The Cincinnati Garden’s fans were treated to a great bout on Saturday when the Silent Lambs defeated the Disassembly Line in the last jam, to put the Lamb’s record at 4-3 for the year and send off departing Lamb skaters Miss Print and Hop Devil with a win. The evening was only half complete. The Cincinnati Black Sheep were facing the Detroit Derby Girls for Saturday’s main event. As mentioned during my last column Cincinnati had two Black Sheep departing as well. The team is also losing one of their announcers, Caesar. I had the chance to speak with him a couple of weeks ago, to read his interview click here.
Detroit All-Stars roster:
Black Eyed Skeez
boo d. livers
Summers Eve-L Tinja
Cincinnati Black Sheep Roster:
June with a Cleaver
Ruff’n the Passer
The Detroit Derby Girls All-Stars came in with a 6-6 record. Detroit’s record is one that you would call streaky. The All-Stars started off the year with six losses against Rose City, Rat City, Oly, Windy City, Charm City and Philly. Six of the best teams in the sport, the cream of the roller derby crop. Following those losses, Detroit tore off six wins in a row, the most recent coming against Tri-City 195-32.
The Cincinnati Black Sheep came in with a 3-4 record, struggling a bit in 2011 but similar to Detroit, they have been playing tough teams such as Texas and Windy City.. Windy City came to town two weeks ago and gave Cincinnati a really hard bout, beating them by 95 points 178-83. The Black Sheep were hoping to end their home season with a victory to send Sk8 Crime and Trauma out in style.
The bout started with Trauma on the jammer line, she jumped out to lead jammer between turns two and three. Sk8 Crime had a great hit on Racer McChaser, but as tough as Racer is Sk8 was unable to knock her down, the woman is like a brick wall on skates. Trauma got a point for the Sheep, as did Detroit and after one jam the score was tied at one a piece.
Cincinnati started strong getting lead jammer for the first three jams. But by the end of the seventh jam Detroit began to pull away 20-6. Wheezy would go to the box while jamming in the tenth jam and would start out the 11th still sitting out. Once Wheezy was released she was a woman on a mission, she came out of the box istrong to get lead and add 3 more points to the 3 she scored in the previous jam.
K Lethal would debut in jam 12, and tore it up with 5 grand slams bringing the Black Sheep within 3 points 41-38, this got the fans on their feet and making a lot of noise. During jam 20 Buckhead Betty went down in turn three, face down tapping her helmet to call off the jam for an injury. As always in roller derby skaters from both teams took a knee as a sign of respect for the down player. She was helped off of the floor by the medical staff, it appeared to be her ankle. In true Buckhead Betty fashion she blew kisses to the crowd as she went to her bench, letting everyone know she was okay. The half would end with Detroit up 74-46.
In the first half K-Lethal lead Cincinnati with 30 points, while Trauma led the defensive corp. with the most blocks and defensive knock downs.
The second half would start with the jammers who were leading their teams in scoring, K-Lethal for Cincinnati and Racer McChaser for Detroit. Buckhead Betty would return to the track during jam 5, and a noticeable change in the jammer rotation for Cincinnati as K-Lethal and Hannah Ouchocinco rotated for the first 5 jams, Wheezy would come in for the 6th jam of the second half with her team the Black Sheep trailing 84-64, and Detroit would never relinquish the lead. Racer McChaser brought her A game to the Gardens, and Cincinnati simply had no answer for her. The final score Detroit 155 Cincinnati 110.
K-Lethal was far and away the most productive jammer of the night. K scored 76 points, averaging 5,4 points per jam. K-Lethal earns the Cincinnati Roller derby Examiner MVP as jammer.
Blocker MVP for the game goes to Trauma with twenty six offensive actions including blocks, assists, jammer force outs etc.
At the end of the game, a special ceremony was held for the skaters who just skated their last game as Cincinnati Rollergirls. Miss Print, Trauma, Hop Devil and Sk8 Crime were presented with Sheep pins from their league. The players lined up and for hugs and goodbyes from their teammates. A great cap to the night, but the suprise of the evening came when Sk8 Crime turned to Hop Devil, gave her a kiss and went down to one knee presenting her with a ring tied to a roller skate. You did not need to hear what was being said to understand that Sk8 Crime was proposing. Hop Devil with tears in her eyes said yes, and embraced her fiancee’.
An emotional ending to another great home season for the Cincinnati Rollergirls. While they will not be playing at the Gardens for the rest of the year, their season continues as they travel to No Coast (Lincoln, NE) on August 6th. Cincinnati then heads to Pittsburgh to play Steel City on August 20, then onto Olympia, WA to face 2009 WFTDA Champions Oly.
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