In an overtime nail-biter of a battle between two WFTDA Apprentice Leagues, the New Hampshire Roller Derby defeated the Green Mountain Derby Dames at the sold-out Champlain Valley Expo in Burlington, VT.
GMDD had a huge finish to the first half, leading 45-28 as New Hampshire struggled to break through their impenetrable green wall thanks to some incredible footwork and blocking by The Silencer.
Things were looking bleak for NHRD as Green Mountain grew their lead to a commanding 20 points at the start of the second half.
The ladies of NHRD clawed their way back throughout the remainder thanks to some incredible booty blocking and pack control by Ivanna B. Vicious and strong hits and even stronger leadership from captain, SS Trixie.
NHRD blockers kept GMDD from scoring for four jams in a row by commanding an unstoppable front line defense, while Chicana Bruzya added another grand slam with her trademark aggressive jamming and May B Knotty contributed a four-point jam that brought NHRD to a 65-62 lead with 3 minutes to play.
The end of the second period had the crowd on the edge of their seats as Star Slayer eked out a final two points to tie the game at 69 before heading to the box, sending the bout into overtime with both jammers out.
Both teams fought tooth, nail, and skate for two minutes. After overcoming a 20-point deficit late in the game, NHRD’s Make Out Bandit and a star-blocker line-up snagged 10 points to three points from Barbie Basher, bringing the thriller to a close at 79-72.
The MVPs were Makeout Bandit for NHRD and Bust E Breaker for GMDD. The high-scoring jammers were NHRD's Make Out Bandit and GMDD's Star Slayer. - Helen Carnate