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Saturday marked the return of fast-paced roller derby action to the Grand Traverse Civic Center, as Traverse City Roller Derby kicked off their 2014 home season with a doubleheader featuring the Toxic Cherries and Cherry Bombs. The Toxic Cherries defeated the Forest City Thames Fatales 231 – 45, while the Cherry Bombs lost to Dead River Derby 305 – 53.
The Toxics led from the opening whistle, rolling with a steady rotation at jammer of Edgy Cate (named MVP Jammer) and Mace Hindu early in the bout. The Thames Fatales found TC’s blockers especially stifling and punishing on this night, as Forest City found themselves trailing by a score of 78 – 27 at the half. The path would not get any easier in the second half, as the Toxics held Forest City to just 18 points in the final 30 minutes. The staunch defense of TC’s walls of blockers – led by MVP Blocker Ninja Nurse – frustrated the Thames Fatales’ jammers all bout long and created no doubt to the final outcome. Jewel C. Starz was named MVP Jammer and Baconator was named MVP Blocker in a losing effort for Forest City.
Much like the Toxic Cherries in the first bout, Dead River stormed out of the pack quickly against the Cherry Bombs in the second bout. The visitors from Marquette took advantage of some early bout jitters by the Bombs by jumping out to a 20 – 0 lead after two jams and never looked back, ultimately forging a halftime lead of 172 – 24. The Bombs used the second half to attempt to develop better communication and cohesion on the track, and looked like a more focused team in the final 10 minutes. Notorious V.I.C. took home MVP Blocker for the Bombs in her first bout of 2014, while Freek On Alysh was named MVP Jammer in her home bout debut. Dead River’s MVP’s were Push Up Daisy at Jammer and Hot Carlie at Blocker.
Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a home doubleheader on Saturday, June 21 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The Toxic Cherries battle Grand Raggidy’s G-Rap Attack, while the Cherry Bombs face the Deathrow Derby Dames. Visit tcrollerderby.com or find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details.
The Traverse City Toxic Cherries embarked on a historic first in their derby history when they battled Michigan’s top-ranked (of non-WFTDA-sanctioned teams) Motor City Disassembly Line in a closed “hangover” bout at the Kaliseum in Kalkaska. However, the early start time did not work in the Toxics’ favor, as they were defeated by MCDL 186 – 62 for their first loss of 2014.
The Disassembly Line – fresh off of a victory over the Small Town Outlaws the previous night – used swarms of blockers to disrupt the Toxics’ jammers throughout the bout. TC remained within striking distance, but penalty trouble allowed MCDL to pull out to a 100 – 30 advantage at the half. Motor City continued to pad their lead thanks to a steady diet of continued tenacity by their blockers. The relentless pursuit and never-say-die approach by MCDL’s blockers forced the Toxic Cherries’ jammers to expend additional energy just to separate themselves from the pack, which narrowed the window for scoring opportunities. More penalty trouble by TC allowed Motor City to extend the lead and skate off with the second victory in as many days. Skrillasourus Wrecks was named MVP Jammer for TC, while Jayna Jameson took home MVP Blocker for the Toxics.
The Toxic Cherries will have a quick turn-around following the closed bout vs. MCDL. The Toxics play host to the Forest City Thames Fatales as part for TCRD’s 2014 home bout opening doubleheader on Saturday, May 17th. Meanwhile, the Cherry Bombs will square off against Dead River Derby in the second half of the doubleheader. Visit tcrollerderby.com or find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details.
The doors open at 5:00 and the action begins as the first whistle blows at 6:00 as TCRD’s A Team, the Toxic Cherries face off against the Thames Fatales of London, Ontario. Once the first bout wraps, stay for more fast-paced derby action as the Cherry Bombs face off against Marquette’s Dead River Derby Girls.
Traverse City Roller Derby works to support non-profits in our area. Our charity partner for this bout is the Disability Network; we will be raising funds in support of their cause through activities at the bout.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 if still available at the door. Order tickets online or head to Ben Franklin, Oryana or Lifer Skate for tickets. This is a family-friendly event; children 10 and under are free when tickets are pre-purchased at MyNorth Tickets
Toxic Cherries Win, Cherry Bombs Fall in Battle Creek
On Saturday, April 19, the teams of Traverse City Roller Derby participated as part of a triple-header of roller derby action at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. The Cherry Bombs fell to the Battle Creek Repeat Offenders by a score of 252 – 132 in their first bout of 2014, while the Toxic Cherries defeated the Battle Creek Cereal Killers 257 – 129.
The Cherry Bombs fell behind early to the Repeat Offenders, trailing at the half 152 – 62, and showed some opening bout butterflies as several skaters made their TCRD debuts. The Bombs settled in during the second half and showed better teamwork and communication on the track, but were unable to close the deficit in the end. Bombs’ captain Killah’ Cuda was named MVP Blocker for the Bombs, while Edgy Cate took home MVP Jammer.
The Cereal Killers jumped off the line quickly against the Toxic Cherries, building an early 20+ point lead, but TC claimed the lead halfway through the first half and never looked back. The steady attack from the Toxics’ jammers allowed them to forge a halftime lead of 136 – 82. The Toxic Cherries stifled the Cereal Killers in the second half, holding Battle Creek to 47 second half points thanks to the hard work of the Toxics’ walls of blockers, led by MVP Blocker Ninja Nurse. Mace Hindu was named MVP Jammer in pacing the offense for the Toxics’ victory.
Traverse City Roller Derby now looks ahead to their home opening doubleheader, when the Dead River Derby Girls from Marquette meet the Cherry Bombs, while the Toxic Cherries battle the Forest City Derby Girls from London, Ontario on Saturday, May 17.
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The Traverse City Toxic Cherries kicked off their 2014 roller derby season by defeating the Brighton Roller Dollz on the road with a score of 166-96. Scoring was at a premium in the first half, as the Toxics adjusted to playing on a wooden track (TCRD typically skates on concrete). But Brighton found things even more challenging as TC kept jams short and sweet by claiming lead jammer status and stopping play after one scoring pass early and often. This tactical advantage allowed the Toxic Cherries to carve out a 67-29 halftime lead. Play was a little more loose in the second half, but remained physically punishing. TCTC’s walls of blockers closed pack openings quickly and kept Brighton off the scoreboard early in the second half as the lead swelled to over 60 points. Brighton forged a minor comeback, pulling to within 40 points on the strength of a few power jams (a scoring phenomenon seldom seen in this bout, where surprisingly few penalties were called as a whole), but the Toxic Cherries pulled away to create no doubt in the final outcome.The Toxic Cherries’ blockers provided little daylight for Brighton’s jammers all night long, while they rode an attack of rotating jammers to gradually pull away in this low-scoring contest. The Toxics’ offense was paced by MVP Jammer Mace Hindu, while MVP Blocker Lizzy Luscious was an immovable force to be reckoned with. MVP Jammer and Blocker for Brighton went to Slippery When Wet and Vincent Van Ho, respectively. Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a doubleheader bout for the Toxic Cherries and Cherry Bombs against the Battle Creek Cereal Killers Roller Derby on Saturday, April 19. Find Traverse City Roller Derby on Facebook for more details!