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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

2015 Bout Recap – Oakland v. Richmond (3/14)

March 14th, 2015 – Richmond, CA

Despite their intense rivalry, the Oakland Outlaws have only beat the Richmond Wrecking Belles once before, and that was in 2013. A lot of the rivalry stems from how close their recent scraps have been. Last season, the Belles won both of their games against the Oakland Outlaws by just three points each time. The Outlaws retaliated in the first game of the 2015 season by eking out an ever-so-slightly larger four point win against their most heated rivals with a final score of 131 – 127. Regardless of roster  changes on both sides, fans and players alike were sure that the first match-up between these two teams of the 2015 season was going to be intense.

To start the game, Huck Sinn took the line for the Outlaws and Eva Menace for the Belles. Huck took lead and called after a quick two points. Next up, Abombinatrix was forced to pass the star to her pivot Demanda Riot to stop the bleeding as Colt 45 had lead and two grand slams. With a 15 – 0 Outlaw lead going into the fifth jam and a power jam start for Colt, the Belles’ defense went into lock-down mode and the formidable wall of Little Miss Masochist, Liza Machete, and Demanda were able to contain Colt for the full 30 seconds until Eva was freed from the penalty box and awarded lead jammer. Eva picked up four points and called the jam. In the eighth jam, Thin Lizzy was awarded lead jammer for the Belles but Murderyn Monroe forced a cut on Lizzy’s first scoring pass, which gave Colt a power jam. The twominute jam ended with 14 points for Colt and two for Lizzy with a game total of 35 – 6 for the Outlaws.

The Belles wisely called a timeout to regroup. Eva took the jam star for the Belles after the timeout and was able to pick up lead jammer while the Outlaw’s Scratcher in the Eye was sent off for a cut track slyly pulled by Skatelyn . Eva scored ten unanswered points and called the jam before Scratcher was freed from the penalty box, bringing the score to 35 – 16 Outlaws. In the 14th jam, despite a Belles blocker advantage, Huck quickly grabbed lead over Belles jammer Val Curry. Though the Outlaws had only Jane Hammer, Bully Elliott, and Fatal Dreidel on the track, they were able to hold Curry until Huck returned for a grand slam. Huck was only able to score five after being unable to escape a solid wall of Biggie Brawls, Demanda, Little Miss Masochist, and Kutya Cackoff. The score stood at 49 – 17 for the Outlaws. In the next jam, Lizzy got lead jammer over Scratcher by taking the outside line and was able to pick up three very quick points as Hazel Raw and Hammer were called off on penalties and brought the score a little closer at 50 – 20 Outlaws.

The Outlaws ran into a little penalty trouble in the 18th jam with only 10 minutes left in the half which gave the Belles, who were on a three jam streak of lead jammer calls, a chance to narrow the gap. Starting off with just two blockers to the Belles’ four, Colt was called off for a penalty as soon as she hit the pack and A-bomb was able to juke past Dual Hitizen and Imelda Snarkos on the outside for lead. A-bomb scored nine points and called the jam. The Belles chipped away at Oakland’s lead and held them scoreless over the next three jams, and with back to back lead jams, were able to pull the score in a little closer to 52 – 35. But Colt went on a power jam over A-bomb in the 22nd jam and was able to pick up a whopping 20 unanswered points with some offensive help from Murderyn and Dual. The score going into the last four minutes of the half was 72 – 35, Oakland’s largest lead of the night. Curry scored a 15 –0 jam of her own on a power jam over Huck to retaliate and bring the score to 72 – 54. With both teams thoroughly exhausted, it took a full minute before Lizzy was able to escape the pack after an unsuccessful star pass. Although Lizzy was not lead, Colt was still stuck in the pack on her initial pass behind Liza, Demanda, and Stace Odyssey. The jam ended after two minutes and Lizzy picked up ten points to bring the halftime score to 72 – 64 Outlaws, the closest score differential since the second jam of the night.

