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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.

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