The Atomic Bombshells skated their way to MNRG history on April 3rd, defeating the two-time defending champion Rockits and finishing the home season undefeated. The Bombshells started well, scoring eleven unanswered points in the first four jams. At the halfway mark, the Rockits had at last started to get their line-grinding defense to start sending opponents to the box and getting points on the board, but the Bombshells still outscored them. 19-7 Bombshells with ten to go.
The scoring tide came in for the Rockits the very next jam as Vuedoo Prodigy busted free for the Rockits and scored fourteen points on a power jam (and changing the lead) as Venus Thightrap languished in the box. Harmony Killerbruise, then Scarmen Hellectra followed up for another fourteen unanswered points as the Bombshells tried to recover from penalty troubles accrued during the power jam (35-22 Rockits). However, the Atomic Bombshells reasserted their coordinated defense and held the Rockits all but scoreless in the last five minutes. At the half, the Rockits up 36-29.
The Rockits took control of the pace of the second half, using their superior speed control to tear apart the Bombshell pack. The Bombshell defense depends on play-calling and syncronized defense, so by stringing out the pack the Rockits attempted to hamstring their opponents. However, the Bombshells have done everything possible to get their jammer to the front this year. It's their primary strategy, and though it cost the Bombshells in defense (they started half of the jams two blockers short), but they kept the game tight by continuing that trend.
After several lead changes in the half, the turn of the game occurred as L'exi-cuter scored 19 points on the power jam with eight minutes to go. Lead change; Bombshells up 68-58. Suddenly, it was the Rockits who needed to start attacking more strongly, but the Bombshells controlled the clock to the end. A final Rockit jammer penalty sealed the deal for the Bombshells. With one last victory slam by Bombshell standard-bearer Venus Thightrap, the Roy's faithful rose, crowning the undefeated Atomic Bombshells champions as time expired, 78-58.
187 L'exi-Cuter (6-10) 40 pts
55 Venus Thightrap (5-10) 34 pts
456 Mae Gusta (3-7) 4 pts
75 Harmony Killerbruise (8-12) 27 pts
LXIX Vuedoo Prodigy (3-11) 22 pts
28 Scarmen Hellectra (1-2) 5 pts
318 Abbie Mischief (0-2) 4 pts
Gardas outplay Dagger Dolls for third place
In this 3rd-place bout, the Gardas took the lead and never looked back. Garda Belt jammers took the first seven jams, led by captain and jammer Suzie Smashbox (who went a mind-blowing 12-for-13 lead jams in the bout). At the ten-minute mark, the Gardas were up 24-3.
Sparkle Ninja took the first of three lead jams for the Dagger Dolls in the half, but it was Psycho Novia and Buffy the Vampire Skater (scoring fourteen unanswered points over two jams) that kept the Dollys from falling further behind. Otherwise, the Garda defense dominated the track, led by no less than six veteran Gardas stopping Dollys from advancing on every turn. 43-21 Gardas at the half.
The Gardas widened the gap at the start of the second half, scoring eleven unanswered points in its first eight minutes, though the MNRG audience cheered as Dagger Doll Psycho Novia charged in for thirteen as her teammate Wonderbroad contained Garda Cassie Rolle for two minutes. 52-34 Garda Belts.
The Garda blockers laid into the Dolly scorers from that point. Psycho did not score again in the game, and her fellow Dolly jammers scored only eleven more. The game ended oddly. Long-time veteran Rumblebee donned the star for the final jam of the game. However, the jam ended prematurely as Dagger Doll Sparkle Ninja dragged her down from behind and jumped on her swinging. The refs pulled Sparkle off and sent her out, but a mistimed clock start brought about the end of regulation. Both teams appealed and the Roy crowd loudly requested one more jam. The refs called for a new jam clock and three seconds on the board, and so 'Bee took her place at the line again and took lead, scoring four for her beloved team. Gardas take third, 74-45.
91 Suzie Smashbox (12-13) 46 pts
c² Angelfire (4-6) 14 pts
350 Cassie Rolle (5-6) 10 pts
4x4 Rumblebee (1-2) 4 pts
H8U Tiki Torture (0-1) 0 pts
109 Psycho Novia (1-9) 22 pts
281 Patently Offensive (2-5) 9 pts
20 Buffy the Vampire Skater (0-2) 6 pts
1111 Sparkle Ninja (1-2) 4 pts
9 Killaman Jaro (0-10) 4 pts
For the full recap of these tremendous bouts, keep watching this space - Garrison Killer is out for a week in beautiful (but damp) Seattle visiting family. Expect the rundown next week.
What a season. Congratulations to the Atomic Bombshells for a tremendous run!