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20SkateTeen BOUT 1 recap: San Francisco ShEvil Dead v. Berkeley Resistance

BAD’s opening home bout of the #20SkateTeen season pitted the Berkeley Resistance against the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in a hard-hitting test of endurance and stability, resulting in victory for the zombies, 172-99.

BAD’s teams took the track at San Francisco’s historic Palace of the Fine Arts under the gaze of two ominous angel statues and a triumphant crowd of about 700 fans.  The starting jammers–Eva Menace for the Resistance and Danymite for the ShEvil Dead–crashed into the pack of skaters, with Dani taking a quick lead and forcing Eva to pass the star to her pivot, Raven Evergore, while Dani continued on to score five points and call off the jam.

The first half of play saw the teams trading low-scoring passes and calling off the jam.  It seemed as though both teams were working more towards stability on the slick track than on elaborate strategy. Both teams used up their official reviews in the first half of play, requesting the officials to call cut track penalties on the opposing team’s jammers.  The officials stood by their decision in both cases, and both teams lost their official reviews.

At halftime, ShEvil led the Resistance with a score of 89-45.

The Resistance came back swinging, however, taking on a two-wall of ShEvil blockers and scoring a quick five points.  The next jam, too, saw Berkeley’s Smother Mary break through a full contingent of zombie blockers, leading to yet another star pass from ShEvil’s Sterling Archer to pivot Stefanie Mainey.  

Berkeley’s momentum was not to last, even as the Resistance and ShEvil both solidified their defensive strategies in the second half of the game.  With just over ten minutes left on the clock, Berkeley completed a star pass right off the line to Raven Evergore. But ShEvil’s jammer, Tifa Knoxhard, followed closely behind out of the pack and into her scoring pass.  After two passes the ShEvil blockers were able to clear the penalty box and, with Stefanie Mainey bracing a wall of three, shut down Raven Evergore and allow Tifa Knoxhard the time to break through the Resistance tripod, all while running down the game clock.

From then on, the half saw multiple scoreless jams, including one with only 8 minutes left on the clock, where the tripod walls for both teams held the jammers for a full two minutes–a testament to both teams’ strength and communication.

At the end of the night, the ShEvil Dead emerged victorious, with a score of 172-99.  The Resistance have another chance to prove themselves in their upcoming fight for the East Bay against the Oakland Outlaws on April 7th, again at the Palace of the Fine Arts.  Which team will own the Bay?

Photography by Will Toft.

FINAL SCORE

San Francisco ShEvil Dead: 172
Berkeley Resistance: 99

Featured image by Mark Nockleby.

GAME 1 RECAP: 3/18 San Francisco ShEvil Dead v. Oakland Outlaws

RECAP BY BAD ASTRAL

Bad Astral has been reporting on roller derby in Northern California and beyond since 2009.

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The Bay Area Derby season opener pitted the San Francisco ShEvil Dead against the Oakland Outlaws in an early evening bout. It was a warm and sunny day in Oakland at BAD’s new venue, The Station. The track was drawn with concrete and tape, just like in the derby days of yore, and the skaters wore sunglasses in addition to their protective gear. The bout started 10 minutes late so the sold-out crowd had time to be admitted.

First to the jammer line for ShEvil was #68 Danymite against #333 Dreadzilla for the Outlaws. The first jam was a cut and dry quick pass and score, 4-0, ShEvil.

With 26 minutes remaining in the first half, #31 Frightmare for ShEvil, was first through the pack with a no pass, no penalty and was not awarded lead.  This gave opportunity for #99 Pizza Party of Oakland to get lead and immediately call off the jam at 0-0.

Throughout the next six jams, ShEvil and their triangle defense got lead jam every single time and held Oakland scoreless until about 22 minutes left in the first half. Finally, #313 Smother Mary of the Outlaws snuck in a quick 4 points before Frightmare called off the jam: 24-4, ShEvil Dead.

With a new ruleset in place, the first few bouts of the season are always a little tricky for the referees and skaters alike. Numerous “legal” cuts occurred, with a delay in penalty and/or a delay in player yield. At one point, #246 Sinnabar cut the track, waited to make eye contact with the ref, then took a step off the track and went to the back of the pack to try her pass again. The latest ruleset says a cut penalty may be avoided if advantage is immediately yielded.

