The Cincinnati Rollergirls returned from Milwaukee late last night after a good weekend at BrewHaHa. The Black Sheep went up against two higher seeded opponents #5 The Chicago Outfit, and #8 Arch Rival Rollergirls.
Cincinnati’s first game came in the afternoon on Saturday, and took place on track one, which for those watching was a good thing, as the scoreboard was out of commision over at track 2. The announcers were relying on a 19 inch monitor from about 30 feet away to communicate the score to those in attendance and listening online at Derby News Network.
The last time Cincinnati and the Outfit played was May of 2010 at the Cincinnati Gardens where the Black Sheep won 141-86. In the world of roller derby that is an eternity, and this time Cincinnati was the underdog.
The Outfit hoped to a quick 4 point lead, blanking the Sheep to go up 4-0, but with explosive jams by K-Lethal and Hannah Barbaric with 25 and 20 points respectively the game was 46-8 with ten minutes into the first half. The Outfit would fight back taking a few points at a time before the first half, but Cincinnati’s defense held them off and took the lead into halftime 75-41.
Points in the beginning of the second half were a bit more plentiful for the Outfit, at one point holding the Sheep to a single point over a ten-minute span. The Black Sheep broke 100 points with 17:45 left in the game up 109-65.
The Outfit made a good push at the end outscoring the Sheep 54-30 in the remainder of the game, but Cincinnati pulled the upset by a final score of 139-119. The Sheep celebrated the victory, but the weekend was only half over.
After a big win on Saturday, Cincinnati had a date with Arch Rival on Sunday afternoon in hopes of repaying the 40-point defeat Arch handed them in March at the Cincinnati Gardens.
Cincinnati has solid defense and can frustrate a jammer to tears (I have seen it), but Arch Rival jammers Downtown Dallis, Mighty Mighty Boston, and South City Shiner seem to have firecrackers in their skates, they are a tough bunch to hold back.
K-Lethal began the bout with a 9-2 jam, which was originally awarded to Arch Rival because the NSO crew was confused that the Black Sheep were wearing white for the bout, and Arch Rival was wearing black. After the color wheel was figured out, there were no further scoreboard foul ups.
Arch Rival defense held Cincinnati to those 9 points for the next few jams, while their jammers continued to get lead, score a few points and call it off before Cincinnati jammers, were able to post anything.
The score was within striking distance for Cincinnati, and then Hurricane Dallis hit the shore scoring 25 points which put Arch Rival ahead 49-15. To get through the Great Wall of Sheep takes some great blocking, and with players like May Require Stitches, Shimmy Hoffa, and Grave Danger on the track which gave Cincinnati headaches both offensively and defensively.
Mighty Mighty Boston added to their lead with a 25-point power jam making it 78-19, and Arch Rival would hit triple digits before halftime leading 112-30.
Coming back from halftime the score read 111-30, Arch Rival lost a point and I never heard as to why, hopefully not another jersey color issue, but who knows.
Mighty Mighty Boston christened the second half with a 13-point power jam, and hit 200 points with 6 minutes left in the game. Buckhead Betty took the jammer star for the last jam of the game, but this one was already decided. Arch Rival took down Cincinnati 229-102.
The weekend for Cincinnati consisted of a victory over #5 The Chicago Outfit and a loss to #8 Arch Rival, that victory should improve Cincinnati’s’ standing to at least one spot in the WFTDA North Central, and improve their standing heading into the playoffs.
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