Fast start carries Oz Roller Girls to seventh straight win

OSWEGO — The Oz Roller Girls jumped out of a fast 40-4 lead and never looked back in topping the ManchVegas Roller Girls 150-100 for Oswego’s seventh straight victory.

A balanced scoring attack helped Oz improve its record to 9-2 in its debut season. Certified Public Assassin led the way with 38 points, followed by Crushed Red Pepper and Insane Assilem with 20 points each. J-Rock-It added 17, Mass Jennocide scored 16, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em 14, Cee Cee Boom 11, Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy 9 and Kannonball Kat-astrophe 5.

Chick Anery starred at jammer for ManchVegas, rolling up a team-high 46 points and winning lead in all 10 jams in which she was in this scoring role. Kutthroat Krystal added 23 points, Ima Menace 17, Trixi Driver 9 and Malice in Chains 5 for ManchVegas.

Oz established the tone and momentum on the first jam in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. Certified Public Assassin put up 20 points including four grand slams — when a jammer legally passes all five members of the opposing team — helped by solid blocking and defense by teammates Crushed Red Pepper, Kannonball Kat-astrophe, Rock ‘Em Sock’ Em and Short Fuse.

After Chick Anery scored 4 points for ManchVegas in the second jam, Oz countered in the third jam with another 20-point outburst. Crushed Red Pepper scored the points at jammer, with another four grand slams, boosted by a line of Certified Public Assassin, Insane Assilem, Mass Jennocide and Electric Sher.

Chick Anery broke through for nine points in the seventh jam to bring ManchVegas within 57-18, but J-Rock-It counted with an 11-point jam to build the Oz lead back up to 68-18.

Mass Jennocide’s eight-point jam put the Oz lead at 86-35, but ManchVegas closed the first half with back-to-back eight-point jams by Chick Anery and Kutthroat Krystal to pull within 94-51 at intermission.

The two teams traded points back and forth much of the second half until Certified Public Assassin put things away with a 14-point jam near the end of the bout for a 150-92 Oz lead.

J-Rock-It took Most Valuable Player honors for Oz, while blocker Acute Pain earned MVP for ManchVegas.

Oz will wrap up its first-ever season by hosting Central New York rivals Assault City Roller Derby’s Battery Brigade, from Syracuse, on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. Advance-sale tickets cost $13 for trackside VIP seating ($15 at the door), with general admission tickets costing $8 ($10 at the door). Admission is $3 for children 12 and under.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Oz will offer free admission to veterans, those actively serving in the armed forces, police officers, firefighters and those working ambulance services.

Proceeds from the Sept. 10 bout will benefit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a local organization that is a founding co-member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. Reva Rollerdrome’s Jam Skaters will provide halftime entertainment.

For more information or tickets, visit ozrollergirls.com.