(The official GRG bout reports are here and here. )
Glasgow Roller Girls "Maiden Grrders" vs Dublin Roller Girls
Ireland's first Roller Derby league, Dublin Roller Girls were formed in late 2009. In the first bout of the day, Glasgow set their 'B' team, the Maiden Grrders, against them, coming out with a narrow victory of 90 pts home to 73 away.
Skateout link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QVZhkyzL_I
The first jam of the bout is often a slightly indecisive affair, the teams trying to take each other’s measure. Both jammers had some trouble getting through the pack, with Dublin’s Jessica Rammit (<3) and GRG’s Love Hurts (117) both managing good last minute takedowns. In the end, it was DRG jammer B A Blockus (18) who made it through the pack first, with GRG’s Fightin’ Torque (531) unable to score. The GRG blocking was hardly ineffective, however, as B A failed to attain more than 3 points, despite the jam running to the full 2 minutes.
|GRG's Fighting Torque (531) knocked down at the last moment by Dublin's Jessica Rammit (<3)|
|Dublin's B A Blockus (18) meeting an identical fate thanks to GRG's Love Hurts (117)|
|Zombilina slips through the gaps made by her teammates...|
|...and outpaces a last second block by Dublin's Belle For Leather|
|Kim McKazi just before leaving the pack, and the track, en-route to the penalty box.|
|And Lil' Edee and Peppy Nephrene aren't quite enough to stop Zombilina in her tracks.|
|Jess E Ska alone behind the jammer line, apart |
from jammer ref Cherry Fury, of course...
|...and similarly having fought her way through the pack.|
|Jessica Rammit almost gets clean through the pack...|
Dublin’s Jessica Rammit, jamming next, was obviously well aware of the need to regain the forward momentum, and looked like she was right on track to do so, powering through the pack, until she was tackled at the last second by a precisely aimed Kausin’ Kaos (311) (still attaining Lead Jammer status). In the end, GRG’s Zombilina out paced her, although failing to attain lead, such that Jessica called the jam as soon as she escaped the pack.
|...but can't quite dodge a sacrificial block by Kausin' Kaos.|
|GRG's Peggy Su-icide's first of many falls this jam.|
24 GRG: 18 DRG
|Even holding onto Lola Bruises won't save you from Lil' Edee!|
|Zola Blood "enjoys" the solitude of the sin-bin.|
So, it was left to GRG’s Zombilina to somehow conjure up another power jam in jam 7, Dublin’s Zola Blood (67) getting herself sent off trying to pass pivot Lola Bruises. With the GRG blockers eventually managing to slow the pack goating Dublin’s Dirty Knees Lou-Eez (17), Zombilina brought back another 10 points.
|Dublin's Dirty Knees Lou-Eez on the wrong side of the|
Maiden Grrders' wall.
By the end of the 13th jam, the home team had only extended their lead to
47 GRG : 22 DRG
but the general flow of the game definitely looked like going the Grrders’ way.
|Jessica Rammit squeezing Torque off the track...|
First, Jessica Rammit knocked GRG’s Fightin’ Torque out of play, and then powered through the pack, but failed to do so cleanly and didn’t gain lead jammer status. Torque exiting the pack soon after called the jam, but not before Jessica picked up 3 points.
|Torque calls it!|
Consider that a warm up for the 15th jam, Jessica Rammit powering through the pack once again, but this time doing it right to attain lead jammer, and picking up 6 points before Zombilina managed to pass her and force the jam to be called.
Things looked like they were going to go all Dublin’s way in the next jam
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRpLoroThk ) as GRG’s Dreaded Dragon, jamming, managed to get herself sent to the sin-bin for track cutting while Dublin’s Tina Gutt-Her and Jam effortlessly outpaced the pack to get lead jammer in a power jam. She proved less effective in passing a more determined GRG pack when scoring, however, and the pack was kept both fast and impassible for her for the rest of the jam. To crown matters, Tina finally managed to accumulate enough minors to get herself sent off right at the end of the jam, handing Jam 17 to the Glasgow team as a power jam.
|Kitty Cadaver squishes Torque.|
Fightin’ Torque stepped up to the challenge, but exceptionally good defensive blocking by Dublin, especially pivot Kitty Cadaver (37) managed to keep her in the pack for long enough for Tina to escape the sin-bin, when Torque called the jam closed.
