After a tough match on March 23, the Crown City Rollerz Royal Pains faced the Albany All-Stars again for their first home bout of the 2014 season. This home-turf rematch was a nail biter until the very end. Determined to close the gap from their 167-108 March 23 loss, the Royal Pains fought hard in both halves, using skill and strategy to make up for their light roster.
Manda Tori Chaos had some incredible hits, even pushing a fellow blocker into the jammer, and successfully dragging the Albany jammer back when the pains were down two blockers due to penalties. Meaniac never faltered on the track, often stalling or hitting Albany’s jammer out-of-play, giving the Pains’ jammer more time to score.
Unruly Miss Julie and Nora Morse both did their part to rack up the points for the Pains. Nora’s fast footwork and evasive moves proved to be a difficult combination for the All-Stars to handle. Unruly’s endurance and stability assisted in her feat.
The Pains used strategy to their advantage, creating dynamic walls that the blockers used to hold Albany’s jammer while the Pains’ jammer scored. Penalties, however, got the best of the Pains. Albany All-Stars ended up prevailing in the last minutes of the bout due to power jams, with the final whistle blow at 138-103.
MVPs for the Albany All-Stars were Liv Dangerously and Lusty Crush. For the Pains – Unruly Miss Julie and Malice in Chains, who contributed both blocking and jamming skills throughout the match. Overall, the Pains closed the gap by more than 30 points. They are looking forward to their second home bout on May 17 against the Lunachicks.