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Rocky Mountain Roller Girls Sweep Windy City Rollers

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 25, 2010 2:20PM

Photo by Marcus Gilmer/Chicagoist
It was a rough weekend for the All-Stars of the Windy City Rollers. Ranked 10th in the Derby News Network’s power rankings, the Rollers hosted the 3rd-ranked Rocky Mountain Roller Girls for a pair of bouts on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion. Bout one pitted the WCR's secondary squad, The Second Wind, against the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls' B-squad, The Contenders in what turned out to be an exciting back-and-forth affair. The Contenders jumped out to an early 20-3 lead but the Second Wind fought back led by Kola Loka and Zoe Trocious who helped the Second Wind grab a 39-23 lead. At the half, The Contenders maintained a 73-63 lead but, again, the Second Wind fought back, chipping away at the lead and tying it up at 104-104. But penalties cost the Second Wind who fell behind by 20 points late and, in spite of a rally, The Contenders held on for a 130-124 victory.

The second bout turned out to be even rougher for the Rollers A-squad. A physical Rocky Mountain Roller Girls 5280 Fight Club blocked well and jammed even better, jumping out to a huge 31-4 lead as the Rollers struggled to find their rhythm. It was 18 minutes into the first half before the Rollers crossed double-digits and found themselves trailing 77-22 at halftime as the 5280 Fight Club stymied the Rollers' stars like Athena DeCrime and Jackie Daniels. The RMRGs maintained a constant control of jams and, more importantly, controlled a slower pace of jams to help ease their way to a big win by a final of 151-56.

It was a tough pair of losses for the Rollers, but if we know the ladies of the WCR, we know they're going to put the losses behind them and are fired up to hit the track again. With Nationals approaching in November, they'll look to get back on the winning side at their next home bout September 25 when the Second Wind squares off against the Naptown Roller Girls from Indianapolis and the Rollers' All-Star squad faces the Texecutioners out of Austin, Texas.