This weekend Skate Free or Die competed at their first East Coast Derby Extravaganza. ECDX is an annual meeting that this year featured more than a thousand skaters competing in 49 bouts across three rinks!
By Justice Feelgood Marshall
River City (17E) played their second game of the day just about 5 hours after beating Central NY in the Saturday opener; their opponent was a fresher New Hampshire (24E). The story of this one was River City playing catch up for their entire 60 minutes; they fell into an early hole but pulled to within 44-30 with 10 minutes left in the first. They once against allowed NHRD to open up the lead by the intermission, but rallied again in the second half to get it down to 146-110 with 10 minutes to play and 156-129 with 5 minutes to play.
NHRD did an effective job of killing crucial clock time over the next few jams, and with under two minutes to play New Hampshire was up 162-133; there was no lead jammer call on the final jam. Although River City just happened to have the brand-new single-jam record holder on the floor with Julia Bondage jamming, that 29 point gap was too much to overcome without a power jam advantage, and New Hampshire took the WFTDA rankings upset, 169-142.
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