The second game of the season-opening doubleheader matched the brand new Denim Demons against the brand new Toxic Shocks. Both teams are anchored by Team USA all-stars, with Wild Cherri returning to the Demons and transfer Baller Shot Caller joining the Toxic Shocks, and both lived up to their reputations by delivering some spectacularly showy blocks during this bout. The Demons, skating without their Captain Nattie Longlegs who was ill, took off to an early but narrow lead. A Shocks jammer penalty in the 7th jam gave Demons jammer Choke Cherry an opportunity to extend a 20-19 score to a 35-23 Demons advantage. Lighting-fast and powerful defense by Wild Cherri coupled by some well-timed offense by Totalitiffian helped the Demons hold on to lead for most of the first half, but the Shocks slowly chipped away at the margin. An unanswered 9 points by Shocks jammer Nora Gretz in the 16th jam brought Shocks within one point and the momentum decidedly shifted. Shocks jammers Afro Dykee, Nora Gretz, and Genie in a Battle turned three consecutive lead-jammer calls and a power jam into an unanswered 37 points. The half ended 61 Demons- 97 Shocks.
The second half began with a Shocks power jam, giving them a chance to extend the lead to 61-112. Shocks and Demons jammers traded leads at a fairly equal rate in the first half of the second period, but awesome Shocks defense anchored by Baller Shot Caller and offense by Ozzie Kamikaze prevented the Demons from converting lead jammer status into the points they needed. A Demons jammer penalty in the 4th jam gave Shocks Jammer Afro Dykee a chance to put up a cool 15 points, then the Shocks held the Demons scoreless for five consecutive jams and extended their lead to an almost insurmountable 157-73. The Demons rallied about midway through the second half with a series of lead jam calls, allowing them to match the Shocks point-for-point in jams 9-14, but they could not close the gap in the score. The Shocks were consistently able to do more with their leads and pack advantages, outscoring the Demons about 2 to 1, and they steadily pulled further away. The final score was 226 Shocks – 113 Demons.
MVP blockers were Helga G. Pa-Smack-i for the Demons and Baller Shot Caller for the Shocks; MVP jammers were Nutella Ferraro for the Denim Demons and Afro Dykee for Toxic Shocks.
New year, new teams! The 2015 season opener pitted the brand new Apocalypstix against the brand new Sake Tuyas in a nail-biter of a bout with the win up for grabs until the very last jam. The Sakes took off to a quick lead, until a power jam gave Stix jammer Trouble MakeHer a quick 10 points and the first lead change. It was a close back-and-forth for a while, but Sakes defensive walls anchored by all-stars Switchblade Siouxsie and Rudy Huxtabrawl held tight, allowing the Sakes to slowly extend their lead. Another power jam coupled with Stix blocker penalties opened up the first significant lead, Sakes 51- Stix 30. Then Trouble Makeher came to town, in back-to-back jams against light Sakes packs, laying on 17 and 18 points for another lead change. 72-69. But it didn’t last. Stix jammer penalties gave Sakes jammer The Boss an opportunity to take the Sakes back to a 93-72 lead. The half ended 102-72.
The Stix came back in the second half with a formidable all-star jammer rotation of just Trouble and Slams McKenzie, bolstered by Stix blockers Queen Loseyateefa and Madditude Adjustment, who stayed on the track jam after jam after jam. The score remained close until the Sakes handed Trouble a power jam with a light Sakes pack, giving her an opportunity to score 28 points and cut the Sakes lead to 146-122. The margin stayed close until a seemingly beautiful apex jump by Sakes Jammer The Boss turned into a track cut on official review, and Trouble put up the points to close the Sakes lead to just six points, 170-164. The Sakes answered back with three straight leads, entering the final jam, 197-168. That margin was hardly safe though. In a thrilling final jam. Sakes got lead but both jammers went to the box, giving their teams a chance to trade off points for a full two-minute jam that finished in a Sakes win, 197-181.
MVP blockers were Switchblade Siouxsie for the Sake Tuyas and Queen Loseyateefa for the Apocalypstix; MVP Jammers were Souljourner for Sake Tuyas and Trouble MakeHer for the Apocalypstix.
Photo: Tim Moxley
Calling all prospective rollergirls: mid-season tryouts are just around the corner! That means that this Saturday, we’ll have a brand-new class of fresh meat. This is an exciting time for any new skater, but also a daunting one. What should fresh meaties know before they strap on skates for their first practice? Toxic Shocks co-captain and DSDG skater Lez Dispenser has some words of wisdom.