To start off the second half, Eva roared out of the pack with lead jammer over Huck and called it 4 – 0 to bring the score to 72 – 68 Outlaws. In the third jam, Curry and Scratcher both struggled and neither jammer had finished her initial pass after the first minute. Curry passed the star to pivot Demanda, who picked up ten points. Scratcher was able to put up three points and suddenly, with a score of 79 – 78, it was a one point game in favor of the Outlaws. Not willing to give up their lead, Huck was awarded lead jammer over Eva in the next jam and put up a grand slam to pull ahead again, 84 – 78. In the seventh jam of the second half, Eva was awarded lead but was re-engaged by Oakland blocker Sheer Luxe and taken down at turn two, giving Huck enough time to catch up and beat Eva out of the pack. Huck attempted to play a little jammer on jammer defense but Eva shook her off. Huck was so quick to get back on her feet, she was still able to put up four points as Eva scored two and called, 96 – 80 Outlaws. In the next jam, Colt was sent off to the penalty box and A-bomb scored five points. With the score at 96 – 85, and Lizzy being sent off for blocking with her head during her first scoring pass, Oakland jammer Scratcher passed the star to a surprised Murderyn who brought the score to 105– 90 after the back to back power jams for both teams. But in the tenth jam, a little confusion led to an early call off. Outlaw jammer Huck was on a power jam over Eva. As the referee called a forearm penalty on Demanda , Huck thought the penalty was hers and headed to the box. The referees called the jam as Eva was sprung from the box on error. Eva started off the next jam in the box but wasn’t there for long as Colt was immediately sent off for a cut track. Eva picked up lead after leaving the box and scored nine points before calling, leaving the score at 110 – 99 Outlaws. In the 13th jam of the second half, more penalty trouble plagued the Outlaws as A-bomb was awarded lead and scored eight points as Scratcher was sent off.

With ten minutes left in the game, the Outlaws started off on a power jam with Colt on the line and Lizzy starting in the box. The Belles killed the first twenty seconds of the power jam with excellent bridging defense by Little Miss Masochist, Demanda, and Skatelyn but Colt was able to get five before calling. After six lead jam calls in a row, the Outlaws were able to hold the Belles off the scoreboard and tack on a few points. Going in to the 21st jam of the second half and with just four minutes left, the Outlaws held the lead with 128 – 108. Curry broke the Belles drought and got lead jammer over Scratcher and picked up three points. Curry called off the jam and then immediately threw her hands up in dismay when she saw that Scratcher was still held on her initial pass by Biggie and Liza. With just three minutes left, the Belles called a time out. In the next jam, Eva had a power jam over Colt 45. On Eva’s first scoring pass, the Outlaws lost two blockers to penalty, and Eva called with Colt still in the box. With the score at 128 –116 Outlaws, Lizzy took the line for a power start for the Belles. Lizzy flew through the remaining twoOutlaw blockers three times for a nine point jam. With just one minute left to play, the Outlaws had a 128 – 125 lead.

The Outlaws called a time out and both teams huddled up to discuss what might be the final jam. Huck took the line for Oakland, with the blocker advantage, and Eva for Richmond. Eva grabbed lead but, with Huck right behind her, Eva called after picking up two points to the Outlaw’s three. With the score at 131 – 127 Outlaws and just seconds on the clock, Scratcher took the line for the Outlaws and Lizzy for the Belles. Scratcher pushed the Belles’ wall forward for lead while Lizzy was still stuck in the back despite Liza calling for a star pass. Scratcher called the jam as the time ran out and the Outlaws took the win with a final score of 131 – 127.

Colt 45 shone in her first game as an Outlaw with 64 points in 16 jams, the most points scored by a single player in this bout. Although she averaged a clean four points per jam, it was an uphill battle at times as Colt racked up four penalties overall. Veteran player and Outlaw coach Huck Sinn also jammed 16 times and picked up 36 points. Scratcher in the Eye scored 17 points in 15 jams and Mary Prankster, fielded as a relief jammer, scored 5 points in 3 jams. During the Outlaw’s only successful attempt at a star pass, pivot Murderyn Monroe picked up nine points to the delight of the crowd.

For the Belles, former veteran blocker turned dedicated jammer and team captain Eva Menace was the high scorer with 44 points in 17 jams. The Belles fielded a few more players on the jam line than their opponents and the scoring was spread out amongst the remaining five. Leading the herd was Thin Lizzy with 31 points, Abominatrix with 21, and Val Curry with 18. Also contributing to the tally were Demanda Riot with ten points and Sterling ArcHer with three.

Penalty wise, like the final score, both teams were about even. The Outlaws had 33 penalties to the Belles 30. The Outlaws had seven jammer penalties compared to the Belles five. Oakland’s Hazel Raw was the most penalized player with seven while the Belle’s Little Miss Masochist was right behind her with six. At the half, Oakland actually had double the penalties with 22 and Richmond with 11.

The Wrecking Belles seemingly relied on their core blockers for the majority of the game. Skatelyn had the most playing time of any player as she went in for 35 of 50 jams which amounted to 70 % of the game. Behind her were Demanda Riot and Liza Machete with 32 and 31 shifts respectively. For the Outlaws, the work was spread out a little more. The most played Outlaw was Murderyn Monroe with 29 jams. Behind her were her Hazel Raw and Jane Hammer with 27 shifts each.

The Wrecking Belles will be traveling to Las Vegas to play the Sin City Roller Girls on April 18th. Keep an eye on our website for more upcoming bouts.

2015 Bout Recap – Berkeley v. ShEvil (3/14)

March 14th, 2015 – Richmond, CA

In the first match of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl’s 2015 season, the Berkeley Resistance took on their cross-bay rivals, the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. When these teams met last, in August 2014, the Resistance rolled away with a definitive win, 268 – 78. Previous to that, the two teams had met four times and each team was victorious twice. Berkeley has been on a winning tear in the last two years with a record of 8 wins in 10 games overall but ShEvil was looking to even out their history to 3 – 3. The Berkeley Resistance extended their winning streak with a final score of 259 – 112 over ShEvil.

The Resistance immediately set the tone of this game in the first jam when Brawllen Angel was awarded lead jammer and Mean Burrito was sent off with a penalty. Brawllen scored a quick 15 to 0 jam. In the third jam, ShEvil again suffered a jammer penalty setback when Spiller cut the track. Frightmare scored 11 points for the Resistance before calling, bringing the total to 30 – 0. The Resistance would continue to build on their lead while keeping ShEvil off the scoreboard until the 6th jam, when Burrito was able to pick up a single point as she and Brawllen hit the pack at the same time and Burrito smartly ended the jam. With the scoreless streak snapped, Pressure Cooker was able to score 14 points for ShEvil in the next jam after Steely Jan was boxed on a track cut pulled by Slaybia Majora. Next up, Spiller quickly picked up four points while Frightmare was contained behind a hard hitting wall of Korn Holy-O, Nurse Lithium, Thea Venger, and Zia Later. At the end of the 8th jam, ShEvil had stifled the Resistance’s offense and brought the score to 37 – 19, Berkeley. In the 10th jam, both teams were able to add to their point totals as the jammers for each team took turns sitting out due to penalty. La Chica Mala, who had lead jammer status, was assessed a track cutting penalty while Xpress Lane Jane was sent off for a high block. When the two minutes expired, the Resistance still held the lead at 50 – 27. ShEvil again reset their defensive walls and held the Resistance scoreless for the next three jams. In the 15th jam, Xpress successfully passed the jam star to pivot Lithium at the start of a power jam as Steely was awarded a misconduct penalty for hitting Lithium while airborne and attempting to jump the apex. Lithium went on to score a whopping 17 points against Steely’s seven points, bringing the score to its narrowest differential at 57 – 54 Resistance. The Resistance immediately called a time out which proved wise as they went on to score a commanding 48 points in the remaining ten minutes of the half while allowing ShEvil to score only ten points. At halftime, the score stood at 105 – 64 Resistance.

