With planes flying overhead and a fresh layer of dust coating the Inland Empire, the SoCal Derby Cuttlefish set out to engage in battle with the Rough Diamond Rebels. During the first half, many Cuttlefish had a hard time keeping their wheels under them due to the unfamiliar floor. This, however, was no deterrent for the Cuttlefish as they quickly made appropriate adjustments to the game play. The first half was full of hard hitting roller derby action including some fresh pivoting (after a last minute roster change) by very own Hannibal Lexter who said “ I was excited to pivot; it’s a goal of mine to be a strong pivot one day. I was pretty stoked and felt really good about going into it. I have a great team. I looked to Brat to show me what I needed to look for and when to stop defending against a jammer and when to go “rescue” my jammer in my role as a pivot”.
Lots of hard fought jams and thirty minutes later, the score was neck-in-neck at halftime with SoCal Cuttlefish leading 99 to 83. With three skaters brand new to the Cuttlefish and marking their first official flat track bout Slayleen, Munchkin, and Saiko couldn’t have been happier going into the second half of the game. “I was stoked” stated Slayleen after the game “I felt like my pack worked very well together, and I felt like I was more consistently catching jammers than I have before. The weird floor forced us all to adapt our regular play and it was a fun challenge”.
During the second half of the game there were some amazing panty passes pulled off by our very own Jams Gordon, and Bruise Lee whose pivots were both able to force a call off and keep the game neck and neck to the very end. Rosie Roller also put up some big points in the second half, making three or four scoring laps for the Cuttlefish. While both teams fought hard the Cuttlefish brought a victory back to SoCal with a final score of 200 to 165. SoCal and the Cuttlefish would like to thank Rough Diamond for a great game and a hard fight to the finish.
Contributing writer: Naked MO Rat