BY JIM ALMY
In Seattle, they thought they were pretty good, maybe very good. The girls from Montreal saw themselves at about the same level.
But Friday night at the Rats Nest, the home track for Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls, the local league’s all-star program (ASP) team discovered that it was not only very good, it could be dominant, as in a solid 202-124 win over the Montreal Derby League’s all-star traveling team, the New Skids On The Block.
Montreal put a big, athletic line on the track and dared Seattle jammers to pass. It was a grind-them-down, low-scoring strategy that gave the visitors brief leads of 2-0 and 6-0. But ASP had a strategy of its own that featured jammers Luna Negra, Rawkhell SqWelch and Nelson attacking with a combination of speed, stealth, agility and brute force.
The points began to add up for the locals until, with 17:44 remaining in the first half and trailing 34-10, New Skids Coach Ewan Wotarmy called her first time out. When play resumed, the pause seemed to benefit ASP much more than the New Skids. Luna Negra followed the blocks of Carmen Getsome, Raven Seaward and Teddy Rupp to pile up another 14 points in jam 12, her team leading now, 48-10.
At the half, the lead was 109-69. Players could remember another recent meeting between the two teams when Montreal left the track at halftime trailing by a wide margin, only to storm back for a win in the second half.
Seattle made sure that didn’t happen this time, collecting 50 points in the first six minutes of the second period while allowing only 19. In addition to applying aggressive, relentless scoring pressure ASP blockers were adept at recycling New Skids jammers, keeping them far back from scoring opportunities.
ASP Coach Ho Chi Danh said, “I knew we had that game in us.”
The New Skids came to town ranked 20th in the world by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). They will play the all-star teams from Portland and Olympia before returning to the East Coast.
ASP entered the contest ranked 12th and could find itself in the top 10 next week.
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