TORONTO, ON – Pr’Editor, of Toronto Roller Derby, gives us the run-down on the games that this weekend’s Quad City tournament covered. We thank them for providing these recaps of this weekend’s games!
Rideau Valley Vixens vs. Steel Hurtin’, 165 -142
The Rideau Valley Vixens started Toronto Roller Derby’s two-day Quad City Chaos tournament out strong establishing lead three minutes into their game against Steel City Roller Derby’s Steel Hurtin’. The Vixens maintained their lead for the rest of the game, playing a fast game leaving little space for Steel Hurtin’ to determine the terms of engagement. Steel City had a notable comeback attempt seven minutes before the half, but the Vixens shut it down with focused penalty kills.
The second half saw the Vixens continue their strategy from the first and maintain their lead over Steel Hurtin’ — the only crack in their armour showed in the last jam of the game where a star pass gone-wrong allowed Steel Hurtin’ to make up some ground. The final score was 165 -142 for the Vixens.
CN Power vs. Boston Massacre, 233-178
A high impact game kept fans on the edge of their seats as Quad City Chaos’ top ranked team the Boston Massacre faced off against host Toronto Roller Derby’s A-team CN Power. The first half was filled with tense game play with seven lead change overs. The first 30 minutes ended with CN Power taking a slim lead over Boston, 129-106.
In the second half, CN Power came out strong to capitalize on power jams and focus on strong defensive walls. Power kept the lead for the entire second half and and came out with the win, 233-178. But Boston stayed strong with killer hits and jammers that kept Toronto fighting until the last jam.
Rideau Valley Rollergirls’ Sirens vs. Bay St. Bruisers, 253-144
Toronto’s B-team Bay St. Bruisers was dominant from the first whistle with speedy jammers and effective blocking lines that shut down Rideau Valley’s Sirens. Once the Brusiers established a lead they hung onto it tooth and nail for the rest of the game and though the Sirens’ jammers were hot on their tails, the Bruisers clinched a decisive win, 253-144.
The game got progressively rough with a total of 108 penalities called for both teams. The rough play resulted in three foul outs: Bruisers’ blocker LowBlow Palooza and Sirens’ blocker Kiki VonCarnage and jammer Jennifer Anderson.
Steel Hurtin’ vs. Boston Massacre, 169- 127
It was a rough, fast game that proved to be a marathon, not a sprint. Steel City came in strong with their jammers defying Boston’s defense again and again to take the lead. But midway through the first half, Boston wised up and closed ranks methodically closing the gap.
By the first half, Boston was leading 71-52. Boston remained calm throughout Steel City’s comeback attempts and retained their lead for the duration of the game. Boston took the final win, 169- 127.
CN Power vs. Rideau Valley Vixens, 186-154
A tense first half full of lead changes and ties showed that despite an eleven point differential in WFTDA rankings, Toronto Roller Derby’s higher ranked CN Power would be challenged to soundly beat the Rideau Valley Vixens. By the end of the first half CN Power found their stride and pulled ahead, heading into halftime leading, 81-64.
Power maintained their lead for the rest of the game but not without close advances from the Vixens. Time and time again, the Vixens reduced CN Power’s 20-point leads to mere points but CN Power routinely pulled ahead. CN Power won the game 186-154.
Bay St. Bruisers vs. Boston Derby Dames, 184-180
Toronto Roller Derby’s Bay St. Bruisers took an early lead against the Boston Derby Dames and then lost it for the rest of the game. The Dames’ strong blocking walls caused trouble for many of the Bruisers’ jammers and Boston’s jammer effectively separated Toronto’s blocking lines to secure a steady lead 120-92 heading into halftime.
The Bruisers returned to the track with strong offense in the second but were always just lagging Boston’s jammers. With five minutes to go the Bruisers began closing in on Boston’s lead with power jams from Toronto jammers Devochka and Lexi Con doing significant damage to the Dames’ comfortable lead bringing the Bruisers within 4 points of Boston.
The real magic came in the final jam of the game: a two-minute oddessy which saw Bruisers pick up 12 points to narrowly win the game, 184-180. It was a rough game from start-to-finish with a total of 112 penalities for both teams; 68 for Boston, 54 for the Bruisers. Toronto blockers SewWhat and Honey Boom Boom fouled out.
Rideau Valley Vixens vs. Boston Massacre, 182-159
In a game that started out as a blow out game for the Boston Massacre became a tight race for the win against the Rideau Valley Vixens. Boston’s jammers dominated as lead jammer in the first part of the game establising and maintaining a comfortable lead, heading into halftime 78-55.
But the Vixens came back in the second half and systematically closed the point gap. With 13 minutes to go in the game, the Vixens overtook Boston, 130-119. But Boston closed ranks and within seven minutes they got back their lead and kept it until the end winning by a solid 182-159.
Bay St. Bruisers vs. Steel Beamers, 319-69
Toronto Roller Derby’s B-team Bay St. Bruisers faced off against Steel City Roller Derby’s B-team Steel Beamers in a blowout game for the Bruisers. The Bruisers came into the game undefeated, having won games against the Boston Derby Dames and the Rideau Valley Sirens earlier in Toronto’s two-day Quad City Chaos tournament. For the Beamers, their game against the Bruisers was the first and last of the tournament.
With fast jammers and hard-to-dodge blocker lines, the Bruisers established early dominance and headed into half time with a substantial lead, 144-30. The Bruisers ran away with their lead in the second half securing a huge win over the Beamers, 319-69. The game was significantly lighter on penalties for both teams than the Bruisers’ previous two games, though the Beamers’ blocker Daley Dose fouled out in the second half.
CN Power vs. Steel Hurtin’, 235-191
Both teams played twice on the first day of Toronto Roller Derby’s two-day Quad City Chaos tournament with drastically different results. Steel Hurtin’ came up short against Boston Massacre and the Rideau Valley Vixens where CN Power was undefeated against both teams. The game started off as expected, Power dominated and went into the first half with a comfortable 50-point lead over Steel Hurtin’, 132-80.
But after halftime the gloves came off and Steel Hurtin’ locked down their defensive lines preventing Power’s jammers from scoring for the first several jams while their own jammers slowly picked up points. By midway through the second half, Steel Hurtin’ succeeded in advancing on CN Power and taking lead. Steel City maintained their lead until, with 10 minutes to go, CN Power swooped in to regain their lead. With successive power jams they re-established lead and widened the gap with solid blocking lines to win the game, 235-191. It was a notably rough game (though not as penalty-heavy as Bay St. Bruisers’ games) with seven skaters fouling out, six for CN Power.
A-team blocker: Nick Rollfiliac from Steel Hurtin’, and A-team jammer: Soul Rekker from Rideau Valley Vixens.
B-team blocker: MC SlamHer from Boston Derby Dames, and the B-team jammer MVP: Devochka from Bay St. Bruisers