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. Jenesis O’Sin did a fine job writing this recap. Jenesis is a captain for Emerald City’s Flat Track Furies.
EUGENE, OR – The Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls (#45 in WFTDA) took up arms against Humboldt’s Redwood Rollers (#65) Saturday at the Big O Tournament. After establishing an early lead, Sin City managed to hang tight for the win 195-192.
After a nail-biting victory over Treasure Valley Friday evening, it was clear by their bruising hits and tight walls that Humboldt wanted to assert their dominance early, which they managed to do putting up a 6-0 score in the first jam. This, however, would be Humboldt’s only lead of the bout. Despite punishing defense lead by Rust E Machete, Locked Up, and Villain Thomas, early penalty trouble left Humboldt trailing 48-6 just a few jams later. Sin City’s The Force, DissLoKate, and Dixie Dash kept up the pressure, riding the lines, and finding every crack in Humboldt’s defense. Going into the half, Sin City led 97-64.
Villain Thomas, one of Humboldt’s heaviest hitters, slapped on the star for the first time at the start of the second half and made her mark by putting up a 20-point power jam. A three jam-spanning power play in Sin City’s favor turned the cards and pushed the gap to132-91. Huge hits and great track awareness from Sin City’s Geneva Conviction and the Humboldt’s McMahon sent both jammers to the bowels of the track and running clockwise as the pack herded them both backward for more than a lap.
Successive power jams completed by Rust E Machete, Villain Thomas, and Ole Chole brought Humboldt within spitting distance of overtaking Sin City. The recurrence of the fancy footwork and effective aerial displays of Thomas garnered Humboldt a 30-point jam putting the score at 174-165 midway through the second half. The game stayed tight for the remainder of play as Sin City’s one-two punch of Dairy Heir and Anti Hero locked down the Rollers’ jammers, repeatedly recycling them to the back of the pack. In the final minutes of play, Sin City’s unstoppable The Force lost control of her momentum and was sent to the box for a cut, leaving Thomas with just a minute to make up a formidable deficit. After racking up 23 points, Thomas called the jam before The Force could do any more damage. Her efforts fell just shy of victory as the period clock expired only seconds prior, preventing any further jams, and leaving the score at 195-192 in Sin City’s favor.
Humboldt’s next schedule sanctioned bout is against Silicon Valley September 28th. Sin City plays Angel City June 15th.