It happens every time you hear a rolling whistle; your heart rate quickens and you think to yourself… Game time! You set up on that tilted track and wait for the starting whistle as the adrenaline sets in. Sweat already dripping down your body before you even play one official minute, and the roar of the crowd drowned out by your own heartbeat in your ears. Finally you hear that whistle, the jammers take off, IMPACT!! And the rest… Is history. Many of the Derby United Sparks have marked this as their first official game on a banked track. With Janet Jax’em-up and Jams Gordon leading them into the fray on a very hard fought battle with Beach Cities, hosted at the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Dollhalla banked track facility.
In the first half of this roller derby game, the Sparks had some trouble holding down the seams against Beach Cities. However, as Derby United is anxiously awaiting our new headquarters, complete with a banked track and regular practices, we know our Sparks will be working hard at this. Some outstanding jamming highlighting Co-Captain Jams Gordon and new 2019 transfer skater, Brat, were noted by fellow teammates. Track utilization and awareness allowed them to have some of the best scoring jams in gameplay.
Among the fresh faces to the bank track were Brat, Shallow Hal, Stark Raven Mad, Salty Siren, and Slayleen. When asked for a comment on the game Slayleen had this to say, “It was a really good example of why I play [Roller] Derby and love this team. No matter the score everybody’s morale and support were really high; which made it easy to have fun on my first banked track game. The other team was awesome and everybody recognized that, and it was fun to play really talented players”. To follow up Stark Raven Mad offered their thoughts on the game, “I felt like a human wrecking ball. It was nice when you were down to have friends down with you, and ready to pick you up”.
While it seemed in the first half the Derby United Sparks had difficulty holding off of Beach Cities more seasoned jammers, the San Diego team seemed to adjust to the tempo in the second half. Beach Cities came knocking at the Sparks front door with some outstanding “jukey” and hard hitting jammers. Although the Sparks were unable to pull off the win, both teams had an outstanding time playing one another; Both the Sparks and the Derby United community would like to thank Beach Cities for an outstanding game and a fun hard fought bout.
Contributing Writer: Naked MO Rat