Appleton, WI – WFTDA Apprentice leagues Killamazoo Derby Darlins and the Paper Valley Roller Girls squared off December 5, 2009 at Skater’s Edge in Appleton, WI. After witnessing the Paper Valley Roller Girls (PVRG) dismiss the last two teams that visited Appleton by a combined 525-64 score, fans of PVRG settled in anticipating a closely contested bout. The fact that only 7 months earlier, Paper Valley narrowly escaped with a 16 point win (Killamazoo had chipped the lead to as few as 3 in the second period) only fueled the anticipation. Fans of the home team left with mixed emotions as they got to witness a dominating performance by the home team, but didn’t get the nail bitter they expected. Paper Valley sped to an early lead and never relinquished control, racing to a 220-39 win.
Period 1 – By the time each of PVRG’s primary jammer rotation had toed the line, PVRG had built a 38-4 lead. The 4th jam began with Chop Stikya serving time for a major penalty and KDD smelling an opportunity for a high scoring jam. The PVRG defense held, however, as they limited Kiki Urahz to 6 points while Chop tallied 4 of her own after being released from the box. That was the last point margin “win” for KDD until Lily St. Smear outscored PVRG’s Pissy Pistol 11-7 in a jam that saw Pissy Pistol earn lead only to be sent out on a major infraction in the bout’s 10th jam. Any momentum KDD had gained was squashed in the ensuing jams as PVRG shut out KDD on the next 6 jams. At the break, PVRG led 110-30.
Period 2 – To claw back into contention, KDD knew they needed to put some points on the scoreboard early in the second period. The PVRG defense just didn’t let it happen as they opened the 2nd period by allowing only 1 point to be scored over the first 15 jams.
Undoubtedly, the teams are more evenly matched than the final tally suggested. In typical derby fashion, untimely penalties had a significant impact on the bout. Neither team was immune to spending time in the penalty box, but it was Killamazoo who was especially saddled by penalty woes. For Killamazoo, Terrorhawk put on an impressive display of speed and agility and made her presence known as a jammer and as a blocker. As always, Javelin dished out plenty of hard hits. Fans were pleased to see KDD’s Noah Stompski in action again (she had suffered a leg injury in the first meeting between the teams). For PVRG, Grin Reaper led PVRG with 66 points in 8 jams, earning lead on 4 of 8 jams. Pissy Pistol and Chop StikYa added 60 points on 11 jams and 58 points on 11 jams, respectively. Msjf chipped in 22 in 4 jams as she skated her final bout with PVRG. On a night when the PVRG defense shined, it seems fitting to acknowledge the PVRG skaters who played predominately or exclusively in the trenches. PVRG’s dedicated group of blockers included Faye Talblow, Neva, Amanda Spank, Eye Drop Her, Ginger Gunns, Gynomite, Snap CrakYa Pop, Sugar Babies and Beck Off. For KDD, Lady Hawk and Lily St. Smear led KDD in scoring.
In the evenings opening contest, Paper Valley’s Flyin’ Squirrels bested the Old Capital City Roller Girls (OCCRG) of Iowa City, IA by a final tally of 169 to 105. In a bout that featured several swings of momentum, it was the Flyin’ Squirrel attack led by Cyanide Ride’s 77 points that scored often enough to turn back the squad from Iowa.
In the first period, the Flyin’ Squirrels rode the strength of a couple of high point jams as Cyanide Ride, Msjf and Amy Grindhouse each tallied a double digit jam. It was a strong opening jam by Ophelia Fracture and a monsterous 17 point outburst by Gladi8her that kept things tight. At the break, the Flyin’ Squirrels led 76-57.
To open the second period, Cyanide Ride and Msjf combined to add another 20 points to the lead, and it appeared the Flyin’ Squirrels might cruise to victory. But OCCRG kept things within reach by regularly matching the scoring of the Squirrels or taking small point margin wins. But, any hopes OCCRG entertained of a come-from-behind win were dashed when Cyanide Ride scored a 17-4 jam against Ophelia Fracture.
For OCCRG, Ophelia Fracture carried the scoring load scoring 40 points on 14 jams while Gladi8her added 29 more on 11 jams. Bat R Up and V-Train were dominant in the pack at times for OCCRG. For the Flyin’ Squirrels, Msjf added 33 points on 6 jams, while Flyin’ Squirrel captain, Amy Grindhouse, contributed 29 points on 10 jams. Kat Von D-Vious added 27 points on only 5 jams. “Protecting their nuts” (i.e playing frequently in the pack) were Dizzy Grrl Espy, Kat Von D-vious, Amanda Spank, LOOSE ifur HOOKER, Blarney Stonya, Trauma Hawk, Cyanide Ride, Lola Fal Lon Ya and Busta B. Otch. The Flyin’ Squirrels combated the physical style of OCCRG’s pack with coordinated pack control, often using OCCRG’s speed against them by slowing the pack behind their “last line of defense”, leaving their pivot/blocker out of play and helpless against the PVRG jammers.
The Paper Valley Roller Girls kick off the new year when the All-Stars host the Brewcity Battlestars of Milwaukee, WI and the Flyin’ Squirrels host the Glass City Rollers of Toldeo, OH on January 9, 2010. A special “merby” (men’s derby) exhibition by Minnesota’s Twin City Terrors will take place during intermission. Killamazoo takes a break from action before returning to the track later in 2010. A Paper Valley vs. Killamazoo re-match is scheduled for May 1st, 2010 in Kalamazoo, MI.