The final home bout for the Gotham Girls this year did not disappoint.
Both sides brought some serious skills to the track. The Bronx had a ton of raw horsepower. Bonnie Thunders and Luna Impact in particular were wickedly fast—I don’t think I ever saw a Queens jammer beat them off the line. Beyonslay, as always, put in a stellar blocking performance. I’m sure most folks are familiar with her active blocking skills, but where she really shone Saturday was her positional blocking. Once you get behind Beyonslay, you stay behind Beyonslay.
The Queens weren’t exactly slacking in the individual performance department either. Cheapskate was the Queen to watch, with mad blocker-evading skills all night long. Suzy Hotrod proved to be fearsome as well: where Cheapskate would bob and weave to cut through the pack, on more than one occasion, Suzy would smash right through it. (Remind me never to get in her way.)
What tipped the game, as always, was the teams’ ability to pull together. The Queens managed to discombobulate the Bronx more often than not. About two jams out of every three saw the Bronx’s jammer getting tangled up in the pack, while Cheapskate zipped around or Suzy Hotrod crashed through. By the half, the score was 100–37 Queens, and they held on to that lead. Despite an exciting 20-point jam by Bonnie Thunders, the game ended 161–113.
Congratulations to the Queens of Pain, the 2008 GGRD champions!