Christmas in July bout heats up J.M. McDonald Sports Complex
Santa was dressed down for the summer heat. Photo courtesy Dean O'Gorman.
Crown City Rollerz annual Christmas in July bout was a scorcher at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex on July 6. The heat of competition wasn’t the only thing simmering as the temperatures rose quickly while bodies hit the track. Even Santa Claus himself dressed down for the occasion trading his velvet suit for a lighter Hawaiian shirt. This warm Christmas event raised over $300 for Toys for Tots to make holiday dreams come true. A shiny new bike, graciously donated by Action Sports in Cortland, was raffled off to one lucky winner as well! But let’s not forget the action on the track…
Crash Pandasuit takes flight while jamming for the Imperial Forces. Photo courtesy Dean O'Gorman.
The Imperial Forces began the night facing off against the Finger Lakes Lunachicks. The Forces scrimmaged the ‘Chicks earlier this season and were eager for a rematch. The first half was a nail biter as the Forces stayed within range of the Lunachicks despite the heat. But the Forces weren’t able to keep up in the second half, after a valiant fight, falling to the Lunachicks 202-95.
Chicks and Forces MVPs. Photo courtesy Dean O'Gorman.
MVPs for the Lunachicks were (from left): Jammer – Tuff Mama #224 and Blocker – Swearin’ Heron #7. MVPs for the Forces were (from left): Blocker – Danicatastrophe #-30- and Jammer – Crash Pandasuit #5132. Good job, ladies!
Nora Morse #987 escapes the pack. Photo courtesy Dean O'Gorman.
Next The Royal Pains took on Plattsburgh’s Lumber Jills in their second match up this season. In February, the Pains met the Jills on their snowy home turf up north and took their first win of the season. Not to go quietly into that goodnight, the Jills put up an incredible fight with a light roster. Throughout much of the first and second halfs, both teams were neck and neck with lead changes happening almost every other jam. By the end of the game, much of the crowd was on its feet cheering for the home team! The Pains were able to snag the win and came out on top 150-136. Great fight, Jills!
Jills and Pains MVPs. Photo courtesy Dean O'Gorman.
MVPs for the Lumber Jills were (from left): Blocker – Pumpkin-Carvher #133 and Jammer – Salvador Brawli #1214. MVPs for the Pains were (from left): Blocker – Baby J #918 and Jammer – Unruly Miss Julie #224. Great job!
A big thanks goes out to both teams for making the trip to Cortland and for being incredibly cool women even in the heat! And as always, thank you to our fans and sponsors! Be sure to catch the last bout of the season on August 3. The Rugged and Beautiful Bout: A Hometown Showdown is the first intra-league bout CCR has ever seen. Don’t miss it!