By Jess de Groot
The Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) played their first roller derby game of the 2015 season this past weekend in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. ACRG brought a team of 13 all-star players to take on the Snake Pit Derby Dames in a high-energy, action packed game of roller derby. This was the first time these two strong, hard-hitting teams have competed. ACRG knew this would be a very challenging game going in but were eager to start the season off with good competition.
The intensity of the game was high right from the first whistle and the score remained close for most of the first period. Snake Pit came out hard with strong jammers and effective defensive blocking. ACRG’s blockers worked together to cyclone in front of the Snake Pit jammers to keep them in the pack. It was a test for the ACRG jammers to prove their skills in agility and strength, working against the Snake Pit blockers in order to score points.
This being the first game of the season, ACRG had to work out some jitters and get back into competition mode again. They fell into penalty trouble at times during the game, but regrouped in order to close an almost 40 point lead late in the second half. Blockers focused on quick switches between defense and offense in order to keep ACRG jammers scoring points. Unfortunately, ACRG was unable to successfully gain a lead Snake Pit took the win 195-168.
For more information on the league, photos and game details, visits their website at fernierollerderby.com.