The fledgling Texas Outlaws stunned local Roller Derby fans on January 27th with an almost-unbelievable 83-55 upset of the much-vaunted South Side Roller Derby at the Alvin Thunderdome.
As indicated by the final score, both teams played strong defense.
A total of 12 Outlaws registered kills on South Side jammers, with Rebel Ann leading and setting a new league record of 16 kills. Heathen HookHer added nine, while team captain Queen Bitch notched 5 kills.
Dick Tater led the South Side defense with 7 kills.
On offense, the Outlaws featured a trio of rookie jammers during the entire game. Pink Shrapnel led in scoring with 44 points on 19 jams for an average of 2.3 points per jam. Bang Her Rang scored 32 points on 13 attempts for a 2.5 average, while Bam Bam picked up 7 points in 7 attempts.
South Side used six different jammers during the game. Dreamin Demon led South Side with 15 points in six jams. Sk8 Charmer picked up 13 points on 5 tries. Mojo scored 12 and also made three jammer assists to lead both teams in assists. Booty Vicious scored 7, Barbie Skates added 4, and Cami Kazi scored 2 points for South Side.
The Outlaws capitalized on 4 grand slams by Bang Her Rang and two by Pink Shrapnel to stay in front from the start of the game. Dreamin Demon and Sk8 Charmer each picked up a grand slam for South Side, but it was just not enough to overcome a fired-up Outlaws defense.
With six raw rookies in the lineup, and nothing but rookies in the jammer rotation, the Outlaws were expected to fall easily to the more experienced athletes of South Side Roller Derby, which has a rich history.
The South Side team clearly had the edge with their superior skating skills.
The team has a long reputation for training skaters in the more advanced derby skills, and most of their skaters are veterans with years of experience.
The Outlaws concentrated on teamwork, working hard to contain the South Side jammers behind a solid wall of Black.
The Outlaws coaching staff studied and scouted the South Side team for weeks leading up to the contest, and devised a strategy to break Outlaw jammers through while containing their opponents and controlling the pace of the game.
“Mission accomplished” said Coach Gator. “We defeated a stronger team than us by using strategy. They’ll be out to get us next time, I’m sure.”
Pro Derby’s Texas Outlaws started in Alvin last year. There are four local teams: The Bayside Bombshells; Las Diablas; The Homicidal Housewives; and the Lone Star Cowgirls. The Pro Derby All Star team is called the Texas Outlaws, which is made up of the top players from all four local teams.
The game was broadcast worldwide by the Hallway Sports Network. Fans in Australia, Canada, and US military bases overseas tuned in to watch the Outlaws start their 2013 season off undefeated, and with a major upset.
A capacity crowd enjoyed the game and a halftime show by the Scruz Loose Band, a classic rock band out of Pasadena.
Photos and more available at TexasOutlawsRollerDerby.com