating their championship are depth and developing the talent of the team as a whole. According to Dirty, “(hopes are) that April Bloodgate, Pomba, and Foxy Throwdown are able to step into bigger roles this season,” filling the void left by retiring skaters. Frightmare shares similar sentiments, “We’re taking it [this season] as an opportunity to build up the rest of the team. More than ever, we’re going to focus on team cohesion and complementing each other on the track, working together, and encouraging everyone to step it up.” Joss Hole, KillA Beezy, Mad M. Barbrawl, and Illuminaughty fill out this season’s ranks.

“More than ever, we’re going to focus on team cohesion and complementing each other on the track, working together, and encouraging everyone to step it up.”

When it comes to tough competition, Frightmare believes, “we have so much exciting competition within our league that you never really know which home team will take it all!”  But we got down to it and discovered Dirty’s main fear for 2016. Oakland Outlaws. The 2015 second-place Oakland Outlaws will be keen on taking the crown. But before the Resistance-Outlaws rematch, Berkeley faces the Richmond Wrecking Belles at our home-team season opener on March 26th at the Craneway Pavilion. Berkeley is on top right now, but there’s always farther to go, as a recent loss to the 2015 WFTDA D2 Champions, the Sacred City Sacrificers, starkly illustrates. If Berkeley is to stay the BADdest at BAD, it will be because of their commitment to maintaining positive attitudes and enjoying each other on and off the track.


 #23 April Bloodgate || #888 Brawllen Angel || #1217 Chasing Amy || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #10 Foxy Throwdown || #31 Frightmare || #86 Gretchen Vomette || #701 Illuminaughty || #43 Jambee || #4 Joss Hole || #137 KillA Beezy || #30 Mad M. Barbrawl || #242 Pomba || #434 Shenghis Khan