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Roller Derby Tue May 17 2011

Chicago Outfit Take Hometown Bout

Chicago Outfit vs. Tri-City

Outfit jammer Sweet Mary Pain (right) gets a hand from Suzie Crotchrot (center) / Photo: Steve Stearns

There was a theme at Saturday's Chicago Outfit bout at the Windy City Fieldhouse: Hit 'em hard and don't let up. At this, their first hometown bout of the season, the Outfit's A and B teams both enjoyed wins with wide margins.

The first game pitted the Outfit's B team, the Shade Brigade, against the So ILL Rollergirls of Southern Illinois. From the first whistle, the Brigade gals snagged lead jammer time and time again, a tactic that ensured they stayed on top. While So ILL's jammers were stuck in the box, the Brigade came to a halt, employing slow derby tactics to allow their jammer to cruise through the pack without much hassle. By the half, the score was in the Brigade's favor 110-27, with some excellent jamming by Graves. The game wrapped up with a 207-70 win for the Shade Brigade.

Afterward, the league's A team, the Chicago Syndicate, rolled out in their game against the Tri-City Rollergirls of Kitchener, Ontario. As far as the Outfit teams' gameplay and strategy, this game was a whole other beast from the first. It was also a much faster game, although the Syndicate still dipped into slow derby waters from time to time. Aided by the smooth moves of agile jammers such as Sweet Mary Pain, the Outfit doggedly built their point base. Although Tri-City came close to flipping the score, they never quite managed it, ending the half with the Syndicate leading 71-34. The Syndicate widened the spread in the second half until their ultimate 102-47 win.

The next hometown Outfit bout is Saturday, July 9, featuring a double header against the Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis.

Additional reporting by Maria Wilson.

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Walker / May 19, 2011 8:52 AM

That's totally awsesome! Way to go outfit. I can't wait to see both Chicago teams in the top 2 spots for the North Central region!

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