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The season (so far) in pictures

It’s already May! That means our season is halfway over. If you didn’t get a chance to make it to all of our home bouts, you missed out on lots of good stuff. Here are some of our favorite pictures (and one infamous video) from the first half of our season.

Wild Cherri's amazing apex jump, from the Shocks vs. Demons season opener. Photo: O-Jen Ishii

Wild Cherri’s amazing apex jump, from February’s Shocks vs. Demons season opener.
Photo: O-Jen Ishii

Coach Rollermonkey's killer outfit at the Sakes vs. Stix season opener. Photo: O-Jen Ishii

Don’t like Coach Rollermonkey’s shiny, shiny outfit? You’re outta here!
Photo: O-Jen Ishii

DSDG rolling out from their bout against Jacksonville in April. Photo: O-Jen Ishii

DSDG rolling out from their bout against Jacksonville in March.
Photo: O-Jen Ishii

The world-famous Souljourner Roll (AKA the Rolljourner) from April's Sakes vs. Shocks bout.
Video: Kevin Borke

High Jinxxx takes a jersey whip in April's Demons vs Stix bout. Photo: O-Jen Ishii

High Jinxxx takes a jersey whip in April’s Demons vs. Stix bout.
Photo: O-Jen Ishii

Fun times at the Inman Park Parade. Photo: Kevin Borke

Fun times at the Inman Park Parade.
Photo: Kevin Borke

In May, we hosted our very first tournament, Tiny Tourney. Here's a jammer is running for her life in the Tampa vs. Angel City bout. Photo: Tim Stoklas

In May, we hosted our very first tournament, Tiny Tourney. Here’s a jammer is running for her life in the Tampa vs. Angel City bout.
Photo: Tim Stoklas

Whoa... Photo: TIm Stoklas

Whoa…
Photo: TIm Stoklas

...whoa!!! Photo: Tim Stoklas

…whoa!!!
Photo: Tim Stoklas

WHOA!!! Photos: TIm Stoklas

WHOA!!!
Photos: TIm Stoklas

Happy DSDG pack at May's Atlanta vs. Angel City bout. Photo: Tim Stoklas

Happy DSDG pack at May’s Atlanta vs. Angel City bout.
Photo: Tim Stoklas

We hope you’ll come watch us finish our season strong!

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May 9, Bout 2

This much anticipated game between Atlanta’s all-star Dirty South Derby Girls and the AngelCity Hollywood Scarlets, both highly ranked teams known for slow, strong
defensive walls, lived up to expectations. In a close first half, it was a battle of defenses to see who could shut down the opposing team’s jammer the longest, with many of the points scored in power jams. Atlanta’s jammers struggled from the start to break through walls anchored by Angel City’s Soledad and Laci Knight, which led to two early star passes and a 36-7 lead for the Scarlets. A power jam for Trouble MakeHer put DSDG back within reach of the lead at 36-22and the score remained close for much of the first half, ending with Angel City72-Atlanta 51. In the second half DSDG had their work cut out for them holding back Angel City jammers who proved to have an uncanny ability to sneak through on the inside line. In spite of some extraordinary defensive plays by Queen Loseyateefa, Switchblade Siouxsie, Baller Shot Caller and Wild Cherri—including a takeout hit by Wild Cherri that sent the jammer helmet cover flying off Darby Dagger’s head—and some great pinch-hit jamming by Slams McKenzie and BallerShot Caller, Angel City gradually extended their lead. Atlanta kept up the fight, with Choke Cherry putting up a big 10-point jam about 20 minutes into the half and DSDG blockers slowing the Angel City scoring to a trickle for a series of jams. But Angel soon pulled out to an insurmountable hundred-pointlead, 176-76. Proving that it’s not over until the final whistle, the final jam– which featured Atlanta’sBaller winning lead jammer, a failed star pass byAngel City, and jammer penalties on both teams, had all the fans on their feet. The final score was 179-96.

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May 9, Bout 1

The bout started out close, as the Atlanta Rumble Bs, favored for the win, inched out into a small, early lead. While Atlanta jammers dominated the first four jams, Second Wind’s jammers repeatedly escaped Bs defenses just in time to force early call offs and kept the score low. An early Atlanta jammer penalty put Second Wind in the lead for a brief moment a few minutes into the game, but then a couple of back-to-back penalties by Second Wind’s jammer gave the Bs an opening. With handy offense by Bs blockers, Atlanta’s jammers collected an easy 20+ points and put the Bs in a 52-10 lead.
While the Bs also had their fair share of jammer and blocker penalties in the first half, the Atlanta defense prevented Second Wind from turning advantage into points. In the second quarter of the game,Second Wind jammers were visibly tired and the Bs began outscoring them by more than 2 to 1, ending the half at 118-39. Second Wind came out stronger after halftime and looked likethey might stop Atlanta from running away with the game. Windy’s strongest blockers put up a formidable defense, working Bs jammers to the line and refusing to be pushed out of play, but in most jams Atlanta’s defense proved just that much stronger, allowing Atlanta jammers to escape and gain lead time after time. A series of Atlanta jammer and blocker penalties might have allowed Second Wind an opportunity to close the scoring gap, but Bs defenses shut down their power jams, as the last line of Bs defense repeatedly pulled Windy’s jammers back into the pack. The final score was 276-113.

