The Bridgetown Menace are proving hard to write about. Not because they have nothing noteworthy about them – quite the opposite actually. I find that when I watch Bridgetown, I get so involved in the bout and watching their water-like motion that I forget to study individual skaters or style of game play.
And then you realize: that is their style. Their style is that of continuous motion.
Their blockers often work in pairs and threes. Sometimes it looks like they fall into a pace line when there is no jammer in the pack, but never are they idle. As soon as the opposing jammer begins to approach, one blocker simply feeds that jammer into another blocker. They work together in a Hive Mind approach that makes them a formidable opponent.
It also helps that their entire team hits like a cement truck.
Watching opponents take on Earl Slick, Rob Lobster, Don Juan and Bruce Payne is always fun to watch. These guys (to name just a few) are very good at taking opponents out, down or stopping their forward motion long enough for their team to recycle up and finish the job. Demolition Man lives up to his name. Watch any Bridgetown game and you will definitely think to yourself at some point: “Yup. I’m glad I wasn’t just hit by that guy.” Recent transfer, Juke Blocks Hero, has not taken long to establish himself on the track as a pivotal strategist and keystone blocker in a pack.
As for their jammers … OMG SHREDDY MERCURY.
I apologize for the outburst. Watching his agility and ninja-jammer skills is too much fun. Bridgetown’s other jammers (like Elysium and Bleed Em & Reap)rounds out an offense of speed, agility, awareness and gumby-like bendy maneuvers to get around defenses. It’s also fun to watch guys like Payne & Don Juan jam since they’re not afraid to throw a little extra force around to get through.
The Menace will definitely need to tap into what they learned at Quadtastrophe to be successful against the experienced Shock Exchange. Co-Captain Her-Man Munster says of the game the played against the #2 ranked St. Loius Gatekeepers:
We have known our potential all year, and it was so satisfying to start performing towards that potential. We proved that we can hang with any team in the world... We nickel and dimed our way through that game, with the Gatekeepers battling us at ever jam. Those guys are awesome. Every jam with them was like a mini war. Every time we'd come off the track, we couldn't believe how intense that game was. It was also extremely fun to play in.
Bridgetown goes up against the New York Shock Exchange in the first round of the MRDA Champs, taking to the track at 12:30p. Munster says they are approaching Champs with a calm and collected attitude. They are looking to apply the strategies they have been working on all year, as well as avoiding penalties and playing each jam hard, as it happens.
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To learn more about the MRDA Championships, visit the event website.
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