Check out this bit about Rose City's own Mutch Mayhem, aka Loren Mutch. Those of you who came to the WFTDA playoffs in Charleston, WV this past October will remember her as Tournament MVP, and as one of the most gifted and naturally talented skaters in the game. ESPN has taken notice, FINALLY, that our sport is legitimate, and is filled with great athletes and even better people.
Read about Loren here, and support your local derby team!
This is a recap of Friday night's fun, courtesy of Grade-A announcer and overall good guy, Doug "Bear" Marlin.
My overdue bout recap from last night in Huntington. First off, much kudos to the hometown league, the Jewel City Rollergirls for getting their first "true" home bout at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. I know there was a bout in nearby Kentucky a year or so ago, but this was the first one in four years that they could truly call a home bout. I had the honor of being the announcer at last night's doubleheader and it was the tale of two completely different bouts. My ladies, the Ohio Valley Roller Girls, showed a fierceness I had not seen in a bit, as they won convincingly by a score of 331 to 44 over the Chemical Valley Rollergirls. To be fair, this is not the CVRG powerhouse team from a few seasons ago, who beat OVRG the last two times we played, and won the first River Valley Riot in 2012. They are in rebuilding mode, and they WILL get better, but OVRG had something to do with that score, too. The jammer rotation was the strongest this group has ever been, with Lamba Goddess, Flux Decapitator, and Gnarly Manson all having stepped their games up, to go along with always consistent Dorian Slay, who won the MVP Jammer for OVRG. And blocker Amy Roundhouse who has made it her mission the past couple seasons to be a BETTER DERBY PLAYER grabbed her first MVP blocker award. MVP'S for CVRG were blocker Kruel Aid, and jammer Sick Foley.
The second bout featured the Jewel City Rollergirls taking on the Appalachian Hell Betties. I've called a couple coed bouts in Marietta with some of the Hell Betties, but this was the first time I had ever seen the league play, and they did come to play! This bout went back and forth all night with one team, then the other taking the lead, but it came down to the final jam with JCRG in the lead and the seconds ticking away. The last couple jams took forever it seemed because there was much discussion over whether the Hell Betties got a timeout called (they did with :03 to go), then whether an injury stopped the final jam before completion or not. When it did get sorted out, it was Jewel City winning by 173 to 160. The hometown fans went home happy, and the crowd got to see how exciting that Derby can be. MVP's for the Hell Betties were (blocker) Gypsy Trample, and (jammer) Karmabel Lectur. For Jewel City, MVP's were (blocker) Olivia Prey, and (jammer) Jen Ittles.
And there was a completely unique event too at halftime of the first bout. Derby people are hip to the concept of a derby wife (another player who will have your back, on and off the track), but this was the first time I had seen one league ask another league to be their Derby Wives! Chemical Valley asked (and were accepted by) Jewel City for a merger of the two. The details will be worked out this year, but it looks like we will see ONE league, but with TWO teams in TWO different cities, derby can be unique like that.
Check out the Huntington Herald Dispatch's article about this bout here.
Nick Rage here, wanting to welcome everyone to yet another exciting year of CVRG Roller Derby! While I look forward to what 2015 will bring, I'd like to take a moment to remember all the milestones of 2014.
First up in the list of awesome, attaining full WFTDA member status. These gals put forth a good deal of effort to make it through the Apprentice program and this is certainly an accomplishment of which to be proud.
Next up on the list, and this one is bittersweet, three of our CVRG teammates left to go north, all the way to NYC. Two are now Gotham Girls and the other is studying to become a lawyer (and still skating when she has the time). Way to go Rude, Kitty, and Merry! We miss the heck out of all of you but we are SO PROUD!
And last, but certainly not least, was the awesome spectacle that was the Division 1 Playoffs right here in Charleston, WV. What better welcome to full WFTDA membership can you get than to host the playoffs? All of us at CVRG would like to extend our thanks and warmest regards to all the staff, officials, players, coaches, just everyone that helped make this happen!
So, even though I'm putting 2014 into three events (and there were many more memorable moments), I think these were were the biggest and most memorable. So, what were some of your favorite moments of last year and what do you most look forward to in 2015?