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2017 Golden Bowl: Tampa Bruise Crew

Tampa Roller Derby’s B level travel team, the Tampa Bruise Crew, is traveling from the Florida Bay Area to the California Bay Area to take the track for three regulation games. They will play Sacred City Sacrificers, Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and Misery Loves Company at the 2017 Golden Bowl Invitational. All of their games will be live streamed on BADtv!    

#weareonewearetampa

2017 Golden Bowl: Misery Loves Company Roller Derby

Misery Loves Company (MLC) is comprised of existing skaters from leagues all over the California Bay Area as well as high level retired skaters looking to play anyone at anytime. Misery Loves Company will take on the Tampa Bruise Crew in a regulation game at the 2017 Golden Bowl on Friday June 16 at 8 pm. Watch their game live on BADtv!

#mlcrollerderby #c

2017 Team Preview: Travel Team

It’s that time of year again.  Top skaters throughout Bay Area Derby have come together to create the 2017 Bay Area Travel Team. Our travel team is comprised of the All-Stars (WFTDA charter skaters) and Team Gold (B-level skaters). Last year, Team Gold racked up a 4-0 winning season against tough competition. The Bay Area B squad amassed two wins against the Sacred City Derby Girls, a 28 point victory against Santa Cruz, and a solid win against Arizona Roller Derby’s Phoenix Rising. The All-Stars went 4-4 in the regular season and 1-2 at the Division One WFTDA Playoffs in Montreal.  Bay Area arguably had one of the most dramatic and memorable games at the 2016 playoffs against the Montreal New Skids on the Blockhosts and home crowd favorites of the tournament.  Montreal won the 3rd place ticket to Championships, leaving the BAD All Stars to close the chapter on their 2016 story.  

No longer skating with the All Stars are wily jammers, Skrappie, who is pursuing higher education in medicine, and Huck Sinn, who has refocused her derby interests on coaching and blocking for the Oakland Outlaws. Team captain Brawllen Angel noted that “the wiry jamming and tongue-in-cheek wit from our ‘kid  brother’ will always be missed.” Other team losses include skaters from the All Stars and Team Gold rosters: Mean Burrito, Ames to Maim, Biggie Brawls, Domme Juan, Korn Holy-O, and Chasing Amy. The biggest news for the 2017 team are recent transfers of note.  Stef Mainey, previously on London Rollergirls, and Cassie Beck aka Raven Evergore, previously of Rat City Rollergirls, have both made the Golden City their new home. Additionally, the 4closer, formerly of Sacred City Derby Girls, has joined the BAD All Stars’ jamming rotation. New to the team, former speed skater Dani Rueda has been making moves on the San Francisco Shevil Dead since 2016 as Danymite and living up to her derby name as Brawllen Angel describes her as a “firecracker of a jammer.”

Brawllen Angel and Murderyn Monroe are most looking forward to hosting the 2017 Golden Bowl next month. Teams from near and far will travel to the Bay Area for an exciting weekend of competitive WFTDA roller derby. The All Stars will play teams from Vancouver, Tampa, and Boston all which will be streamed live on BADtv.


#000 Demanda Riot || #1 Liza Machete || #4 Mad 4 Gravy || #7 Murderyn Monroe || #11 Lex Pistol || #13 Stef Mainey || #20 Eva Menace || #23 April Bloodgate || #27 Red Card || #29 Dual Hitizen || #31 Frightmare ||  #36 Skatelyn || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun || #44 The 4closer || #49 Cassie Beck || #61 Pressure Cooker || #818 Dani Rueda || #86 Gretchen Vomette || #333 Dreadzilla || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #701 Illuminaughty ||  #888 Brawllen Angel  || #925 Sterling Archer

2017 Golden Bowl: Announcers

Coming from an array of backgrounds, these announcers all have unique styles and a lot of knowledge about roller derby. They like to talk about derby. Some of them even play(ed) derby. Without further ado, we’re excited to shed some spotlight on the mouths behind the mic for this year’s Golden Bowl.

MISS MOXXXIE

(Tournament Head Announcer, Bay Area Derby)

Photo Credit: Unknown
Photo Credit: Unknown

Mox is an original member of BAD and is proud to have skated with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead, the Bay Area All-Stars, and Team Cruz. Though Mox is now derby-retired and has made the seemingly inevitable switch from whiskey to rosé, she still knows how to let the good times roll.

SEXY BEAST

(Bay Area Derby)

Beast by Nocklebeast
Photo Credit: nocklebeast

Bay Area Derby Announcer, Emeritus Official, Full Access, Zero Accountability. He was born talking like this. He describes what everyone just saw with their own eyes and is thereby held in high esteem by his peers.

