For their first games as WFTDA Full Members Central City Rollergirls (CCR) travelled down to London Rollergirls’ home venue of Earls Court on Saturday 3rd March to take on one of LRG’s intra league teams, Harbour Grudges (HG), and while things didn’t exactly go to plan, it was another valuable learning experience for the new look Centrinnians line-up.
CCR entered the game fresh from their win against Rainy City Roller Girls in February and Harbour Grudges were eager to assert their prowess after going 1-1 so far in the LRG 2012 home season.
In the first jam of the game HG’s jammer escaped the pack early but on their way to their first scoring pass got sent to the box. CCR were able to complete a full scoring pass before their opposition’s jammer returned to the game making the scores 5 – 4 in CCR’s favour. In the next jam although CCR’s jammer exited the pack first HG’s jammer caught up and forced an early call off. HG’s piled on the speed and pressure, and in the next jam took the lead making the scores 28 – 5 in their favour. In the rest of the half HG’s exploited power jams effectively and held solid walls strecthing their lead to 112 – 24 by the end of the first 30 minutes of play.
Despite the score being so heavily weighted against them, CCR came out in the second half determined to enjoy the rest of the game. No matter how daunting the score line, tight the wall in front of their jammers, or how many times they got hit onto the cold, hard, concrete floor, CCR never gave up. The defensive pressure put on CCR and Velcro-like abilities of HG’s jammer killers kept their scores low for the rest of the game. The speed of the HG jammers enabled them to rack up points until the game ended 305 – 34 in the home teams favour.
A rowdy CCR fun bus headed back to Birmingham with a lot of inspiration and determination to regain their winning form.
ROSTER: 82 Hustle’Her (Captain); 3 Tinchy Slyder; 04 Lex Brawl; 10 Bunny Massacre; 19 Woo-Ha!; 20 Billie Whizz; 27 Germaine Leer; 42 Agent Dana Scurry; 43 Beth Metal; 54 D’Elusive Del; 69 Verry Cherry; 84 Tenacity; 85 Lethal Sizzle; 100 Dynomite Bo;
AWARDS: MVP – Hustle’Her, Best Jammer – Hustle’Her, Best Blocker – Lethal Sizzle
Photo courtesy of Iona Photo
On Saturday 10th March CCR’s Centrinnians will be keen to get back on the right track in their first Sanctioned Bout as Full WFTDA members when they take on Auld Reekie Roller Girls’ Twisted Thistles back on home turf. CCR’s ‘Slay Belles’ also take on Manchester Roller Derby in the double header. You can get your tickets early at a discounted price here.