Sunday August 12th the tough men and women of Bakersfield left the heat to travel to the slightly cooler San Diego to take on the Starlettes and Aftershocks. This Sunday summer time double header did not disappoint!
The night started out with the ladies of the Starlettes taking on the Bakersfield Diamond Divas. Both teams came out ready to fight for the win and put on a great show for the fans. The bout started out with Irie Strider as jammer, immediately showing off her fancy footwork and she juked around the Divas blockers to start putting up points. Later in the bout she offered another crowd pleaser, going for some jammer on jammer action, blocking the Divas jammer before reaching the pack.
The ladies of Bakersfield always bring the big hits and this bout was no different. Diamond Divas blockers were knocking around the Starlettes jammers and blockers. Great defensive walls by the blockers were able to aid the jammers in getting through the big hitters of the Divas The Starlettes amaxing walls were demonstrated the entire bout. IcePax made it hard work for any jammers that made it to the front of the pack, staying on the opposing jammer as her blockers came to assist.
NeuralizeHer skated great as both blocker and jammer against the Divas. This was the last home bout as a Starlette for NeuralizeHer, who is moving to the East Coast and will be sorely missed but this was a great way to end her last bout at home! The Starlettes fought hard and took the win, with a final score of 286-64.
The second bout of the night was the San Diego Aftershocks against Bakersfield’s Slick City Rollerz. The men started out with the traditional big hits of men’s derby. The Aftershocks were able to quickly pull ahead with great walls and quick jammers. Bobby Light put points on the board right away with some big initial jams giving the Aftershocks great momentum. Slick City Rollerz blockers offered many big hip hits, demonstrating their skills as blockers and knocking the Aftershocks jammers all around the track; but the jammers persevered and continued to put up points.
The most popular jam of the night had to be Rowdy Rodbuster. The crowd went wild when he started off that jammer line, most loudly from his Hidden City Derby Girls cheering squad! The Aftershocks demonstrated great teamwork with two blockers holding the jammer, and a third blocker sweeping in for the hit. This was a great play to see implemented throughout the game. Nick X Fury, Skaterbuilt and Rowdy Rodbuster had this one down perfectly as a picture was snapped.
Soul Rider jammed to the very end, racking up points and never looking tired after jamming most of the bout. B Stang dazzled the crowd with his skills as both blocker and jammer; and of course, his backward skating.
Another highlight of the bout was Starlettes skater, Buns of Fury, skating around wiping up the sweat on the track, always entertaining the crowd; and most importantly, keeping the men safe!
All in all it was a great bout and both teams fought hard and played a good game. The crowd enjoyed the skating to the very end and the Aftershocks did not disappoint the San Diego fans and took the win with a final score of 168-88.