An explosive start to the first game of the VRDL home season saw the Dead Ringer Rosies go head to head with last years reigning champions the Dolls of Hazzard. Within seconds of the initial whistle Dolls jammer Skate Bush paid a quick visit to the penalty box, but If the Dolls felt any stress over losing their jammer they certainly didn’t show it, showcasing incredible defence with Tui Lyon and Bicepsual teaming up to reign defensive terror on Rosies jammer Swish Cariboom.
Whilst taking an early lead, the Dolls found themselves stymied by repeat penalties, often being left blockers down. This didn’t appear to concern them though, keeping defence strong the Dolls managed to keep the Rosie jammer back consistently and hold their point lead strong throughout, heading into half time with a score of 155 to Rosies 32.
Rosies opened the second half showcasing strong defence against the Dolls, with players Vajazzler and Tiger teaming up to force penalties onto Dolls players time and time again. In the final jam, Rosies and Dolls showed incredible athleticism and skill, skating an entire jam backwards! Despite the tough defence put up by the Rosies the game ended on a score of Rosies 93 to Dolls 242.
Bout two opened with a fast game of strong defence from the Toxic Avengers, holding back the Rock Mobsters jammer and utilising strategic calls to put points on the board. Toxics produced heavy hitting and strategic plays to keep Mobsters at 0 for 3 jams; however Mobsters brought it back with a power-jam putting their first points on the board for the evening. Power-jams were a consistent theme throughout the first half for the Toxics with Mobsters seeing their jammers head to the box over and again and out again quickly due to reduced 30 second penalties. Half time score was Toxics 136 holding off the Mobsters on 85.
The second half saw the Mobsters awarded a power-jam courtesy of an illegal re-entry by Toxic jammer Mad Mel Arena, Mobsters G-Banger taking prime advantage and racking up a 30 point jam, allowing the Mobsters to bring the score to their favour. However this was short lived, with Mobsters spending more time in the box than on the track leaving their track defence down. Mad Mel Arena took quick advantage of the power jam situation, pushing jams out for the full 2 minutes and effectively putting a great point advantage in the Toxics favour. With 15 minutes left in the game, high rotation Mobster jammer Anna Conned Her was fouled out, though the Mobsters didn’t take the time to stress, utilising their defence right to the final whistle. This wasn’t quite enough to stem the Toxics’ who took out the game with a score of 253 to Mobsters 171. Impressive work from both teams, with some skaters playing their second game for the evening. Well done to all involved!
Bout 1 saw a blowout win for the Dolls Of Hazzard over the Dead Ringer Rosies, a backwards jam, and then a nail-biting win to the Toxic Avengersover the Rock Mobsters despite a rousing Mobster skate out.
Now for Bout 2 we’re implementing the latest WFTDA rule revisions. 30-second penalties are here to stay! Yeeeeeah baby!
Please be aware, there are no ATMs on site. The VRDL merch stand will have eftpos, but if you are buying tickets or drinks on the day please make sure you have cash!
Doors open at 5:15pm
5:45pm: Game 1! It’s the Rock Mobster vs Dead Ringer Rosies.
7:45pm: Game 2! It’s the Dolls of Hazzard vs Toxic Avengers
WHERE IS IT?
Darebin Community Sports Stadium, YMCA
857 Plenty Rd, Reservoir East VIC 3073
HOW DO YOU GET TO THE GAME?
Yarra Trams Route 86 will bring your right to our front door! Just jump off at Stop 57 (Reservoir District Secondary College/Plenty Rd). If you have to drive, there is free parking at the venue.
HOW DO YOU GET TICKETS?
Online ticket sales open Friday 7th March and close at 2:00pm on bout day.
Make sure you buy your tickets online, as you’ll have to pay more on the door.
All Companion Card holder entry is complimentary when accompanying a client. Please be sure to present your official Companion Card on the door.
HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
Online Ticket Prices (including booking fees):
Concession (Health Care Card and Pensioner Card holders only. Student cards will not be accepted): $16
Children (6yrs to 15yrs): $11
Family (2 Adults & 2 Kids): $50
5 and under FREE
Concession (Health Care Card and Pensioner Card holders only. Student cards will not be accepted): $20
Children (6yrs to 15yrs): $15
Family (2 Adults & 2 Kids): $60
5 and under FREE
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Sunday February 23, doors open 2.15pm
Darebin Community Sports Stadium – 857 Plenty Rd, Reservoir
Bout 1 – 3.00pm: Dead Ringer Rosies Vs. Dolls Of Hazzard
Bout 2 – 5.00pm: Rock Mobsters Vs. Toxic Avengers
Fans unite! The VRDL home season is beginning so you can put away the ventilators and breathe easy – derby is BACK and ready to kick 2014′s butt! February 23rd is the day colour returns to all our lives again!
It’ll be a bit like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy lands in Oz and everything’s suddenly in technicolor. Poor Elphaba – she really was a misunderstood witch. I bet she would have made a great jammer, if only Dorothy hadn’t doused her flame. Vale, Hellphaba.
Doors open at 2:15pm, and bout 1 commences at 3:00pm. Bout 1 is all ruby slippers and yellow brick roads as the Dead Ringer Rosies and the Dolls Of Hazzard stomp around the track, then in bout 2 at 5:00pm the Rock Mobsters storm the Emerald city as they take on the Toxic Avengers. Remember when Oz the great and powerful battled the lobsters? There were lobsters. Go with it.
There’s going to be some amazing athletics going on, with very few tornadoes and falling houses.