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Last season, Ohio’s Gang Green handily defeated the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade 202-85 in Columbus.  Unfortunately for Gang Green, they would not relieve the exuberance of last season’s victory as they fell to the Shade Brigade 128-199.  The first half was highlighted by big scoring runs by both squads, a 43-0 run by the Shade Brigade to start the bout and a 51-0 run by Ohio to follow.  The bout started as the Outfit’s Jenergizer Bunny got things rolling by posting a 20-0 power jam after a Paige Bleed track cut.  Outfit’s Graves added four before Ante Madder scored five after breaking her collarbone mid-jam.  Four more by Graves and ten by Scream Printer quickly took the Shade Brigade’s lead to 43-0 seven minutes into the contest.

Advantageous on the power jam, Gang Green’s Burnadeath got Ohio on the board with a 20-0 jam.  The next four jams saw Gang Green’s defense hold the Outfit scoreless while allowing Burnadeath to add a 15 point power jam.  Including scores by Paige Bleed and Ally McSqueal, Gang Green took the lead 51-43 with 15:30 remaining in the first half. Gang Green’s lead didn’t last long as the Shade Brigade reclaimed the lead for good two jams later after an Ally McSqueal track cut tipped the scoreboard back in the Outfit’s favor, 58-51.  Gang Green would get outscored 41-9 over the remaining 11:30 of the half as the Shade Brigade was able to take advantage of Ohio jammer penalties and a young squad.  At halftime, the Shade Brigade held a 39 point advantage, 99-60.

The second period was marred by five Gang Green jammer penalties that allowed the Outfit to outscore Ohio 67-0 with the jammer advantage.  The Shade Brigade, who played much cleaner in the second half, only provided one power jam to Gang Green to the tune of 15 points.  Gang Green used a deeper jammer roster in the second half as they added NiCold N’ Deadly, Pearl Rogi, and TactiGal to the jammer rotation.  Meanwhile, veterans Bleed, Pearl Rogi, and Angla Vyle anchored the defense with newcomers Quiet Storm, Ally McSqueal, and Lil Spitfire getting considerable playing time.  When the final whistle blew, it was the Shade Brigade who was declared the victor as they avenged their loss last season, 199-128.

Jamming for Gang Green:  Burnadeath (8-14, 74 points), TactiGal (1-4, 20 points), Paige Bleed (3-9, 14 points), Pearl Rogi (1-3, 8 points), KloverKill (2-6, 7 points), Ally McSqueal (1-5, 5 points), and NiCold N’ Deadly (0-2, 0 points).  Gang Green obtained lead jammer sixteen times and were on four power jams.

Jamming for the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade:  Jenergizer Bunny (4-10, 71 points), Scream Printer (9-12, 68 points), Graves (6-13, 24 points), Rapp Scalion (0-1, 15 points), The Big Lebekski (2-3, 13 points), Ante Madder (1-1, 5 points), and Smashtag (2-3, 3 points).  The Shade Brigade obtained lead jammer twenty-four times and took advantage of eight power jams.

Andrew Marron