It was the bout that almost didn’t happen.
When we arrived at Cherry City’s Mad House to start setting up, the power was out. It was an extremely windy day, and Pacific Gas and Electric said it had so many outages, it couldn’t really predict when the lights would come back on. No electricity means no derby.
We had to make a final decision at 6 p.m. (when the bout was scheduled to start). Until then, we waited — chatting with teammates, reconnecting with old friends, helping each other put on scary makeup. PG&E had sent someone out, so there was hope. Just as we were about to give up and head straight to the after-party, the lights came on!
You’ve never seen 24 skaters and seven referees gear up and start rolling faster than we did. By 6:30, we were ready for the first whistle, and the game was on.
Sick Town’s home teams split into a black and a white team for this bout, with guest skaters from Cherry City (Ms. Infidel) and Lava City (Juice Nukem, Mama Natrix and Nori Spekt) joining in the fun.
The white team got off to an early lead, and maintained it throughout the bout, while the black team worked toward a comeback. At halftime, white was ahead by 20 points, but that was the closest black would come. The final score was 202 to 168, a hard-fought victory for the white team after a second-half rally by black.
MVP awards went to jammers Ms. Infidel and Swagger Jackie, and blockers Luna Tixs and Nori Spekt. Many thanks to Cherry City, Lava City, PG&E, and all of our officials and volunteers.