2012-2013 Season Schedule
Season nine is in full swing with the Minnesota RollerGirls - Minnesota’s original roller derby league.
Saturday, September 8
WFTDA Regionals, Sept. 14-16
Saturday, October 6
WFTDA Championships, Nov. 2-4
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, January 19
Saturday, February 16 with Minnesota Swarm
Saturday, March 2
Saturday, March 23
Saturday, April 6
Bout Recap: Old Cap teams up on Minnesota for the win, 156-145
Friday, February 22, 2013
Well…that was a little unexpected.
Congratulations go to the Old Capitol City All-Stars for a tense, well-played victory against the MNRG All-Star B Team. Coming off of a 362-58 defeat against the Minnesota All-Stars in 2012, Old Cap returned in force, took advantage of Minnesota’s lack of cohesion, and showed what constant practice throughout the year can do.
MNRG v Old Capitol City Roller Girls
Old Capitol City is no stranger to Minnesota. The MNRG have trained Iowa City’s finest over the past couple of years, culminating in a 300+ point victory last February over Old Cap. With Old Cap only a few hours down the road, Minnesota invited their All-Star team for a return - with a twist.
Instead of putting up the first fourteen, Coach Dan, MEDUSA, and Hurtrude Stein decided to put their up-and-coming players directly in the way of OCCRG. Old Cap has no home teams; their All-Star team practices together throughout the year, so this would be a challenge. Could Minnesota’s bright, new All-Stars take on the best that Iowa City had to offer?
At first, it looked like business as usual. Old Cap’s BatR Up and jammer Left 4 Deadwards reported to the penalty box within the first thirty seconds of the bout, giving Ova Achieva the ability to score five points, call off the jam, and bring in a fresh set of feet for the power jam. Bombs Over Bacon flew through for 17 points over five passes of the pack. Diamond Rough, Madame De Stompadour, and Buzz Tightrear cleared her way. 22-0 after four.
Old Cap shifted their play slightly. Their defense tied up Minnesota’s strongest blockers in the middle of the pack and gave their jammers an opportunity to crack the pack without getting nailed. Meanwhile, the remainder of the OCCRG blockers began to spread themselves across the track, repeatedly pushing MNRG jammers out of play.
That tactic - along with sending a blocker backwards as soon as a jammer got knocked - gave OCCRG their first power jam. Here’s how the “back bridge play” goes: an OCCRG blocker knocks out an MNRG jammer and runs to the back of the pack. 2nd blocker joins her and goes even further back. Meanwhile, the jammer gets back up, and makes sure that she comes in behind the woman who knocked her out…but doesn’t look for the second blocker. She comes in ahead of that second jammer and gets called on a track cut. That’s sneaky, modern, fast-paced derby, and OCCRG knew how to play it. With the MNRG jammer penalty, Old Cap surged ahead, 32-22.
Madame de Stompadour put Minnesota in the lead again at the 12th minute, blowing past OCCRG defense as Salvador Brawlie and D Rough held Old Cap’s jammer Left 4 Deadwards for two lapping runs. 34-32. Ova Achieva piled on more for the home team, but over the next ten minutes, Old Cap’s defense took over.
Minnesota’s jammers had two major difficulties in the first half. Old Capitol moved in very close to the MNRG scorers and didn’t give them the space to start accelerating. What’s more, it seemed that the MNRG speedsters couldn’t work out how to get a good pace on the sport court of the Xcel Energy Center - very different than the Roy’s polished concrete track.
By the end of the first half, OCCRG had run up a 81-53 lead. Old Cap’s Ophelia Fracture and BatR Up took all three lead jams when they wore the jammer cover, scoring 44 points between them. Minnesota’s Bombs Over Bacon (taken out in the first half after a bad spill) and Madame de Stompadour led the MNRG, each scoring over a dozen points.
With only a half to go, Minnesota began to speed up their play in the pack. Since MNRG prides itself on hitting and moving at high speed, this meant the MRNG stayed towards the front as much as possible, pushing the pace of the pack and attempting to tire out the opposing defense.
Over the first ten minutes of the second half, Minnesota’s speedup slowly started to chip away at the OCCRG lead. It led one out-of-control Old Cap jammer to spear a Minnesota defender with a low block, drawing a power jam and bringing Minnesota within 28 (109-81, OCCRG up) at the 41st minute.
However, OCCRG’s defense continued to use track-cut entrapments to gain power jams of their own. Dreidel Robber got sent to the box for this, giving OCCRG’s Jessie Pains a minute to score ten.
The Minnesota All-Star’s desire to win broke loose in the 45th minute as Salvador Brawlie took the outside lane and grabbed a needed lead jam as Left 4 Deadwards got knocked through the inside of the track into a track cut. Brawlie rode the power jam for thirteen points. Ova Achieva and Dreidel Robber followed up, scoring twenty-five between them as Minnesota started to play their aggressive, fast-paced game. 136-118 with ten left to play.
Stompy caught the next lead and kept lapping as Crust Almighty and Freeze Baby started outpacing the OCCRG jammer and the Iowa defense. By keeping just ahead of the Old Cap jammer, the two of them put the breaks on her long enough for Madame de Stompadour to score nineteen points to again bring the MNRG back into the game. Lead change to Minnesota, 137-136.
The MNRG’s lead did not keep. The OCCRG again pulled an entrapment on a Minnesota jammer and sent her to the box in the 55th minute. Despite Minnesota’s pace, the OCCRG pack kept the lanes clear for their jammer. 145-137, Old Cap ahead.
Old Capitol City kept the pressure on through the end. Minnesota had one last shot at the win as Ova, then Madame de Stompaour took the final two leads, but Stompy’s come-from-behind magic failed at the end as the OCCRG pulled one last back-bridging entrapment and sent her to the box until game’s end.
FINAL: OCCRG 156 - 145 MNRG
OLD CAPITOL CITY — 156 Points
24 Lead Jams
6 Power Jams
20 Jam Wins
Ophelia Fracture — 7-10, 46 pts
Left 4 Deadwards — 5-13, 36 pts
Triple D Zaster — 2-5, 27 pts
BatR Up — 3-4, 21 pts
Outlaw Jessie Pains — 3-4, 20 pts
Krussa Bonez — 4-6, 6 pts
Jenna JamISon — 0-1, 0 pts
MINNESOTA — 145 Points
19 Lead Jams
5 Power Jams
15 Jam Wins
Dreidel Robber — 3-7, 44 pts
Madame de Stompadour — 5-7, 40 pts
Ova Achieva — 6-10, 19 pts
Bombs Over Bacon — 1-2, 18 pts
Salvador Brawlie — 1-3, 15 pts
Freeze Baby — 1-8, 5 pts
Buzz Tight Rear — 1-1, 4 pts
Messi Jigler — 1-2, 0 pts
Crust Almighty — 0-1, 0 pts
May 02, 2013
The Minnesota RollerGirls close their season down with its annual celebration of the league’s best and brightest. WHEELIES RESULTS AHEAD.
April 11, 2013
Three times the ABS went ahead; three times the Rockits almost caught up. The unstoppable Atomic Bombshells earn a third spot on the coveted MNRG hometeam trophy.
April 10, 2013
Led by vets and rookies alike, the Garda Belts triumphed and controlled the track against a short-staffed Doll team.
April 08, 2013
Gardas take 3rd against the Dagger Dolls in our final night of the season.
April 08, 2013
A member of the Minnesota RollerGirls since season 1, Hanna is an intimidating presence on the track. Off the track, she’s a huge part of helping to develop the next generation of RollerGirls!