Bout Recap: April 14th
By Matt Mendoza
The whistle blew and a night of intense competition began for the Strong Island Derby Revolution in their first away bout, against the Orange Crush, of the Dutchland Derby Rollers in Lancaster Pennsylvania. The Dutchland league is well established in the derby world, so as a rookie team, the Revolution knew that they would be in for a challenging bout. Bursting through the Strong Island blockers, the Crush jammers quickly grabbed a commanding lead. This was a strong start for the Dutchland C-team’s first bout, and their confidence was evident as their lead over the Revolution grew. But SIDR would not go down without a fight. Several successful jams later, Strong Island began to close the gap. Jammer, Trinity was the high scorer in the first half, with Jenny From the Block, and ArcHer Back helping to push the Revolution into the lead, ending the last jam of the first half with a score of 79-70.
After gaining on the Crush to take the lead in the first half, the Revolution returned to the track, ready to make the second half count. Strong jams from both teams, as well as several power jams kept the score neck and neck until the very end as fatigue began to take it’s toll. The women of the Revolution fell behind as jammers struggled to break through the pack. Finally, with one jam left on the clock, and a last chance for redemption, Strong Island dug deep and skated impressively, substantially narrowing the lead. In the end, the Strong Island Derby Revolution fell short but gave the Orange Crush a run for their money with a final score of 149-135.