October 12, 2014

Richter City Convicts vs Hellmilton Roller Ghouls

The Richter City Convicts played Raggedy Angst of Hellmilton Roller Ghouls at Kilbirnie Rec Centre. A lot of lower north island players who normally attend our games were in Levin for Sur5al Worlds; a 16 team tournament with mixed teams from all over the country. This meant a lower turnout for the game played in Wellington. It was an unfortunate schedule clash.

Hellmilton was captained by one of their two Team NZ representatives and featured jammer, Miss Crunchbull. She didn’t do much to impress us, though she was taking a lot of big hits from the Convicts.  Their other main jammer Indi Slam-her Jones appeared to have more success breaking through the orange walls. Richter pulled their jammers from a larger pool, by the end of the bout it seemed that most of the team had jammed at least once. Core jammers Burn Witch Burn!, Volcanic Ash, and Meat Train played a strong and consistent bout, as they have done all season.  Again, Poise’N’Dart proved she is growing to be a formidable blocker.

The Convicts got an early lead which they maintained throughout the game. At halftime the score was 149 Convicts to 107 Hellmilton. The final score was 128 Hellmilton to 259 Convicts.

It was a mostly drama free match. There was a brief concern that Invisigirl was injured but she came right. No skaters were sent out of the game. However, behind the scenes other things were going on. Earlier in the week, the New Zealand national team was announced. Three Richter City skaters made the team Anna Pave-U'Ova, Beatrix Skiddo and Jem Molition. Some ruckus broke out when the head coach made a frankly stupid statement that Meat Train had not been selected because she was deaf. Although it was later made clear that was not the only reason for the selection decision, and offers were made of providing statistics to back it up, the damage was done. It is understood that the Human Rights Commissioner will shortly be involved.

Next weekend (18 October) Richter City plays Auckland on their turf. You can buy tickets here.

Next home game: 29 November against Bay City Rollers. They appear to be warming up to take Richter City on by a full calendar of events between now and then.

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