We are the champions
After turning away rabid action-seekers all season, the Brewcity Bruisers moved downtown for the 2010 Championship, filling the US Cellular Arena with a rumored (we’re still waiting for the official number) 2600+ screaming (and drinking—word is that many of the concession stands ran out of beer) fans. While the Bruisers didn’t quite reach their target of setting the modern indoor derby attendance record of 5,703 (set by Seattle’s Rat City Rollers), it was still a history-making night for the four-year-old league.
Referee Machete Holiday informed the announcers that every championship bout in BCB history had been decided by eight points or less, and for the majority of the Rushin’ Rollettes/Shevil Knevils tilt, it looked as if the trend would continue. The Rollettes rallied from an early 21-point deficit to take a lead that switched back and forth numerous times before the scintillating Socialists pulled ahead for good during the final moments to clinch their third championship, 78-59. While the story for the Rollettes most of the year has been their high-octane offense (led by scoring hurricane Rhoda Ruin), the championship bout was a defensive affair. Pound Anya had perhaps her best bout of the season for the red and camouflage, effectively shutting down Shevils jammer Femeldehyde nearly every time she donned the star.
Check out the action-packed photo gallery from our friend William Thomas (covar152 on flickr), and don’t forget—the derby action doesn’t end just because the home season is over. Head back to the Milwaukee County Sports Complex on May 22 and 23 for the invitational Midwest Brewhaha! Nearly 20 teams affiliated with the Womens’ Flat Track Derby Association and other leagues from across the United States and Canada will descend on Ryan Road in Franklin, WI to face off in 20 hard-hitting inter-league bouts. It’s a rare opportunity to see what the rest of North American roller derby has to offer, right in our own backyard! Don’t miss it.