TCDG was well represented at the Great Midwest Mashup this weekend. The roller derby event was the first of its kind in Springfield, IL, and brought together skaters from across the country. While the event also featured sanctioned MRDA bouts for the male skaters, women participated in a round robin tournament in which skaters from various leagues skated together in mash-up teams. Seven skaters from TCDG participated in the tournament, skating on the red, blue and black teams.
The first match up was red vs. blue first thing on Saturday morning. The bout pitted Lil’ Booty, Lisa Hatchet and Nikita, against Houchebag, Emme Mortal and Regina S.P.E.C.T.R.E.. The score was extremely tight, but red eventually emerged the victor. The second bout on Saturday afternoon introduced the black team, which included Natty Slice, in a match up with red. This bout was also close throughout, but red was again able to triumph. The third bout on Saturday evening ended in an upset as blue hit their stride and eked out a solid victory against black.
Throughout the weekend our own Head NSO, the Beav, coordinated NSO duties with her usual professionalism and aplomb, working with volunteers from a variety of leagues. TCDG tech guy Wrath of Jon not only covered scoreboard operator duties, but provided tech support to the event, quickly upgrading the live stream to sport a slick score overlay.
Day 2’s championship bout (a rematch of red vs. blue) started with a strong lead from the red team, but red fell behind in the second half, and when the final whistle blew, blue had a solid victory and were awarded the tournament title!
TCDG was well represented amongst MVPs over the course of the weekend, with Houchebag and Natty Slice awarded MVJ trophies on Day 1, and Emme Mortal taking MVB for the championship game. The tournament MVP award, the “Spirit of the Midwest” award, went home with our own Houchebag.
–report filed by Nikita