EVA MENACE

(Bay Area Derby)

Eva_Menace by Lucas Saugen
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

In her sixth season as a Richmond Wrecking Belle and third season as a jammer on the Bay Area All Stars, Eva is excited to now add announcing to her repertoire. The 2017 Golden Bowl will serve as her second time on the mic.

T. WRECKS

(Bay Area Derby)

Photo Credit: Unknown
Photo Credit: Unknown

Wrecks skates with BAD’s Richmond Wrecking Belles and Team Korea. She has a big mouth/loud voice. Most of the time this gets her into trouble, so she’s grateful for an outlet where those two assets are treasured.

KIMFECTIOUS

(Bay Area Derby)

Photo Credit: Kimfectious
Photo Credit: Kimfectious

Kimfectious has skated with BAD, SVRG and RMRG. As a stand-up comedian, announcing is the marriage of both her favorite things: roller skates and talking into microphones.

JANE HAMMER

(Bay Area Derby)

Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Hammer is a recently retired BAD skater who got tired of keeping up with the youngsters. While playing derby, Hammer donned black and gold for the All Stars and will always be an Oakland Outlaw at heart.

OCTOBER REVOLUTION

(North Star Roller Girls)

Photo Credit: Wijadi Jodi
Photo Credit: Wijadi Jodi

After four years as an NSO, Tober took up space behind a microphone and hasn’t stopped rambling since. A true narwhal, she resides in Minneapolis, MN as a member of the North Star Roller Girls’ board of governors. Though her spare time is limited, it is mostly filled with sitting in the sun, drinking gin, and reading anything with words on it.

CHLOROFORM CUPCAKE

(Sin City Rollergirls)

Photo Credit: Vegas Shooter
Photo Credit: VegasShooter

Chloroform Cupcake, aka Cakes, has been a traveling announcer for the past five years and considers herself a ‘rum-person’. Cakes has moved from Sin City Las Vegas territory to the Midwest Chicagoland MRDA and WFTDA region. After 7 years of roller derby experience, Cakes looks forward to being bi-coastally educated.

MAIMY THIGHSENHOWER

(Peninsula Roller Girls)

Photo Credit: Cecilia Rogue
Photo Credit: Cecilia Rogue

Maimy is both Head Announcer and Head NSO for Redwood City’s Peninsula Roller Girls, and you guys, she is so tired. She comes to derby with over 20 years of experience in MCing and improvisational comedy. She’s making a real effort to not swear over the mic this time.

NIKKI NIGHTMARE

(Sac City Rollers)

Photo Credit: Kerri Hughes
Photo Credit: Kerri Hughes

Nikki started playing derby in 2006 with the Sac City Rollers. After a knee injury in 2008, she stopped competing and became a coach and ref. Nikki started announcing in 2009 and has served as head announcer for the Dustbowl Tournament as well as Sac City’s Red Red Holiday. She loves talking derby!

LAWRENCE OF A LABIA

(Sana Cruz Derby Girls)

Photo Credit: Purple Turtle Photography
Photo Credit: Purple Turtle Photography

Lawrence of a Labia is your friendly neighborhood lesbro. She first picked up the mic three years ago for a bunch of dirty hippies playing derby at Burning Man and has been calling the game for Santa Cruz and leagues around the Bay Area ever since. Give her a whiskey and she’ll tell you a dirty joke.

2017 Golden Bowl: Officials

Officials from all over the US are coming together in the Bay Area for this year’s Golden Bowl to help ensure all games are run safely and fairly.

TOURNAMENT HEAD REFEREE (THR)

Loren Order

Fans of roller derby officiating  will immediately recognize the 2017 Golden Bowl Head Referee, Loren Order, because of her renowned politeness, attention to detail, and fact that she has been involved with roller derby for over a decade.  With over 11 years of officiating experience and an enviable resume, Loren has steadily and unassumingly amassed a wealth of playoff experience and acute gameplay knowledge which makes her the perfect candidate for  THR of the 2017 Golden Bowl. Loren is an official affiliated with Denver Roller Derby. Her list of WFTDA postseason credits include multiple Division 1 positions as well as Crew Head Ref at the 2016 WFTDA Championships.  As honored as she feels to be selected for any spot, Loren keeps coming back for the lifelong friendships and awesomeness of the derby community.

TOURNAMENT HEAD NON-SKATING OFFICIAL (THNSO)

TaraByte

Initially only California leagues  were blessed with the amazingness brought to every event by the 2017 Golden Bowl Head Non-Skating Official, TaraByte, but for 5 years now, derby leagues worldwide have gotten to experience the professionalism and acumen that Tara brings to every event. From her start in 2009 with San Jose’s Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Tara has worked regulation and sanctioned games far and wide. Her tournament resume includes NSO Crew Head positions at WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Sacramento 2014 and Wichita 2016 and her most thrilling postseason memory, scorekeeper for the heart stopping 2015 WFTDA Championship game. It is her derby family who gives her the greatest joy, and she relishes working high level games just as much as training rookie officials.