And finally, jam 18 also failed to change matters, with the jammers equally matched once more. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBErOhhC1Gs )
With no scores in the last two jams, the first period closed with the scores at a very close:
48 GRG : 39 DRG
|The Tiger Bay Brawlers sneak in |
a little half-time practise.
|Rusty Bullet, on her way to scoredom.|
As play resumed, both teams were happy to play conservatively and defensively, the first two jams seeing GRG’s Torque ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8f2nv0AcHY ) pick up only 2 pts, then Dublin’s Rusty Bullet (68) managing a single pass, not quite calling it before Zombilina also picked up 2.
With the score now at
52 GRG : 43 DRG
there was no room for any mistakes from the Maiden Grrders.
|Zola Blood skates past a depleted GRG pack.|
With a final haul of 15 points before the power jam ended, things were suddenty looking a lot different for the scoreboard:
52 GRG : 58 DRG !
|Rusty and Zombilina have a race.|
|Fighting Torque gaining on Peppy Nephrene, like a|
a very friendly missile.
|Tina Gutt-Her and Jam jamming... her way to the sin-bin|
(Zombilina imperturbable behind her)
62 GRG : 67 DRG
(score was initially 62:68 but adjusted down after official TO).
|Belle for Leather not as far ahead of Torque as she'd like.|
|Rusty comes from behind, for 3.|
With the lead only a single grand slam pass in size, the tension may have been getting to both teams. The next three jams saw very low scoring, Dublin’s Belle For Leather first unable to escape Fightin’ Torque, despite an initially strong DRG wall, followed by Rusty Bullet managing only 3 points in the same situation. Maidens captain Whisky Galore demonstrated how to really block someone out in the next jam, however, allowing Zombilina to finally pick up some points for Glasgow.
|...shows 'em how...|
|...helping Zombilina to get some much needed points.|
The score now:
65 GRG : 70 DRG
|Torque powers through a depleted Dublin defence...|
With 15 minutes left in the bout, the tide had finally began to turn once more, with Fightin’ Torque grabbing lead jammer, and enough of a lead on Dublin’s Belle for Leather thanks to blocking from Coco Pox to score a full pass’ worth of points before calling it. (Aided somewhat by a depleted Dublin pack.
|...Belle for Leather finds Coco Pox rather less lacking.|
With that vital pair of points acquired, the score was now:
71 GRG : 70 DRG!
|Torque and Jessica staying close...|
|B A Blockus and the GRG wall...|
|Jessica Rammit limits the damage Zombilina can do.|
83 GRG : 75 DRG
After that period of excitement, both teams seemed to once again begin to find each other's measure, Fightin' Torque unable to score more than a single pass in the 17th jam, and Jess E Ska too closely shadowed by Dublin's Rusty Bullet to even do that. Despite this, the Maiden Grrders continued to increase their lead, a time-out subsequently removing 2 points from the DRG score, leaving us at:
90 GRG : 73 DRG
With little time remaining in the bout, we entered something of a repeat of the first period. Both teams being equally matched, and the Maiden Grrders in particular keen to play conservatively, no points were gained by anyone. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ6eK-oCsc4 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV64J3pVSK8 ) (Although, in the final jam, this was something of a foregone conclusion, DRG jammer losing her wheel at the very start of the jam... ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ75JmHOfsw ) )
With no scores for the last four jams of the bout, the final score finally called at:
90 GRG Maiden Grrders : 73 DRG
Kitty Cadaver (37) DRG
Coco Pox (76) GRG
Zola Blood (67) DRG
Zombilina (15) GRG (well deserved)
Jessica Rammit (<3) DRG (excellence jamming and blocking)
Whiskey Galore (11) GRG
Glasgow Roller Girls "Irn Bruisers" vs Tiger Bay Brawlers
The second bout was also something of an exciting occurrence - Cardiff's Tiger Bay Brawlers have only been playing interleague bouts since the start of the year, but have already managed some impressive performances. Glasgow was possibly the toughest challenge the Brawlers had faced yet, however, and the GRG's 'A' team, the Irn Bruisers achieved an imposing victory; the final score at 186 GRG : 58 TBB.
