On Sunday the CT Roller Girls met in Waterbury to lay waste to each other. The Elm City Bone Crushers took on the Widowmakers. I was excited despite the fact that the Iron Angels wouldn’t be making an appearance.
I was rooting for the Widowmakers. Jesse was rooting for the Bone Crushers.
Roller Magic was decked out in all sorts of Roller Derby getup. The bout had a western theme, so cowboy hats and boots were a common sight.
After an unexpected delay (due to a Puerto Rican parade) we settled in by the air hockey table with a prime view of the roller action.
The girls got serious fast.
The Widowmakers started off strong with three consecutive dominating rounds. In a mere 15 minutes the score was heavily favoring the purple vixens. This did not make the match any less exciting. Bone Crusher’s Cha Cha LaRue and DoomCake (fantastic names!) were bringing in big cheers.
Widowmaker Slim Fast’s swinging arms mesmerized us.
Black Cherry, another Widowmaker, showed incredible skill. When she first took the position as Jammer all our group could do was mutter “Wow” over and over again. That girl can skate.
The roller girls did not hold back. There were more than a few full layouts of pack members doing their very best to take down the opposing jammer. Here, Widowmaker Pepper Grind-Her is about to lay down the hurt on Bonecrusher Ether Bunny.
At the end of the first round, things were looking grim for the Bone Crushers. But the Bonecrushers persisted. Ether Bunny, of the bone crushers, seemed to break free. She successfully navigated through the barrier of blockers with surprising ease. That, coupled with a huge number of penalties given to the Widowmakers, kept hope alive.
Suddenly as the clock ticked to 6:23, catastrophe struck. Widowmaker captain #7 Miz Con SepJen took a bad fall. EMTs ran out to her. She was hurt.
She had dislocated her shoulder when pulling off a monster block. It had to be popped back into place… and that’s not an enjoyable process. When she finally got to her feet, with EMTs at each side, the crowd applauded profusely. Shortly thereafter the game got started again and the Widowmakers rallied behind their fallen captain and took the game.
Unfortunately for CT Derby fans, this was Slim Fast’s last night with the Widowmakers. She’ll be headed to NY to start her own league.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will be waiting intently for the next bout. It’ll be July 22nd and is a showdown between the Widowmakers and the Iron Angels. Prepare yourself for action.
Special thanks to Ryan L. for his Sick photos. Check out all of them here.