12/10/10-The second annual Fox Cityz Foxz “Monsterz Brawl” Halloween mixer was held this past November 13th, and ended much the same way the 2009 version did: The Vampires drew blood and the Zombies got brained. The 2010 Monsterz Brawl featured a new addition in the form of a third team – the She-Wolves – allowing the Brawl to expand into a three-team round robin, for those of you who just can’t get enough Halloween-themed roller derby ((or those of you who just miss the three-way round robin structure we had during the dark days of Season 2’s league contraction)). This year’s Halloween mixer featured guest skaters from the Foxz’ “big sister” team, the Brewcity Bruisers, as well as their interstate rivals, the Rockford Rage ((not to mention a heck of a bake sale!)).
The first game pitted last year’s champions, The Vampire Vixens, against last year’s also-rans, the Zombie Bombshells. The Vampire Vixens wasted no time in drawing first blood, using early penalty Zombie penalty trouble to strike with two quick 5-0 jams courtesy of Dizzy Damned ((aka Dizzy Dame)) and Skeater Beater, putting the Vampires up by double digits, 10-0, after two jams. The Zombie Bombshells got their first lead jammer of the evening when Meeso Thorny ((visiting from Rockford)) took lead over the Vampires’ Sevo ((visiting from Brewcity)), but both skaters hit the pack neck-and-neck, forcing Meeso to call the jam early to preserve a slim 3-2 edge to put the Zombies on the board at 13-2. More penalty trouble for the Zombies allowed Bad Luck Charm and Dizzy Damned to post another pair of five-point jams for the Vampires, pushing the Zombie edge out to 22-8 after five jams. The Zombies retaliated with a pair of lead jammerdoms courtesy of Meeso Thorny and Blazin’ Butterfly, cutting the Vampires’ lead to a manageable ten points, 25-15, after seven jams. Once again, penalty trouble allowed Bad Luck Charm and Dizzy Damned to add to the Vampires’ advantage in tidy five-point chunks, with 6-1 and 5-0 jams extending the Vampire lead to 36-16 after nine jams. Blazin’ Butterfly struck back for the Zombies with a huge 9-0 outburst, which was partially countered by Sevo’s 5-0 run for the Vampires directly thereafter. Figuring tournabout was fair play, Meeso Thorny took advantage of an illegal procedure major on Vampire jammer Bad Luck Charm to end the half with a big 10-2 jam, bringing the Vampire lead down to single digits, 43-35, at the end of the first period.
Returning from their coffin break, the Vampire Vixens were firing on all cylinders to start the second half. The Vixens took lead jammer each of the first four jams, culminating in a 15-0 bloodbath for Dizzy Damned following a back block major whistled on Zombie jammer Blazin’ Butterfly, pushing the Vampire lead out to 66-39. Meeso Thorny grabbed lead for the Zombies in the fifth, but couldn’t stop Skeater Beater from outdueling her, 5-4, extending the Vampire lead to 71-40. The Vampire Vixens took lead jammer status for the next five jams in a row; to their credit, the Zombie Bombshells were able to keep enough brains about them that the Vampires only extended their lead by four points during this period. Most Valuable Zombie Meeso Thorny nabbed a consolation lead jammer status and a 10-8 win in the eleventh jam, but, when all was said and done, the Vampire Vixens had flapped their way to victory over the Zombie Bombshells for the second year in a row, 91-61. Dizzy Dam((n))e((d)) of the Vampires led all scorers with 42 points; Meeso Thorny led the Zombies with 37.
The Vampire Vixens had scant time to bask in the adulation of the masses, however, as they returned to the track almost immediately to take on the hair-raising challenge of the tournament’s “newest” team, the She-Wolves. The game started off with both teams playing things a bit close to the metaphorical vest, with the Vampires nudging to a 4-3 edge after two jams. A major track cut whistled on She-Wolves jammer Secretary of Skate allowed Sevo to break open the scoring for the Vampire Vixens, ringing up an 8-0 third jam whilst Secretary served her time, and posting the first significant lead of the game in favor of the Vampires, 12-3. SOS also started the fourth jam in the box, allowing Bad Luck Charm to go off for a double grand slam in her absence, bolstering the Vampire advantage to a suddenly blood-curdling 22-3 after four jams. Dizzy Damned added a quick 8-0 for the Vampires, and the She-Wolves suddenly found themselves down by a relatively hairy 30-3. The She-Wolves bit back, however, grabbing lead jammer status each of the next five jams, with Mistress Miter Saw using Vampire jammer penalty woes to rack up a grand slam in the seventh, and a double grand slam in the ninth, helping the She-Wolves slash the deficit to 36-26 after ten. Skeater Beater and Sevo got five of the points back for the Vampires to end the half, who concluded the half up by fifteen, at 43-28.