MVP blockers were Beshemoth for Second Wind and Desi Scarnaz for the Rumble Bs; MVP jammers were Yom Kapow for Second Wind and Souljourner for the Rumble Bs.

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Introducing fantasy derby: play along from the stands!

Are you a fan?  A casual fan?  A die-hard fan?  Were you at our bouts this past weekend?  Did you get a chance to play fantasy derby?

Wait… what?  Fantasy derby?  Like fantasy football?

As part of the never-ending challenge to please our audience, from first-timers to life-timers, plus the family and friends that always show up to cheer on their loved ones, we added a fantasy derby game to the bout.  It’s a very simple concept – draft two blockers and a jammer from either of the teams that are playing.  You get points based on jammer points and lose points for blocker penalty trips.  The hope is that this helps our fans learn the game a little better and learn a little more about their favorite players.  It’s supposed to be very informal: just play with your group of friends or the people sitting around you.  It’s up to your group to determine draft order and any wagers you’d like to make.

5 points! Photo: Tim Stoklas

5 points!
Photo: Tim Stoklas

We’re going to do another trial run in June, with some good suggestions for improvements.  Most definitely we’ll be adding points for knock-down hits: 5 points for each soul crushing hit by Queen that leaves the opposing jammer wishing she had taken up knitting instead.  Or, more simply, 5 points when an opposing player gets knocked down.  There will also be the ability to trade players out in case you realize you could have made a better choice.

But what else would you, the fan, like to see?  What would be included in your ideal fantasy derby game? Let us know in the comments!

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This Saturday: Atlanta Rollergirls vs. the World!

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Bout 1: Rumble Bs vs Windy City Rollers’ Second Wind

The undefeated Rumble Bs are back to face a new challenger. In their last game, the Rumble Bs overpowered Jacksonville’s River City Rat Pack by 200 points. Today, the Rumble Bs will defend their undefeated title against Windy City Rollers’ Second Wind from Chicago.

The Rumble Bs have introduced some new strategies this season. We’ve seen more mobile defensive walls that take advantage of individual blocking skills and a quick swarm of offense that gives Bs jammers a few extra seconds to whip out of the pack. These new strategies have worked well in combination with the strong and steady wall work they’ve had in past seasons and have resulted in the Rumble Bs becoming even more of a dominating force to be reckoned with.

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Photography: Clay Walker

Bout 2: DSDG vs Angel City Derby Girls’ Hollywood Scarlets

Atlanta’s all-star Dirty South Derby Girls, ranked 13th in the world, are back on their home turf to face off against the 9th ranked team in the world, Angel City Derby Girls’ Hollywood Scarlets from Los Angeles, CA. DSDG has played one game at home so far this season, and it was a close loss by just 3 points to Jacksonville, FL’s New Jax City Rollers. The rest of the season DSDG has been on the road, competing against some of the top teams in the world.

On their quest to qualify to compete in WFTDA’s International Championships, DSDG has introduced a new offensive element to their strategy this season that we haven’t seen in past years. This more aggressive strategy has complimented their slow, powerful defensive walls and may be just what DSDG needs to make it to champs. Stand up and cheer, Atlanta fans, you’re about to see some of the best rollergirls in the world compete.

Photography: Clay Walker

Photography: Clay Walker

Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to catch the action! Tickets are available online or in person at Powerhouse Skates. Be sure to get them before they sell out!

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DSDG on the road: The Big O Tournament

This weekend, the Dirty South Derby Girls are on the road. They’re headed to the Big O Tournament in Eugene, Oregon, hosted by the Emerald City Roller Girls. It’s a three-day derby extravaganza, with teams from WFTDA, MRDA, and junior leagues flying in from around the country (and the world!) to duke it out. Read on to find out who Atlanta will be playing, how they’ve been preparing, and how you can keep up with the action from the comfort of your living room.

DSDG in action.  Photo: O-Jen Ishii Photography

DSDG in action.
Photo: O-Jen Ishii Photography

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Derby 101: Fouling Out

Are you new to derby or just looking to brush up on your rulebook skills? Wayne Mooney is your man! This week, he’ll explain what happens to rollergirls who commit too many penalties.

The best way to understand fouling out is to picture the rollergirl as a loose-cannon cop from an eighties action movie and the head referee as her blustering police chief. “Darn it, girl!” the head ref exclaims, forehead vein bulging. “You’ve been throwing elbows left and right! Do you have any idea how much it costs to buy enough stop watches to time all your penalties? You’ve got to play by the rules!” The rollergirl leans back in her chair and props her feet up on the ref’s desk. “I do what I have to do to get my team lead jammer, chief. Sometimes that means rules have to be broken.” The ref starts shouting, spittle flying from his mouth. “That’s it! You’ve got to learn that your actions have consequences! Turn in your helmet and your skates!”

