OHIO SILENCES ROC CITY IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Looking to secure a Division 1 Playoff spot for the OHRD All Stars, and aiming for a third straight win in less than a month for Gang Green, Ohio Roller Derby welcomed Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY) and easily accomplished their goals.
(36) OHIO QUIETS THE ROC STARS, 338-140
While Ohio’s jammers posted more than a few impressive scoring runs, it was the blocking core’s unstoppable defense in the second half that truly solidified the home team victory, holding Roc City to a mere 48-point gain while Lora “Outa My” Wayman, Blitz Lemon, The Smacktivist, and Kitty Liquorbottom racked up a combined 200 points.
Ohio kicked off the game with a handful of 3- and 4-point jams, and Blitz Lemon squeezed through on the inside line to give the Columbus squad a 21-3 lead in jam 6. Roc City tried to draw a track cut penalty on Lora “Outa My” Wayman, but she snagged lead while Burnadeath swept the opposing jammer out of bounds; a patch of penalty trouble for Ohio allowed Roc City to outscore them for five straight jams despite fleet jamming by Betty T. KayO and The Smacktivist. GO! stole a 55-53 lead for the Roc Stars with just over half the first period remaining, but a few cautious seconds of defense by The Smacktivist at the start of jam 13 allowed them to grab lead jammer status and boost Ohio to a 68-55 lead while Kitty Liquorbottom, Chainsaw, Stevie Brown, & KloverKill stymied Florence Fightengale. Lora “Outa My” Wayman immediately followed up with a 19-0 jam with some offensive help from Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox; Roc City responded with 23 points over the next three jams, narrowing the deficit to 9 points. Ohio’s defense held Roc City scoreless for 5 minutes as Lora “Outa My” Wayman and The Smacktivist gathered 17 more points, then Bigg Rigg pushed her way to lead status and a 10-0 jam as Roc City’s jammer picked up a forearm penalty. The Smacktivist capitalized on a power start for a 24-point gain to give Ohio a 138-92 lead going into halftime.
Pulling out all the stops with powerful defensive pack work and consistent jamming, Ohio devastated Roc City’s scoring attempts for the first 15 minutes of the second half, posting 104 points while holding RCRD to just 5 points gained. Elektra Magneto forced a track cut penalty on the opposing jammer, giving Blitz Lemon a power jam opportunity and The Smacktivist a power start to follow. Plagued by jammer penalties, Roc City’s blockers found themselves unable to contain Lora “Outa My” Wayman as she sliced through the pack, and though they were finally granted a power jam in jam 12, Blitz Lemon sprinted around the track on her return from the box for a 12-2 jam. The Smacktivist spun their way through the pack in back-to-back jams, snagging 5 & 27 points respectively. The pack also worked hard as Val Holla snapped from offense to defense and Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox secured the outside line & landed heavy hits on the Roc Star jammer. A power start advantage for Roc City in jam 17 went unutilized as The Smacktivist snatched lead status upon their return and Chainsaw shored up Ohio’s defensive line. Already past the 300-point mark with only a few minutes remaining, Bigg Rigg and Blitz Lemon herded the RCRD jammer out of bounds while Lora “Outa My” Wayman grabbed a clean 5-0 jam, and Kitty Liquorbottom wrapped things up with 19 uncontested points as Chainsaw & KloverKill proved once again that Ohio’s defense may be small, but is definitely mighty. The 338-140 victory marks Ohio’s seventeenth straight home win and their seventh overall win this season.
MVPs for Ohio were The Smacktivist (jammer) and Bigg Rigg(blocker). MVPs for Roc City were GO! (jammer) and Terminal Trend (blocker).
Official jamming and scoring for Ohio were: The Smacktivist (13-17, 167 pts); Lora “Outa My” Wayman (8-12, 86 pts); Blitz Lemon (3-7, 48 pts); Kitty Liquorbottom (2-2, 23 pts); Bigg Rigg (1-1, 10 pts); and Betty T. KayO (0-4, 4 pts).
Official jamming and scoring for Roc City were: GO! (6-12, 59 pts); Florence Fightengale (2-12, 44 pts); Toni Sparxx (5-10, 16 pts); Sweet Sexteen (1-9, 15 pts); Natasha Musquashya (0-2, 6 pts); and Hater Tot (o-2, 0 pts).
OHRD’s final home doubleheader of the 2016 season will take place against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins (Kalamazoo, MI) on Saturday, July 2nd, in the Ohio Building at the Ohio Expo Center.
Author: HardKore Lena
Special thanks to contributor Sarah Sexton.
GANG GREEN FLIPS THE B-SIDES
In a bout marred by jammer penalties, twenty-three to be exact, Gang Green proved to be the team banging out the hits as they soundly defeated the Roc City B-Sides on Saturday, 262-181. Gang Green held the lead from the bout’s first jam, and never looked back, posting eleven double-digit jams throughout the contest. Led by TactiGal’s 100+ point performance, Gang Green obtained lead status often and defensively forced the B-Sides to switch their jammer rotation following the intermission.
Gang Green jammers scored in bunches in the first thirty minutes of play, as Paige Bleed posted jams of fourteen points twice, TactiGal scored jams of thirty-one and eighteen, and Bruss Knuckles added a thirteen pointer during a power jam to keep the B-Sides at bay. Defensively, Lawless, Lil Spitfire, Death CertifiKate and Quiet Storm held the B-Sides to only eight lead statuses in the first half. Although Gang Green jammers committed seven first half jammer penalties, their defense was able to hold Roc City to only 49 points with the jammer advantage… averaging only one-and-a-half scoring passes per power jam. At the half, Gang Green held strong at 121-81.
The second half produced even more offensive firepower for Gang Green as they were able to obtain lead jammer in two-thirds of the period’s jams. When they didn’t get lead, Gang Green’s ElizaDEATH Rae, Amanda Adams and Elektra Magneto were forcing B-Side jammers into seven second half penalties. Gang Green outpaced the B-Sides in the second half 141-100, and secured the 262-181 victory as TactiGal tallied seventeen points on the final jam.
Most Valuable Blocker awards were presented to Betty T. KayO (Gang Green) and D-Day (B-Sides). Most Valuable Jammer awards were presented to Val Holla (Gang Green) and Mercury Madness (B-Sides).
Author: Andrew Marron