The Tsunami Sirens roller derby squad had its game face on on Saturday — specifically, undead and zombie makeup for each player.
Forget about the slow and uncoordinated movements of traditional zombies, however; the Sirens were swift and physical, running around and sometimes over the Southern Oregon Roller Girls of Medford en route to a 256-118 victory.
It was a dominant performance to open the Sirens’ second full year of competition — to the extent that the scoreboard used at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds main building couldn’t account for 200 points by a team. About 400 fans made the event a standing room-only affair.
“We had gone through our initial season (last year) and got the butterflies out,” Sirens coach Jack “Old Xchool” Gollaher said. “We started working on our strategy and plays. This was the first time we put it all together. Everything went really well.”
The Sirens were wailing from the first whistle.
Jammer Chloe “Ole Chole” Joesten scored two grand slams — passing all five SORG players on the track — to give the Sirens an 11-2 lead after the first jam. Janee “Tootsie Rollin” Strauss scored 19 points in the bout’s third jam, and Joesten followed that with a 30-point jam (six grand slams) to give the Sirens a 60-7 lead over Southern Oregon.
Ana “Autopsyana” Jaime stretched the lead to 75-16 in the fifth jam, and the Sirens never looked back. The Sirens led 136-65 at the half and led by as many as 152 points in the second half.
Siren Macy “Macebomm” Bommelyn broke her collarbone in the first half and did not return to the bout. Bommelyn’s injury was the lone down note on a big night for the Sirens.
“They trained me well,” she said of her teammates. “I go against them every day in practice. For once, they are on my team. It’s really nice.”
Joesten, who bouted with the Sirens in 2012 but left the team late in the season, returned with a flourish, scoring 79 points. Jaime, still relatively new to sport of roller derby, finished with 45 points, including a 30-point jam in the second half that gave Sirens a 218-90 lead.
“I can’t say enough about her,” Gollaher said of Jaime. “She’s come so far. Last year, she was a bit player. This year, she’s one of our foremost starters.”
The outcome was secure enough for Gollaher to allow him to use blockers Danielle “Ragin’ Reg” Arispe, Bridget “Killa B” Lacey, Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko and Amanda “Amazon Chic” Graves — who had opened up lanes for their jammers all night long — to put on the jammer’s star themselves and score some points for the team.
“(Arispe, Lacey, Stefko,) they’re just skating lights out,” Gollaher said. “We need so badly to build up roller derby in Crescent City. These girls could be competing at the upper levels.”
The Sirens’ next bout is against the Jefferson State Maidens of Mayhem of Mt. Shasta, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on April 13. The Sirens have six scheduled bouts on the season and are looking for other opportunities.
“We’ve got some tough bouts this year,” Gollaher said. “If we go .500, I’ll be very happy.
“We’ve got a message for (our future opponents): Bring lots of bandages.”