A new season of roller derby has arrived in Morristown NJ. It began last night with a women’s bout between the home team NJRD (New Jersey Roller Derby) and the Jersey Shore Roller Girls; it was followed by a men’s match JBRD (Jersey Boys Roller Derby) vs Toronto Men’s Roller Derby. The New Jersey Roller Derby Small Stars (the local kids’ league) sang the national anthem.
The Jersey Shore has a strong record including a victory over another Morristown team on its most recent visit to the same track in 2014. The NJRD steadily has been building strength since its formation a few years ago, however, and it showed on the track last night. The team’s blocking has tightened and it has acquired a depth of experienced jammers. NJRD’s Maulin Rouge put points on the board in the first jam; Shannanigunz, Miss USA-Hole, Tuff Crust Pizza, and Chase Windu followed in quick succession. Despite game jamming by the Shore, notably by SoCo who persevered through tough blocking, only 10 minutes into the bout NJRD led 59-7. NJRD continued to dominate, though Shore was able to gain points, notably by Emma Effa and Hodan. At halftime NJRD led 131-27. The second half was rough-and-tumble but continued on the same path. Despite some impressive individual jams, including a 15 pointer by Soco, NJRD built its lead, taking the win 211-99. MVPs were Maulin Rouge (jammer) and Rosa Ruckus (blocker) for NJRD, and Emma Effa (jammer) and Pinky and the Pain (blocker) for Jersey Shore.
In the second bout a Jersey team once again showed its strength in the first jam. Robert Brawlson for JBRD made multiple passes through the pack while Señor Weiner from Toronto ran into determined JBRD resistance for a first jam score of 23-1 in favor of Jersey. Despite occasional strong jams by Toronto, notably by Sleeper Cell, Ford, and Weiner, the first jam had set the pattern. Barndt, Scooter McGoot, and Brawlson added to the Jersey totals. Blocking stiffened toward the end of the first half; a ref was caught in the action and was helped off the track. At halftime the score stood 196-54. In the second half both sides upped their blocking. Toronto with some effect employed a blocking formation that originated in Australia, and tried alternate jamming tactics including a star pass from Flyin Bryan to Ford. It wasn’t enough to alter the general trend of the bout. The clock ran out with the score at 411-90 in favor of JBRD.
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