Photography: Chris Albright

Refs (bulging forehead veins not pictured).
Photography: Chris Albright

But the rollergirl doesn’t literally take off her helmet or skates. Instead she goes to the locker room until the game ends, and she never gets to solve the big case or get a commendation from the mayor, but that’s the difference between real life and the movies, I guess. On the other hand, the rollergirl has the advantage of knowing exactly how many times she can get in trouble before the ref will flip his top: seven times. When a skater reaches seven trips to the box, she has fouled out and will be removed from the game. She doesn’t even get to stick around long enough to serve time in the box for her last penalty. Someone still has to serve that time, though, so when the jam ends her team send one of their own to the box to do so (which does not count toward that skater’s seven penalties), and as soon as the thirty seconds are up she’ll get on the track and avenge her fallen comrade.

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April 18, Bout 2

Though the Shocks came into this game short a couple of their strongest players, Captain Baller Shot Caller and jammer Nora Gretz, the first half proved that the Shocks were in it to win it. A highlight of the night was an opportunity to see the Shocks’ string of “guest star” jammers, including all-star blockers Ozzie Kamakazi, Lez Dispenser, and Rebel Yellow, and a guest ringer from the Stix, High Jinxx. The Sakes put up an early lead, but the scores per jam and the Sakes’ lead remained small, as each team exchanged a series of mostly low-scoring jams. Then late in the first half, Shocks blocker penalties introduced a break for the Sakes. Facing short packs of just 1 or 2 Shocks blockers, the Sakes jammers put up a quick 22 points to the Shocks’ 6, extending the Sakes lead to 88-60 at the half. In the second period, both teams struggled with penalties, including a failed apex jump by The Boss that led refs to pull her from the game. But the Sakes’ ability to shut down Shocks’ power jams and keep all-star jammer Afro Dykee in check allowed Sakes jammers to collect the points and gradually pull away. The final score was 219-157.

MVP blockers were Luxfurious for the Sake Tuyas and Ozzie Kamakazi for the Toxic Shocks; MVP Jammers were Hate Ashbury for Sake Tuyas and Lez Dispenser for the Toxic Shocks.

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April 18, Bout 1

With both teams missing key players, the outcome of this game was a tough one to predict and it started off very close. Though the Stix jammers got a higher proportion of lead jam calls, gaining lead in six of the first seven jams, strong blocking from the Demons prevented the Stix from turning their advantage into points. Through the first seven jams, the Demon defense held the Stix lead to just 12-6. Then Demons Jammer Jean Juke Picard put the Demons back in the lead with a 9-point jam. Soon after, however, Demons began rack up blocker and jammer penalties. Short packs and power jams gave the Stix an opportunity to jump out to 59-15 lead. Demons jammers Amsterdam and Choke Cherry turned a couple of Stix jammer penalties into a quick 29 points for the Demons, but the margin continued to slowly widen in favor of the Stix. At the half Stix led 102-54. In the second half, fierce blocking by Madditude Adjustment and Queen Loseyateefa coupled with Demons jammer penalties kept the Demons from making a comeback. The Stix outscored the Demons by more than 3 to 1 in the second half, ending the game at 230 – 85.

MVP blockers were Queen Loseyateefa for the Apocalypstix and Nattie Long Legs for the Demons; MVP jammers were High Jinxx for the Apocalypstix and Nutella Ferraro for the Demim Demons.

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All bets are off for Saturday’s home team doubleheader!

Bout 1: Apocalypstix vs Denim Demons

The winter ice has melted, and home team action is heating up! The Apocalypstix and Denim Demons face off in a battle for redemption. Both of these teams lost their previous games and will stop at nothing to take this game back to headquarters as the first win of the season.

Photo: O-Jen Ishii Photography

Now that Atlanta’s home teams have been re-drafted, all bets are off — this is the first time these new teams have played each other, and one can only guess the outcome based on individual player strengths… for now. Apocalypstix jammer, Trouble MakeHer, will be up to her old tricks – sneaking around outside edges and powering through Demon walls. Though, Demons blocker, Helga G. Pa-SMACK-i may have something to say about that – she sticks to jammers better than the velcro holding up their elbow pads. Which team will you root for — Do you stand with those stylishly vicious ladies ushering in the apocalypse? Or would you rather see the apocalypse be overran by denim wearing demons? Choose wisely.

Bout 2: Sake Tuyas vs Toxic Shocks

This game could mean the beginning of an undefeated season for one of these teams. Who will come out on top? The Sake Tuyas have formidable blockers like Desi Scarnaz and Rudy Huxtabrawl, but the Toxic Shocks feature speed demon jammers like Nora Gretz and Afro Dykee. Something has got to give, and these skaters are about the lay it all out on the track in a battle to the finish.

Photo: O-Jen Ishii Photography

Again, since Atlanta’s home teams have been re-drafted, this game will be the first time these new teams will play each other — prior match ups from previous seasons will hold no stock in this battle for control of the Atlanta home team territory. Will the Sakes ninja their way to the top? Or will the Shocks drop the bomb on the competition? If you’re joining us late, welcome to the Atlanta Rollergirls 2015 season: New Teams. New Rivalries. New Champions.

Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to catch the action! Tickets are available online or in person at Powerhouse Skates. Be sure to get them before they sell out!

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