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Windy City Rollers Mon Apr 01 2013

WCR All-Stars Beat Montreal; Second Wind Loses to Toronto

The presence of a representative of a foreign government at a Windy City Rollers bout is a rare thing. Perhaps equally rare is the presence of representatives of two foreign governments at a Rollers bout.

But such was the case at the UIC Pavilion Saturday.

According to Rollers spokeswoman and member of the Second Wind Dinah Party, representatives of both the French and Canadian consulates in Chicago came out Saturday and saw the Rollers' A-team, the All-Stars, beat the Montreal New Skids on the Block, while the Second Wind lost to the Toronto CN Power.

SCS_4120-20130330-_22.jpgThe Montreal bout started close and stayed close until the end. The first four jams of the game saw three lead changes. But the All-Stars' Thievin' Tyler had a big 10th jam and put the All-Stars up 95-50 with 12 minutes left in the first half.

The All-Stars eventually jumped out to a 117-68 lead with 4:50 to go in the half, but Montreal picked up steam and cut the All-Stars' lead to just 18 by halftime.

When play resumed, Montreal picked up where they left off. After only 5 minutes and 32 seconds of play in the second half, the All-Stars led by just four points, 166-162.

Penalties were an issue for both teams throughout the bout, but it was perhaps most apparent in the 13th jam of the second half when All-Stars jammer Killa Nois went to the box for cutting the track, leading to a power jam for Montreal's Iron Wench. When the jam was over, Montreal was up 189-174.

The New Skids added to the lead in the next jam, when Georgia W. Tush took lead jammer and put the Canadians up 203-178 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.

The All-Stars got the lead back with 4:45 to play. This time, it was the Skids who lost the lead due to a penalty when Greta Bobo went to the box and gave Killa Nois a power jam to put the All-Stars up 205-203.

The All-Stars never gave up the lead and eventually won 249-211.

SCS_3461-20130330-_18.jpgToronto looked dominant at the beginning of the bout against the Second Wind. The CN Power took a 42-16 lead after six jams, but a huge seventh jam by Unicoroner put the Second Wind on top 47-42.

But Toronto soon got the lead back and finished the first half with a 127-86 lead. Though the Second Wind kept scoring in small bursts (and one large burst in the form of a 30-point jam by Mo Vengence) throughout the second half, they couldn't keep Toronto from scoring.

Toronto went on to win 231-179.

Photos by Steve Stearns

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