MADISON, WI â€“ By halftime of the May 31st match-up between Denverâ€™s Mile High Club and Madison’s hometown Dairyland Dolls, there was no doubt about the end result. Ten minutes into the game, Madison had already built a 30-7 lead when Jenny Knoxville made three clean scoring passes with the advantage while her defense kept the Denver jammer from clearing the pack. After a jammerless jam call three jams later, DD pivot Chop Suzzy put up the first 20 point score in Madison history, again the DD pack keeping the Denver pivot-cum-jammer bottled up. The score at the half was a commanding 93-28 Madison lead.
Denver made some positive adjustments in the second half. They slowed the Madison jammer attack by keeping three skaters together up front, and picked up their hitting intensity. Meanwhile the Dairyland Dolls jammers became all too familiar with the penalty box, taking a seat six times. Penalties reigned in general, with two more jammerless jams over the final thirty.
With their adjustments and the Madison jammers sitting idle, Denver began to score consistently. Even with their penalty troubles, Madison grabbed lead jammer nine times in the half and grew their lead behind solid pack defense. The score for the second half favored the home team 66-46.
Jenny Knoxville was the top socrer for Madison with 49, followed by Mouse with 35. Angela Death led the Mile High Club with 28, and Shelia Tack added 24 for the visitors.
The Mile High Club came into Madison minus two of their skaters, Bria Fraid and Lt. Redrum, due to injury. Two more Denver skaters would go out during the second half. Berlin Brawl wasnâ€���t able to breath after suffering an â€œathletically induced asthma attack,â€ while Reapercussion skated off under her own power following a hard hit early in the period.
Although they came up short in the score, the Mile High Club did not lack in energy on or off the track. They played well, but were simply overwhelmed by Madisonâ€™s depth. Denver brought a big support crew to Madison; merch, fans, refs, and most importantly, Dumptruck, their gravelly voiced, utterly unself-conscious announcer. Dumptruck sang the national anthem, charity skated against Bob Noxious during half-time (the entertainment value of this contest defies description), and drew the most attention of anyone on the streets of Madison afterward.
Denver will keep on playing top-ranked opponents when they host the Texas Rollergirls June 13, and then they travel to the East Coast Extravaganza in Philadelphia. Madison will also be at ECE, but first travel to Chicago June 14 to face Windy City at the Cicero Stadium. This will be the first meeting of the two teams since Windy Cityâ€™s win over the top-seeded Dairyland Dolls at Heartland Havoc last August, and one of the first matches featuring high-profile teams skating under WFTDA rules 3.0.