An epic three-day East Coast Derby Extravaganza 2012 event wrapped up Sunday evening, but not before three hard-fought evening bouts were decided. A Team USA all-star game, putting the nation's highest caliber of talent in the local spotlight, was the cherry on top of a delicious roller derby Sunday.
Perhaps the most entertaining bout of the weekend, the Arizona Tent City Terrors squeaked out a thrilling 209-193 victory over Steel City that wasn't decided until the final jam. Arizona led by just 11 points heading into the final sequence. Arizona carried a 112-106 lead into the second half and opened a 19-point lead shortly after.
Steel City grabbed the lead with 19 minutes to go and the teams traded spots three more times before Arizona jumped on top, 175-158, with just under 12 minutes to play. Steel City answered with a 12-point score almost immediately and two teams stayed within seven points until 3:40 left to play when Arizona opened an 18-point lead. Steel City chipped away at the lead in the final moments but was unable to make up the deficit in the end.
"It was a hell of a fight until the last minute," said Arizona skater Havoc. "It was awesome. We knew it was going to be a challenge and we were up for it. We wanted to play a team that was going to give us a big challenge and (Steel City) did."
Arizona, ranked No. 10 in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's West Division, avenged a loss to the Boston Massacre on Saturday and finished the ECDX with a 1-1 record. Steel City, ranked No. 4 in the East, finished winless but faced two of the West's toughest teams. It lost to No. 3 Rose City on Saturday.
On Sunday, Steel City nearly took down the talented Arizona team with late rally.
"It was so close," said Steel City's Sgt. Shocker. "There was a lot of excitement on the bench and we were digging in deep, trying to figure out how to win that one."
Gotham Girls Roller Derby finished the tournament perfect and continued its undefeated season with a 221-152 victory over Rose City of Portland, Oregon. The win didn't come easy for Gotham as Rose City trailed by only eight points in the early stages of the second half, 91-83. However, a huge power jam sparked Gotham to a 62-point lead with only 15 minutes to go. Rose City, ranked No. 3 in the West, pulled within 38 points with four minutes to go, but a 20-point jam by Suzy Hot Rod put the game out of reach in the final minute, keeping No. 1 Gotham perfect on the season.
The final sanctioned bout of the tournament featured a match-up of Eastern powers. The East's No. 3 Charm City of Baltimore took care of the No. 7 Boston Massacre, 229-131, but it wasn't decided until the second half. In fact, Boston led 87-72 with 2:30 remaining in the first half, but Charm City finished out the half on a tear, taking the next 19 points. The second half continued on that trend as Charm City took the next 50 points and the wind out of Boston's sails.
"We lost a couple key players so we were trying to keep it together out there," said Boston's Hayley Contagious. "Even though we lost, we stayed positive and we are really proud of ourselves. Hey, we pulled off one of the biggest upsets beating Arizona (on Saturday) so we were happy to get a split."
Charm City returned to form after suffering a loss to Montreal on Saturday. The Baltimore squad won the second half by 89 points against Boston.
"Things got chaotic there for a little while," said Charm City's Holden Grudges. "But we came out in the second half strong."
Before the lights were turned out on ECDX 2012, fans were treated to an all-star game featuring 25 of the best skaters in the country in a Team USA bout. The team was split into two squads (Stars and Stripes) and wowed the die hard fans with some spectacular moves. Three Philly Roller Girls: Teflon Donna, Shenita Stretcher and V-Diva performed in the game. In the end, it was the Stripes beating the Stars, 159-96.