(However, the Brawlers probably won the Skateout, partly also by winning the boutfit contest for all time.)
Skateout link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLob0SxWrHo
|Kid Block outpaces Lead Jammer Marla Mayhem|
in the very first jam.
|Mistress Malicious through the pack in record time.|
|Jolly Pop behind the first of many GRG walls.|
|Hello Reeshii careens to victory!|
|Hateball holds back Reeshii.|
|Marshall Lawless out for points.|
Mistress Malicious picked up a single pass ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYeKtSFMSMo ) while waterfalling and walling from GRG’s Wild Oates (3), Lucky Hateball (pivot) and Viper (29) kept Crash Bandicute (26) locked back in the pack.
|Billie Pistol after a skate-by blocking|
by Marla Mayhem
|And about to happen again.|
|Though Marshall Lawless also suffered some obstructions.|
41 GRG : 1 TBB
|Kid Block about to be left in the dust by the Prawn.|
|Takin' a knee.|
A faster pack, and more aggressive blocking from the away team saw Billie Pistol pick up another two points, tripling their previous score; whilst Marshall Lawless was restricted to a relatively restrained 6 point gain by Kid Block.
|Yet another GRG wall, this time constraining Ava Assassin.|
|Marshall Lawless, well, blocked, by Kid Block|
With the first period more than half gone, the score stood at a forbidding, but not unassailable
52 GRG : 3 TBB
|Mistress Malicious in the lead again.|
|BB Bombshell does the near impossible and |
out-races Hardcore Prawn
With 11 minutes in the period, an aggressively skating BB Bombshell (666, captain) managed to outpace Hardcore Prawn, although neither passed the pack legally (in fact, both experienced sequential fleeting moments in the sin-bin from accumulated minors, the close timing of the penalties restricting their cumulative effect on the jam itself). Without a lead jammer, the points scored would be determined by the effectiveness of blockers restraining the jammers from passing them; both GRG and TBB blockers proving adept at this; Prawn eventually passing the star to pivot Betty GoGo  to get some final points scored. Still, it was another chance for the Brawlers to show what they could do if they had the chance, with BB Bombshell actually picking up 9 points to Prawn’s 7, bringing the score to
|...of both jammers...|
|but Prawn can pass to Marla.|
63 GRG : 12 TBB
|Crash Bandicute being victimised by the Bruisers.|
Brief surges of determined resistance were hearteningly visible in jam 15, with Marshall Lawless forced to pass the star to pivot Mistress Malicious, who did wonders with it.
|Marshall Lawless on the floor, considers passing the star.|
|Crash Bandicute breaks that GRG wall!|
At half time, things looked bad for the Brawlers, with the score now at:
|Kid Block joins in the Great TBB fightback!|
92 GRG : 12 TBB
although, with their rate of improvement in the closing minutes, there was still hope for them yet.
What the Brawlers really needed at the start of the second period was some kind of big disruption. Luckily, two power jams in a row more than doubled their score in just a few minutes, with GRG’s Marla Mayhem getting herself sent off for track cutting just after leaving the pack, behind an impressively fast Boba Fetish (32) who had already grabbed lead jammer status with both hands. Good tactical pack splitting helped Boba to pass a strong GRG wall, and the Brawlers even managed to bring the pack to a standstill, goating Lucky Hateball! This was a totally different team to the one that had been playing in the first period, and they thoroughly deserved the 15 points they brought home. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_bskzN_V-o )
|Crash, once again, cuts through that pack.|
The second jam continued this huge transformation, with Crash Bandicute cutting through the pack, then Megan Hyndman giving TBB the second power jam in a row. After picking up multiple laps more points, Crash managed a clumsy block against GRG’s Sykes, getting herself sent off, and allowing Megan Hyndman back on to return the power jam favour. Good goating of TBB pivot Judge Redd (27) helped with the points acquisition, with the jam ending at:
100 GRG : 46 TBB
|Mistress Malicious outpaces Hello Reeshii|
|...but a later stumble sends her to the sin-bin.|
|The Irn Bruisers delaying the start of the jam proper|
because they miss Hateball so much.
