The 2016 Boston Roller Derby home team season closed out with an exciting doubleheader on Oct. 22, which the Cosmonaughties kicked off by solidly taking third place in their matchup against the Nutcrackers. The second game of the night—the championship battle—was a test of endurance between two skilled teams with heavy hitters, quick-footed jammers and deep benches of veteran experience mixed with rookie talent. The audience in Shriners Auditorium was held in anticipation until the final whistle when the Harbor Horrors pulled an upset over the Wicked Pissahs in a thrilling finale.
The Harbor Horrors had a 2-2 season record, while the Wicked Pissahs entered undefeated. The game started off with back-to-back power jams in the first jam of the game, as Stevie Nixher picked up a penalty for the Pissahs but was quickly followed to the box by the Horrors’ Flyin’ King. The jam ended 10-5 in favor of the Horrors, setting the tone for a tight back-and-forth game, with power jams repeatedly dropping lead changes.
The game remained tensely close, with the Horrors only holding a 3-point lead over the Pissahs at the end of the first half. The Pissahs, perhaps inspired by Gunpowder Gelatine’s cover of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” during the halftime show, started to pull away with a more comfortable lead in the second period.
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But power jams continued to swing the momentum back and forth. With less than six minutes remaining in the game, Rainbow Crash delivered multiple scoring passes on a power jam against a scrambling Pissah defense—tightening her opponent’s margin to just a single point. The Pissahs continued to hold onto a narrow lead, but quickly lost it when Stevie Nixher was sent to the box and Flyin’ King was handed a power start. King skillfully maneuvered around blockers to deliver a lead change and a small point advantage for the Horrors, which the Pissahs weren’t able to overcome before the final whistle. The Harbor Horrors won 182-177, marking their third championship title in Boston Roller Derby’s history.
“This year’s Fez championship was an incredible game! The Pissahs are a very tough opponent,” beamed Harbor Horrors Co-Captain MC Slamher. “The Horrors have put in a lot of work, but we also had a lot of fun this season. It was great to end on such a close game. We fought hard for that win!”
Many thanks to all of the friends, fans, family and volunteers for making this such a successful night and for supporting Boston Roller Derby throughout the season. See you in 2017!
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3rd Place Game: 220 – 155 (Cosmos)
1st Place Game: 182 – 177 (Horrors)
Most Valuable Jammer: Jackie K.O. (Cosmos)
Most Valuable Blocker: Firefly (Cosmos)
Most Valuable Jammer: Flyin’ King (Horrors)
Most Valuable Blocker: Boston CreamHer (Horrors)
Most Valuable Jammer: Stevie Nixher (Pissahs)
Most Valuable Blocker: Sweet Enemy (Pissahs)
Most Valuable Jammer: Mandi Marino (Nuts)
Most Valuable Blocker: Moxi Moonwalk (Nuts)
FINAL HOME TEAM RANKINGS
Harbor Horrors: 1st Place (3-2)
Wicked Pissahs: 2nd Place (4-1)
Cosmonaughties: 3rd Place (3-2)
Nutcrackers: 4th Place (0-5)
CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES WON BY TEAMS
Wicked Pissahs: 6 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Harbor Horrors: 3 (2013, 2014, 2016)
Cosmonaughties: 1 (2015)
Nutcrackers: 1 (2009)