Sunday, 4 August 2013

Lady Luck gets to stay! The Triple BeHeader

Early in July, DD had the pleasure of hosting the second "Triple BeHeader" event. The fierce Sirens of Smash (SOS) and the mighty Otautahi Roller Derby League (ORDL) All Stars came down to Dunedin City in a fight for the"Lady Luck" trophy. A crowd of 700 joined us for this amazing event and got to witness some incredible talent on the track as all teams fought tooth and nail (well not literally, we did actually adhere to derby rules) for their chance to take home the lovely lady luck. It was a suspense and adrenaline filled night for spectators, skaters and coaches alike. 

As Captain, the Gallow Lasses always make me burst with pride, the "Triple BeHeader" was no exception. The most exhilarating part of home games for me is skating out with my team to the serenade of the bag pipes, the only time I will admit to getting “misty eyed”. The girls stormed the track hard and fast from the 1st game and showed dominance throughout all three games. Months of hard yards in training paid off on the night. The team played as a cohesive unit, fighting for every point and never letting up. Our strength on the night was team work and strategy, something we have been nailing down at training this year, the grin on our coach Phil’s face, after the final was enough to know we had done our job. - Nicki Noxious

The first heat between DD and ORDL went to DD with 161 to 41. 
(photo courtesy of Andrew MacKay, Popparazzi)

 Ana Phylaxis goes in for the hit on the ORDL jammer, backed-up by her teammate Fox-Zee and Ruby Smash. Awesome teamwork. We don't really know what Rick O'Shay is up to in the background here.

The second heat gave DD a short break as ORDL and SOS went head to head. Ultimately SOS took the game with 81 to 48. 
 (photo courtesy of Pamela Wade Photography)

The SOS jammer sprints off while her teammate blocker lands a solid blow on the ORDL jammer.

The final heat saw DD back on the track opposing SOS resulting in DDs second win for the evening with 116 to 80. Yay! We had made the finals!
(photo courtesy of Andrew MacKay, Popparazzi)

Quick as lightning, Diva DemolisHER dashes through the SOS blockers

The final was an epically fought battle, with the ouctome in DDs favour, 246 to 150. Woohoo! We get to keep lady luck for another year! Even if we did temporarily misplace her at the afterparty, she's back home now!
 (photo courtesy of Andrew McKay)

Captain Nicki Noxious and Ruby Smash carry out some awesome partner blocking to hold back the SOS jammer

After a shaky start to the final the lasses pulled it together  to show our home crowd we meant business, closing the deal with a huge final score. We've had a good start to the year and are looking forward to playing more NZ teams, and training hard for Derby Royale later in the year - Nicki Noxious

All in all, it was a great night and wouldn't have been nearly as successful without our incredible marketing and sponsorship teams, refs, NSOs, managers, photographers AND spectators. Last but not least, huge shout out to our coach Philip Shaw and our bench manager Rocket Queen for their outstanding work! Can't wait for next years be-header! We're already training for it ;).


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