So you passed your initial tryouts and made the latest meat class. Congratulations! This is where I tell you, “Now the real work begins.” It does. Unfortunately, that may be the extent of the warning you’ll get from most rollergirls. As of yet, there is no published guide to meatdom. Here are some tips, however, that I wish someone told me as a meat:
February 21st (that’s this Saturday!) kicks off the Atlanta Rollergirls’ 11th season, and if you hadn’t noticed, ARG’s home teams have been re-drafted. That’s right, the Apocalypstix, Denim Demons, Sake Tuyas, and Toxic Shocks are beginning the season fresh and ready to climb their way to the top. This means you will witness the FIRST game these skaters play with their new teammates, and you will experience the beginning of the Atlanta Rollergirls home team saga.
Winter training is over, and now the Apocalypstix and Sake Tuyas turn up the heat for the season opener. Last season we saw these teams face off twice, the Sakes winning the first round and the Stix winning the second, but all has changed. Since re-drafting, each team is starting with a clean record. Who will be the first to taste victory?
The 2015 season opener is just about a week away, and you can feel the excitement in the air. But nobody is more excited than this year’s group of rookies and transfer skaters, who will be skating with Atlanta for the very first time on February 21st. We asked each of them a few questions about themselves and the upcoming season.
Did you miss the Debutante Brawl this weekend? Then you missed a very exciting announcement! Don’t worry, you can still find out what teams your favorite skaters ended up on. Here are your 2015 Atlanta Rollergirls:
Are you ready Atlanta? Tomorrow we reveal not only brand-new rookies and transfers, but also the new team placements for all the rollergirls you’ve come to know and love at the Debutante Brawl. After all that excitement, you’ll be ready for our most heartpounding season yet! We’re heading into our 11th year with new teams and new rivalries. That means you might just have a new favorite team. You won’t want to miss a single bout!
Find out more information on our bouts at http://www.atlantarollergirls.com/schedule/2015-home-season-schedule/
Make sure you don’t miss a game by buying season tickets at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/homePageSearch.do?method=showPackageDetail&package_id=9779844
And for cushy chairs that get you even closer to the action, request VIP seats at email@example.com
Photo: O-Jen Ishii Photography
Sweet Willy T-Bag has been an integral part of ARG since 2008. It’s a rite of passage for every rookie to hear their newly-christened derby name announced by Willy during roll-out. In addition to announcing for all of our home bouts, he’s also taken his signature voice to the international level at tournaments, including the 2014 Blood and Thunder World Cup. We had the chance to talk with Willy before he gears up those vocal cords and breaks out his latest adorably tacky jacket for the upcoming season.
When did you get your start announcing for ARG? I had announced an ARG bout in early 2008 as the visiting announcer when the Classic City Rollergirls played the Toxic Shocks. ARG then had a big scrimmage called the Southern Fried Smackdown in November and I was one of the dozen announcers for it. At the end of the day, ARG was playing Nashville in the big feature bout. Lucky Yates, one of the original ARG announcers, didn’t have a partner for the bout and he asked me if I would sit in with him. I guess I did something right because in January the Bout Coordinator emailed me and asked if I would become Lucky’s full time partner for 2009. (more…)
The Atlanta Rollergirls, the first and only internationally ranked women’s roller derby team in the city, are back on the track this February with a 2015 season of all the hard-hitting, live action sports that metro fans have come to know and love. Featuring the leagues’ popular home-team matches plus plenty of opportunities to root for Atlanta’s all-stars against nationally top-ranked teams, this season also promises Atlanta derby fans some exciting surprises. There will be Atlanta’s all stars, of course, with their notoriously brutal blocking and deadly defensive strategies, fighting to regain a place in the top ten after a fantastic 2014 season finishing 13th in the world. But to make things even more exciting for 2015, the Atlanta Rollergirls have decided to shake things up a bit. (more…)
BeKevorkian makes history this season not only as ARG’s first skater to transfer from Atlanta Junior Roller Derby, but also as our youngest rollergirl. Her determination and drive show maturity far beyond her years. We look forward to seeing her star rise in the coming seasons. Here she shares her story of hard work, dedication, and encouragement from her number one fan.
The first time I’d ever heard of derby was when I watched the movie “Whip It”. I thought roller derby seemed pretty awesome. So, as a surprise for my 17th birthday my mom bought my best friend and I tickets to an Atlanta Roller Girls bout. It was a fast, tough contact sport, and I was really impressed with how strong and confident the women playing seemed. They were serious about the game, but smiling and having a seriously good time too. I made a comment about how fun it looked but that it also looked really hard and my Mom said, “You could do it! I know you could do it! I think you should try it!” (Fun side note: She was already busy thinking up derby names that night.) (more…)