What a bout! While the record still stands -- no team from anywhere else has ever beaten *any* team from Austin since the dawn of modern roller derby -- there are 19 olive-clad skaters with much to celebrate tonight. Despite dropping behind 15 - 0 early, the Derby Liberation Front showed the persistence and tenacity that has distinguished them to date, and never stopped taking the game to Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. They were all smiles at the end of the bout, and were extremely well-received by the hometown crowd and competition.
Everyone on the team was focused and contributing, so it's tough to single any particular skaters out as stars for the night. The first period ended at 40 - 19, with DLF keeping the game in range by denying any further breakout jams while clawing and scratching for every point they could get. The second half was even more exciting, with DLF dominating lead jammer status and closing the gap as close as 50 - 38 with about 8 minutes to go. DLF's jammer rotation of Kim Reaper, Hideous Braxley, Punchin' Judy, and Meg My Day shared the load, each taking lead more than once and all contributing to the tightening game.
Two players, though, deserve to be singled out for recognition, and both are fresh meat who joined DLF only this season. Meg My Day had an outstanding evening, scoring DLF's first 4 points, taking lead jammer during that jam and consistently throughout the game, and just generally impressing the hell out of everyone in the room. Ann R Kissed stepped up to the plate as well, with some key hits throughout the bout and even a strong turn at jammer toward the end of period 2. Both have already demonstrated that they're players to watch, and both really shone tonight.
Final score: Honky Tonk Heartbreakers 63, Derby Liberation Front 47.
Two injuries in the game: Punchin' Judy was icing her leg after a tough tumble, but was on her feet at bout's end. One of the Heartbreakers was hurt somewhat more seriously. I'll follow up with more detail once I get it.
I've got some drinks to go buy for some very deserving skaters so I'm signing off for now, but will follow up with more specific observations later.