2014 April Bout Preview

While the first two bout nights of the season were full of emerging stars and incredible game play, this Saturday’s bouts promise to give us a glimpse at how the season may unfold. With every bout and subsequent scrimmage, all four Texas Rollergirls home teams are looking stronger, faster, and hard-hitting, with new strategies on display and game plans being perfected. We are sure to see the most intense games of the season this Saturday. Here is a preview of what to expect:

First up on Saturday, we will see the impressive strength and power of the Hotrod Honeys, who will take on a determined Hustlers crew fresh off a commanding win against the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers last month.

Hotrod Honeys

hotrodsColors: Black and Pink

Players to Watch:
Lucille Brawl
Olympia
Legal Knieval
Hauss the Boss
Olivia Shootin’ John

The Hotrod Honeys looked aggressive but seemed to be having a great time in their scrimmages since last month’s tight game, in which they narrowly defeated a very tough Hell Marys team. The Hotrods are a team full of incredible jammers, but it has been the blockers who have been stepping up and stepping out in this month’s scrimmages leading up to Saturday’s bout against the Hustlers. While their rotating cast of derby superstars, Hauss the Boss, Olivia Shootin’ John, and Bloody Mary, did the lion’s share of the impressive jamming in scrimmages, there were also very impressive turns at jammer from newcomer Legal Knievel, looking dominant in the blocker position as well. Forceful and successful walls and hits from the likes of Olympia (who was last month’s MVP), Lucille Brawl and Action Jackson have also helped to cement the foundation that very well may lead the Hotrods to the Championship trophy this year. With that kind of power in all positions under the hood, it is hard to imagine anyone catching these Hotrods.

Hustlers

hustlersColors: Purple and Silver

Players to Watch:
Me Shove You Long Time
Fifi Nomenon
The Killa Sal Monella
Molotov M. Pale
Bonnie Blitzkrieg

Following last month’s dominating win over the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, the Hustlers are looking more like a team that may just be making a run for the Championship after all. With Fifi Nomenon continuing to lay out skaters and with this month’s return of The Killa Sal Monella, it seems like they may just be able to hand the Hotrods their first loss of the season. During scrimmages, there was a lot of impressive blocking by Me Shove You Long Time, Molotov M. Pale and Bonnie Blitzkrieg, while The Killa Sal Monella’s return has given them yet another weapon in their jammer arsenal, dominated by Sprawkett, Molotov M. Pale and Fifi Nomenon. This team is full of heart and incredible skaters. They have a ton of amazing talent and with almost everyone back at full strength, they may just be able to hustle their way over the Hotrods this Saturday.

In Saturday’s second bout, a Hell Marys team that has its sights squarely focused on the Championship trophy go against the ever-evolving power of the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers

heartsColors: Navy Gingham and Gold

Players to Watch:
Booty Queen
Barbie Got Back
Nine Lives
Sideshow Ho
Deep Dish Nitza

The Honky Tonk Heartbreakers seem focused and determined in scrimmages since falling short of a win in their first two bouts of the season. Their jammer lineup, which features Barbie Got Back and newcomers Deep Dish Nitza and Nine Lives, seems to get harder to stop every time they take to the jammer line. Barbie looked especially powerful in Monday night’s scrimmage against the Hustlers, repeatedly pulling off amazing apex jumps, lapping the pack and racking up points. Booty Queen (returning this month after an ankle injury) and LuAnn Splatter were putting up a powerful defensive stand and looked poised to try to put a stop to the Hell Marys’ jammers on Saturday. It appears that the pieces of this team are coming together nicely, and they are playing with an incredible amount of heart. These ladies may just break the Hells’ hearts this weekend.

Hell Marys

hellsColors: Plaid

Players to Watch:
Sinnerfold
Notorious D.I.E
Brown Buttah
Peacewar
Dolores Fuertes

The Hell Marys have shown incredible displays of strength, determination and teamwork in their first two games of this season. Their narrow loss to the Hotrod Honeys last month only seems to have energized them in their quest to hoist the Championship trophy in August (perhaps in a rematch of March’s bout). Their family mentality is evident in both scrimmages and games, and with the return of injured powerhouse blockers Rosie and Roller Texas Ranger this month, they may be virtually unbeatable. It was evident in recent scrimmage practices that powerful hits seem to be the new order of the day for the Hells, with serious knockdowns and walls that seem almost impossible to break through. Perhaps even more noticeable though is the impressive jamming in scrimmages from the likes of Sinnerfold, Notorious D.I.E and Peacewar, as well as the increasing jamming power of Brown Buttah. There are a good number of true double threats at jammer and blocker within the Hells’ ranks, which gives them a lot of options and strategies for Saturday’s bout against the Heartbreakers. With all of these skills seemingly running perfectly, the Hells get stronger, more dominant, and even more cohesive with every lap of the track.

This weekend promises to show old and new fans alike the incredible power in both the physical and mental strength of this game. These women are fine-tuned and ready to show you the skill of some of the world’s best derby, and will no doubt leave you wanting more.  

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