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Roller Derby: SLC Beats Las Vegas

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Saturday, June 27, Salt Palace: The Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls from (where else?) Las Vegas returned to Utah to exact revenge on the Salt City Derby Girls’ all-star Shakers team for a 20-point defeat in the 2008 roller-derby season. This time, Sin City was focused and out for blood, working the Shakers for everything they had for two edge-of-the-seat periods of fast and hard-hitting action.

Sin City scored first, but Shaker England’s Glory soon put Salt Lake in the lead with one of what would become dozens of her point-grabbing jams. On the defensive front, Sin City knocked the Shakers around with some of the most effective and brutal strategies the ladies have ever faced, and Vegas’ jammers narrowed the point spread at every opportunity.

In such an intense and emotional game, it was only a matter time before a skater was ejected by a referee, and that skater was Sin City captain Skid, wading into a no-win confrontation with SCDG head ref Collin DeShotz and being sent off the track for the remainder of the first half. Back on the track, Shaker NOS was racking up points, nearly matched by Sin City jammer Shirley Demise.

At the half, Salt Lake led Las Vegas 51-35.

Vegas rallied hard in early in the second half, with jammer Pearly Gates turning in a 13-point run that would eventually snowball and put Sin City in the lead. But only briefly: Once again, England’s Glory took the game back, which would soon be tied at 69-69 (yes, really). Salt Lake’s NOS broke the tie, only to have that lead taken back by Vegas’ Shirley Demise; the score see-sawed back-and-forth at a dizzying rate for several jams until the Shakers finally secured a 10-point comfort zone (or as comfortable as they could get against Sin City’s unrelenting defensive attack).

After Vegas’ Bruce Killis and Salt Lake’s Beracooter were both ejected for penalties and misconduct in the bout’s final minutes, the Salt City Shakers made it a deuce with their second victory in two years over the Sin City Rollergirls, 102-81.

Next Salt City Derby Girls bout: Saturday, Aug. 15, with reigning SCDG champions Leave It to Cleavers taking on the Death Dealers at the Salt Palace in downtown SLC. Info and tickets: SLCDerby.com.

Read SCDG's Veronica Scars take on the bout. Shots from Saturday’s game by Mark Alston:

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