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Windy City Rollers Mon Apr 11 2011

Fury, Manics Take Windy City Rollers Bout

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The Fury's Ska Face (left) and the Double Crossers' Indy Cent race to become lead jammer / Photo: Steve Stearns

If you weren't at Saturday's Windy City Rollers bout, you missed a helluva game. The second half of the night saw the Hell's Belles against the Manic Attackers in what became a total nail-biter. The two teams are fairly evenly matched this season -- this game mattered, and it showed as both teams attacked the floor from the first whistle. It was a rougher, tougher game, and the the teams strove to keep a fast pack, making it that much harder for the jammers to catch up and break through. The Manics used whips to their advantage; despite a last-minute grand slam by Belle jammer Zombea Arthur, the Manics slid ahead of the Belles at the half.

The Hell's Belles picked up their blocking strategy during the second half. As the clock showed only 12 minutes left, the Manic's lead shorted to a 85-70. The Belles were on a roll, but Zombea Arthur, acting as the Belles' jammer, was sent to the box, which allowed Manic jammer Ruth Enasia to ring up a parcel of points. Finally, the back-and-forth was put to rest as the game ended in the Manics' favor, 103-95.

Unfortunately, the game between the Fury against the Double Crossers seemed easily called from the get-go. Only 10 minutes in, the Fury were already gliding by their rivals 31-5. The Fury have enjoyed a 4-0 winning streak this season; their strong jammers and tight blocking skills proved once again to be a winning combo -- especially as Fury jammer Yvette Yermaker's wallop sent Crossers jammer Joanie Utah flying across the floor. The Double Crossers have been handicapped this season by a roster of mostly new skaters. To their credit, they never gave up -- Indy Cent, Dame Over, and Sunshine N Painbows all proved valuable jammers. Despite pulling up their score a considerable amount after the half, victory fell to the Fury 135-87.

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Manic Attacker skater Bork Bork Bork leaps to avoid the pile-up / Photo: Steve Stearns

The next WCR bout takes place Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m., at the UIC Pavilion (525 S. Racine). Get your tickets online or at the door.

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