Melissa, Sebastian and the DHRs go to TGSS!


2014-06-08 08.09.47-2Here we all are, ready for the Great Southern Slam adventure. So much derby! So many amazing teams to watch! I popped in for a short while on Saturday, but Sunday was our day. 2014-06-08 09.27.43

Our first game was against Murder City, an Adelaide team we didn’t know a lot about. I was line up managing for this one. it was a good game and we played hard, but we suffered from being without Reaper and Diazaslam who couldn’t make it to Adelaide for various reasons and ended up working Lass and Blocktopussy super hard in the jammer line up. With slightly less experience in the blocking line up – especially with Lass taken out of the blocking equation, we held our own, but couldn’t quite get in front. The final score was Murder City 155 – DHRs 125.

2014-06-08 10.34.01There was a bit of a break between games – time to watch more derby! Another wonderful thing about a huge tournament like TGSS was the chance to catch up with other derby friends – and I definitely caught up with a few. My favourite is of course Copter, so it was excellent to spend some time hanging out, watching games and talking derby together.

2014-06-08 11.58.10We watched the Blue Mountains take on Murder City – our only hope of getting through to the quarter finals was to have the Free Sisters beat Murder City and for us to then beat them afterwards. Sadly it was not to be, but it meant some of the pressure came off for our second game.

2014-06-08 12.16.30It is always fun to play the Blue Mountains and they were in excellent form. At the moment they have a consistent line up who plays each game, and I think that really helps in their teamwork – knowing exactly where each other is going to be on the track. In contrast, our tournament team had a few players who haven’t played so regularly in the DHR line-up, and, while we all train together, the lack of game-time together does make a bit of a difference. I was playing this game, leaving line-up managing duties in Wycked’s very capable hands. It was another tight, closely fought game with a few lead changes. With six minutes to go, after leading for quite a lot of the game, we were down 94 to 79 and, like in our first game against the Free Sisters this year, I was starting to think we wouldn’t do it. But just as with that game, we pulled it back and, in the very last jam with some awesome work on the track by blockers and jammer alike, we won 107-102. Much relief and celebration all round.

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One of the upsides of not having to play a quarter final that night was that we could celebrate with a post game beer – or four.

2014-06-08 17.25.48There was also some attempts to spell out VDL in people.

2014-06-08 17.00.49 Then we headed off for a team dinner. Some of the team were a little tired.

2014-06-08 19.38.28On Sunday it was back for more derby action, this time without having to worry about playing. We cheered for the Vice City Rollers as they took on Sun State in the morning’s semi final. While the VCRs fought hard – and special mention should go to Freudian Slit’s jamming – Sun State were relentlessly impressive and gave an exceptional demonstration of the fact that it is blockers who score the points. They both assisted their jammer and defended simultaneously and efficiently – it was beautiful to watch. Individually I don’t think there jammers were better than, or even perhaps as good as the VCR jammers, but the team play and coordination were outstanding.

Sebastian and I headed off for lunch, but made it back in time for the B Division grand final – S2D2 versus Reef City. Again another tight game, but Reef City were really good and kept on top of S2D2.

2014-06-09 16.40.24At half time in the game, the fire alarms went off and we were all evacuated.

There really were a lot of people there.

We had to take some compulsory evacuation shots.

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Finally we got to head back inside for the second half.

2014-06-09 17.19.37Reef City, a bit of a surprise to us south of Queensland, pushed through and ended up taking out the game convincingly: 225-140.

2014-06-09 18.15.55In between games, I found another Doc in the crowd!

2014-06-09 18.28.19It was very exciting to get to see a team the calibre of VRDL play, and Sun State were no disappointment either. The game was great and the blocking was fearsome. Sun State really had the measure of Mad Mel Arena and kept hitting her out and recycling her back – over and over. But with other jammers like Spruce Caribou in their line up VRDL kept on pushing through. It was close though and hard fought, but in the end VRDL took it out 197-168.

And so it was over. Derby played, derby watched, merch bought. Sebastian and I had a good time and look forward to our next tournament.

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