The bout was somewhat different for the members of the North Coast Roller Derby who made the trip to Ridgefield, Wash., over the weekend. All the Roller Derby rules were the same, but the atmosphere felt somehow unique for the Tsunami Sirens’ 161-135 victory over the Storm City Roller Girls.
“They were fun,” said blocker Adrianna “Full Metal Jackie” Stefko. “They were super happy to have us. They were a very welcoming and hospitable team.”
“This was only my fifth bout, but this is the one that really stands out because everyone was having fun,” added Siren Jenn “JennZilla” Longrie. “We would be out there on the jam line and they would call a time-out and the other team would go around giving everyone high fives and hugs.”
The generally jovial feel to the bout even extended onto the track while both teams were battling it out.
“Everybody was laughing on the track and having a good time,” Full Metal Jackie said. “It is rare to see people cracking up on the floor. It was really fun. I am hoping to have some of that energy at our next bout.”
While the mood was lighthearted, Full Metal Jackie said that it was still a competitive bout and both teams played hard.
The Sirens were playing with three skaters borrowed from the nearby Cherry City Roller Girls because several of the Sirens skaters were unable to make the trip, including Liz, “TeacHer Some Respect” Calleja, Kaitlyn “Tricky Kitten” Mitchell and Heather “Nursin’ A. Grudge” Larson.
The Sirens were able to get out to a pretty strong lead, but with about 15 minutes left, they found themselves even more shorthanded with a couple skaters fouling out. The Sirens’ lead dipped down to 10 points late in the match, but the Sirens’ new faces stepped up to seal the victory.
“We were playing really well together,” JennZilla said. “There was some penalty trouble that kind of left a big weight on the newer skaters’ shoulders, like myself and Maggie “Mad Dog Maggie” Sanders in her first bout. All of a sudden it turned into ‘Oh wow, our team needs us for once. We can’t rely on the really strong skaters to pull us through.’
“We had to step it up and really trust each other and work together. I think that is probably one of the biggest reasons that we won.”
The Sirens got an outstanding performance from jammer Ana “Autopsy’ana” Jaime, who was named the jammer of the match for the Sirens.
“Autopsy’ana really did amazing work that night,” Full Metal Jackie said. “She worked her rump off.”
Rachel “Valkyrie” Achizinger was named the Sirens’ outstanding blocker.
The Tsunami Sirens will be back at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Aug. 23 to host the Boneyard Brawlers in a rematch of the Sirens’ 230-111 defeat in Salem, Ore., on March 29.