Toxic Cherries, Cherry Bombs Sweep Home Derby Doubleheader
An exciting weekend of roller derby concluded with both teams of Traverse City Roller Derby emerging victorious at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The 4th ranked Toxic Cherries soundly defeated the Grand Raggidy G-Rap Attack 241 – 41, while the Cherry Bombs earned their first win of the 2014 season by edging the Deathrow Derby Dames 189 – 163.
The Toxics stormed off of the line quickly, claiming all but three lead jammer statuses in the first half. Grand Raggidy had no counter attack for the rotation of jammers who scored early and often in building a hefty 153 – 14 lead at halftime. The Toxics’ blockers – led by MVP blockerSkrillasourous Wrecks, Captain Lizzie Luscious, and Jayna Jameson – continued to create big holes for safe passage for TC’s jammers, and bottled up the G-RapAttack’s offensive opportunities at almost every turn around the track. The offense was bolstered by the return ofveteran jammers Wanda Hurtchu and Alanis More-A-Threat, and was paced by EdgyCate and MVP Jammer Mace Hindu. SnickersMcNasty and Gypsy Rose were named MVP Blocker and Jammer, respectively, forGrand Raggidy. The second half of the doubleheader proved to be TCRD’s most exciting bout of the 2014 season, and saw the Cherry Bombs get off to a solid start by building an early 24 point lead. Deathrow clawed back into the bout – thanks to some penalty trouble by the Bombs – and took the lead just prior to halftime, heading into the locker room with an 85 – 78 advantage.
Both teams traded the lead back and forth throughout the second half, with Javalanche, Wanda Hurtchu, and MVP Jammer Notorious V.I.C. setting the scoring tempo. The Bombs’ blockers gelled as a unit on this night, with strong efforts from Ms. Eerie Machine, Cuban Punish-Her, Raina Terror (in her first bout), and MVP Blocker Florence Fightingale. A couple of late ill-timed penalties to Deathrow’s jammers resulted in power jams for TC which cemented the final outcome in favor of the Cherry Bombs. The Bombs’ win was their first as a team since a thrilling over time victory in September 2012 vs. the Mountain Town Mayhem in Mt. Pleasant. The Derby Dames’ MVP’s were Smasher S’More at Blocker and Minerva Mayhem at Jammer in a hard-fought effort in defeat. Next up for Traverse City Roller Derby is a home double header on Saturday, July 26 at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. The Toxic Cherries battle the Glass City Rollers, while the Cherry Bombs face the Black Heart Maidens. By: SuperDave, TCRD’s Announcer