roller derby


rcrg.jpgThis season, Rat City Roller Girls play at Key Arena, which is presumably desperate for events now with both the Sonics and Thunderbirds gone. Which, hey, good for RCRG! Magnuson Parks’ Hangar 27 was pretty tiny and crowded and the demand for itckets was a lot higher than they could accomodate.

A change to the format this year: instead of playing the halves of the two bouts in alternating order, (i.e. Game 1 half 1, Game 2 Half 1, Game 1 Half 2, Game 2 Half 2) they played each entire game all the way through. Enh, I prefer it the other way I think, but will reserve judgement for a bit. Both games came down to the last couple of minutes and had close finishes, which was pretty exciting. Sockit Wenches and DLF won their games, and face off next month. Woo!

Sadly, two of our DLF favorites were MIA. My favorite isn’t listed on the roster for this year :-( and theCultFigure’s favorite is listed but didn’t play this time.

As for Key Arena. Well. The view was good – I bet no matter where you were sitting, you could see everything very well. Definitely it was great to see a big and enthusiastic turnout for the bout. But the whole thing kind of lost some of its ‘”underground” and “counterculture” feel. I hate to be a contrarian, because I want roller derby to be a success, so I’m trying to ignore/accept it. I guess it’s an interesting inflection point in the growth of Seattle derby. Pix after the cut.

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Sunday was the final day of action, with the 3rd place and championship bouts.

3rd place: Philly vs Texas
This was a very exciting and hard-fought bout, with Philly up by I think as much as 30 at one point in the second half. Then a really great blocker for Philly got ejected, and the Texecutioners chipped away and chipped away at the lead until the score was tied with just a few minites left! Unfortunately, the second-to-last jam was a chaotic mess of penalties that saw just about all the Texas players sent off, so the refs pretty much decided the bout :-( I was glad Philly won, cuz hey, if I’m not able to root for Rat City, I’m rooting for my town of origin, but it was sad how much the outcome was marred by penalties.

In other news, my Philly derby girlfriend is Robin Drugstores (the one who got ejected). Fantastic blocker. I loved all the awesome ways she ushered her jammers through the pack. And generally directed strategy out there.

Championship: Gotham City vs Windy City
Wow is Gotham good. WOW. Windy City really hung in but Gotham really had this pretty well in hand most of the time. They had 3 amazing jammers, I think two of them had over 150 points for the weekend. They were so methodical out there, so skilled, and so disciplined. Just a pleasure to watch.

theCultFigure decided Gotham’s jammer Suzy Hotrod is his Gotham derby girlfriend. Mine is blocker Beonslay. I guess I have a preference for defense and he has a preference for offence?

Crappy photo! This event was not just the tournament, it was also like a derby marketplace with several vendors. Including, for example, a socks specialist: Sock It To Me!

Tired! I think watching four bouts in a day is the limit!

#3 Rat City vs #2 Windy City
Sadly, we lost pretty badly. Tremendous amount of penalties in this bout; seemed mostly to go against Rat City :-( Injury to defensive monster D-Bomb and ejection of her sister Femme Fatale didn’t help…

#3 Philly Liberty Belles vs #2 Bay Area Derby Girls
Bay area came on very strong in the final jam and made up about 20 points, but Philly squeaked out a few points too, enough to preserve the win and advance to round 2.

Round 2
Windy City upset the Texecutioners in a nailbiter whose outcome was strongly affected by penalties.

Gotham City pounded the crap out of Philly.

Crappy pictures! One of Rat City being introduced before their bout. One of Philly and Bay Area lining up before a jam begins.

Two matches tonight, between the 1 and 4 seeds from East and West. The opening ceremony used some exciting syncopated drumming, I really felt pumped up and ready to go to war!

#1 Texas vs #4 Carolina
Texas got off to a strong start but Carolina was able to keep things close occasionally, so the bout stayed exciting through the middle stages. Strong jams from the Texecutioners’ Rice Rocket (she had at least 40 points in the second half) put the bout out of reach, however, and Texas won by something like 125 to 61.

#1 Gotham City vs #4 Duke City
This was so lopsided it wasn’t funny. Duke City was down 98-8 at halftime and we decided to bail on the second half. Presumably Gotham advanced to the next round.

And now for crappy pictures! One is of the drum corps and one is of some of the participating teams during opening ceremonies. The teams lined up around the edge of the track.

nwklogo This weekend, theCultFigure and I are road-tripping to Portland for Northwest Knockdown, a.k.a. flat-track roller derby national championships, where we’ll cheer on the Rat City all-stars hopefully to total domination!

In fact, we’ll probably be in the car when this post publishes. I may try to live blog it a little from my phone. I doubt I’ll get good pictures from the phone though. We’ll see how it goes.

According to the schedule, Rat City’s first bout is Saturday afternoon. I’m excited to see all the top teams from around the country. Hopefully lots of Rat City fans will make the trip and there’ll be lots of noise for our girls!!

Pix from Rat City’s final bout of their league season, after the cut.

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Rat City Roller Girls seem to have come in third in the 2008 Western Regionals of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association this past weekend, meaning we’ll get to see them next month at nationals (aka Northwest Knockdown)! Yes, we’re road tripping to Portland to see it. Shut up. It’s close enough to drive to.