Just a few short weeks ago, the West Region Playoffs, aptly titled the âBay of Reckoning,â commenced in Richmond, California. The Hollywood Scarlets proudly fought to keep their hard earned title of 8thplace in the Western Region of womenâs flat track roller derby. Westerns are known throughout the derby community to be arguably the most competitive and exciting playoffs. Four of the five final placement bouts came down to the very last jam. Needless to say, this was an extremely exciting and nerve-racking weekend for both roller girls and fans alike!
The Scarlets found themselves first facing off against Wasatch Roller Derbyâs all-star team, Midnight Terror, a competitive up-and coming team from Salt Lake City, Utah, in the very first bout of the tournament on Friday morning, September 21st. This was not the first time these two teams encountered each other on the track. Earlier this year, Angel City hosted Wasatch Roller Derby in a bout that ended in a huge upset in Wasatchâs favor with them narrowly winning by only 4 points. The Scarlets were prepared this time around to take the win, but Wasatch did not go with out a fight. Although ACDG maintained a strong lead through out, Wasatch trailed closely behind in a game that was anything but short on aggression, power jams, and organized cheering from fans on both squads. The bout ended with a Scarletsâ victory 172-162 over Wasatch.
The Scarlets then moved on to compete against the 1st place seeded team in the West, The Wheels of Justice of the Rose City Rollers. Angel City played an incredible game in the second bout of the quarterfinals against the team that was expected to crush them completely. It was one of many moments of the weekend that allowed ACDG to show their true colors and prove to the nation these women are a force to be reckoned with. Shining star jammers of the game, Fifi Nomenon and Chica Go Lightning showed off their agility and strength against all-star blockers from Rose City, such as Mercy, Joyride, and Mel Mangles. After losing Fifi to injury in the second half the girls continued to fight the good fight but eventually lost to Rose City 194-147, a score much closer than anyone in the derby world might have expected.
City used the experience gained the day before to play a highly
competitive game against the number five seeded team, Rocky Mountain
Roller Girls, in a consolation bout on Saturday afternoon. Early
in the first period, lead changes hinted at Angel City taking Rocky
Mountainâs place in Sundayâs fifth-seed playoff bout.
Unfortunately, a penalty heavy end to the first period allowed Rocky
Mountain to take back their lead by gaining momentum with a 48-0
scoring run, which ended up being almost the same point margin Rocky
Mountain needed to win against the Scarlets.
The Scarlets did not leave the tournament empty handed, though, as their very own Fifi Nomenon was awarded West Region MVP Jammer! As Fifi later stated, this was a win for the whole team. The Scarlets may have left Westerns in the same place they went in, but they have grown as a team and individual players through this experience, and have rightfully gained much respect in a region filled with incredibly talented teams.
Continue to follow our Scarlets as they play the highest level of roller derby and inspire future generations. Their charisma, style, sportsmanship, and athletic ability are truly unique to the City of Angels. Big things are coming in 2013!