The Seaside Siren Roller Girls emerged victorious after taking on the Kent Roller Girls on Saturday (22nd February) at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre in the first game of the season.
The Seaside Sirens have been training hard to ensure a winning start to their fourth year of playing competitively and kick started 2014 with a game that was guaranteed to be hard and tactical.
Jammers, Gail (Force Ten Gail) Heather, Jade (Killer Bite) O’Neill, and Ellie (Ella-Gnaw) Punter fought through strong walls to put initial points on the board while the Sirens blockers formed strong dynamic walls to hold the Kent jammers back. An early power jam in the first jam, saw Force Ten Gail rack up 22 points.
April O’Steel for Kent put the first points on the board in the third jam but was quickly closed down by being sent to the penalty box, giving Killer Bite the chance to gain points in a power jam, although coming up against strong, defensive walls.
Acid Trip for Kent Roller Girls proved tough to hold back, with her strength and drive forcing the Sirens to stay tight and close her down, but she gained lead jammer over Killer Bite who was recycled to the back of the pack by Kent’s blockers.
Force Ten Gail’s speed and agility really came into play when Kent’s Diagnosis Mauler picked up lead jammer with Gail breaking through the pack shortly afterwards, chasing down Mauler and forcing her to call the jam off before she scored any points. Pack speed remained fast, forcing all skaters on the track to be light on their feet and think quickly.
At the end of the first half, the score stood at 124 to the Sirens and 41 to Kent.
In the second half, Kent continued to nip at the heels of the Sirens lead while both teams racked up penalties leaving blockers depleted and giving jammers better scope to get through and put points on the board.
Hula Gunn spent the game providing super offense for her jammers, ensuring the Sirens stayed in the lead while her blocking with Katy Peril and The Bexorcist remained formidable.
The final score was 233 to the Seaside Sirens and 125 to the Kent Roller Girls.
And the award winners were delighted to be presented with the Sirens newest medals, engraved with the game and date details!
Kent Roller Girls Best Blocker: Whizz Skid
Kent Roller Girls Best Jammer: Acid Trip
Kent Roller Girls Most Valuable Player: Demi Lition
Sirens Best Blocker: Katy Peril
Sirens Best Jammer: Ella-Gnaw
Sirens Most Valuable Player: Frocky Balboa
The Seaside Sirens will continue their bouting season by taking on Newcastle Roller Girls The Canny Belters on Saturday 29th March at their home venue, Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre visit www.seasidesirens.co.uk for more information.
Photo © Andrew Sims