Sunday, June 23, 2013

ROLLER DERBY: Skatesaphrenics Slaughter Sick Town, 294-121

Medusa Harm graced the official bout poster.

The Emerald City Roller Girls’ travel-team Skatesaphrenics (ranked #67 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) were not supposed to play the Sick Town Derby Dames (#135) Saturday night. Originally, they were going to compete against the Bellingham Roller Betties (#97). But due to injuries and other conflicts, Bellingham only had six charter skaters available. Consequently, they put together a team of unchartered skaters to play Emerald City’s B-Ward in the opening bout Saturday night. A bout the B-Ward won 202-171.

The unsanctioned headlining bout was marked by the triumphant return of Phrenics’ Rex Havoc, one of the most feared blockers in the Northwest. This was Rex’s first travel team bout of 2013 after receiving shoulder surgery during the off season.

The Phrenics individually came in with a lot of experience with Sick Town. All three Emerald City home teams played Sick Town this season. The Andromedolls won 206-171 last weekend. In April, Church of Sk8in beat Sick Town 228-189. And in February, Emerald City’s 2013 Champion Flat Track Furies lost 188-145.

After a 2-0 jam, a costly cut major by Jala Pain Yo on the second jam of the bout gave Sick Town their first and biggest lead of the game 19-2. The lead didn’t last long as the Phrenics’ Medusa Harm tallied a 25-0 jam after Sick Town jammer Hot Boxxx picked up a cut. Medusa scored 51 of the Phrenics’ first 58 points before giving up the star for the night due to penalty trouble. Medusa was dominating with her blocking until she was ejected for an egregious high hit midway through the second half.

Sick Town clawed their way back with a 20-2 power jam by ILL-Ninja. Twelve minutes into the bout Sick Town led for the last time 39-34. Miss Kitty La Rue earned Sick Town’s first lead jammer nod of the bout on the following jam but was promptly whistled to the box for cutting. This allowed Medusa Harm to collect a 24-4 jam and give the Phrenics the lead for good. The Phrenics were masterful at getting lead collecting it 25 times to Sick Town’s 8. The Phrenics continued to build upon their lead going into the half up 130-61.

The Phrenics dominated the second half. In the first sixteen minutes, they outscored Sick Town 96-12 to put the game out of reach. In a game that featured ten jams of 20+ points, Sick Town’s jammer penalty trouble made the difference. Sick Town’s jammers were in the box for sixteen jams while the Phrenics were there eight. For the most part, the Phrenics’ offensive blockers engaged Sick Town blockers on the power jams. Phrenics’ blocker Coop de Grâce was dominant on the power jams using perfect timing to sweep away the Sick Town blockers leaving gaping holes for her jammers.

When the dust settled, the Phrenics proved to be the superior team, 294-121.

After the bout, Sick Town named Phrenics’ blocker Killin Sicilian the MVP of the bout. The Phrenics picked Stitches N Bones.

The Skatesaphrenics’ next travel to Boise, Idaho to play in the Spudtown Knockdown July 20th and 21st. Sick Town plays Lilac City on July 27th in Spokane, Wash.

For more coverage and pictures of this bout and the opening bout, visit Lane Today.

Jammer Stats

Emerald City’s Skatesaphrenics (Lead – Total – In Box – Points)
Jala Pain Yo (3 – 4 – 1 – 61)
Wonder Dread (8 – 11 – 0 – 56)
Medusa Harm (2 – 4 – 3 – 51)
Ogden (4 – 5 – 0 – 49)
Neel (2 – 3 – 2 – 39)
Psychotic Rage (3 – 6 – 1 – 24)
Rex Havoc (3 – 5 – 1 – 14)

Sick Town (Lead – Total – In Box – Points)
ILL-Ninja (2 – 13 – 7 – 55)
Stitches N Bones (1 – 6 – 2 – 26)
Miss Kitty La Rue (1 – 4 – 1 – 21)
HotBoxxx (2 – 4 – 2 – 12)
Syd Rock (2 – 8 – 2 – 7)
Swagger Jackie (0 – 5 – 2 – 0)

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