Welcome to another edition of Beef Stew. Head Coach Rose Beef returns to weigh in on last Saturday’s bout against HARD (Harrisburg Area Roller Deby).
As anticipated with a packed house of screaming fans, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (LVRG) brought an exciting season opening game to the track against Harrisburg Area Roller Derby’s (H.A.R.D.) Nuclear Knockouts this past Saturday.
The Lehigh Valley Hissy Fits took commanding control early in the first half, establishing a clear dominance that set the pace for the rest of the game. Veteran jammer, Vanilla CreamHer, along with second season jammers Lauranimal and Happy Feet, displayed exceptional focus and skill in racking up points to get LVRG an early lead in the first half of the game.
In the second half of the game, H.A.R.D. adjusted their approach and brought a more physically demanding game to the table. However, their strategy change did not come without an answer from LVRG. Heavy hitters Lin Diesel, Roxxy Fox and Levilin Levi responded to this intensified pressure from H.A.R.D. by strategically using their partnering skills to protect LVRG’s lead. Overall, this season opener introduced and reflected LVRG’s new attitude towards strength, commitment, and teamwork. The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls took home their first WFTDA sanctioned win against H.A.R.D. 155-136.
Looking ahead to the next game of the season, LVRG will be playing the Garden State Iron Bound Maidens on April 14th. Garden State has an unpredictability factor that LVRG will certainly need to respect. LVRG has not played Garden State in a few years; however, the teams have bouted some of the same opponents during the 2011 season.
In the past, both teams have won against the opponents, yet the point spreads have been significantly different. Pound for pound, both teams are equally matched in ability, experience, and strength. The deciding factor for this game on April 14th will rely heavily on the quickness of the jammers and each team’s strategical play.
Get your tickets early; we are expecting another packed house for this exciting game against Garden State.
Rose Beef, A1
Head coach of the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls
Next up be sure to look for The Corner Seat’s thoughts on the bout against HARD. We will be posting action photos and providing our take on the 2012 Lehigh Valley Rollergirls team. You can expect to read this sometime on Friday or Saturday as we will be busy cheering on the Iron Pigs along with our good friends Noise Nation at their season opener April 5th.
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