So sorry to hear that. Here’s a recap – but really, you should have been there.
All photos by Ivan Grieve. Thanks so much!
Dec. 1 was Black & Blue 7 for the Burning River Roller Girls, and it was a fabulous night of old friends, new faces and places and of course big-time roller derby excitement.
Teams Black and Blue were led by guest coaches Tammy “Red Devil” Konicki and Doug “Ford Fearlane” McCutcheon making a rematch of last year’s BB6 when Doug “Ford Fearlane” McCutcheon’s Team Blue took the title. But Red Devil had different plans this year.
Both teams started strong as the Burning River Roller Girls made their debut at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma.
Professor Booty kicks off the night for Team Blue putting up 4 points on the board.
The first 20 minutes of the half were neck and neck for Black and Blue with things tied at 24-24 points.
But with eight minutes left in the half, Maul-ibu Barbie puts up an astonishing 29 point jams for team Black, for a 57-24 lead.
Solid jams by Team Blue’s Neon Pegassist (Katniss Evermean during the home season) and Team Black Erma Gerd (better known as Mary Kaos) wrap up the half with a score of 65 Team Black – 41 Team Blue.
The half-time gave fans a glimpse at the amazing new talent of the Burning River Roller Girls as the newest members of the league battled it out during the crowd-favorite Full-Contact Musical Chairs. Chairs were flipped. One skater was dangled upside down in her chair in an attempt to shake her off, but Cautionary Tail hung on like a champ.
Jammin, EnemyLou Harris, Midnight Smack, Missy Misdemeanor, Cautionary Tail and “Rage”ing Blockaholic advance to the finals in musical chairs. Missy and Midnight Snack got entangled in a chair fight that had every fan in the sports complex on their feet and had everyone abuzz for the rest of the night.
But it was Jammin and “Rage”ing that would have the final showdown. And after a hard-fought fight that will be remembered long after, “Rage”ing Blockaholic took home the coveted crown.
Team Black was able to get people right back into the action with Go Speedrazor (Marion Razorwound) putting two grand slams on the board, bringing the score to 75-41.
Later some incredible jams from Team Black’s Erma Gerd and Maul-ibu Barbie and Billy Tuffsey (Premo Donna) elevate the score to an incredible 117-49, but Team Blue wasn’t just going to lie down. Designosaurus (Mae Burnya) of Team Blue put up the biggest jam of the evening with 30 points for a score of 127-87.
But several power jams and a ticking clock closed out the game before Blue could fully recover, and Team Black won 190-110.
Congrats to Team Black! But the real winners of the night was Beech Brook, the charity of Black & Blue 7. The Burning River Roller Girls donated $1,500 of the proceeds from the event to the amazing organization. We thank them for all they do for the children of Northeast Ohio.