Monday, August 18, 2014

Blast Furnace Betties vs. Rock-A-Betty Bruisers- 8/16/14 Game Wrap-Up

Photo by Jim Rhoades
This past weekend the Long Island Rock-A-Betty Bruisers (Rock-A-Betties) traveled to Schnecksville, PA to meet up with the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls’ (LVRG) Blast Furnace Betties.  According to, LVRG had a 73% chance of winning with a predicted scoring ratio of 17 points to 13 points.

Led by team captain #32, CTHU’ Lou, the Rock-A-Betties, started the game with some strong defense. For the first 5 minutes of game play, the score was low and tightly matched (5 to 8 favoring LVRG).  However, LVRG’s Jammer #514 Dottie Deathwish capitalized on an early power jam and pushed LVRG into an early 10-41 lead over the Rock-A-Betties.  About half way through the first half, LVRG kept their momentum going and continued to build on their score one point at a time.  With 12 minutes left in the first half, the score was 42-80 with LVRG in the lead.  Led by Captain Tortellina Temptress, LVRG held the Rock-A-Betties to a 42 point score for 7 more jams while they continued to run up their own score to 141 points.  At the end of the first half, LVRG had a commanding lead over the Rock-A-Betties, 56-165.
Photo by Jim Rhoades

The second half of game play seemed to be no different than the first half. Rock-A-Betty blockers #516 Gertie Bomb, #44 Pac-Jam, and jammer #29 Forn Star did their best against a solid LVRG defense.  However the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls’ Blast Furnace Betties kept their focus and continued to rack up more points. Half way through the second half of game play the score was 70-245 (LVRG).

“The Blast Furnace Betties have come a long way in 2014. They have learned to evolve as a team and because of it, you are seeing a higher level of roller derby on the local level. These girls live the sport and are actively seeking out the best offensive and defensive tactics to win each game,” commented by LVRG Captain Tortellina Temptress.

Photo by Jim Rhoades
For the remainder of the game, the penalty box continued to be filled, sending multiple players off the track due to player ejections. However, even short a few players, LVRG continued to dominate the scoreboard. At the end of the game, the Blast Furnace Betties took the win with a final score of 101-331.

Looking ahead, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls’ Metal Vixens take on New Jersey Roller Derby in Morristown, PA on 9/6/14.

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All photos compliments of Jim Rhoades.

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