To start the second half, the Resistance’s defensive walls, maintained by Dolly Rocket, Taxi Scab, Sasha Fierce, and Jambee, immediately put the game nearly out of reach for the ShEvil Dead. In nine of the first 10 jams the Resistance kept ShEvil completely scoreless while managing to pile on 94 points of their own. PC was able to score 15 points in the second jam but Steely scored 14 of her own in the same jam. At the start of the 11th jam, the Resistance had the lead with a score of 199 – 79. Next, Burrito lined up against Vile E. Coyote, who was boxed on a track cut, and Burrito scored a much needed 15 points, putting the score at 199 – 94. However, two jams later, Mala scored a 15 – 4 run for the Resistance, all but erasing the progress ShEvil had made. In the 18th jam, with the score at 218 – 105, the Resistance began a lead jammer run that stretched over six jams. With lead control, the Resistance once again kept ShEvil entirely scoreless during this run. Going into the last jam of the half, and with the score at 242 –105, PC was awarded lead over Frightmare. But PC was assessed a low block after tripping Foxy Throwdown. Frightmare, unable to call the jam, went on to score 17 points to PC’s seven. As the jam clock ran out, the Resistance had the win with a final score of 259 – 112.

Pressure Cooker, in her debut as a B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl, scored 40 points in 16 jams for the ShEvil Dead. Mean Burrito picked up 27 points in 17 jams. Spiller and Lithium each earned 17 points for their team, in 10 jams and one jam respectively. Xpress Lane Jane scored 11 points in six jams. Frightmare, a recent transfer from the DC Rollergirls, scored an impressive 78 points in 12 jams for the Berkeley Resistance. Brawllen Angel was hot on her heels with 75 points in 13 jams. Steely Jan scored 56 points in 11 jams and La Chica Mala scored 37 in six jams. Vile E. Coyote picked up 13 points over five Berkeley’s win was surely impacted by the low amount of penalties the team accumulated. With just 27 penalty minutes compared to ShEvil’s 39, the Resistance often had the player advantage on the floor. Both of Shevil’s leading jammers ran into some trouble with Burrito picking up three penalties and PC being sent off a devastating four times. Meanwhile, Steely picked up three jammer penalties for Berkeley. ShEvil had a total of 11 jammer penalties while the Resistance had just five.

Both teams are slated to play at B.A.D.’s summer double header on July 11th at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. Opponents are to be announced at a later date.

The 2015 Season Preview: The Richmond Wrecking Belles

The season opener is tomorrow, and we’ve spent the week introducing you to each of the home teams.  The final team to meet? Last season’s league champs, The Richmond Wrecking Belles.  Rex Blocker spoke to Richmond coaches #T2 T-Wrecks and #2020 Eva Menace about defending their title, and in particular how they’ll bounce back from some significant changes to the roster.

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2014 was an interesting season for the perennial powerhouse Richmond Wrecking Belles. After a losing 2013 campaign, they preached hard work and determination, and kept their eyes on the prize: a return to glory as league champions. The first bout offered a chance to settle a score, against the team that replaced them as champs, the Oakland Outlaws. It was a crazy back-and-forth battle, but Richmond won by three.

The Belles seemed to be returning to their winning ways, sweeping the Battle For The Coast tournament, winning all six games by an average score of over 114 points; but a rough loss to Santa Cruz, and a regular-season-ending close loss to Berkeley threatened to derail their progress. It came down to Champs, and a rematch against the Outlaws. Unlike the season opener, however, this one was all Richmond. Though Oakland charged back late to make it close – like the season opener, it came down to the last jam before Richmond won by three – Richmond prevailed, regaining the league title.


Richmond Wrecking Belles

2014 Record: 3-1, League Champions

All-time League Record: 21-7

Key Losses: #26 Chantilly Mace, #381 Razor Grrl, #9 Amanda Jamitinya, #9MM Nina Beretta

Key Additions: #8 Snide Boob


First thing long-time Belles fans will notice is who’s missing: a small dynamo of a jammer, Skater 26. “Mace has been the heuristic ham of our jammer sandwich,” says Wrecks. “Not only was she a foundational part of our rotation, she was able to coach newer jammers.”

But Mace isn’t the only loss. From the pack, the Belles bid farewell to #9MM Nina Beretta, #9 Amanda Jamitinya (who will be skating on the all-star team only this season), and #381 Razor Grrl. “AJ’s loss is a huge one for the Belles,” Wrecks says. “She always lead the other blockers in the back with calm, clear communication.” Nina, one of the first Wrecking Belles, was described as a fearsome hitter, even in practice against her own teammates (Wrecks is a little scared of her), and Razor “was a versatile blocker who was also our nerdy stats and rules guru,” says Eva, helping Richmond keep on top of the sports frequent rules adjustments.