A rare event in the fifth jam, as GRG’s Marla Mayhem powered through the pack to attain lead jammer status, unfortunately leaving her star behind on Hell Neenio (42)’s elbow pad. No-one seemed to notice, which caused significant confusion when Marla tried to call the jam off: jammers only have their special powers if they actually have the star on their head. Once she actually got the star back, it wasn’t long before she also managed to get sent to the bin, handing the Brawlers a power jam with seconds left in the jam. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNa8f_B2AEc )
Unfortunately, it was all to be for naught, with the jam called dead, and the precious 4 points acquired by Boba Fetish for Cardiff removed post facto, Marla returned to the track and so on.
So, with the score back to
111 GRG : 51 TBB
|I'm sure you're all bored of GRG wall photos by now.|
|Prawn at speed, like a hot knife through something with|
a very low melting point
|Wild Oates with some good positional blocking.|
|Hello Reeshii about to break through...|
|...whilst Oates surprised by some Tiger Bay goat catching.|
|The Brawlers show what they've learnt about walling.|
|Kid Block gets sent off for track cutting.|
155 GRG : 53 TBB
|Can you spot the acrobatics by Prawn?|
|One jammer off, one without control of the jam.|
|Prawn returns, with those GRG walls proving BB Bombshell's nemesis once more.|
|Tiger Bay Brawlers keen to get going|
|Kid Block rewards their enthusiasm.|
|...but those damnable walls!|
Obviously keen to keep up the scoring momentum in jam 13, the Tigers managed to goat GRG’s Chemikill Hazard (LD50), trying to help jammer BB Bombshell to push through the pack first. And she did, but not without cutting track and getting herself sent off. With an unexpected power jam, Mistress Malicious was happy to take advantage, with the GRG blockers also turning tables and goating Queen LaQueefah to slow the pack for their own purpose. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZINmRgKlEDg )
|Crash squished between Oates and Lily|
|Prawn LJ, and looking serious.|
|Probably considering the stationary pack waiting for her.|
|Or possibly just foreboding her imminent trip to the sin-bin.|
|Which was soon to get even busier... and confused.|
Which is where we entered one of the more obscure rules of roller derby. Whilst normally a jammer entering the penalty box causes her opposing jammer to be released, this is only true for the first time it happens. If the first jammer reenters the box, both jammers remain off the track whilst they serve their respective sentences.
It appears that this rule is obscure enough that some players don’t recall it, as confusion reigned in the penalty area until the end of the jam, Prawn obviously keen to get back to scoring points against people.
A lengthly time out followed before the next jam, with an initial attempt at a start being aborted and Prawn being repositioned on the track.
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuaI3Gs5-Hg )
When the penultimate jam finally began, Prawn’s heart apparently wasn’t really in it, calling it with no score after Crash returned to the track herself (although not before two TBB blockers managed to end up in the sin-bin themselves).
And so, with the score still at
186 GRG : 64 TBB
the final jam ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-0wXkxq-Lw ) Megan Hyndman, having attained lead jammer easily, was happy to keep things simple, and called things quickly as TBB’s Boba Fetish was only centimetres behind her.
So, the score was
186 GRG : 64 TBB, right?
Well, the ways of Zebras are mysterious and not for mortal men, and the Tigers had obviously offended their mortal enemies. After a longish period of consultation, the official score was finally announced as:
186 GRG : 58 TBB
Sykes (360) GRG
Hello Reeshii (369) TBB
Marla Mayhem (13) GRG
Crash Bandicute (26) TBB (well, she did score most of their points...)
Megan Hyndman (4) GRG
BB Bombshell (666) TBB
Two very different bouts for the Glasgow Roller Girls in score, but perhaps equal in passion and determination for all the teams. To the credit of the Tiger Bay Brawlers, in particular, the whole team continued fighting hard even when it was clear they would be unlikely to win. All four teams played to their utmost, and, as always, there was nothing but good feeling after the bouts ended:
Glasgow Roller Girls, Dublin Roller Girls, Tiger Bay Brawlers
The ARC, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow
The tweeter behind the @TheGRG live bout tweets and the @tigerbaybrawler live tweets.
Lucky Hateball ( I assume ) for the bout programme
The announcers were: the mighty Helliverance for GRG and "Reece".
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