The law got the best of the outlaws on Saturday as Arizona Roller Derby’s composite B-Team defeated the El Paso Roller Derby Tex Pistols, 153-131.
The military-themed B-Team was anything but fatigued in the first half, roaring out on a 40-9 run to start the bout, and they had more than doubled the Tex Pistols’ score at halftime. AZRD controlled the pace of the bout by earning lead jammer status three-quarters of the time and not giving El Paso any power jams.
The B-Team relied on a defensive strategy of knocking the opposing jammer out of bounds and recycling her as far back in the pack as they could. Having strong jammers in Can Of Whoop Ass, R2DEATH2 and Dee Troit meant blockers like Admiral Smackbar, Feminine Hyjinx, Stryker Dead and Kitch Slap could focus on keeping the Tex Pistols’ jammers at bay.
The second half was a different story. Despite playing a team from Texas, the B-Team found themselves facing some of the best talent in Arizona in pick-up players Bev Rage, Pick Onia Pie and Zippy’s Takeout from Tucson Roller Derby.
Secret Asian Slam and Pick Onia Pie began to rack up points while B-Team members sat in the penalty box, and a 22-point power jam brought the Tex Pistols back within a point midway through the half.
But like good soldiers the B-Team jumped right back into formation. The defense of Machine Gun Meanie, Crystal Clean-Up, Howlin’ Mad Murdock and General Lee — who had her own cheering section in General Lee’s Army — held the El Paso jammer back for two whole laps while the star-wearing Blok’n Her Privates racked up 13 points to safely regain the lead.
A jammer penalty on the final jam killed any hope of a last-minute comeback for El Paso. The Tex Pistols racked up 82 points to the B-Team’s 63, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome what had been a 41-point halftime deficit.
Secret Asian Slam had a bout-high 54 points, while Pick Onia Pie had 40 and Malibully Barbie had 17 for the Tex Pistols. AZRD was led by Can Of Whoop Ass, whose fancy footwork led to 48 points. R2DEATH2 had 37 and Dee Troit had 33.
The play of the night was a chain reaction late in the first half, when R2DEATH2 made a hard hit on Tex Pistols jammer Pick Onia Pie, then Zippy’s Takeout took out R2, then Blok’n Her Privates laid a block on Zippy.
And in true derby style, El Paso still got a win Saturday night with a decisive victory in the afterparty.
Atomatrix has rejoined Arizona Roller Derby (AZRD) after a year haitus from roller derby play. While currently not on AZRD’s WFTDA Charter Team, The Tent City Terrors, Atom made it clear on her Facebook page and Team USA affiliation that she wishes to rejoin them.
AZRD’s process for transfer skaters includes a 30 day waiting period with good attendance, as well as a team vote. The Terrors are excited to see her meet these requirements after “Transfergate” in 2012.
“The 2012 playoffs were undeniably hard for us” said Maria Montoya, Captain of the Tent City Terrors. “I believe we all learned a great deal from the experience. For the Terrors, it was a wake up call. It was obvious we had a lot of work to do, starting with our culture. Our new team culture values staying present and in the moment. Holding any grudges would be counter to this value. As Atomatrix demonstrates and maintains her commitment to AZRD as her local peers do, we would be happy to call her our teammate again. This doesn’t change the fact that the Terrors still have work to do, no matter who is on our team in 2014.”
“I appreciate AZRD welcoming me back into their league.” Atomatrix wrote in a statement. “After last year’s champs I put out an apology to the community, to AZRD and decided to take some time off. I don’t want to leave the game — I’ve missed playing regularly over the past year. I look forward to next year’s World Cup as well as the new season with the Tent City Terrors. They’ve put in a lot of work while I was gone and I’m excited to see where we can go together. Onward and upward.
“I also look forward to skating with Team USA on Monday [Nov. 11, after the WFTDA championships] at our first practice. I’m happy I tried out while at ECDX, knowing I would return to derby after skating inline worlds this past summer in Belgium. I hope the community will welcome me back. You don’t have to like me, but you’re not going to get rid of me — PEACE, LOVE & AND LOCAL DERBY!”
Atomatrix and Déjà Déjà Vu (formerly of the Arizona Derby Dames banked track all-star team) will join the Terrors as guest skaters in non-sanctioned play in San Diego on Nov. 2 against SoCal Roller Derby, and Nov. 3 against San Diego Roller Derby. These will be the first games as Tent City Terrors for newcomers Cannibelle Corpse (formerly of the Arizona Derby Dames), and rookie Nora Toxin.
AZRD plans to update its charter in the coming weeks.
Beloved AZRD fans!
We apologize for the confusion! Please note the time for our home bout scheduled for this Saturday, 10/19, in Mesa has changed. Below is the updated schedule:
3:30PM – Doors open
4:00PM – Game 1: Phoenix Derby Brats, Wrecking Dolls vs. Miss Fits
5:30PM – Game 2: AZRD B-Team vs El Paso Roller Derby TexPistols
Again, this is a change from the previous time that was posted on our website and TicketLeap site, which said the doors open at 5:30 PM.
Broadway Recreation Center
59 E. Broadway Rd
Mesa, AZ 85210
Let us repeat that we sincerely apologize for the confusion. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and much derby love,
Arizona Roller Derby