All photos courtesy of Jason Ruffell (http://www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk/)
people filled the Guildford Spectrum for this, the second day of
Anarchy in the UK. The bleariest of all were those that were lucky
enough to get a ticket for the pre-tournament scrimmage put on by
LRG, which started at the silly for a Sunday hour of 8:30am.
Detroit Vs Toronto
In a weekend full of
expected results, this one was the upset of the tournament. Both
Toronto and Detroit had come out of the first day with no wins, and
both wanted this to be the first.
Despite Detroit being
the underdogs in the rankings, they came out swinging and took an
early lead by utilising Cookie Rumble's nippy jamming style. Detroit
continued to show a lot of scrappiness, though they seemed to manage
it better than in the game against Rocky Mountain, and were able to
gain points advantages through their ability to gain lead, where they
were previously shut out by the superior defence of Rocky Mountain.
Toronto seemed to
struggle against the more physical Detroit, and even when they had
power jams in their favour, they'd simply be beaten down by the
Detroit pack to prevent them getting many passes in the new, much
shorter 30 second penalty time.
These struggles along
with some tactical improvements from Detroit allowed them to take the
win 199-159, leaving a tough game against Rocky Mountain as
Toronto's last shot at leaving the tournament with a win.
London Vs Detroit
This wasn't actually
the first time that London had taken on Detroit this weekend, with a
closed door bout on the Friday night ending in a decisive 311-22 win
for London. Detroit were clearly hoping to better that result in this
Unfortunately, if you
were to call London Vs Toronto a washout, you'd want to call the
first half of this game a drownout. While the differential wasn't as
large as in the game against Toronto, London manage to completely
prevent Detroit from scoring for the entirety of the first half and a
large chunk of the second. Detroit actually managed to score the
first lead call of the game, but the unstoppable Kamikaze Kitten
prevented them from scoring and that proved to be their only serious
points challenge of the first half.
It was in this bout
that the scrappiness of Detroit turned into messiness, and the errors
started to creep in as London took advantage of power jams. The
encouragement that Detroit received from the crowd after putting
their first 4 points seemed to give them a little bit more of a
spring in their step, but it was too little too late. The Detroit
girls ended the bout with another big loss to London, this time
Rocky Mountain Vs
It was never going to
be easy for Toronto to stand against Rocky Mountain after a massive
loss to London and an unexpected one to Detroit, and although they
still seemed to have a little bit of a fight left in them, it was
clear from fairly early on that this bout was going to go in Rocky's
Toronto did get a very
early lead of 1-0, but it was soon wiped out by Rocky's strong and
physical style of play. Although Toronto were able to claw back more
points in this game than they did against London, by the time the
first half finished with a lead over over 100 points for Rocky
Mountain, it seemed that Toronto knew what was coming.
Toronto continued to
falter in the second half, with a litany of jammer penalties leading
to Rocky pushing their score over the 200 mark, and Toronto jammer
Dyna Hurtcha fouling out. Although Rocky had far from a clean sheet,
another Toronto skater, Renny Rumbles, fouled out before the end of
As a testament to the
spirit of the weekend, the biggest cheer of the bout came at the end.
It was not in celebration of Rocky's decisive win, however, but at
spotting that Toronto had finally managed to hit 100 points in the
last jam, leaving the score at 357-100 to Rocky Mountain.
As the audience slowly
filtered out of the hall it was time to reflect on the weekend and
just how far LRG have come over the past 4 years. The first Anarchy
left LRG in dead last, barely scraping a place at regionals. This
year, they are the undefeated winners, and have at the very least
solidified their place in the WFTDA rankings top 10. They will
possibly even make their way into the top 5 when the next rankings
are released. A lot is made of the gaping skill gap between the
average US team and their UK counterparts, but LRG have lit a fire
under the bums of many a UK team and shown that if they can do it,
then maybe so can we.
Faces of the Day:
Bob Loblaw – Rocky
Mountain – Definitely not just the best name of the weekend (though
really, who doesn't love a good Arrested Development reference?), she
proved to be a formidable blocking presence on track, and the strong
base behind many a Rocky wall.
Rogue Runner – London
– This girl can SKATE. Figurative, and sometime literal, rings
around most of the other jammers of the weekend. Her pack awareness
is astounding and she has edge work to rival even the top US skaters.
Cookie Rumble –
Detroit – though she wasn't played as much on the Saturday, she was
instrumental in Detroit's win against Toronto, and was one of the few
Detroit jammers to give the London wall a run for its money.
Dusty – Toronto –
another one of the quite tight rotation of Toronto jammers, Dusty
worked hard to put the points up on the board for her team.
Wade Wheelson &
Ballistic Whistle – Ties- the bench coaches for Toronto and LRG
respectively, these dapper gents did so look precious standing
together in midfield in their matching pink ties, like some very
strange derby themed wedding party.