The talent and intensity levels didn’t disappoint guests at the Philly Roller Girls’ new home on Broad Street as both matches of the July double header ended with victories of less than 50 points.
PRG’s B-Team all star squad Independence Dolls opened the venue in fashion by taking care of the Texas Rollergirls’ Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, 144-109, in the first match.
Though the Dolls ended up 35-point winners, the Texas squad gave Philly all they could handle in the second half, gnawing a 35-point halftime lead down to only four points midway thought the second half.
“I think we played pretty solid but we still need to get our penalties in check,” said Dolls’ LaiYa out Ali. “I’m happy with the way we played but I always want a bigger lead. I want to put lots of points up every time we’re out there.”
The Dolls found a little breathing room after Miss Fortune won the next jam by a 12-3 margin to boost the Dolls to a 108-95 lead. Texas rallied again to cut the lead to eight points with 6:45 remaining. But Miss Fortune answered again with four points and Deb, Seriously followed with nine more at the four-minute mark.
Boosh #289, KickAsh #A55, and Kiki Nass #908 of the Independence Dolls hold back Texas' jammer.
Texas was still in striking distance until Boosh ended the Heartbreakers’ rally with a snarling hit on the Texas jammer with 2 minutes left to halt the momentum. It was all Dolls from there.
“They were good, but I wasn’t worried,” said bout MVP, The Cycrone!
In the main event of the double header, all eyes were on a rematch between the Broad Street Butchers and the defending Warrior Cup Champion Philthy Britches.
Last time the two teams collided in April, the Butchers stomped all over their in-house rivals by 126 points. On Saturday, it was a much more even-keeled meeting, but the Butchers still prevailed by a 152-111 final. The Butchers, now 2-1 on the season, look to have put the Britches (0-3) out of contention to defend the 2012 Warrior Cup Crown.
The loss didn’t seem to damper the Britches’ rebuilding process.
“I was actually really happy with how we played,” said Britches captain Castro. “I think penalties were what killed us but the score was a lot closer this time. The rookies are performing really well and I don’t feel protective over them anymore.”
After the Butchers got off to a red-hot start with the first 14 points, Ginger Vitis pulled the Britches back in the game with a 10-point jam. The lead changed twice before the Butchers mounted an impressive 84-35 lead. But Mo Pain provided a spark heading into the locker room with a 20-point power jam to end the half.
“She had some amazing power jams at the end of the first period and second period which really gave us momentum,” said Ginger Vitis. “Hopefully it provided them a little pop in their bubble.”
Shenita Stretcher#305, jammer for the Broad Street Butchers, tries to avoid Castro #06 of the Philthy Britches.
The effects wore off quickly as the Butchers continued to stack up points thanks to jams by Persephone, Shenita Stretcher and Antidote.
The Butchers’ jammers were able to find holes after some timely blocking by their friends in red.
“When we went to the locker room, we said ‘take a deep breath’ and we talked about the things we needed to improve on,” said Butchers blocker Nina Knockout. “I’m proud of my girls and I’m proud of how we played. It was very positive on our bench.”
Mo Pain again provided the Britches some momentum to carry into their next game. Mo rattled off 22 points (bringing her game point total up to an impressive 65) in the second to last jam to boost the spirits of her team.
“If we had three more jams, I think we would have had the momentum,” Ginger Vitis said. “But we’ll save that for the next time we play them.”
Antidote #100 of the Broad Street Butchers jams vs. Mo Pain #8 of the Philthy Britches