For the Big O, I put together an army of writers to cover all of the bouts for DNN. Due to circumstances beyond DNN’s control, they were unable to publish all the recaps. So, I am publishing them here. None of the articles were written by me. I’m just an editor for them. Plunderstruck wrote this recap. He is a skilled writer and derby widow of Stevie Plunder of Emerald City’s Church of Sk8in.
EUGENE, OR – Dawn crawled in a bit early for a very hungover day three of the Big O Tournament on Sunday. Sleep was of little consequence to the sparse peppering of the hardcore derby faithful, however, and as they grew their numbers, they ushered in a showdown between the Silicon Valley Roller Girls (#62 in WFTDA) and the Slaughter County Roller Vixens (#83). The announcers prophesied a close bout. A grain of said audience pepper proclaimed “I think Silicon is just gonna destroy ‘em.” When the dust of shaved urethane settled at last, a valiant stand by Silicon Valley took this bout home, 214-207.
The ref’s whistle brought the skaters into action like spring brings a bear into lucidity. While every ounce of ache and fatigue from a three-day tournament slowly dripped to the floor and into the tiles, Slaughter County’s Darth Maulher put up the first two points of the game. Then, as if to put my unyielding tirade of fatigue to bed once and for all, Silicon answered with a nine-point jam by Mad 4 Gravy. Thus began a very commanding performance for a bout that would never have a spread larger than 32 points. A game of jammer pong in the eighth jam brought the score to 46-19 in Silicon Valley’s favor with Slaughter County’s Nika Puhleeze throwing ten and Silicon Valley’s Absolutely Scabulous logging twenty. Slaughter County responded with a scoring campaign of their own to bring about a lead change in the fourteenth jam with four from Darth Maulher and a 25-point power jam in the next jam by Dynamite Bitecha. However, this marked the last time they scored for the next fourteen minutes. Silicon Valley then etched away a scoring campaign that spilled over into the next half. Where most teams would give up a century in fourteen minutes, Slaughter County’s ironsides defense only gave up 39 points during their scoring drought. The teams went into the half with Silicon up 115-90.
Slaughter County snapped their scoreless streak in the second jam of the new half on a three-point jam by Medusya. Medusya largely defined the comeback effort for Slaughter County, bringing the score to a five-point deficit off a 25-point power jam in the seventh jam. She then provided the go-ahead score in the fourteenth jam. After Slaughter County collected a 159-156 lead, Silicon Valley’s Mad 4 Gravy responded with a 29-point power jam. Silicon Valley’s Surge kept the lead simmering with a couple of hit-it-and-quit-it fours. Surge took the jam line again in the final jam with Silicon Valley possessing an eighteen-point lead. After securing lead jammer, Surge put up another four while trying to run out the clock, but a back block call with 1:30 to go brought the audience to its feet. Dynamite Bitecha exploded through the pack with amazing speed as she effortlessly posted grand slam after grand slam. With the scoreboard reading 210-207, the audience could feel an imminent lead change and another addition to the great come-from-behind bouts seen all weekend. Be it the insurmountable wall of Silicon Valley or simply the aftermath of Dynamite’s herculean effort, those last four points were unattainable as Surge tore out of the penalty box and scored her last four and giving Silicon Valley a 214-207 victory.
Here is video from the bout.