The second bout of Fox Cityz Foxz Season 5 served up both a nailbiter and a blowout at Player’s Choice in Appleton on February 24th, with plenty of slam-bang women’s flat-track derby action from pillar to post ((NOTE: We here at the Foxz website have no actual idea what the term “from pillar to post” means, but they say it on wrestling, so it must mean something awesome)).
Pushy Posse 122, Paper Dolls 32
The first bout of the evening served up both good news and bad news for former two-time champions the Paper Dolls: The good news was that, for the first time in over a year, the Dolls had enough healthy skaters on their roster to field a complete squad without resorting to borrowing skaters from other teams. The bad news was that it didn’t seem to help them much. The largely inexperienced 2012 edition of the Paper Dolls proved no match for the defending champion Pushy Posse, who led from wire to wire and were never seriously challenged during the contest. The troubles started almost immediately for the Dolls, when jammer Slick Nikki – one of the team’s few holdovers from their championship years – was boxed for a major back block in the very first jam. Posse jammer Olive Glitter wasted no time in making mincemeat of the inexperienced Dolls defense, ringing up a triple grand slam to put the Posse up 15-0 after the first jam. With Slick starting the next jam in the box, former Paper Doll Tootzy Roll-Her was able to add another grand slam for the Posse before Slick Nikki emerged, grabbed lead jammer, and ended the jam. Blazin’ Butterfly added another four points for the Posse in the third jam, and the Dolls found themselves on the wrong end of a 24-0 score. Slick Nikki got the Dolls on the board in the fourth jam, picking up a tidy nine points when Posse jammer Norma Leigh Sweet was sent to the sin bin on a major forearm, cutting the Dolls deficit to a manageable 24-9. The Dolls mini-comeback was short-lived, however, as Tootzy Roll-Her leveraged a major track cut penalty on Dolls rookie jammer Butt Quack to rack up a colossal 19-0 jam on her old team, putting the Posse up 43-9 after five jams. The forty-three points scored by the Posse in the game’s initial five jams would prove to be all the scoring they’d need for the rest of the contest, as the Posse’s savvy pack presence had little problem containing the Dolls’ raw recruits, holding them to just twenty-three more points throughout the game and restraining their offense to single-scoring-pass jams for the rest of the night.
Tootzy Roll-Her led all scorers with 51 points for the Posse; her teammates Olive Glitter and Blazin’ Butterfly added 36 and 32, respectively. Slick Nikki paced the Dolls with 23. The victory evens the Posse’s record at 1-1; the Dolls stay winless at 0-2. On a historical note, this game marked the Pushy Posse’s first-ever victory over the Paper Dolls in the team’s five-season history.
Rollergirl Regiment 74, 8Queen Wheelers 68
In marked contrast to the first bout of the evening, the Regiment-Wheelers skirmish proved to be a hotly-contested affair not decided til the final seconds of the last jam. After a scoreless first jam that presaged the defensive intensity to come, LuLu Palooza scored the first points of the evening in the second jam to put the Regiment up 2-0. The Regiment would not lead again for almost fifty-eight minutes, as Dizzy Dame put the Wheelers up by two with a 4-0 third jam. Boun C. Ballz added four more for the Wheelers in the fourth, while Monkey Shines scratched out three for the Redge in the next jam, leaving the score at a miserly 8-5 after five jams — the bout was clearly not shaping up to be a free-wheeling offensive fiesta. The Wheelers and their imposing Wall O’ Fannies clamped down on the Regiment, keeping them off the board for the next three jams while Dizzy Dame and Gixx-Her scratched out eight more points for the ladies in lime and blue, bringing the Wheeler lead to 16-5 midway thru the first period. Yaya Der Hey got the Regiment back on the board with a grand slam following a major track cut by Wheelers jammer Derrierress, but when Yaya started the next jam in the box after receiving an illegal procedure major for successfully calling off the jam while not lead jammer, Derrierress recouped the points surrendered previously, and the score stood 24-13 after ten jams. After a pair of low-scoring jams cut the Wheeler lead to ten at 28-18, Secretary of Skate took advantage of a major track cut on rarely-jammed Just The Hip to run up seven unanswered points for the Regiment, whittling their deficit down to a measly three points, 28-25, with under a minute to go in the first half. Unfortunately for the Regiment, the penalty pendulum swung the other way during the period’s final jam, with Secretary of Skate being called out on a major forearm, and Dizzy Dame ripping off a huge triple grand slam, suddenly bolstering the Wheelers’ lead to 43-25 at the break.
The second half saw more low-scoring jams; by the end of the fourth jam, the Wheelers had added another lone point to their lead, at 50-31. The Wheelers’ stout defense clamped down on Regiment jammer Lulu Palooza in the fifth jam, holding her scoreless while Wring Leader rang up nine unanswered points, and it looked like the Wheelers were finally gaining some separation on their arch-rivals, up 59- 31 after five. The Wheelers went up by an even thirty in the sixth jam, 63-33, but the Regiment took advantage of a penalty-thinned Wheeler pack to scoot Lotta Issues through for a big 9-0 jam, bringing the Redge within twenty-one at 63-42. Both defenses went into all-out assault mode; each team scored only five points over the course of the next five jams, leaving the Wheeler lead at twenty-one after the twelfth jam, 68-47, and the clock beginning to be a factor. The Regiment’s defense stepped it up, keeping the Wheelers off the board in the thirteenth jam as Lulu Palooza clawed out three points to cut the Redge deficit to eighteen, 68-50. With the penalty box once again full of Wheelers blockers, Secretary of Skate fought for another four unanswered points for the Regiment, cutting the deficit to fourteen, 68-54. As the clock dipped under the two minute mark, a major track cutting penalty on Wheelers jammer Gixx-Her allowed Lulu Palooza to rattle off an unanswered grand slam for the Regiment, cutting the Wheeler lead to single digits, 68-55, with time enough for one final jam. In what could have only been a gift from the derby gods to the Regiment, Gixx-Her returned from the penalty box and was sent promptly back for another major track cut, putting Monkey Shines of the Regiment on a last-jam power jam. With the Redge down nine and time running out, Monkey got lead and sailed thru the pack for one grand slam, cutting the Regiment’s deficit to four, 68-64 – then sailed thru a second time, putting the Regiment up by a point – the resultant score of 69-68 was their first lead since the second jam of the first period. As the game clock hit triple zero, Monkey opted to risk disaster by continuing on a third scoring pass instead of calling off the jam and ending the game with the Redge up one; disaster was averted as Monkey sailed thru the pack a third-time –thankfully penalty-free — calling the jam and sealing the victory for the Rollergirl Regiment, 74-68.
Dizzy Dame led all scorers, posting 41 points in a losing effort for the Wheelers. Monkey Shines led a balanced Regiment scoring attack with 22; Secretary of Skate, Lulu Palooza and Lotta Issues added 18, 14 and 12, respectively. The victory boosts the Rollergirl Regiment’s record to 2-0, whilst the Wheelers fall to 1-1.
Don’t fail to see our next exciting episode on March 24th, when the undefeated Rollergirl Regiment take on the defending champion Pushy Posse, and the youthful Paper Dolls take on the savvy veterans, the 8Queen Wheelers, at Player’s Choice in Appleton!