Considered a rebuilding year, the Britches still have one bullet left in the chamber and will take aim at the league leading Heavy Metal Hookers this weekend in the second half of a double header at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus.
School is back in session and the Britches will be hoping to teach a few lessons to the upstart Hookers while in search of their first win of the season.
Britches bout day captain Mo Pain said, "While we haven't won a bout this season, we have made incredible progress building our teamwork and solidifying our strategy. We might be the underdogs going into this bout, but it can be expected that the Britches will show up on Saturday ready to fight!“
In a reversal of roles, the Hookers are atop the standings and have cruised comfortably since May. The meeting will be the last regular season affair between two Philly Roller home teams before the Hookers and Broad Street Butchers joust in the Warrior Cup in November.
In the only meeting between the Britches and Hookers this season, Heavy Metal ruled by a score of 182-94 in June.
But if you ask members of the Hookers, their memories of the Britches go back three years, not just three months. The Hookers are also looking for paybacks.
“We played them in the Warrior cup (in 2009) and it was such a close bout,” said blocker Miranda Slambert. “Then Ginger Vitis had a 30-point jam to put it away. I can still see it.”
The Hookers are 3-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in league play this season. They are fresh from limiting the Butchers to 67 points a month ago and are hoping to complete their first perfect season in league play.
The Britches have had two months to regroup from their last defeat, which was a respectable 41-point loss to the Butchers in July. With a healthy Mo Pain back on the track and a little more chemistry among new players, this matchup could be the hidden treasure of the season.
“It’s all about building teamwork and trust,” said Hookers’ LaiYa Out Ali. “When the new players gel together, it means a lot to a team.”
In the first half of the double header, the Philly Roller Girls’ B-team Independence Dolls will take on the Columbia QuadSquad All Stars who hail from Columbia, S.C.
The first bout is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5.
Tickets are still available through the Philly Roller Girls website or at the door for $15 GA/$20 Floor on Saturday.
Information about the location and where to park at the Liacoras Center can be found here.