This past weekend, the Kansas City Roller Warriors lit the fuse on their 2018 season at Memorial Hall in KCK, and what a night it was. The crowd was phenomenal, the competition was better than the final scores reflect, and this outstanding league has given us plenty to look forward to in the new year.
The first bout of the night featured the Dreadnought Dorothys, who went undefeated last year right up until the Rink of Fire, taking on the always-formidable Victory Vixens — and it was just like the days of old when the red, white, and blue were the only ones capable of putting up a fight against the Ruby Reds.
Drop the house!
And was it ever a fight throughout. The scrappy Vixens took it to the Dorothys every step of the way, but couldn’t keep up with the Dorothys’ defense, which held them to only 47 points in the first half. The All-Americans trailed by 102 at halftime and eventually dropped the game by a final score of 232-120, taking them to 0-1 on the season, while the Dorothys notched a win to bring them to 1-0.
The second bout of the night featured one of the perennial rivalries in KCRW, the Black Eye Susans and the Knockouts. The BES are, of course, coming off their 2017 Rink of Fire championship win after only going 3-3 on the season, and the Knockouts are looking to rebound after a 2-4 season that frankly left something to be desired.
Not this year.
Well, the KOs have delivered on that ambition in spades thus far. They pulled ahead of the Black & Yellow 67-28 less than halfway through the first period and wound up outscoring them more than 2-1 by the time it was all over, final score 283-141. Although the Susans looked ferocious in their 2018 debut (with a slew of promising new faces and a couple of returning legends), the Knockouts’ explosive offense proved to be a little too much on this occasion, and the BES fell to 0-1 on the season.
After this season’s inaugural bout, we have two undefeated teams and two thus-far winless teams:
Dreadnought Dorothys: 1-0
Black Eye Susans: 0-1
Victory Vixens: 0-1
KCRW’s next bout is January 20th, so mark your calendars and be sure to join us as the 2018 season continues.