REFEREES

Wernher Von Bombed
Jonny Demonic
Bruise Almighty
Keiran Duncan
Don Scoreleone
Danger Muffin
Kylo Ref
Artie FM
Darth Bling
Topper bottom
Oliver DePlace
Bass Invader
Judge Injury
Freddy Mercury Poisoning
Colin M. Fairly
Doesn’t Matt-er

NON-SKATING OFFICIALS

May the Force
dedi hubbard
Momster Mash
Toad
Surly Temple
Rex Blocker
Allyaz Stoned
Saradactyl
Wizard of Laws
Butt Force Trauma
Spooky
jeneral Demeanor
Rachel SCarson
Needle Fever
Strong Female Character
TaraByte

2017 Team Preview: Berkeley Resistance

Despite unfortunate player injuries and mid-season retirements, the Berkeley Resistance persevered with a smaller roster and took the title of BAD Season Champs for the second year in a row. In 2016, skaters stepped into new roles and pushed themselves individually. In 2017, the team plans to build upon those skills and hone a team culture filled with hard work and derby love. One thing is for certain– no one is underestimating Berkeley this year.  

2016 Home Record: 3-1, 1st Place

All-time League Record: 11-12

Player Losses: #4 Joss Hole, #10 Foxy Throwdown, #30 Mad M. Barbrawl, #31 Frightmare, #43 Jambee, #137 KillA Beezy

Player Additions: #13 Stef Mainey, #707 Killer Kapowski, #785 Yosemighty

Resistance 2017 Team Photo
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Berkeley saw a few changes in their 2016 roster, including the loss of six skaters. Due to commitments outside of derby (there’s life outside of derby?) longtime Berkeley skaters, Joss Hole and Mad M. Barbrawl, both took leaves of absences which transitioned to retirements. The ever acrobatic and smiley blocker, Jambee, took some time away from roller derby to focus on other pursuits. Foxy Throwdown and KillA Beezy, two tall blocking forces, also took their BAD departure after the 2016 championship. The Resistance’s only hit to their jammer rotation was losing Frightmare, former Berkeley coach, first to a mid-season injury last year and then, this year, to ShEvil Dead. According to Dirty Lil Trick, “Frightmare is Dead to us.” #dadjoke

This year, co-coaches Pomba and Dirty Lil Trick plan on leading the team to a third successive league championship by pushing the team to new heights with advanced strategy while reinforcing the importance of fundamentals and team culture which the Resistance spent the past few years developing. That means fans will still see unrelenting defensive packs led by pivots, Pomba and Dirty Lil Trick, rounded out with solid blockers such as veteran Gretchen Vomette, Shenghis Khan, Illuminaughty, Rosie Cheeks, and Hines. Stef Mainey, new to BAD but not new to derby (so we’ve heard), joins the Resistance as a blocker who could possibly don the pivot or jammer hat if needed. Killer Kapowski is also a new addition to the team and while she may not be as experienced she makes up for it with determination, hard work, and an eagerness to learn.

The usual three pink-clad suspects will be wearing the star: experienced and powerful seam buster Brawllen Angel, wily and constantly evolving April Bloodgate, and ever patient and sneaky Chasing Amy. New draftee Yoesmighty is joining Berkeley’s jammer rotation and will no doubt pick up some tips and tricks from her talented teammates.

Despite not even filling out a full game roster of fourteen skaters, the Berkeley baker’s dozen is a strong team jam-packed with skill and determination. “This group feels like family and we all skate for each other,” Pomba confirms. Continuing a trend from years past, the Resistance does not believe they have one star player but rather their success is drawn from each and every player who brings something different to the track. Their individual skills cannot be denied but the team focuses on working as a cohesive unit.

The Berkeley Resistance is putting plenty of track time in before their first BAD game for the 2017 team to gel. March 11, they traveled to Santa Cruz to take on the Boardwalk Bombshells and April 8-9 they can be seen in down in LA playing three games in Angel City’s Tinseltown Showdown. They play the Richmond Wrecking Belles in a closed bout at BAD HQ on April 22 which fans can follow along via BADtv or Twitter.  Come out and cheer for Berkeley at their next public bout on May 13 against the Oakland Outlaws at the Station. Check out the discounted BAD Deal which gets you general admission access to all remaining games at the Station (Oakland) AND Champs at the Craneway Pavilion (Richmond).


