You don‘t need to go to New York for good derby. For their two year anniversary, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Radicals invited Hanover’s Black Rose Rollers to face the remnants of Irene for a flat track battle.
A game that promised to be a pretty even match-up turned out to be surprisingly point heavy to the side of Hanover. If you were watching the bout, but not the score board, you would have been unsure as to who was up. B.R.R. was able to gain four point leads throughout the first few jams. At only nine minutes in, Black Rose was up 26 to 9.
The trend continued as the game progressed. Jammers for Black Rose, #F1 Canade Grenade and #352 Olive Havoc were simply too much for the walls of the Roller Radicals. Olive was as hoppy as usual, throughout the game she ran on her skates as if the floor were her own. She often had to face off against weapon #81 Veronika Gettsberger for the Radicals, and unlike other jammers to play the Radicals in the past, Havoc was often able to prevail.
Very early into the game, the Radicals suffered a hit to their roster. #932 MJ Slamher, a repeat MVP for the team this season, went down with an elbow injury and had to be taken to the hospital.
The Radicals were attempting to play very defense heavy. They allowed the Black Roses to keep a slow pack, and they would often form two or three person walls. The team of #1200 (birthday girl) Liberty Violence and #910 Slick Ticket was almost unbreakable at the front of the pack. If the Black Roses allowed either of these players to team up with anyone, they would have a much harder time scoring points.
On the other side of the coin, Black Rose’s “Ghost and the Darkness” #4512 April May Dismember and #1760 By O. Hazard were at it again this bout. They found each other at the beginning of the bout, and they would not allow anyone through. #8 Slamorous or #1812 GoGo Tenebomb would often complete their three person wall to control strong jammers Berger and #108 Beck N Hater. In the back of the pack, #8008 Feeler Up was having an on day, killing jammers easily and communicating with her team.
Where Black Rose failed and Wilkes-Barre prevailed was the use of the inside line. Often, the Black Roses would forget to defend that area of the track while the Roller Radicals would not cede an inch to the enemy. Black Rose jammers would been forced to take an outside line, while the Radicals could slide through along the inside. Neither team, though, were very aware of how to fully take advantage of their power jam situations.
In the second half it was #579 Smash Potato making an impression on the girls of Black Rose with her solid hits and strong booty blocks. The Big Hit Award for Wilkes-Barre, undeniably has to go to #1200 Liberty Violence sent several girls from Hanover flying. For Black Rose, it is being awarded to #2 AssasinAsian, who was able to perform a perfect “booty pop” on an unfortunate Roller Radical jammer. #1831 Freak On a Leash-a jumped into the spotlight towards the end of the first half as she did her part for the score with a number of impressive jams; despite not being considered a “primary” star-carrier for the Black Roses.
A fantastic part of this bout was the fact that no matter what the penalty, no matter how riled some of the fans got, you could see both teams having fun. Members on both sides chatted during official time outs, and Gettsberger and Havoc would greet each other on the jam line. (That pairing, as a side note, was always great to watch; especially because Berger is about a foot taller than Havoc on her skates)
The final came out with Black Rose on top, 183-133. The Die Hard Award goes to #910 Slick Ticket who kept on getting back up. Watching the bout, you could see that she was a player her team was counting on, and she did not want to disappoint. The Oh No, Not Her Award goes to #8008 Feeler Up who made the Radicals jammers work for their points.
The Roller Radicals can’t sit and celebrate their birthday too hard though, and they know it! Their next bout is coming up on September 11 when they will travel down to the capital to skate against Harrisburg Area Roller Derby’s Fallout Femmes.
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