Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, wait…What? Roller derby is played inside you say? With ongoing renovations to the rink and the roof you wouldn’t have thought so. After a small delay for mopping the ceiling and the floor the Brawlers took the floor against Two Rivers Sunday November 15th the first of a double header. This was the second time the two teams met this year. This game showed some new faces for the Brawlers, recent transfer BB Sting from Carolina Quad Squad, recent transfer Bomb Schell from Southern Delaware and Fresh Meat graduate Lauren Ruggiero.
The Brawlers started off with lead jammer awarded to Drop, Pop and Lock. Ratkowski (nee Emma D. JennaRat) then knocked out a blocker to become a goat allowing Bomb Schell to score 12 points. This was the first of what became approximately a gazillion lead changes of the course of the game. Next jam showcased our other transfer as BB Sting knocked out opposing jammer and ran her back which allowed mErica to score 4 points as a non-lead jammer. Then Poppy stepped up to the plate and pick up lead again, while she added another 4 points. Fear ‘N Loathin’ came on the track as the Brawlers’ fifth jammer of the morning and busted through the front wall getting lead. The morning caffeine must have kicked in because the next several jams resulted in Two Rivers getting lead. However, the Brawlers’ jammers were quick to follow. This yielded short points for Two Rivers that caused another lead change.
The defense took charge when the blocking team of BB, Rat, DonT Bea Baby and Holly WallBangHer decided they had had enough. They held the Two Rivers’ Blocker for 1:25 only allowing her to go ¾ of a lap. Not to be outdone, Rontanamo Bay, Walker, Marissa Berlin and Optimist Prime held the jammer for 1:40 following an epic Ronton SMASH that laid her out. WallBangHer took the track again and delivered her own Earth shaking hit and Phlox got a power jam. But disaster struck when Phlox served back to back to back penalties. As a result, Rat and BangHer turned on beast mode and delivered teeth jarring hits. The next jam Prime did some recycling and Rat delivered another more hits and forced a call off with no points scored. This brought us to half time with Two Rivers on top 75 to 66.
Second half the little train that could, Poppy, put up a 15 point jam that caused another lead change. Schell added 5points. Then two quick lead jams to Two Rivers and the lead changed back. There was a panty pass to BB and more organ rearranging hits from Ronton.
Consistent lead jammer status lead to Two Rivers’ 16 point lead. A power jam followed and it turned to a 37 point spread. Just when it looked like Two Rivers was pulling away Fear Lo and mErica threw up 14 points. Phlox got a power jam and scored 15 points but in the end it wasn’t enough. Two Rivers took this one 184 to 165.
We were happy to host the second game of the morning which featured Pennsylvania All-Stars (PAAS) against Team Maryland. The Brandywine Belligerents were well represented on PAAS by Skinny Guinea, Lurz Lemon, Buenos D. A$$ and Rapid ArrhythMIA, and on Team Maryland by Slamshine Allie. Team Maryland seemed no challenge for PAAS as they took lead jammer after lead jammer. One jam resulted in PAAS defense holding Team MD jammer for the full 2 minutes. At half time PAAS was in the lead 108-53. The second half was much of the same with Lurz and Buenos putting on toe stop clinic for all to see. Final score 216-90.
As usual, Andrew Keyes – Derby Photography provided us with fantastic pictures from Sunday morning’s games!
Join BRG at Hannum’s Harley-Davidson in Chadds Ford, PA on Saturday August, 8th for an amazing night of great food (Couch Tomato Cafe, Whole Foods – Glen Mills, Master’s Baker) and refreshing beverages (Victor Beer and Exton Beverage). There will be a silent auction that you won’t want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here!
This FUNdraiser will assist the Belligerents with travel expenses later in August to the WFTDA Playoffs in Cleveland, OH. This is the 2nd year in a row that BRG will make an appearance in the D2 Divisional Playoffs! Read about it on WFTDA.com and The Daily Local!
It’s HOT, HOT, HOT – with a heat advisory starting at 10am and 90% humidity on Sunday, July 18 it was more like the Brute Squad swam against the Reading Derby Girls instead of skated. There was a consistent layer of moisture on the track turning it into a slip and slide. It required constant mopping in order to get through the game. However, the game must go on, and on it went with the jammers, not the defense, stealing the show. 24, count’em, 24 jams in the first half alone – that’s more jams than the county fair! The Brute Squad decided to play musical chairs with the panty using a 5 jammer rotation. Drop Pop N Lock started the game with a 12 point power jam. Fear N. Loathin’ came out just two jams later with a power jam of her own, throwing up another 11 points. The lead volleyed back and forth until the 10th jam when mErica forced a Reading call off before they could score. After that, the Brute Squad jammers dominated lead status taking lead for the next 6 jams. The defense then kicked it up with Rapid ArrhythMIA and Chikki Sixx owning the Reading jammer, recycling her like a plastic bag.
The jammers stole back the spotlight getting another 4 leads in a row with some Fred Astaire-like footwork from Lurz Lemon. Ka$h N. Prizes did some recycling of her own while Mia and Emma D. JennaRat, fresh back from a torn ACL occurring last season, forced the Reading jammer to pass the panty. The first half ended with the Brute Squad on top 87-71.
The second half started off much the same as the first with Poppy getting lead followed by Lurz with lead and a panty pass by mErica to Mia. Mia tossed in some jammer on jammer action at the end of the 3rd jam for the benefit of the crowd. mErica came out on the 8th jam with rockets strapped to her skates making 3 scoring passes to Reading’s zero. The second half continued much in this way, however Reading refused to die. Chikki, Mia, Lurz and Ke$ha Later became a jammer’s worse nightmare forcing cut after cut. However Rat and KP refused to be outdone and did some soul crushing of their own.
mErica decided to end the game with 2 more trips around the block free skate style, not even being touched by the opposing blockers. Final score – Brute Squad takes it 187-167.
Brute Squad MVP Jammer: mErica
Brute Squad MVP Blocker: Rapid ArrhythMIA
Reading MVP Jammer: Unsweetened
Reading MVP Blocker: Red Beet Baby