Thrashquatch is a skater I have been lucky enough to watch evolve over the last three years.
Thrash has always been scary and talented on the track. She has a natural flow on wheels and better balance than most. The first time I saw her play I remember having a “wow” moment: I was so impressed with how she handled herself on the track. Thrash has always been light on her skates, and as the seasons have progressed she has become more lethal to her opponents.
As a blocker, she is light but solid and able to direct all her energy into crushing blows. As a jammer, Thrash is mobile on her toe stops and quick on her laterals. She is able to dig into whatever surface she is playing on to make lead jammer and score points. I have gotten to do many write-ups of Mason-Dixon in the last year and a half, and I always mention Thrash’s cat-like prowess in a pack. Recently, her focus on wall work has come to the forefront of playing ability, and if MDRV is able to use this to their advantage, the team will be raising through the ranks of their Division in 2013.
Thrash is known for being firey on the floor, but I like to think of it as ‘passion’. Actually, it’s that firey nature that makes her a lot of fun to watch, and she knows when to keep the passion in her back pocket. I got to bench coach Thrash at this year’s Season’s Beatings hosted by Mason-Dixon. She helped to keep her teammates cool-headed, while being very willing to take on whatever role her pack needed – whether it was pivot, jammer or the goon that switches between offense or defense.
The best part about Thrash is that the fire becomes laughter once the final whistle is blown; it is very apparent how much she loves the sport, her team and the camaraderie of roller derby.
Thank you to Paul McAllister, Toxic AvengeHer and JPaden Photography for their photos.
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