The Dallas Derby Devils held their season opener on April 13, 2013, and the Wrecking Crew established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
While the Death Row Rumblers also has a convincing victory in their 338 – 176 win over the High Seas Hotties, it was the Crew’s dominating 375 – 27 win over the 2012 Champion Suicide Shifters that positioned them as potentially the team to beat in 2013.
The Crew went up early by an 83 – 6 score, and never looked back. Despite that, the Shifters played with the heart that made them champions last year, and in a bout that could have easily broken down into shenanigans, they instead never gave up and continued to battle as if the score were 0-0.
The Wrecking Crew’s balanced attack was masterful. Six different jammers scored 30 or more points, led by Rhinestone Callgirl’s 116. Weapon X and Anita Riot scored 67 and 65 respectively, and the trio of Debbie Downer, Dolla Billen, and rookie Baby Giraffe combined for 100 points even. Toast-Her Ass, a blocker who rarely jams, also got in on the fun, scoring 5 points.
On the other side, the Shifters were lead by the duo of Hollywood Hit’cha, who is returning to the league after some time off, and rookie Virginia Shover. They each scored 8 points to account for more than half of the Shifters total points.
The Crew also played a very composed game, be called for only 16 penalties all game. Several skaters played 10 or more jams with one or less penalty, led by Hotter Than Hell, who didn’t collect a single penalty in 13 jams.
The Shifters, however, struggled, and had 42 penalties called on them. Two skaters were ejected when they collected 7 penalties, so it was a testament that the trio of Planet of the Skates, Ol’ Dirty Basher, and Amazon Assassin tallied only six penalties on a combined 51 jams. And those who follow DDD know that they’ll not likely see ODB lauded for her lack of penalties too often.
In the night’s other bout, a scrappy Hotties team hung with the favored Rumblers for much of the first half, and it really wasn’t until early in the second half that the Rumblers began to pull away and put the game out of hand.
Two big jams from Jackie Lation and Brandi Danger gave the Rumblers an early lead and it seemed like they would run away with the bout, but a 17-point jam from Lil’ Dipper helped pull the Hotties close. Dipper led her team with 100 points, and didn’t collect a single penalty in 15 jams.
Ultimately though, it was the depth of the Rumblers that proved to be the difference, as the trio of Brandi Danger, Postal Penny, and Bourbon Barbie combined for 238 points. Barbie – a rookie playing in her first regular season bout – gives the Rumblers a VERY deep jammer rotation and allows other strong jammers like Go-Go Ballistic and Jackie Lation to play other positions.
While penalties normally loom large and have a profoundly negative effect on the team with the most, this bout was not the case. The Rumblers have often been a team that racks up a lot of penalties, but they also have a knack of playing well even when short-handed. The only Rumblers with double digit jams and just one penalty were Barbie and Go-Go.
For the Hotties, 3 players stood out with low penalties. Freaky Styley was the only skater on her team with double digit jams and just a single penalty. Rosemary Raucous and The Little Murdermaid skated 17 jams each and amassed only two penalties.
It was an exciting first weekend of action for the Dallas Derby Devils, and the Wrecking Crew and Death Row Rumblers are on top of the standings with 1 – 0 records. The Slaughterers – who make their season debut during the May bouts – are in the middle with a 0 – 0 record, and the Suicide Shifters and High Seas Hotties both stand at 0 – 1.
The next bout is Saturday night, May 11. The Slaughterers make their season debut against the Rumblers, in a bout that pits the two teams that skated in the 2011 Championship game. The Wrecking Crew – fresh off their huge victory – sit this one out, and Suicide Shifters and the High Seas Hotties each look to get their first win of the season as they play each other in a rematch of the 2012 Championship bout.
The bout will be held at DDD’s home arena, the NyTex Sports Centre located at 8851 Ice House Drive, North Richland Hills, TX. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the opening whistle at 7 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased here for $12.00, and tickets will be available at the door for $15.00.