May 30, 2017, Victoria, BC: Maintaining a calm bench in an extremely physical game led to the Eves of Destruction’s Hard Cores’ 205-184 win over Powell River’s Pow!Town Roller Derby team Saturday night (May 27th).
This is the second time this month the Hard Cores have defeated Pow!Town after their 219-189 win at home. Hard Cores Coach, Ruby Roughouser, says the team showed tenacity on the track — even when down to a single blocker:
“Their offense was on point and it allowed the jammers to take advantage of multiple scoring passes. In one memorable jam, with Bony Banshee as the sole blocker out there, Miss Andry was able to grab lead jammer.”
Miss Andry was subsequently named the Hard Cores’ MVP, while Loose Cannon was given the MVP nod for Pow!Town.
The Hard Cores, are now 2-1 on the season, next take on the Brass Knuckle Derby Dames in Duncan on June 17th.
Also this weekend, several Eves of Destruction officials made an impact on the international roller derby scene with their efforts at the Wild West Showdown taking place in Kent, Washington. The weekend tournament featured sanctioned WFTDA, MRDA and JRDA games (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, Men’s Roller Derby Association, and Junior Roller Derby Association, respectively) and marked the first time an all-women ref crew was involved. Many officials association with the Eves of Destruction were integral in this historic ref crew and were excellent ambassadors for local derby.
Eves of Destruction co-head ref Puma Pants says she is proud of the officials representing her league at the tournament:
“Amelia Pound and Velvita Slicer have now done their first Men’s Roller Derby Association game and they both pulled off exceptional work. Feedback from the teams was incredibly positive, with some saying it was the most consistently reffed game at the tournament.”
Puma Pants also gives credit to Eves’ Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) Tidal Wade and Hexideci-mal for their performances. NSOs, though they may not be as recognized, or recognizable, as skating officials (referees) are an integral part of the sport of roller derby and keep games running smoothly.
Your next opportunity to see roller derby in Victoria will be June 3rd: The Rotten Apples vs. Stone Cold Stellas and the Belles of the Brawl vs. The Sea to Sky Sirens. Tickets for the next double header event of 2017 are currently available online and at Ticket Rocket HQ (804 Broughton), with more vendors coming soon.
All 2017 events are family friendly (kids under 10 are free!), include a beer garden, halftime events, vendor village and TWO games full of hard hitting action!