My roller derby league, Sick Town Derby Dames, recently hosted SkatemberFest 2010 in Albany, Oregon. We played against the Atomic City Rollergirls from the Tri-Cities area in eastern Washington state.
Only a few ladies on my league had seen Atomic City play. They bouted against the Lava City Roller Dolls’ Cinder Kittens a few weeks ago, and won. We bouted the Cinder Kittens last year during SkatemberFest ’09, and lost. We were a bit worried.
Our S*M*A*S*H Unit came out hard, and took a substantial lead at the very beginning. We used all the strategies we’d been practicing this season, using traps and controlling the pack’s speed. The Atomic City skaters were hard-hitters, but by half-time, we had a comfortable lead.
Personally, I had two goals for this bout : 1) communicate constantly, and 2) actually RUN through the pack. I was pretty successful with running through the pack; I had several grand slams and scored over 50 points. However, as usual, I didn’t talk to my teammates as much as I should have. I will continue to work on this (I blame my mouth guard, which is too big and makes talking difficult).
The second half of the game got pretty heated between teams, and there might have been some slightly unladylike behavior, but we’ll forgive all parties involved. The final score…well, see for yourself: