Bout report: Mistletoe and Grime
An early start for Croydon Riot Squad saw the team and supporters huddled outside Fairfield Halls at 6am waiting for the coach to transport them to Manchester for a festive themed open door bout – Mistletoe and Grime.
Half an hour later, no sign of the coach and the roller girls were getting chilly. After much deliberation the team eventually set off at 9am.
The Manchester Checker Broads, sporting their signature black and white socks, were off to a great start, achieving lead jammer in the first jam, but the Riot Squad soon made their mark when a major penalty saw a power jam take the score to 8-4 to Croydon. A high scoring power jam for Do or Dyduch meant Manchester were unable to increase their points and taking the score to 22-4 to Croydon.
Mosquito and Mimika Mayhem continued to rack up the points for the Riot Squad, and the Checker Broads were getting agitated and saw regular visits to the penalty box meaning the Riot Squad could take advantage of the all-important power jams leaving the score at half time Croydon 86 – 44 Manchester.
With the Croydon Riot Squad ahead, and the frustration beginning to show on the faces on the Manchester girls – the half time break was a chance for the teams to reconvene and go into the second half with their minds on the game – and that they did.
An awesome 20-point scoring power jam from Vic Tori Bee of Manchester meant the gap in scores was closing quickly, the Riot Squad managed to hold themselves and broke the century mark, but Manchester were only 15 points behind.
A surge of brilliance form Manchester meant the gap continued to close inch by inch, and after they reached 100 points there were 14 points separating the two teams.
Both teams were battling hard and the crowd were getting louder and louder as the point difference between them was just 5 and the Riot Squad were struggling to fend off their opponents.
At one point it looked like Manchester were going to take it, but a high scoring power jam from Do or Dyduch brought the score to Croydon 142 – 122 Manchester, shortly before G-Whizz of Manchester was ejected from the game.
With the Riot Squad only 20 points ahead and 10 seconds left on the clock, there was still time for one more jam, if there was a power jam in favour of Manchester, they could take this. But the Riot Squad did exactly what they needed to do; achieved lead jammer status and called off the jam, winning their first open door away bout 163-126. It was a great game of strength and struggle, with both teams showing true grit and determination.
Croydon Riot Squad
20 President Garfield (Captain)
17 Jeopardy Jinx (Vice Captain)
2 Do or Dyduch
23 Gin Atomic
78 Skatja Boloksov
81 Dot Cottenmouth
200mg Coco Dean
999 Death Valley O’Malley
800 Ghouldielocks (CCR)
J9 Mimika Mayhem
Bench Manager: Herbie Licious
Line Up Manager: Paris Hit-Em -All
Manchester Checker Broads
7 Sui-Cider (Captain)
623 Manc Zappa (Vice Captain)
42 G Whizz
N5 Go-Go Chanel
2820 Nyte Owl
4 Vic Tori Bee
17 Scary Wollstoncraft
L33T Kerried Alive
101 Pinky Fingaz
3 Ma-Rollin’ Munster
11 Kate Push
Bench Manager: Jowanna Clout
Line Up Manager: Gay Fawkes