The hard-hitting women of Traverse City Roller Derby concluded their weekend by splitting a home doubleheader at the Grand Traverse Civic Center this past Saturday. The Toxic Cherries smashed the Glass City Rollers (Sylvania, OH) by a score of 190 – 41 in the first bout, while the Cherry Bombs were beaten by the Barry County Black Heart Maidens (Hastings, MI)191 – 125 in the nightcap.
The Toxic Cherries stormed out to a big early lead on the strength of a timely rotation of jammers to pace the offensive attack – namely Wanda Hurtchu, Alanis More-A-Threat, Mace Hindu, and Edgy Cate, who was named TC’s MVP Jammer for the bout. The Toxics’ 112 – 13 halftime lead was representative of the persistence and tenacity of their walls of blockers, who left very little space on the track for Glass City to work with. Betty BumpsNBruises, Lizzie Luscious, Ninja Nurse, Jayna Jameson, and MVP Blocker Bellatrix LeStrangle were especially effective at keeping Glass City’s jammers at bay and forced the visitors from Ohio into penalty trouble from which they could not recover. The healthy halftime lead allowed Coach Gordie Owe to experiment with his lineup, giving a number of blockers the opportunity to don the jammer star. Glass City was led by MVP Blocker Gim’me Moore and MVP Jammer Looks That Kill in a losing effort.
The Cherry Bombs and Black Heart Maidens played a very tight first 30 minutes, with the Bombs leading for almost the full duration of the first half up until the final two minutes. Strong offensive performances by Javalanche, Wanda Hurtchu (both of whom skated in both bouts), and team captain Notorious V.I.C. set the offensive tempo for the Bombs. But a missed penalty call on Barry County provided enough momentum to allow the Maidens to claim the lead and forge a 91 – 58 advantage at the half. The Cherry Bombs fought back to keep the bout close in the second half, but penalty trouble for TC and a deep stable of jammers allowed the Maidens to pull away and claim victory. Chief Drop Aho, Cuban PunisHer,and MVP Blocker FreekOn Alysh were standouts in the bout for their physical play, while Coco Deathknell claimed MVP Jammer in her first home bout of 2014. The Black Heart Maidens’ MVP’s were Sexy SuicideGirl at Jammer and Bruisher Bishop at Blocker.
Fundraising activities at this bout helped raise $200 for our charity partner, Third Level Crisis Center.
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Traverse City Roller Derby’s home season finale is next on the docket, with a doubleheader set for Saturday, August 16 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The Toxic Cherries battle the Lansing Derby Vixens, while the Cherry Bombs face Capital Corruption.