After being on the road since March, the Hissy Fits returned to their home track Saturday, June 11 to take on the Steel City B-Unit from Pittsburgh. In a battle of the steel cities Lehigh Valley took the lead early in the bout and never looked back. Jammers Vanilla CreamHer, V-Diva, Level’in Levi and Loogie Vuitton racked up the points and kept the lead throughout the match.
Midway through the first period the Hissy Fits held a commanding 37 – 18 lead and by the close of the period the score was 78-43. The pace was fast and the hits were hard, bodies slammed to the wooden floor of the Independence family fun center to the delight of the near capacity crowd.
Halftime entertainment was provided by local thrash/ metal band Apocryfiend. The music was loud and aggressive which helped to keep the intensity level high. Several raffles were conducted throughout the course of the event. There was a 50/50 raffle, an entrance ticket raffle and a drawing for an incredible painting created by a member of LVRG. I will admit that I secretly wanted to win the painting more than anything and when it went unclaimed and tickets continued to be drawn I held out hope I might get lucky, but alas it wasn’t to be this time. There is a lucky fan out there with a great piece of original roller derby art for their wall courtesy of a talented member of the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls.
As usual the merchandise table offered a wide selection of derby swag for purchase and noticeable at this bout was the availability of merchandise from the opposing team. I picked up another Lehigh Valley T-Shirt as well as one from Steel City. There is something for just about everyone at the merchandise table from shot glasses to rally towels, stickers, and hats. Consider treating yourself or grabbing a gift for someone else. The sale of these items helps ensure roller derby has the funds to continue bringing the action to your city and cities nationwide.
After the half, the second quarter started strong with a combo punch from all Jammers in quick succession raising Lehigh Valley’s lead to a staggering 129 – 43 by the 16:50 mark. Pittsburgh was able to regain a handful of points but could not overcome the deficit and fell to Lehigh Valley with a final score of 187 – 65 recorded.
MVP awards were presented to Jammers Vanilla CreamHer of Lehigh Valley and Pittsburgh’s Death Cake for Cutie. The awards were fashioned by hand entirely out of metal and featured a rotating skate with skull and crossbones atop a star shaped base. They are the creation of Jamie Dean (aka Mr. Level’in Levi) of Xtreme Lowz. For custom metal work or low rider modifications contact him at: 484-255-7504. Tell him you heard about his work from us!
Some notes about the bout, first of all hats off to the entire team of skaters, administrative staff and NSOs for an extremely well organized bout. Learning from past issues when dealing with a capacity crowd; the team made some adjustments both inside and outside of the venue. Separate entrances were added for pre-purchased tickets/will call and those wishing to buy their tickets at the door. This change eliminated congestion upon entering the arena and fans were able to calmly make their way to their seats.
Press areas were also clearly delineated and kept separate from the crowd, several media outlets were able to work in tandem without getting in one another’s way and fans were not underfoot of the press and their equipment. Fans were well behaved and stayed behind marked areas.
Another change implemented this bout was the decision not to allow fans to bring in outside seating or large coolers which in turn created clear pathways for fans to easily walk around to purchase merchandise and food as well as enabling access to the exits and restrooms.
Proceeds from this match benefitted local animal rescue organization the Cat Shack. The Cat Shack is a non-profit, no kill rescue group whose mission is to end feline over population while finding loving homes for abandoned and neglected cats. Please consider fostering a cat, adoption or a monetary donation. For additional information visit: www.thecatshack.com
Next stop for the LVRG is next Saturday’s indiemade craft market at the Bethlehem Municipal Skating Rink located on Illick’s Mill Rd in Bethlehem, PA. Stop by and congratulate your favorite Rollergirl(s) on their victory while browsing funky handmade wares. http://www.indiemadecraftmarket.com/
Tickets are now available for LVRG’s next home bout which will be held on July 16, 2011 at Independence Family Fun Center in Schnecksville. Catch the action as The Hissy Fits take on New Hampshire. Get your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/178039
For more information on Apocryfiend check out their Reverb Nation page: http://www.ReverbNation.com/Apocryfiend
All photographs courtesy of the Corner Seat’s exclusive photographer the supremely talented Ruth Rohrer. No images may be reproduced or republished without expressed permission.