Roller derby fans of all ages came to the Alliant Energy Center Saturday, April 23 to cheer on their favorite local teams in the Season 12 semifinals.
Mad Wreckin’ Dolls 263, Baraboo Roller Derby/Missfit Dolls 141
First, those in attendance were treated to an exhibition bout between the Mad Wreckin’ Dolls and a combined team from Baraboo Roller Derby's Bootown Bally Bombers and Richland Center's Missfit Dolls, collectively called the Missfit Bombers for the night.
The Wreckers started putting points up decisively against their visiting foes, aided by 9-point and 11-point jams from Toast. Seven minutes into the game the Wreckers led 31-17. On the next jam, Automic Fall reeled off 17 for the Missfit Bombers to bring her team to within one point of the lead, 35- 34. The Wreckers started to pull away again thanks to scoring by Die-A-Fram and Urgent Scare and a defensive effort that held the Missfit Bombers to four points over ten minutes.
With just under eight minutes left in the half, leading by a commanding 106- 42, the Wreckers continued to distance themselves from the opposition. Joan Jettpack scored 24 and Ms. Mechanix skated for 30, but the Missfit Bombers still could not get on track offensively. The half ended with the home team in the lead, 160-54.
The Missfit Bombers came out in the second half scrapping, finding ways to put up points more consistently around the opposing team's defense. Automic Fall led the way, with scores that totaled a team-high 46, followed up by teammates Ace of Skates and Shear-Lee Temple, all getting lead jams steadily for most of the second half. Defensively, however, they could not keep the Wreckers off the board.
Toast continued to rack up points for the Wreckers in the second half, scoring a game-high 54. Joan Jettpack, VHS RewindHer, and Ms. Mechanix skated for 38 points each. Jammer penalties were minimal, keeping the Missfit Bombers from cutting into the Wreckers’ enormous lead. In the end, the Wreckers outlasted the visiting Missfit Bombers, 263-141.
Quad Squad 177, Unholy Rollers 135
The first game of the MRD semifinals matched the first place Quad Squad against the last place Unholy Rollers. The game started out a little shaky, with both jammers sitting twice each for infractions during the very first jam. After two uneventful jams, Darkhorse broke through for 15 points for the Quad Squad behind tight blocking from Wendy U. Wannadie, Kentucky Fried Carnage, and Pied Typer. The defense continued to dominate for Team Green, holding the Unholies scoreless for the next four jams. Fourteen minutes into the game, Quad Squad held a 34-10 advantage.
The Unholies countered with a string of short jams and tough defense from Hannah Cuffs, Tango de Muerte, and Fang Dangled to get them to within eight points. They continued to clamp down on opposing jammers, allowing only five points over the next seven minutes. Team Green’s defense was not to be denied, however, keeping the Unholies from getting any closer. Both teams were able to continue scoring, but neither team was able to gain a decisive advantage. Defense dominated the first half, ending with the Unholies trailing by a manageable 14 points, 73-57.
The Unholies came out in the second half with a renewed vigor, steadily cutting into the Quad Squad’s lead. Fang Dangled rolled for 13 of her game-high 49 points to get the deficit down to four, at 79-75. The Unholies were able to keep it there for a few minutes until Thrillshow broke through for 19 of her team- high 44 points to extend Team Green’s lead 104-77. Fang Dangled and Jen Detta pushed through the pack on scoring runs to get the Unholies back to within 13. With just under 18 minutes left, it was still anyone’s game, with Quad Squad on top, 113-100.
Team Green’s defense were able to shut the Unholies out for the next few jams, getting some breathing room thanks to solid scoring jams by Thrillshow and Brokeback Jac. They built their lead back up and avoided another comeback, as Unholy jammers sabotaged themselves with penalties down the final stretch. After a hard-fought, competitive game, Quad Squad emerged victorious 177-135. Team Green goes on to play for the championship trophy on May 7, and the Unholies land in the consolation bracket to play for third place.
Vaudeville Vixens 209, Reservior Dolls 178
The Vaudeville Vixens got the second semifinal game underway by taking the opposing defense by surprise, getting lead jam after lead jam. Their defense kept the Res Dolls jammers from getting into a groove, and by 14 minutes into the game the Vixens had the Res Dolls doubled-up, 44-22.
The Res Dolls started to settle down and dig themselves out of their hole behind a 14- point strike by Shananaguns and gritty defense from Block Ness Monster, Gene Lane, Lips Macker, and rookie Critical Tits. They eventually came back to within two points, 66-64 with just under two minutes left in the half. The Res Dolls kept the game close for the remainder of the half and as time expired, the Vixens clung to a 73-64 advantage.
When the second half started, long- time Res Doll jammer Mouse decided to take over. In the first eight minutes of the half, she hustled for 28 and 14 points to quickly put her team up by 40, 126- 86. It didn’t take much time for the Vixens to respond, with Kena Vendetta going for 18, Jostlin’ Hell cruising for 25, and Black Velvet slashing through for 13 on consecutive jams to put their team up 142-136. On the very next jam, Mouse put her team back on top, going for 10 of her game-high 103 points. The lead continued to flip-flop for the next four jams. At this point, the energy from the crowd was just as intense as the action on the track.
With five minutes left in the game, Shantastic McAwesome lapped the pack for 34 points on two power jams. The Vixens had held the Res Dolls scoreless for four straight jams. Going into the final jam of the game, the Vixens had seemingly put the game out of reach, but Mouse made it interesting again. In a last-ditch effort, she was able to muster 19 points before she ran out of time. The Vixens held on for a 209-178 victory to advance to their first championship game since 2011.
The Mad Rollin' Dolls home season championship bout will be held Saturday, May 7 at the Alliant Energy Center – doors at 5 p.m., action at 6, with the Unholy Rollers and the Reservoir Dolls battling it out for third place, and the FIRST EVER championship match-up between the Quad Squad and the Vaudeville Vixens. Don't miss it!