So how are the Belles filling the holes? “The BAD pool is teeming with transfer talent as of late,” says Wrecks, but at the moment, they’ve added only #8 Snide Boob, who Eva says, “is working hard at developing her skills and learning Belles strategy. Keep an eye on her, I think she will surprise you.”

The Belles’ coaches are still working out who’s going to be doing what once the season begins. When asked about a go-to jammer, Eva replied, “Just know, no matter what, you won’t be disappointed.” And their emergency need-a-stop pack? Eva is similarly cagey: “People should fear all of our packs. When we work together, we can be a tough force to stop.”

The coaches aren’t entirely tight-lipped and circumspect when discussing the upcoming season. They’ve got two games in particular circled on their calendars. Says Eva, “Our games versus Oakland are always intense, nail-biters.” But it’s not just Oakland they’re preparing for. Eva goes on to say, “I think we all need to keep an eye out for Berkeley. Their team is made up of incredible vets and have picked up some great skaters this year. Adds Wrecks, “Those hippies have traded in their tie dye for some serious business.”

But the Belles aren’t all serious business. Unlike last off-season, they made a point of enjoying the time off. In addition to working out together doing strength training, a few of the Belles ran a half-marathon together, a team-building exercise Wrecks, perhaps jokingly, calls “the worst,” adding, “I will never understand how running is considered a hobby.”

The Belles have a title to defend, and they’re coming into the season with a balance of focus and irreverence. The other teams in the league will be gunning for them, and though the coaches are preparing for the title defense, they also have another goal in mind: “We are also trying to be the new spokeswomen for the United Colors of Benetton,” says Eva. The Belles are certainly loose and confident, and it’s going to be a great season.

The 2015 Season Preview: The Oakland Outlaws

In our penultimate preview of the 2015 season home teams, we bring you The Oakland Outlaws, who finished last year 2nd overall in league play after what was arguably the most exciting game of the 2014 season.  With the new season here, Oakland is looking to dig deep and leave their very best on the track.

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It’s been a topsy-turvy couple of years for the Oakland Outlaws. Winless in 2012, then undefeated in league play in 2013 (and nearly undefeated overall), Oakland came into 2014 with guns a-bangin’. First up was perennial powerhouse Richmond, but the Wrecking Belles were coming off of a rare off year and looking to return to form. Richmond won a doozy of a game by three, ending the Outlaws’ winning streak. The ladies in black bounced back, though, and ripped off another impressively dominating season, losing only a 19-point game to Sin City. Oakland charged back into the League Championship game, a rematch against Richmond…..and again lost by three.

I spoke to Outlaw coaches #10 Huck Sinn and #40 Val Hella about that rematch, the off-season changes to the team, including the loss of some critical components, and how they got their 2015 slogan: Dig Deep.

Oakland Outlaws

2014 Record: 2-2, 2nd place

All-time League Record: 13-12

Key losses: #013 Thrasher, #4×8 Bricktator, #505 Dorato, #51 Cass Warfare, #9 Cat Scrap Fever

Key additions: #243 Scratcher in the Eye, #29 Dual Hitizen, #45 Colt 45


“Oh, so sad when you think about it,” said Huck, of that final game of the season. “Losing to your rival twice by three points is really hard to stomach.” It was hard to watch, too. In the first game, Oakland led for all but twelve of the game’s 49 jams. There were seven lead changes, including one in the last jam, where Richmond turned a one-point deficit into a three-point win. In the rematch, however, Richmond led most of the way. Oakland made a spirited comeback, bringing some excitement to the proceedings and drawing the crowd back into the game, but the Belles held on to retake the league title.

“The first game was a damn fine game, and they got it at the end. Champs was theirs the whole time.” Huck Sinn

So how are the Outlaws bouncing back from that? “We want to get back to basics,” said Huck. “We’re gonna try some new things, try some new defensive strategies, some new skating skills. We’re really evolving into a more 360 style,” taking a page from some of the more successful teams from the WFTDA playoffs last season.

