Story by Muckety Muck – Photos by Bob Dunnell
(BALLWIN, MO) At the local season midpoint, the defending champions for Arch Rival Roller Derby (ARCH) possesses an unblemished record.
Now 2-0 in local play, the Smashies look to maintain their perfect ledger when action resumes for the six-event regular season at Queeny Park on Saturday, February 24.
Although the defending champs netted a 50-point-plus triumph, the squad would be the first to tell you that they survived showdown with the red-flannels. Significantly trailing at intermission, the Smashinistas chipped away at the deficit in the in the second period’s first ten minutes.
Possessing a one-point lead midway through the frame, the team in green reigned supreme with their 41-6 rally that propelled victory which obtained sole possession of first place in the ARCH standings.
Tied 13-13 after two jams, the Smashinistas claimed a 21-13 lead following Flash’s eight-point strike in the game’s third rotation. The lead was short lived as M-80s’ lynch pin Shoulder, CO posted a 12-3 collection on the next jam that gave the loggers a 25-24 edge with 22:25 left in the first period.
Paced by blockers Smarty McFly, Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Hero-Shima and Professor Rumbledore, the Smashies regained the lead in Jam 5 as Bolt Action collected an even-strength 24-pointer at the 20:15 mark, resulting in a 48-25 scoreboard flip.
As the Smashinistas maintained a 58-39 lead as the period progressed, they eventually found themselves perpetually mired in a penalty funk and the M-80s capitalized quickly and repeatedly.
With blocking paced by BEECH, PLEASE!, Lumberjam, Snoop Dogwood, Fiona Crabapple, Ginger, Jenny Loggins, Sumack Down, Megabirch, Chop It Like It’s Hot, Maul Bunyan, Sequoia Destro-ya and Fight Shrub, the mateys scored 40 uncontested points and finished the period’s final ten minutes with a 74-20 swing.
Launched during the aforementioned deficit, Shoulder, CO took advantage of a pair of power jams and recorded 30 points with 10:20 left, resulting in a 69-58 lead change in favor of the M-80s. Twig E. Smalls followed with a 10-point power jam on the next rotation that pushed the score to 79-58.
Down the stretch, the M-80s continued their dam construction on the Smashies’ offense, and following Shoulder’s nine-point collection on the period’s final sprint, the loggers held an eye-opening 113-78 lead at intermission.
Facing a 35-point deficit against a hard-charging opponent, the Smashies could have either fought or fled in the early stages of the second half. They opted for the former and a 40-0 rally ensued over four jams.
Blocking by Girl Fawkes, Spock N’ Roll, Rock Slobster, Holliver Fist, Outlaw Josie Wheels and Poison Ivy assisted the comeback’s process. Launched by Bolt Action’s eight-point opening jam, accented by Vicious Van GoGo’s 23-point power jam at the 26:50 mark and concluded by Flash’s niner in Jam 3, the Smashies flipped the scoreboard to their favor, 118-113 with 25:20 left in the game.
Greenish good vibes were quickly thwarted as Shoulder notched a grand slam for the M-80s on the next rotation, resulting in a 118-118 tie.
By obtaining lead and capitalizing on M-80s’ penalties, the Smashies accumulated a 32-13 output on the next two jams a built a 150-131 lead with 19:20 left.
The Smashinistas then produced their three-jam, 41-6 game changer. Highlighted by VanGoGo’s 19 and 20-point jams, the Smashies cobbled a 191-155 lead with 11:40 left.
To their credit, the M-80s refused to wave the white flag and shored the score to 200-183 following Shoulder’s 23-point power jam with 6:30 left. The Smashies quickly slammed the door on any potential comeback with five minutes left with VanGoGo’s 28-point back breaker that resulted in a 228-183 score.
The defending champs impressively outscored the M-80s in the second period, 164-78, en route to the 242-191 win that netted possession of the top spot of ARCH hierarchy.
Van GoGo and Bolt Action scored 113 and 82 points, respectively, for the Smashies, who continue their local play on Saturday, February 24 against the Stunt Devils (1-1) at Midwest Sport Hockey. In the pair’s season-opening meeting last December, the Smashies claimed a 177-168 win.
Shoulder, CO topped the M-80s’ ledger with 146 points. The squad (0-2) will be idle until March 17.
SMASHINISTAS (242): Vicious VanGoGo 113, Bolt Action 82, Flash 28, Holliver Fist 18, Cloak N’ Drag-Her 6.
M-80s (191): Shoulder, CO 146, Twig E. Smalls 18, Big Red 10, Snoop Dogwood 10, BEECH, PLEASE! 4, Lumberjam 3.
Here is the post-game interview, featuring Vicious Van GoGo of the Smashinistas and BEECH, PLEASE!!! and Shoulder, CO from the M-80s.
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