Considering the incredibly close and controversial outcomes of these teams’ last bout, everyone anticipated an exciting game on Saturday. It’s nice to play a team that resides nearby, because a lot of Santa Cruz fans made the trek over the hill for this bout, making for great crowd energy. In the end, the SVRG Dot.Kamikazes defeated the visiting Santa Cruz All-Stars, 131-100.
If there’s one word to describe the bout, it would be fast. The packs were often moving at a grueling clip, making the score all that more of a remarkable feat, a testament to the strength and endurance of both teams’ jammers. The Dot.Kamikazes dominated for most of the game, leading at half time 59-33 and during the second half reached a score differential of 121-67.
SVRG's defense dominated. On the left, SVRG's Lizapalooza, Feisty Irish, and Rot Wheels hold the line; on the right, MisTits, Pia Mess, and Feisty Irish knock Santa Cruz's blockers and jammers off of it to clear the path for The Undie Taker. All photos in this post are thanks to Nocklebeast (see link below).
The ladies of SVRG ran a tight defense. Pia Mess set the tone in the very first jam, where she singlehandedly contained Candie Hooligan for lap after lap, setting the precedent for the SVRG blockers’ formidable presence on the track. Rot Wheels controlled the line jam after jam, keeping Santa Cruz’s jammers from taking the inside while providing safe passage for the SVRG jammers. Lizapalooza’s agility was useful as she monitored the outside, flitting in and out of the pack as needed. Donna Diggler doled out the big hits, leaving a wake of toppled Santa Cruz players and earning her a bloody nose in the process. SKootr Ov’r (getting in that jammer’s ear like a skeeter), Feisty Irish (a threat for her ability to hit while maintaining jammer-like speed and motion), BootyVicious (building effective walls—check out that picture!), Juicy K. Tore (pumped up from her massive cheering section and delivering the blocks to keep ‘em roaring), and Steffen Razor (showing off her snowplowing skills and controlling the pack) also helped hold down the fort.
On left: Lizapalooza and BootyVicious contain jammer Lulu Lockjaw and Foxee Firestorm. On right: SKooter Ov'r gives Sheila Princess of Power a sweet taste of bootay. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.
It’s MisTits that I love to watch the most, though. Some skaters have aggressive strides or a fearsome stance. MisTits skates in such an innocuous manner, but then BAM! BAM! BAM! she is a one-woman waterfall repeatedly pounding a jammer until she goes down or out of bounds. And despite her opponents trying to take her out, she endures hit after hit, still skating along like a Sunday stroll. It’s a thing of beauty.
Trust me, if there's one thing you don't want to see, it's these I'm-gonna-git-you looks from the likes of Pia Mess and MisTits. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.
Speaking of the wonders of the earth, jammer Smashleigh was piercing packs like a bullet all night long. She blazed right through a couple of Santa Cruz’s walls and managed to move so fast that several of Santa Cruz’s power-blocks ended up barely nicking her. She also scored a spectacular 20-POINT JAM!!! I think that may be an SVRG record for this season.
Left: the unstoppable Smashleigh. Right: Terribelle Demise takes a whip from The Undie Taker. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.
Foxee Firestorm had suggested on the radio that Terribelle Demise would be a target for SCDG, but that strategy was FAIL. Terribelle was juking their blockers right and left and diagonal, and still had enough energy to rally the audience every time she passed by the SVRG crowd stronghold on the first turn. The Undie Taker showed that she is coming into her own as a jammer, blazing around the pack in some early jams and doing double duty as a blocker. Smack Dahlia continuously foiled the Santa Cruz blockers, sneaking by on the inside. At one point, Smack also managed to secure lead jammer even after facing an equipment malfunction (the loss of her knee pad cap). Pia Mess and Feisty Irish also stepped in for a jam apiece.
Left: Lulu Lockjaw, speed demon. Right: Foxee Firestorm prepares for a killer hit. Photo credit: Nocklebeast.
My favorite Santa Cruz skater to watch was Lulu Lockjaw. It’s my personal skating goal to be able to move my feet that fast while skating at light speed! And if I could master Foxee Firestorm’s swooping hits, wow.
For other media coverage, check out the rest of nocklebeast’s photos here. Jim Cottingham’s pics can be found here. Hugh Refner, one of the jam refs, also caught some footage on his jam cam, which you can check out here and here (do not consume if you’re hungover and/or otherwise easily nauseated, however.) Major thanks to our photographers!
On behalf of our amazing bout coordinator, Lizapalooza, and all of SVRG, we’d like to thank the Santa Cruz Derby Girls for trekking over the hill to play us. We had a great time hosting you and can’t wait for August when the KillaBytes head in your direction. Thank you as always to our wonderful zebra crew for keeping us in check, and thanks to all the Santa Cruz refs who came to help out. We’d also like to thank all of our volunteers, staff and sponsors who offer their time and dedication. Most of all we’d like to thank our fans, our friends, and our families. Your support means the world to us and we thank you for supporting our passion!