Captain Lazer Beam, and Co-captain Boo D. Livers of the Pistolwhippers:
Detroit Area Dork: What are you thinking about that bout right now?Lazer Beam: I'm happy about it. I thought we did really well. I think we played a very good game.
Boo D. Livers: I agree.
D: What do you think the other team did well?L: They have good jammers, and they play good defense. They're just a good team. They're the defending champions. Since I've been a Pistolwhipper we've never beat them, in three seasons. They're just good.
B: I think they're tenacious. They work hard. They did a good job.
D: How would you asses how your team did tonight?L: I think they did excellent. I'm proud of them. I told them when we got down in the locker room, "If I ever have to get in a street fight, I want you ladies with me". I think they did really good. I'm proud of them.
B: They're going to the championship and we only lost to them by like 20 points, but we hung with them. What it tells me is that next season, we're setting us up really well, and I'm excited about that.
D: Now that the season is over for you, how would you sum it up?B: I think we had some bad luck at the beginning of the season. A lot of our jammers disappeared, and we were trying to develop blockers into jammers, and they're getting there, but it was a big transition. I think next year, get a few more jammers, get some more jammer experience, and we're going to do really well.
L: I agree with that. I was the only returning jammer from last season. Sam and Uhura were both rookies last season, and they were blockers. They really stepped up this year.
D: Does your practice schedule change between now and next season?L: What happens now is we get to share practices with the teams that are going to the playoffs. We didn't have any alone practices for the rest of the year. However, the Whippers have more girls than any other team on the two travel teams, so they'll still be practicing. We also have a couple of girls that skate with the Wreckers. Hopefully they'll take advantage of league practice, come to the open travel and MCDL practices.
B: We're hope the momentum of our close games all season will keep people skating all summer, so we can come back even stronger. We've been building and building all year. There's a lot of good things, and we just want to keep it going.
D: I have to ask, how many penalties did you (Boo) get tonight?B: I got five.
L: Boo is a very aggressive player, and she stands out a lot. I think more girls in our league should skate at her level, and not skate down. We had a bout in Indianapolis with the allstar travel team, and she only went to the penalty box twice.
B: I seem to do pretty well on away games.
D: Did anyone on the team get more than five penalties?B: I don't think so.
D: You didn't have to think about that too long, did you?B: No. At one point I had four, and everyone else had zero or one.
L: We made adjustments at halftime. We made some adjustments to the line, and it worked in the second half.
B: The team worked together to cover it. I really appreciate that.
Bout 10: The Devil's Night Dames versus the D-Funk Allstars
League President, and member of D-Funk, Tinja:
Detroit Area Dork: What are your initial thoughts on that bout?Tinja: I thought it was a lot of fun. I think the Dames came in with a lot of heart, and proved that in the first half that they were hungry for a win.
D: How do you account for the change in momentum towards the end of the game?T: At halftime we definitely realized that we were up for a challenge. We went back to basics. We had also been working on a couple of different strategies and plays, and just relied on the fundamentals. Didn't try to get too distracted, and also tried to stay out of penalty trouble.
D: I don't think there was a lot of penalties. The most any player got was three.T: It was definitely either a cleaner game for both teams, or the stars and the moon aligned, and it was just a "let's play derby and have fun" game.
D: You're going to be playing the Dames again in the Grudge Match. What did you seen in this team that you need to prepare for in the next month?T: I can definitely see the hard work that they've been putting in all season. Great positional blocking. I know I got caught up on a couple of Dames' butts in the back. Some personal stuff that I need to work on as a jammer, but I saw great communication from them, and D-Funk is going to have to bring it at the grudge match. Bring it with love.
League Vice President, and member of the Devil's Night Dames, Tess Tackles:
Detroit Area Dork: What are your initial thoughts on that bout?Tess Tackles: We fought really hard. We had been working together a lot more. We had tight walls. We wanted to be a force to be reckoned with, and I think that we were, definitely, for the first half. Then the second half, we lost a little bit of steam. We had some party jams, where we got to throw in some different jammers, so that was a lot of fun. Always keeping a positve attitude.
D: The score was just four points apart at one point, and then D-Funk just took off. What happened to your team?T: We had a little penalty trouble. Our walls drifted apart a little bit, and the D-Funk jammers were just barreling through.
D: Same opponent for the Dames in the Grudge Match. What did you see in D-Funk that you need to prepare for?T: I think we'll have tighter walls. We'll also have Yo-yo and Catch [La Fever] back, which I think will be a benefit to us because we were little short. So just keep up the momentum, keep up the tight walls, and stop them barrelers, those jammers that were just busting through without us even getting the chance to block. We're going to stop them next time.
All photos by Dan Bachorik
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