In the next jam, Dreadzilla of the Outlaws made a high and tight toe stop pass on the outside line to get lead. ShEvil jammer, #212 Xpress Lane Jane, removed her helmet cover and passed it to the pivot, who was immediately assessed a low block penalty. Score 25-12, ShEvil.

The second half of the first quarter began with a new heat as the skaters adjusted to the concrete and sunshine. Oakland’s Pizza Party got out of the pack first but was immediately sent to the penalty box.  This gave Frightmare the opportunity to pass the star to #89 Mean Burrito, adding two grand slams (10 points) to ShEvil’s total score. Meanwhile, #410 Ames to Maim of Oakland was assessed a direction of game play penalty, and sunglasses were seen flying to the inside and the outside of the track. Score 46-19, ShEvil.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, the announcement came over the loudspeaker that the bout had officially sold out. By now the teams were trading off lead jammer every other jam, with Danymite of ShEvil and Pizza Party of Oakland having the most success. Score at the half: 89-51, ShEvil Dead.

Pizza Party

The ShEvil Dead returned to the track for the second half in force and continued to dominate the lead jammer ratio. On a particularly impressive pass, Frightmare turned backwards and passed on the inside of the apex for lead jammer and a grand slam aided by fierce ShEvil blocking from Mean Burrito and #404 Permab&.

With 24 minutes remaining in the game, Oakland’s jammer Dreadzilla earned lead jammer but committed a back block penalty on her scoring pass, leaving Frightmare to contend with Oakland’s brutal blockers for a full two minute jam.  After scoring 15 points of her own and with Dreadzilla back on the track, Frightmare played a bit of defense to knock out and drew a cut track penalty on the Oakland jammer. ShEvil kept hold of the lead: 111-64. 

A staple of roller derby is the intense vigor and passion of the final 15 minutes of game play. ShEvil jammer Xpress Lane Jane spent almost an entire minute being pummeled by an unrelenting #7 Murderyn Monroe, #45 Lethally Blonde, and #64 Mary Prankster three-wall which allowed Oakland jammer #85 Butt’N MashHer to score a grand slam, but it did little to close the score gap. Oakland wasn’t about to go quietly into the night, and, maximizing a power jam opportunity by fielding #10 Huck Sinn (aka Tiger Beat) as jammer, the mighty Outlaws were able to put up 22 points bringing them within 30 points of ShEvil: 101-127, ShEvil

With 5 minutes remaining ShEvil jammer Danymite (recent addition to the BAD travel team) made an uncontested pass on the outside for lead, and slid through a second time, like butter, for one, then two grand slams. On her third scoring pass, Murderyn Monroe delivered a devastating chest hit, which stunned Danymite long enough to let Sinnabar sneak in two points. Score 179-114, ShEvil.

With only  minutes remaining, the skaters on the track were visibly fatigued but in no way disheartened. First, Pizza Party did a face plant, then Frightmare. Pizza Party recovered to get lead jammer only for Sweet Sherry Pie to take the ShEvil star pass from and chase her down for a scoreless jam. Danymite once again snatched lead jammer for the final jam, playing it conservatively, she added a few more points to ShEvil’s score then called the jam off to end the game.

FINAL SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO SHEVIL DEAD:186

OAKLAND OUTLAWS: 114

Time will tell if these two teams play each other again this season. Oakland Outlaws next face the Berkeley Resistance on 5/13, while San Francisco ShEvil Dead takes on the Richmond Wrecking Belles on 6/3. Both games will be held at The Station and are part of our discounted BAD Deal which includes the doubleheader Championship at the Craneway Pavilion on 8/19.

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.

 

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.

Berkeley Resistance v Silicon Valley Roller Girls

Berkeley Resistance bouts the Silicon Valley Roller Girls Dot.Kamikazes May 31 at 8pm at San Jose Skate.  This bout is a double header so go early and watch the Silicon Valley Killabytes take on Faultline Derby Devilz from Hollister at 6pm. By the way, this will be your last chance to watch roller derby at San Jose Skate before it shuts down for ever.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $18 at the door for general admission.