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Hollywood Scarlets Season Recap 2013 – Heading to Championships

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(above image)Photo credit: Nicolas Charest for RollerGirl.ca

Co-written by Murdah She Wrote and Rachel Rotten

It’s been quite a season for the Hollywood Scarlets. The charter team representing the Angel CIty Derby Girls league kicked off their season in February with strong back to back wins against Steel Hurtin’ from Pittsburgh, PA and the Dairyland Dolls from Madison, WI.

They’d follow up that win with 8 more wins through the end of June, when the term for regular season games would close and then calculate the scores of teams world-wide to determine placements for the early fall Playoffs and subsequent Championships.

In March, the Scarlets beat the Charm City All-Stars from Baltimore, MD, a mainstay in the highest ranked WFTDA leagues who has competed at the Championship level more times in their history than not.  After that win, our girls in red and gold would beat out their regional rivals from Sacramento, the Sacred City Sacrificers by a 104 point margin, notable because of their 1-point heartbreaker of a loss at the West Region Playoffs the previous time they’d met last fall.

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Photo credit: Tyler Shaw

In April, Angel City would host the all star teams from Tampa, Houston and Milwaukee for a weekend of action packed games, and won all three of their challenges decidedly.  At the end of April, the Scarlets attacked their most formidable opponent to date, the Rose City Rollers’ all-star team, the Wheels of Justice from Portland, OR. The last time the Scarlets met the Wheels of Justice, they were defeated by 47 points in the West Region Playoffs. This meeting, however, left the Scarlets with a 46 point victory.

In May, the team traveled to Seattle, WA to take on three Pacific NW teams, the Jet City Rollergirls from Everett, the Slaughter County Roller Vixens from Kitsap County, and the indomitable Rat City All-Stars from Seattle.  The Scarlets would walk away with two sizeable wins on Jet City and Slaughter County, but fell 11 points short of a win over Rat City, making this their only loss of the regular season.

June saw the Scarlets take on the Sin City All-Stars from Las Vegas to close out their regular season play.  The sum of their games over the first half of 2013 would earn them a spot of #5 in the world (out of over 200 WFTDA member leagues) and would earn them a #1 seeding position moving into the playoff tournaments.

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Photo credit: Nicolas Charest for RollerGirl.ca

The Scarlets took to the Division1 Playoffs held in Richmond, VA just like they had with the rest of their season; heading to the East Coast with determination and a plan. After countless hours of practice and a highly competitive season their hard work paid off as they were awarded the third place position in one of four D1 tournaments.

The Scarlets played three highly competitive games at the Playoffs, starting off the weekend against fiercely determined tournament newcomers New Hampshire Roller Derby with a final score of 205-77. Their second game, and perhaps the hardest game the Scarlets have yet play as a team, was against the long-standing powerhouse the Philly Roller Girls. After giving PRG and fans alike arguably the most excruciatingly challenging and exciting match up of the tournament, Philly skated away victoriously with a final score of 263-157. Luckily, the loss to Philly would not stymie the Scarlets’ goal of qualifying for championships entirely; the top 3 teams from each playoff tournament location would move on to Milwaukee in November.  The loss moved the Scarlets to the battle for 3rd place against the Naptown Rollergirls charter, the Tornado Sirens, who had competed at Championships multiple years prior due to their strong rankings in former North Central region.  The Scarlets secured their trip to Championships by bringing home an impressive win over the Tornado Sirens with a final score of 222-130.

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Photo credit: Nicolas Charest for RollerGirl.ca

The Scarlets left the Division1 tournament in Richmond feeling triumphant, as they have secured their position in the ever sought after HYDRA, the trophy that represents the highest honor in the world of competitive roller derby.  At the close of the fourth playoff tournament in Salem, the Championship bracket match ups were selected, and Angel City was selected to play the 5280 Fight Club from the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls out of Denver, CO in the first round onFriday, November 8.

The Scarlets have faced the Rocky Mountain all-star team a number of times, notably, RMRG was the first ever WFTDA sanctioned game for Angel City.  In 2012, the Scarlets faced the 5280 Fight Club in the Championship game at the Dust Devil Tournament in Tucson, AZ, losing to them 251-109.  By the end of the season though, the teams would meet again at the West Region Playoffs and the Scarlets vast improvements over the season saw them giving Rocky a very competitive game with multiple lead changes, and a respectably closer margin; final score 172-126. Both teams have enjoyed successful 2013 seasons, and will likely come out swinging in this first round match-up, which will allow only one team to progress to Saturday’s games in the single-elimination style bracket.

Continue to follow our hometown ladies as they head to Milwaukee, WI for the biggest and most competitive roller derby games in the world this November for their first ever trip to the WFTDA National Championship games. As always in our beloved sport, the road to victory is one paved with blood, sweat, and bruises but always promises of excitement and unique athleticism. It is anyone and everyone’s game.

Want to help us get there?  You can donate to our travel fund HERE: http://www.gofundme.com/4g9j2k

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Photo credit: Tyler Shaw

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