For those who missed the April 21 bout, you have some catching up to do for this weekend! Bout 3 brought big thrills and set the line-ups for the May 5 semifinals.
After Bout 3, the Rolling Pin-Ups are now in first place overall and will match up against the fourth place Cleveland Steamers in the semifinals. The Hellbombers, now in second place, will take on the third-place Hard Knockers.
Forget what you think you know about these four teams. May 5 will be anyone’s game. The Cleveland Steamers and Rolling Pin-Ups have a long history of exciting, down-to-the-wire match-ups. And while the Hellbombers beat the Hard Knockers in their last bout, the Hard Knockers owned the first half of that game and are ready to bring that intensity back to the track.
Cleveland Steamers vs. Hard Knockers
The Hard Knockers, using some incredible blocking skills, managed to hold the Steamers at 0 points for the first eight jams while they racked up an impressive 74 points, including a 25-point jam from Scarlet Go’Dancin and a 19-point jam from Premo Donna.
But a 23-point jam from Mauli-bu Barbie of the Cleveland Steamers was just what her team needed to get back in the game. Score at the half was Hard Knockers 98 – Cleveland Steamers 40.
But after half-time, the Hard Knockers again started strong, holding the Steamers at 40 points for the first six jams. The bout wouldn’t see anymore double-digit jams. But the Knockers consistently put up small chunks of points over and over to add up to a big victory. And while the Steamers didn’t win this bout, they did display one of the most impressive comebacks of the season, and showed they are not a team to take lightly.
Final score: Hard Knocker 151- Steamers 73.
Hellbombers vs. Rolling Pin-Ups
The Pin-Ups and Hellbombers have faced off in the Hazard Cup Championships the last two years in a row, creating a brewing rivalry between the two teams that came to a full boil April 21.
Fantastic defense for the first part of this bout from both teams made for a relatively low-scoring game. The Hellbombers maintained the lead for the first 12 jams, but managed to only put up 18 points during that time before the Pin-Ups tied things up.
The Pin-Ups maintained that lead through the rest of the first half, until the final jam. Mary Kaos of the Hellbombers put up 9 points and was the only jammer to make it through a second scoring pass the entire half. Score at the half was tied 36-36.
The Hellbombers reclaimed the lead for one jam in the second half, but after that, the Pin-Ups took over and never let go. A 10-point jam followed by a 13-point jam from Soul Eater really solidified the lead for the Pin-Ups, combined with strong defense to keep to the Hellbombers’ score low.
Final Score: Hellbombers 67 – Rolling Pin-Ups 122
Jammer: Maul-ibu Barbie
Blocker: Mrs. Lovehit
Jammer: Bad Mooney Rising
Pivot: Vendetta Farfalle
Jammer: Mae Burnya
Pivot: Dagney Taghurt
Blocker: Mandy Maggots