The match up between The Fury and Double Crossers was a night of firsts and a slugfest of epic proportions. Long time All-Star favorite, Yvette YourMaker, made her Fury comeback while the team also welcomed rookies Janicide Joplin, Slammy Sosa and Tomy Knockers to the track. Redheaded ruffian Go-Go Hatchet came onto the track skating for The Fury under the new ghetto pseudonym Ol’ Drrrty Go-Go. The Double Crossers came into the bout all skating under the name Hammer in honor of their fallen comrade, Yvonne Johnson Hammer, and were all introduced during their intro as such. The rematch between last seasons Ivy King Cup finalists was shaping up to be a real barnburner.
Right out of the gates, both teams’ blockers were mangling the jammers as they burned through the pack. The physical play was tough, landing Fury jammer Kola Loka in the penalty box for a major blocking to the back penalty in the first jam. Double Crossers blocker Georgia on Yer Behind and The Fury’s Sargentina were landing monolithic hits with extreme prejudice and had no issues controlling the pack. Kola Loka came out of the box and exploded through her scoring pass to give the Fury and early 5-0 lead.
Hitting and scoring was back and forth early on in the first half. Both teams were creating amazing opportunities for their jammers. The Fury was stacking Red Zeppelin, T.S. Helliot, ODGG, Take Out Box, Yvette YourMaker and Carnage Wilson against the Double Crosser jammers with excellent success. While the Double Crossers had the black wall of Georgia on Yer Behind, Norma Lee Wright, and Sassy Squash, which was nearly impregnable, The Fury proved to have a deeper jammer pool and the one-two combination of Kola Loka and Jackie Daniels was a deciding factor in the overall win. Relying on solid blocking, the Double Crossers were leaning mostly on Indycent and Julia Rosenwinkel to handle the bulk of jammer duties.
The Fury set precedence in the first half with lots of jammer-on-jammer action behind the pack and a mountain of points racked up by Kola Loka, Jackie Daniels and crew. The Double Crossers were working hard to keep the points pace but couldn’t react to the positional hitting that The Fury was dishing out and the half ended with The Fury up 63-24.
The beatings intensified after halftime and both teams were right back to dishing out serious punishment. Take Out Box made her jamming debut of the night for The Fury and scored an impressive Grand Slam. ODGG and Red Zeppelin were handing out hits left and right as Julia Rosenwinkel and Indycent worked their way through the pack. Ska Face brought her A-Game to the table and scored a Grand Slam after exploding off the line and blowing through the pack unscathed. Tomy Knockers took the track for the first time ever, and coupled with excellent blocking, scored nine points putting The Fury up 77-27.
Shortly thereafter, Double Crossers jammer Julia Rosenwinkel went down hard after a nerve-racking hit. A few silent moments passed as she was helped off the track by the medical staff and the referees ended the jam. The Crossers called on Joanie Utah and Karmageddon to help with jamming and even though The Fury continued to run Kola Loka, Jackie Daniels, Ska Face and Tomy Knockers through the pack, the Crossers started to mount a comeback.
Indycent, Joanie Utah and first-time jammer Dame Over scored impressive, multiple Grand Slams and brought the Crossers to within 16 points with only 2:49 left, and the score was set at 100-84. With the bout turning into a nail biter, The Fury showed why they are the defending champs and shut down the Crossers point-scoring production. Kola Loka and Jackie Daniels continued to put points on the board and heads-up blocking by T.S. Helliot and Sargentina held the Crossers at bay. The Fury kept the lead and beat the Double Crossers 128-84 to extend their winning streak to 7-0. Kola Loka was named Player of the Game after scoring 55 points for her team. The Fury take on the Manic Attackers, the last team they lost to back in the 2010 season opener, while the Double Crossers face the Hell’s Belles on Feb. 13 at the UIC Pavilion.