San Diego Roller Derby’s Starlettes beat the Derby Revolution of Bakersfield’s Privates in n Bakersfield on Saturday November 14, 2009, with a final score of 93-58. This concluded the Starlette’s first season with an undefeated record of 4-0.
The bout took place at Saunders Park, an outdoor facility in Bakersfield, which at 6 Pm was a bit colder than Skateworld’s usual milieu; but this did not cool the energy of the Starlettes. With a roster of 12 players, and a Snuggie(worn by Dorothy Dangerous), the skaters felt prepared for the ensuing bout. But, although prepared, anxiety was still high for players like Foxy Vicious who had returned to play against her former team. “Yes, I almost puked before the game.” Our 4 new skaters Achilles Fools, Mrs. T, Icepax, and Sweet Pain, held their own on the track playing a strong defense as well as offense.
The star of the first period was by far the lovely Holley Car Brader who established herself as lead jammer in all 4 of her jams. She scored 22 of the 43 points which put San Diego ahead by 11 at half-time. She is a fast and solid skater who could not be knocked down by the Privates.
San Diego’s defense was strong with Lady Diesel like a brick wall on the track, and the obstructive force of Dorothy Dangerous. “Rumble Pie was like Noah and his ark, taking out Privates two-by-two” Dorothy Dangerous said after the bout.
As always much credit goes to B. Stang for training us well… Only 5 trips to the box, as opposed to the Privates 11, allowed us to play with a strong solid defense throughout the game. Our jammers used this to their advantage, continuously beating their jammers off the line and flying though the Starlette strong pack, we were able to pull away from the Privates during the second half.
While the Privates came out every jam with hard and solid hits, the Starlettes remained focused and tried to work on the strategies that we have been working on at practice. During one jam, late in the game, Dorothy Dangerous, who skated out with guns blazing, hit the opposing jammer out of bounds right after the whistle and made that jammer ineligible for lead jammer status.
With our inaugural home season right around the corner, we are very proud of our skaters and coaches. What a great way to end the season.