They’re also working this offseason to fill some notable holes. Gone from the team are All-Stars #505 Dorato, a powerful blocker (“cool calm demeanor, huge skates to fill,” said Huck) and #4×8 Bricktator, an unparalleled jammer (“an impossible jammer hole to fill, and a really positive person”).  The roster has also lost team mainstays, #9 Cat Scrap Fever, jammer and blocker (“verbal force on the track, good communicator”), #51 Cass Warfare (“a beautiful combination of skill and heart,” says Hella), and #013 Thrasher, a slippery jammer with good speed,  who is recovering from an injury. “We’re not as deep, with some last-minute retirements,” says Huck.

But they’re not bereft. This off-season has brought a number of transfers to the Bay Area Derby Girls, and three of them have found their way onto the Oakland roster. Your newest Outlaws are #45 Colt 45, a jammer from Sacramento’s Sacred City Derby Girls, #29 Dual Hitizen, a jammer/blocker hybrid from DC Rollergirls, and #243 Scratcher in the Eye, a jammer from Portland’s Rose City Rollers. “We’re super excited to have three experienced, powerful, smart, aggressive, dynamic players like these,” says Hella. She adds that she’s “intrigued by this huge pool of skaters we’ve got coming up for draft in March.” There’s always room for more.

These new skaters are now being added into the mix. The jammer rotation is currently expected to include Huck, maybe #64 Mary Prankster, #42 Esteemed Bun-Bun, #777 Jane Hammer… “Maybe Dual, maybe Colt, maybe five or six other people…we’re still working it out,” says Huck. And who’ll be their go-to jammer, when points are needed? Both coaches are in agreement: it’ll be Huck. But whereas Coach Huck is reluctant – almost sheepish – to name Skater Huck as her go-to, Coach Hella is not so reserved. “This is her year,” she says. “She’s a neutron bomb.”

When it comes to the packs, both coaches make one point clear: The Outlaws run deep. When asked about their most dependable pack, the one they’ll turn to in a pinch, several names were tossed out: #8 Fatal Dreidel, #320 Sheer Luxe (who will also be the captain on the track), #105 Strawberry Killz, #7 Murderyn Monroe, #8380 Hazel-Raw, Scratcher, Dual, Hammer… Says Hella, “Trying to jam your way through Murder, Hazel, Fatal and Hammer is much like trying to skate through a brick wall. Berry and Luxe are understated ninjas – they’ll knock you the [heck] out when you least expect it. When they’re not jamming, Bun, Dual, and Scratcher will easily hand you your ass on a platter.”

Huck singles out Hazel in particular for praise. “Hazel’s got swing, she has swagger, she’s fun to watch one-on-one. As her jammer, you feel so good and so protected.” On the line, before the jam starts, “she gives you a wink and her chin goes up…if you want anyone looking out for you, it’s Hazel-Raw. We missed her at champs.”

“Work hard. Dig deep. Play good derby.” Val Hella

Keeping everyone in control on the track will be Murderyn Monroe. “It’s in her blood,” Huck says. “Murder says a lot. You don’t really hear her [from the stands], she speaks under the noise. She IS a leader, whether she tries to be or not.”

The coaches plan to rely heavily on her and these blockers as they enter home team play. They think they’ll have their work cut out for them this season. When asked who they’re looking out for among the other home teams, which matchup they’re most anticipating, the coaches were circumspect. “Berkeley is coming on hot,” says Huck. “It’s their time to rise to the top, and they’re positioned correctly for it. ShEvil have been rebuilding. They’re going to evolve a lot and it’ll be good to see what they become.” As for Richmond, against whom the Outlaws once again open the season? “It’s hard to say,” she says. “Meeting Richmond in March is different from meeting them in July.”

And when all is said and done, Hella says their goals as a team come down to something quite simple. “Work hard. Dig deep. Play good derby. We do that, we will have had a successful season.” Huck elaborated by telling the story of a trip to Los Angeles last season, where the Outlaws played three full-length games in a single day. “We had to dig so frickin’ deep that day. I saw people pull something out of them they hadn’t pulled out before. I would like to see something like that for 2015. It’s not necessarily the win, it’s that we did everything right and buckled down and dug deep.”

