Hustlers, Hotrod Honeys victorious

Photos By Bill Smotrilla

The Austin Chronicle

Our May bouts saw the Hell Marys take an early lead over the Hustlers and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers outscoring the Hotrod Honeys, but stepped-up defense and aggressive offensive play saw both trailing teams come from behind in the second halves of the games. The final score for the first game was 69 for the Hustlers, 48 for the Hell Marys, and for the second game, 86 for the Hotrod Honeys, 52 for the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.

The Hustlers jumped out of the gate in the first two jams to take a 6-0 lead, but both teams chipped away at the score before a big 10-0 by the Hells’ Luce Bandit gave the ladies in plaid a 14-9 lead after the fifth jam. The Hells maintained their lead for the remainder of the period, going into half-time with a score of 26 Hells, 16 Hustlers.

Returning from the period break, amped-up defense led by Bullet Tooth Tracy at the front of the pack and Belle Starr at the rear slowed the Hells’ scoring. In the first jam of the half, Molotov M. Pale put up 15-0 in a power jam, putting the Hustlers back in the lead with a score of 31-26. The Hells were held scoreless as the Hustlers extended their lead to 28 points, but fought back with a 14-0 run across four jams by Luce Bandit and Speedyrella in turn. Molotov and The Killa Sal Monella added another 15 points to the board for the Hustlers and the game finished with a crowd-pleasing 9-0 run by Luce Bandit for the Hells. The final score was 69-48 in favor of the Hustlers.

This game was also the last for retiring skater and Hells captain Ryder Down, who, despite hanging up her skates, remains involved with the Hell Marys and Texas Rollergirls.

In the game between the Hotrod Honeys and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, both teams traded blows in the initial jams before a 10-0 for the Hotrods’ Olivia Shootin’ John put the ladies in black in the lead, 21-12. The Heartbreakers held the Hotrods scoreless over the next few jams, building up a 30-21 lead with the help of a 15-0 power jam for Sarah Hipel. Two 4-0 jams for the Honeys’ Hauss the Boss and Vicious van GoGo narrowed the Heartbreakers lead to just one point at the start of the twelfth jam, but the Heartbreakers were able to maintain a 7-1 scoring run to hold the halftime lead with 37 points to the Hotrods’ 30.

Once again, half-time adjustments saw the advantage swing in favor of the trailing team. The Heartbreakers rolled out slow, hard-hitting pack play in an attempt to gain the best position in the pack and minimise scoring opportunities for the Hotrods; the Honeys countered with aggressive offensive tactics and heavy rotation for veteran jammer Olivia Shootin’ John. The ladies in black outscored the glittery gold and blue by 56-15 in the second half, on their way to a final score of 86 for the Hotrod Honeys, 52 for the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.

Our next game is on Saturday, June 11, when the Hell Marys take on the Hotrod Honeys and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers play the Hustlers. Tickets are on sale now.

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