 #6 Rosie Cheeks || #13 Stef Mainey || #23 April Bloodgate || #57 Hines || #86 Gretchen Vomette || #242 Pomba || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #434 Shenghis Khan || #701 Illuminaughty || #707 Killer Kapowski || #784 Yosemighty || #888 Brawllen Angel || #1217 Chasing Amy

2017 Team Preview: Richmond Wrecking Belles

Bay Area Derby’s winningest team, the Richmond Wrecking Belles, can look back on their last two seasons as a 24 month blip on an otherwise victorious timeline that has included dizzying heights of derby awesomeness and the most league championships in Bay Area Derby’s history. Despite only winning four league games the last two seasons, fans of the blue and yellow have something to be excited about with improvements to Richmond’s roster which will most certainly position them as a prominent player in the 2017 BAD home season.

2016 Record: 2-2, 3rd place

All-time League Record: 23-9

Player Losses: #44 BamBam Booty Slam, #77 Biggie Brawls, Brooklyn Defiance, #23 Diva Negativa, #2 Kutya Cackoff, #36 Skatelyn, #5 Skrappie

Player Additions: #12 T. Wrecks, #747 Snakes Anna Plane, #44 The 4Closer, #67 Rose Villain

Belles 2017 Team Photo
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

The end of last season was the off-ramp for seven Wrecking Belles, including five Richmond legends: original BAD Girl Diva Negativa hung up her skates after ten seasons, All-Star and Richmond jamming phenom Skrappie headed off to medical school, the indomitable Biggie Brawls drew up plans to complete her architect licensing, the notoriously devastating Kutya Cackoff craft brewed her dream job in Hawaii, and feisty pivot Skatelyn has decided to take her derby journey travel team only. These losses could have been a significant setback for the Wrecking Belles, but the derby gods had some surprises in store for Richmond in the form of three amazing off-season transfers and the return from retirement of one extra special, glittery player.

On the offensive side of the roster, Richmond is excited to welcome back fleet-footed jammer Lex Pistol. Bay Area All-Star and veritable force of nature Eva Menace returns to the jammer line for the Belles, and fans and opponents alike should watch out for the crafty and cat-like moves of Snide Boob when she’s donning the star. These three jammers plus a few additions promise to return Richmond’s offense to the high scoring enterprise longtime Wrecking Belles fans have come to expect.

Defensively, the Belles are beyond excited to welcome back an icon of roller derby–absent for most of the 2016 season due to injury–with Demanda Riot on the track, time’s up for the opposition. Joining her on the line for her eleventh season with Bay Area, the experienced and blocking terror Liza Machete is back under the pivot cap to stifle jammers and wreak general havoc for opponents. Versatile Richmond defenders, co-captain Chiquita Bonanza and Jirsa, transform blocking to a fine art, and look for Mad 4 Gravy to bring the pain with a side of neon sizzle in her fashion. Rounding out Richmond’s returning roster are the methodical and calculated co-captain Sterling Archer and Moxi Skate Team standout Dita de los Muertos.

Fates have conspired to also drop three prime off-season transfers plus the return of a Richmond alumnus onto the 2017 Wrecking Belles. Back for more fun after taking a season off, T. Wrecks returns complete with cat memes and a not-so-subtle defensive style. Snakes Anna Plane, transfer from Humboldt Roller Derby, is excited to bring high flying terror to her opponents and, in a complete coup for Richmond, two legends of California roller derby from Sacred City Derby Girls add their experience to an already enviable roster – the stalwart blocker Rose Villain and the astounding and prolific jammer The 4Closer.

With a preseason full of extensive training, advanced strategic coaching from Demanda Riot and Coach Pink Ranger, and a season warm up bout, which took place March 13 in Sacramento, versus the Sacred City Derby Girls, the Richmond Wrecking Belles are ready to dominate in 2017. They play the Berkeley Resistance in a closed bout at BAD HQ on April 22 which fans can follow along via BADtv or Twitter. Come out and support the Wrecking Belles at their next public bout on June 3 versus the San Francisco ShEvil Dead at the Station. Check out the discounted BAD Deal which gets you general admission access to all remaining games at the Station (Oakland) AND Champs at the Craneway Pavilion (Richmond).


#000 Demanda Riot || #1 Liza Machete || #4 Mad 4 Gravy || #8 Snide Boob || #11 Lex Pistol || #12 T. Wrecks || #13 Dita de los Muertos || #20 Eva Menace || #22 Jirsa || #44 The 4Closer || #67 Rose Villain || #323 Chiquita Bonanza || #747 Snakes Anna Plane || #925 Sterling Archer

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.