Ch Ch Ch Changes….the 2013 RCR home season
RCR fans have seen some awesome developments during the 2013 home season, and those changes started right from the season opener. That freezing night in January fans got to see how the new “no minors” and “1 whistle start” rules would affect game play, and were entertained by the newly formed Purple Reign pep squad. Fans were also treated to a huge win for the High Rollers over 2012 champs Break Neck Betties with a final score of HR 214, BB 156. In addition to the High Rollers’ win, Guns N Rollers also started a record season off with a win over the Heartless Heathers 186-148.
GNR’s season rolled on with 2 more wins over the Betties and the High Rollers. GNR players also took the top spots on RCR’s list of most jams and most points scored during the season (See the rest of the list HERE). GNR’s fan Lisa! Describes a favorite moment from the season on the RCR forum, “My favorite moment (sorry Betties, I love you too) was when GNR vs. Bettie’s bout. GNR was like 80 points down at the half and came back squeaking by with the win by 3? I had several heart attacks and no voice the next day. That’s some 1st class derby, and an inspiration to never lose faith.” And, of course there are the hard hits served up by Scald Eagle during the season that are all over YouTube. Those are the things that keep GNR fans rocking the devil horns and coming back for more. For the first time, GNR is the top-seeded home team, and fans can’t wait to see how the team does at Champs.
Another major change this season involved the Break Neck Betties: RCR’s 3 time champions, the Betties, had a difficult season, but through it all, their fans were dying hard. The following quote came off the forum, from fan Bettiespoet, “As a general observation, I was really concerned at the start of the season with the amount of turnover the Betties experienced, particularly with the loss of Soulfearic Acid. I’ve been bolstered and encouraged by the spirit and sizzle my team has continued to bring to their bouts, due to many factors including the rise of Mayhem, the return of Licker and Chestnutz, the continued ‘in your face’ of Scrappy, the formidable Sixpack… I could go on and on and on… In a nutshell, the Betties still bring it!” The Betties fought hard all season and gave fans some great derby action with Scrappy Go Lucky and Ripley taking the #2 and #3 spots of most penalties for the season.
In addition to the game action, Purple Reign came out to make the fan experience even better. Purple Reign hands out specially written cheers for each team at bouts and leads fans in screaming cheers for their team. The ladies of the pep squad also get fans involved in impromptu dance parties. (Of course Napoleon Blownapart can always be counted on for this too!)
All in all, the 2013 season has been a wild ride that will conclude on June 8 at the Rose Garden. We will find out who gets the #1 spot (GNR or High Rollers) as the Heartless Heathers and Break Neck Betties battle for #3. Get tickets HERE
Written by Kelley Gravelle
Kelley is a Wrecker and derby super fan. When she isn’t showing her warface for the Break Neck Betties, she is raising two teenagers to follow the derby community’s “don’t be a douchebag” rule in life.