The 2015 Season Preview: The Berkeley Resistance

You’ve met this year’s ShEvil Dead.  Now let’s meet their opponent in our Season Opener Double Header at The Craneway Pavilion. Rex Blocker spoke with coach-and-captain pair #45 Dolly Rocket and #86U Gretchen Vomette about where the team is headed, and if you’re a fan of the women in pink, you should be excited about the future of The Berkeley Resistance.

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Any sports fan will tell you that it takes a while for expansion teams to find their stride in a league. While some teams, like the Arizona Diamondbacks (who won the World Series in only their fourth season), find success quickly, others, like the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, who’ve been in existence since 1967, still have no titles.

So it goes for the Berkeley Resistance. Established in 2011, the Resistance have won the fewest league games of all the teams. In fact, last season was their first winning campaign ever. Long-time observers of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls will note the change in this team: the increased focus, the dedication, the desire.

Berkeley Resistance

2014 Record: 3-1, third place

All-time League Record: 5-9

Key Losses: #14 Roofio, #6 Kristi Yamagotcha

Key Additions: #10 Foxy Throwdown, #31 Frightmare

2014 was a turn-around year for the Berkeley Resistance. After going 0-3 in league play in 2013, the revolutionaries in pink came out strong, beating San Francisco in the season opener, then losing a close non-league game against the V-Town Derby Dames (Visalia). After a setback against Oakland in the season’s second doubleheader, Berkeley went undefeated the rest of the way, including handing eventual champion Richmond their only league loss in an eight-point nail-biter. Unfortunately, however, Berkeley had to settle for third in the league, with a 3-1 record overall.

“It was a solid year of growth for the Resistance.  We really learned who we are as a team and our strengths to lean on in tough games.” Dolly Rocket

The team returns largely intact for 2015. They lost a regular part of the jammer rotation in #14 Roofio, and an All-Star blocker and pivot in #6 Kristi Yamagotcha, both of whom retired, but Berkeley also took advantage of the wealth of transfer talent into the Bay Area, adding #10 Foxy Throwdown from Rat City Rollergirls (whom Dolly calls “a formidable blocker”) and “a twinkle toes jammer transfer from DC,” #31 Frightmare.  They also know they’re improving from within, seeing “really rapid growth and solid commitment from #91 Vile E. Coyote, #434 Shenghis Khan, and #22 Knitorious.” She adds, “We are working very hard to be a deep bench this year.”

In their effort to get over the hump and make it to the title game, Berkeley will emphasize molding the entire team to be well suited to any situation: “[We’re] hoping that any of our skaters can be thrown in a sticky situation and gel.” To that end, Dolly won’t single out any one set of players as the pack she’d turn to when Berkeley needs a stop, or to which jammer she’ll turn when the Resistance needs points. “We focus on training the whole athlete,” she says.

“We are hoping to be a well-rounded and versatile team that is able to put constant pressure on opponents.” Dolly Rocket

And they do have some legit athletes on this team. You can always count on a Berkeley skater to be doing a handstand, turning a cartwheel – in skates – or showing off some fancy skating moves in warmups. Over the off-season, Dolly says, “a lot of our skaters have also been bouncing around at House of Air and at the Berkeley skate park!”

So on whom have they set their sights? Who do they have to beat to know they’re on their way? Dolly is circumspect when it comes to anticipating match-ups, preferring to take a one-game-at-a-time approach, but does allow a small glimpse into her thinking: “Oakland is the only team we haven’t been able to eke a win out with since my tenure with the team, I think that would also be a big confidence booster to Berkeley.”

But it won’t be just about beating Oakland, or Richmond, or their first opponent, San Francisco. She also points out that Berkeley’s position as the newest team in the league gives them something to prove whenever they take the track. “We finally feel like last year we began to click and gel as a unit in and of itself due to the effort and commitment everyone put into the team,” she says. “Success for us this year is continuing that growth, and continuing to focus on making the Berkeley Resistance a formidable presence.”