Much of Saturday’s season-closing doubleheader was derby the way you like to see it: a large and loud crowd with two intense bouts. And while Port City couldn’t bring home two wins — Assault City Roller Derby’s Assault Squad topped our Breakwall Bombshells but our Port City Sirens rallied past ACRD’s Battery Brigade — it was truly a magical night.
The Bombshells’ 10-game win streak and undefeated 2014 season hit a brick wall in the form of a stout Assault Squad blocking corps. ACRD’s A team took it to the home team early and often, matching every Bombshell rally. The final score of 190-104 doesn’t reflect how evenly matched the teams were for much of the bout, as we saw fights for lead jammer stretch out 30 or 40 seconds, both blocking walls hitting, recycling, moving with their teammates masterfully. Jammers on both sides had to show plenty of grit and gumption to get through the pack.
MVP blockers were Poison Ivory for the Bombshells, Morticia D. Kay for the Assault Squad. Certified Public Assassin earned MVP jammer for the Breakwall Bombshells, with Crazy Calt Lady earning honors for the Assault Squad.
The nightcap saw a back-and-forth contest that closed out the season on a high note for PCRD fans. The Battery Brigade went into halftime with a 70-68 lead and the teams were neck and neck much of the second half until a late Sirens surge tipped the scales in favor of the home side. The Port City Sirens closed the books on the 2014 season with a 167-152 victory against the very evenly matched Battery Brigade.
The respective 444s from each team — Meesh-chievous Maiden for the Sirens, Pumpkin Smash-Her for the Assault Squad — took MVP blocker honors, while MVPs jammers were Arthena from Port City and Hitten Kitten from Assault City.
A big shoutout to an enthusiastic crowd that filled the Crisafulli Rink parking lot beyond capacity and bought out all our Chuck A Ducks, and the winner of the $103 50/50 raffle who gave $20 of his winnings to the little girl representing charity Suicide Awareness Voices of Education who pulled the winning ticket. It’s those marvelous moments that transcend the game and remind us how every part of this sport is so special.
We know some Port City Roller Derby family members skated or worked their last games for us as they move onto the next chapters of their lives, but we saw a lot of performances and energy that tell us the future is bright as we look forward to welcoming more PCRD members. In all, our 2014 season was successful and stirring, magnificent and memorable — and we thank every single person who made it so awesome.