Another great bout weekend, this time I was lucky enough to participate in Chattanooga’s first Roller Derby expo bout as a guest skater. The Chattanooga Rollergirls are a newly formed league, filled with some great skaters with a lot of great things happening for them.
Dixie was the first team they ever bouted against when they came to play us at the Thrill-HER bout. I was really excited that I also was able to play with them in their other first, at their debut home exhibition bout.
The bout was a huge hit! CRG had already presold over 400 tickets, and had more than 900 people show up to watch and rally behind their new roller derby team. The Chattanooga girls were split into two home teams: The Chain Gang (black) vs. The Junktion (white). I was on the Chain Gang team, and was really excited that they made me a super nifty CRG reversible jersey with my name and number that I got to keep. Way cool! Black/White jerseys are always handy to have for scrimmage purposes with other teams, so that will get to see a LOT of usage.
In addition to the CRG teams, myself and 3 other NRG (Nashville, TN) skaters joined in to guest skate. Smith and Wesson was a Chain Gang member with me, and 5Scar Jeneral and Fully Addomatic joined the Junktion team, coached by Miss Murder from Hard Knox Rollergirls (Knoxville, TN). The Chain Gang had me on the line up rotating between Jammer and Pivot. I haven’t played jammer really very much lately, so I was a bit concerned. Okay, I also haven’t really been scrimmaging lately. We’re on our winter wind-down practice schedule, so things haven’t been too intense at practice, and how quickly you get rusty in this sport!
My jamming was pretty weak in my opinion… I had a heckuva time trying to get around 5Scar Jeneral, and took a pretty good beating. I haven’t played Pivot too much, but I didn’t seem to awful at that position. The Chain Gang played great defense, so we entered the half up. The second period would see me jam even more (yikes!), but I managed a few leads and scored a few points. Our team worked together great, and we finished up with the victory.
Final Score: Team Junktion 66, CHAIN GANG 81Way to go Chattanooga! I’m looking forward to watching you ladies grow and playing with you in the coming season!
DERBY WORLD TOUR NOTE: Chattanooga, TN (Chattanooga Rollergirls) becomes stop #11 on the Derby World Tour.