Saturday 19th May saw Central City Rollergirls’ Centrinnians take on London Rockin’ Rollers All Stars at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Birmingham. The last time these teams met for a full bout CCR were victorious, but earlier in the year when they met in the final of the UKRDA Tournament at Tattoo Freeze, LRR came away with the win and the 2012 Tattoo Freeze Trophy. Going into the bout CCR were eager to settle the score, while LRR wanted revenge for the defeat CCR inflicted on them a year ago in London.
Both teams lined up with vastly different teams when they met on May Day 2011 and the game started cautiously with LRR taking lead jammer in the first few jams but with CCR’s jammer exiting the pack not far behind, there were a few ‘hit it and quit it’ jams. The scores crept up slowly, with LRR picking up a point per jam making it LRR 3 – CCR 0 a few jams in. 8 minutes into the game LRR took the first decisive lead of the game eking out 13 – 2 lead, a testament to the tight pack work and impenetrable walls being displayed by both teams.
Then came the first power jam of the day… both teams received one each in short succession and the scores jumped up to CCR 21 – 35 LRR. Scores remained close for the majority of the first half, with no team taking a decisive lead until CCR gained another power play just before half time with the half ending at CCR 88 – 45 LRR.
LRR started the second half strong, and looked to be clawing the deficit back scoring 14 unanswered points but shortly after CCR used a power jam to bring their lead back and then some, dominating the score line for the entire second half. LRR made the most of their power plays when they came, but it wasn’t enough to regain the lead and CCR kept pulling away until the bout closed at CCR 223 – 109 LRR.
Power jams, which are currently proving so pivotal in the game, yet again proved to be a deciding factor in this bout. When either team had the advantage, stationary packs meant that blockers made it easy for their jammers to rack up a huge amount of points and exploit these to their full potential. On the day, CCR had the edge and came away with the win but we can’t wait to see what happens when the two teams next meet on track.
ROSTER: 82 Hustle’Her (Captain); 3 Tinchy Slider; o4 Lex Brawl; 10 Bunny Massacre; 20 Billie Whizz; 42 Agent Dana Scurry; 54 D’Elusive Del; 69 Verry Cherry; 84 Tenacity; 85 Lethal Sizzle; 100 Dynamite Bo; 119 Scarlett McCabre; 333 Rubix Crude; 666 Tragic Wrath. Bench Manager: Barry Fight. LUM: Block Star
Awards:- MVP: Tinchy Slider; Best Jammer: Hustle’Her; Best Blocker: Tragic Wrath
Photos courtesy of Scott Jones.
The next home bout CCR have will be their intra league final on Saturday June 2nd where Bad Apples will take on reigning Champions Disco Beaters. Further details to be released soon!