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May 12, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Roller derby: Rat City all-stars crush Sacrificers to open 2nd half

BY JIM ALMY

After 11 minutes, Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls All-Star Program (ASP) led, 63-7. After 60 minutes, when the last whistle signaled the end of the bout, it was 444-58.

The Sacred City Derby Girls’ Sacrificers, a traveling all-star team from Sacramento, Calif., were sacrificed.

Their Saturday match at KeyArena kicked off the second half of both league’s seasons, when play extends beyond league teams to include teams from around the country and world. Montreal will be in Seattle on Friday to play the RCRG All-Stars at their facility on North Aurora, the Rat’s Nest.

The highlight for the visitors had to be pregame introductions when they skated the track under the flashing lights and while the score was still 0-0. After that it was clinic time. Every jammer for ASP scored. Every player for the Sacrificers got blocked.

“We played hard but we were down a few girls for this match,” said Sacrificers Coach Teenie Meanie. “The Rat City all-stars are a top-10 team. They always beat us, but we always love to play them.”

Ranked 13th in the world in a recent poll, this win probably ensures Seattle will find itself in that top 10 group soon.

In the opening bout, league rules were suspended so that the RCRG “B” all-star team, the Rain of Terror (ROT) could host another Seattle team that included players below the league minimum age of 18 years.

The Antagonist scrapped hard to lead at the half 87-68, matching ROT in body count and toughness as well as out-matching them with defensive blocking. With 10 minutes left, however, ROT pulled ahead for the first time as jammer Wreck N Shrew collected 37 points and her team led 143-126. The Antagonist lost, 171-152.

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