Tsunami Sirens take down Roller Vixens Saturday at the Fairgrounds
The Tsunami Sirens of Crescent City took control of their Saturday-night roller derby bout against the Umpqua Valley Roller Vixens of Roseburg, Ore., from the start, never letting up in a 176-56 victory.
Tsunami Siren Adrianna (“Full Metal Jackie”) Stefko (wearing bandanna) collides with a South Umpqua Roller Vixens player during their bout on Saturday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. The Sirens defeated the Roller Vixens, 176-56. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Shellie (“sHell on Wheels”) Duncan kicked things off for the Sirens by racking up two “grand slams” — passing all five members of the opposition on the floor — for 10 points in the first jam, or period, of the game. Danielle (“Ragin’ Reg”) Arispe, the Sirens’ second jammer, or point scorer, accrued a pair of grand slams of her own.
Chloe (“Olé Cholé”) Joesten, the Sirens’ jammer for the third jam, got the crowd of about 350 spectators at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Main Building involved in the bout. Though Joesten did not score during her jam, she laid out a Roller Vixens jammer with a legal hit that turned up the volume in the building.
“I’m used to the floor (of the Main Building) — it’s really slippery,” Joesten said. “Once you know you can catch up, you can (make an impact). She went to the outside (off a turn); I came inside. It was awesome.”
By the time the Roller Vixens got on the board, the Sirens led 26-1 and continued to muscle the Roller Vixens around.
Tsunami Sirens head coach Jack (“Old Xchool”) Gollaher was excited that, while the Sirens were producing points in a hurry, their blockers kept Umpqua Valley’s jammers at bay.
“We control bouts from the rear,” Gollaher said. “We use finesse with the back (line of defense to block the opposing jammers’ moves). It was very effective.”
Shelley (“Auntie Virus”) Palmer of the Sirens scored five grand slams in two separate jams later in the first half, and Duncan scored three grand slams in another jam. At the end of the first half, the Sirens held a 113-22 lead over the Roller Vixens, with Umpqua Valley recording a single grand slam.
“By the 10th jam, we had everything under control,” said the Sirens’ Caryn (“Sconnie”) Larson. “We were working together as a team.”
The Sirens opened the second half with grand slams from Tanya (“Princess Thundercloud”) Anderson and Palmer in the first three jams, followed by a 16-1 run in a span of four jams. For every attack the Roller Vixens launched, the Sirens countered; the Sirens’ lead only increased from the 91-point halftime advantage.
“We wanted them to get four or five points (in a jam), not 20,” Gollaher said. “Whenever we were in power jams, we put faster blockers in” to counteract Umpqua Valley’s jammers, emphasizing positioning over the big hit.
The strategy worked, as a 10-point jam by a Roller Vixens jammer proved to be the most damaging of the second half. The Sirens, who led by as many as 135 points in the bout, recorded four second-half grand slams.
An Umpqua Valley skater suffered a right arm injury during the eighth jam of the second half. She was treated by the emergency medical technician on site and left the building for further evaluation.
The Sirens’ victory soothed the pain of their Feb. 21 loss to Ukiah’s Mendo Mayhem, 238-40, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, their last home bout.
“They were at a different level than we are,” Larson said of Mendo Mayhem. “It feels good to come back from that.”
The Sirens, who improved their record to 2-2 on the season, take on the Redding Roller Girls at home June 23.