Monday, July 12, 2010

SDRD Rockettes’ Debut Bout -June 26, 2010

So you think San Diego Roller Derby is Lady Diesel’s Team with Rumble Pie and a few decent jammers? Think again. The fans at the most recent San Diego Roller Derby bout know better. On June 26th, San Diego Roller Derby introduced their latest team, the Rockettes, and once again the fans were begging for more. Not only did the Rockettes bedazzle fans with their cute uniforms and knockout smiles, but they showed us once again that Roller Derby is a game of skill and knowledge, not just size and brawn.

San Diego Roller Derby's Rockettes beat the West Coast Derby Knockouts with a final score of 118-111. And what a game it was! I admit, I was a little concerned about SDRD’s chances for the win. I had seen all the Starlettes’ bouts and had been impressed by the talent and perseverance of these girls. But when I found out that Lady Diesel, along with some of the other star players were not going to be hitting the track, I was not so sure of the win. But once the bout started, I had no doubt who were the superstars.

I have seen JunoescareMe before, but I had not realized what raw talent and enthusiasm she could exhibit. She has played with the Starlettes; but she is the captain of the Rockettes. She jams, she blocks, and she calls the shots. She is the brains and the glue of the Rockettes. But of course, she could not do this alone. Players like Brigg 'em Down, Supersize’N, and Sweet Pain scored the points while the blockers kept the West Coast Derby Knockouts down and out. Marcy Slayground was an amazing source of power as she made hit after hit. But, she would not have been so successful on the track if it were not for the efforts of her evil twin, Block ‘N Roll, who is equally as effective and powerful.

The West Coast Derby Knockouts were obviously a skilled team, and it was apparent from the beginning that they were in it to win. But, the San Diego Rockettes kept up the fight, battling out point for point way up until the second half. West Coast’s RegulateHer was a powerhouse of speed and skill, and every effective block on her was celebrated as a success. But, somehow, the Rockettes persevered. Jam Master Drey, Red Hot Penni, Velvet Klaw and Achilles' Fools were able to show their skills as experienced players assisting and blocking while keeping newer players within the bounds of fair play. Even the new players in their very first bout showed their skills. This was the first bout for Berry Nasty, Hawaii Five-Two, HR ruf N stuff, and Indiana Bruiser. But, each played like experienced skaters, demonstrating not only the hard work and dedication of these players, but also that of the coaches.

But as the teams battle it out in the second half with only minutes left in the bout, JunoescareMe was taken out in a desperate attempt to prevent her from scoring. Juno hit the ground and didn’t get up, she limped to the bench and the game continued without the Rockettes’ captain. But still the Rockettes prevailed over the West Coast Derby Knockouts!

Congratulations, San Diego Roller Derby! You have dazzled us again. And all the best to JunoescareMe! May you be back on your skates before SDRD plays Orange County in the fall. Please!!

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