This is a guest post by Disloyalist Manic Breeze.
KDG had its season opener this past Saturday: the Mother of All Bouts (a little Mothers’ Day theme going on there, I just noticed while writing this). It was a double header, and WHAT a double header it was! The evening opened with The Skateful Dead and Rogue Warriors continuing to battle in a tug-of-war hometown rivalry. To my excitement, both teams chose to play their very new recruits from the last batch of Fresh Meat — drafted just last week! — and wow, are we getting awesome new skaters every year.
Watching these two teams fight it out is fascinating; I’ve watched as players have come and gone from both teams, but somehow I find the essence of each team has stayed the same, with hard hits from the Dead and great teamwork from the Rogues. It could have been either team’s win, and that’s always a bout worth watching. The first half of the game made this evident, as the score bounced up and down as each team took lead from the other.
The Rogues’ team knows strategy, works together in a tight pack, forms walls, bridges when needed; it’s a choreographed dance, really. My favourite moments from the Rogues on Saturday? As always, I was impressed with Kimminent Danger, whose agility improves continuously and who scored 19 points in one jam early on — damn, can that lady skate! Promising new skater Fist n’ Shout! (note: I love your name) is a solid as @^&! jammer, with balance, perseverance, and speed on her side. Cat O’Clysm and n00b Tara F.N. Headoff both performed huge sweeping hits on Dead jammers, and oh, I doubt it’ll ever get old to see a crowd respond to that.
The Skateful Dead strike fear in my heart, I’m not going to lie. At one point, they lined up Coop du Jour, Polly Slamory, Newey & Improved, and The General at once — that is a terrifying line of ass! Frigger Skater is an all-around wonder of a player, with jammer helping off the start line, impressive footwork, and gigantic smashing hits timed perfectly. The Dead have mostly new jammers this season, with Caume-a-Kazi standing out, showing incredible talent and track awareness. She reminds me of a cross between Los Conos’ Mean Lil’ Mama and Eves of Destruction’s Saragorn…and believe me, these are huge compliments!
In the second half of the game, the Dead stayed on top, despite Nikki Heat scoring 8 points for the Rogues with two minutes left. Congrats to the Skateful Dead on their win with a final score of 166 to 145! To see the rematch between the Dead and the Rogues, you’ll have to wait until our season closer, Back to Cruel 5, on September 6.
After the first bout, KDG’s Disloyalists took on Quebec City’s les Duchesses, and we got our asses handed to us, while we basically got laid on the ground. These womyn play tight, strong, fast derby and they maintained energy and teamwork throughout the bout while scoring innumerable points against us. Okay, the points were numerable. But numbers don’t matter, right? What? You insist on knowing? Well, it was a final score of — cough cough cough cough — 319 to — cough — 31. We fought hard and I want to give huge chest bumps to eff ewe, Mr. Kristi, Timbit, and Queen Blitz for pushing it hard and doing great blocking. LaVallee of the Dolls played a fearsome game, getting lead jammer status a BUNCH of times, and that was no easy feat against this particular team! TyKnee Smasher jumped into a jamming role in the second half as well, and blew my socks off with her boundless energy.*
But I’m totally comfortable in saying that Les Duchesses rocked us. And they are a FUN and HAPPY team, whose company I greatly enjoyed (especially at the afterparty). Personally, I LOVE getting shown how it’s done. And if Beat on the Quads, Feline Dion, and Nana Bistouri want to play again, I’m IN. Bring it on. In fact, bring on the season! Nothing quite like getting your ass kicked to make you beg for more roller derby.
*Editor’s note: Please note that Manic Breeze has not mentioned her impressive blocking and jamming in this writeup, so I will. It was amazing. – Cat O’Clysm