Fur E. Ballz cut the Vampire lead back down to ten points with a 5-0 grand slam for the She-Wolves to open the second period, but Dizzy Damned returned fire with a 5-0 jam for the Vampire Vixens to reclaim a fifteen-point lead. In some sort of wacky, see-saw, Bugs-Bunny-like battle of reciprocal 5-0 jams, Mistress Miter Saw cut the She-Wolves deficit back to ten points in the third, leaving the score at 48-38 in favor of the Vampires. After a couple of low-scoring jams, the Vampires emerged from the dead and went to work, using She-Wolf penalty troubles to grab lead jammer status for the next four jams — holding the Wolves off the scoreboard in the process – and running their lead out to 61-40 after nine jams. Mistress Miter Saw tried to claw the She-Wolves back into it with a 5-0 tenth, followed by a 9-5 eleventh by teammate Tootzy RollHer, scratching the Vampire lead down to a doable twelve points, 66-54, with time enough for one last jam. It looked like the She-Wolves might have indeed had a hope in heck in catching the Vampires when Fur E. Ballz grabbed the last lead jammer status of the game, but, try as she might, Ballz could not shake Dizzy Damned, who stayed on her somewhat-literal tail for the duration of the jam, only allowing her to shave a single point off the Vampires’ margin of victory. When the jam clock ran down, the Vampire Vixens remained eternally undefeated, overcoming the She-Wolves in a snarly one, 71-60. In a losing effort, Mistress Miter Saw of the She-Wolves led all scorers with 25 points. Skeater Beater and Dizzy Damned each had 22 points for the Vampire Vixens.
For the third and final bout of the evening, the She-Wolves ((who had, at this point in time, become crowd favorites, primarily because of their funky costumes, which included more simulated body hair than a prudent writer would care to discuss)) remained on the squared oval to take on the Zombie Bombshells – presumably tanned, rested and ready ((or, at bare minimum, two of the three)) after their long break between games. The She-Wolves pounced on the Zombies early, however, with Fur E. Ballz, Mistress Miter Saw and Tootzy RollerHer grabbing lead jammer status each of the first three jams, whilst racing the She-Wolves out to a quick 17-0 lead. Blazin’ Butterfly got the Zombies off the schneid with a 2-0 fourth, followed by a quick 1-0 fifth for the Zombies, courtesy of the visiting Sin Of The Dead, leaving the score at 17-3, She-Wolves, after five. Meeso Thorny cut further into the She-Wolf lead with a frantic 9-7 sixth, but She-Wolves jammer Tootzy RollHer went off for a 16-4 romp in the seventh. Teammate Fur E. Ballz then went Ballz-listic in the next jam, running up a huge 20-0 jam for the Wolves, pushing their lead out to an imposing 60-16 after eight. The She-Wolves kept the Zombies off the board for the rest of the half, with Mistress Miter Saw and Tootzy RollHer adding four and eight points, respectively, to extend the She-Wolves lead to a rather healthy 72-16 at the half.
Mistress Miter Saw picked up where things left off for the She-Wolves to open the second half, adding a 6-0 run to bolster the Wolves’ advantage to 78-16. Meeso Thorny and Blazin’ Butterfly were able to gain lead jammer status over the course of the next two jams, but could only whittle a point off their deficit each jam. The She-Wolves then clamped down on defense, keeping the Zombies off the board for the next four jams, and using a triple grand slam by Killer Doomkitty and single grand slam by Ur Askin 4 It to boot their lead out to an insurmountable 106-23 after seven. Visitors Meeso Thorny and Sin Of The Dead added four and one points, respectively, for the Zombies, but this was more than offset by Tootzy RollHer’s triple grand slam for the She-Wolves in the game’s final jam, culminating in a She-Wolves victory, 125-28, who came as close as any roller derby team has ever come to the never-before-accomplished-at-Player’s-Choice feat of achieving a triple-digit lead over the other team. Tootzy RollHer of the She-Wolves led all scorers with 44 points; her teammate, Fur E. Ballz kicked in 37. Once again, Meeso Thorny, with 15, paced the Vampires. Defensive honors go to the She-Wolves’ Jen Detta, visiting from Rockford, whom, as always, left a trail of carnage and broken bodies in her wake.