ARCH’s Fleur De Linquents Stay Undefeated With Road Win

(Photos By Bob Dunnell – mrmcwheely.com)

(CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO) Arch Rival Roller Derby’s traveling C-team, the Fleur De Linquents, journeyed to the “boot heel” of the Show-Me State Saturday night and remained undefeated following a 304-69 victory over Cape Girardeau Roller Derby at A.C. Brase Arena.

With the overwhelming win, the FDLs improved to 2-0 and showed marked improvements since their season-opening nail-biter against the Prairieland Punishers in early-June.

“We were fresh and we were confident,” said FDL jammer Detta after the triumph. “We had another month and a half under our belts to practice together and to work on strategy.”

“A lot of what we did worked tonight,” added jammer Snotface. “In practice (last week), we were working out the kinks to see what works and what doesn’t. It was good to go out, get lead and control the game. I think what we were working on, we definitely showed off.”

Leading 9-7 seven minutes deep, the FDLs scored thirty uncontested points over the next two jams. Detta’s 20-point power jam in the game’s sixth rotation was followed by Bloody Gaga’s 10-point strike, resulting in a 39-7 lead with 20:10 left in the period.

The 32-point differential held steady as the period progressed with CGRD trailing 47-15 following a four-pointer scored by Cape jammer Cyclops.

The FDLs defiantly countered with a 37-0 rally that was anchored by the rock-steady blocking of ARCH newcomer Emily alongside Birdsong, Trigger Happy Jackie, Rumbledore, Carmina Pirhana, Wicked Witch of the Midwest, Spock N’ Roll, She’Kill O’Neal, Bruise Almighty and Quicksandz. Highlighted by Gaga’s 24-pointer scored midway through the three-jam sprint, the FDLs widened their lead to 84-15 with 9:35 left in the half.

“The blockers were working together and they were phenomenal,” said Detta of her sistren. “They were the key to our successful jammers tonight.”

“It’s really nice because we have so many blockers with different skill sets,” added Snotface.

Detta’s 18-3 power jam on the next rotation pushed the FDL overall output past triple-digits and with Gaga’s 14-point power jam collected with 2:15 left, so did the differential as the scoreboard saw the visitors leading 128-20.

Snotface collected an 18-4 rotation in the half’s penultimate jam as the FDL’s lead blossomed to 154-33 at intermission.

To their credit, CGRD came out with a little pep in their step to begin the second period and cobbled an 18-9 run that narrowed the deficit to 163-51 six minutes deep.

The Fleur De Linquents then produced their most impressive run of the evening: a 48-0 push over the next seven jams that completely silenced the already-muffled CGRD faithful. Highlighted by Detta’s 20-pointer scored at the 19:30 mark and concluded by Snotface’s 10-pointer three minutes later, the FDLs widened the score to 211-51.

As the period continued, ARCH widened the differential to the bi-centennial mark with power jams. Gaga’s 20-pointer with five minutes left made the score 278-62.

A game-concluding 17-point power jam from Snotface resulted in the team’s 304-69 win that kept the C-team’s record spotless. Gaga topped the scoring ledger with 110 points followed by Detta’s 102.

As selected by CGRD, Snotface received “Most Valuable Jammer” recognition while Emily was named “Most Valuable Blocker” in the pivot’s travel team debut.

The C-team competes next against Dark River Derby Coalition in Quincy, Illinois on Saturday, August 23.

“We can take tonight’s win and just stay hungry with it,” assessed Detta. “Keep the confidence and know that we have the skills, but we have to keep working, growing and developing together. We can’t let it go to our heads. We have to keep striving and going on.”

FDL SCORING: Bloody Gaga 110, Detta 102, Snotface 83, Spock N’ Roll 9.

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Muckety Muck

Muckety Muck has been a co-announcer for Arch Rival Roller Derby since 2008. Writes Arch Rival previews and recaps for Arch City Sports, a St. Louis-based sports website.

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