On November 2, Risky B’siness, the newest team of the NJRD (New Jersey Roller Derby), closed out the league season with a lightly attended home bout in
against the Red Bank Roller Vixens.
It was Risky’s second bout ever, and
the first on its home rink. Both teams are still in the process of building
their expertise and strength – in fact I don’t yet have a full roster to match
names with the numbers on the Risky
Morristown team demonstrated an edge from the
start. This was not for want of talent or aggression on the Red Bank side. The Vixens have a depth of effective
jammers, including #88 Hip Czech, #100 Infra Red, #M80 Fire Crack-her, and
#2121 Buffy Dee Slayer. Their blockers can hit hard (#007 Pushy Galore among
them) and can recover well from hard hits (notable #777). The Risky B’s had a matching field of jammers, however, with #5 showing
exceptional stamina, going down from hits and yet getting up to force or scoot
her way effectively through the pack. So, too, #949 Dreadlock-Ness Monster and
#508 Ruff’n Muff’n. The edge came in blocking. Risky B’s defense was not tougher so much as it was well
strategized. Training plainly paid off with Morristown frequently creating no pack
situations that forced Red Bank to let the jammer through. It was not a big
advantage, but enough of one on which to build a lead. It showed up the most on
power jams (when the opposing jammer is in the penalty box) which Morristown exploited more
Risky B’siness picked up an early lead, but the score remained close through most of the first half. Thanks largely to fortuitous power jams, the lead over the Vixens expanded in the minutes before halftime. The second half began with the score at 102-41 in favor of
Morristown. The Vixens pushed hard to catch up with #100 Infra Red making notable
use of power jams. They racked up points, but so did Risky B’siness. The final whistle blew with a final score of
250-103 in favor of Morristown.
The teams were more evenly matched than the score might make them seem, and very few changes on either side could have made all the difference. Perhaps in a 2014 rematch they will.
Risky – Iggy Pop and Ryuichi Sakamoto