WARSAW – With the echoes of “kill, kill, kill” slicing through the Bone Yard, Killamazoo was out for blood Saturday night. No one was slain, but blood was boiling in a 192-94 Killamazoo win over the Bone City Rollers Saturday night in roller derby action at Eastlake Skate Center.
Possibly as aggressive as any team Bone City has seen this season, Killamazoo – the Derby Darlins from Kalamazoo – did very well all bout to block Bone City jams and were not afraid to throw shoulders and hips to help its cause.
Darlins’ Slay Valentine and One Hit Wanda opened up quick and elusive, scoring 19 and 17 points, respectively, and Wanda came back out to score another 14 her next run to make the score 50-13. Taking a 63-17 lead just over 10 minutes into the bout, the Darlins were able to continue the pace and stretch out a 131-42 lead at the break.
Wanda led all scorers with 65 points off jams while Makillda Wormwood also had a big night, scoring 63 points for the Darlins.
The Rollers were not able to pull within 90 points following the first jam of the second half. Yukon Nail-her was the top jammer for the home side with 46 points scored.
The bout was a tough one overall for the Rollers, who were frustrated by the lopsided score and even had a skater sent off during the bout. Having not been home for over three months, the team was hungry to put on a good show and were disappointed in the result.
“I don’t think Killamazoo was any more physical than some of the other teams, but their blockers were incredible and just came in and tore up our girls,” said Bone City’s Smashley Drewblood. “We couldn’t keep their jammers contained because their blocking was so good. But they were a very physical team.
Bone City partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the bout to help raise money for children’s charities. The team will help out at Sunday’s Day at the Lake at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds in volunteering roles.
“It was really exciting to join up with St. Jude,” stated Drewblood, who mentioned she has a daughter who goes to a children’s hospital. “So working with a children’s hospital is very special for me, and for a lot of our girls.”
Providing halftime entertainment was rapper @flostorm, who performed his track “When The Mic Is On”.
Bone City has three more scheduled bouts to wrap up the calendar year after this weekend. Sept. 26 will be the last home bout in hosting the Missfit Dolls at Eastlake. Oct. 17 will have the Rollers in Toledo to take on Glass City and Nov. 7 the Rollers will be in Lansing to battle the LCRD Mitten Mavens.