Steel Hurtin’, Blitzburgh Bombers Wrap Up Undefeated Home Seasons Over Dairyland and Little Steel
by Michael Frighten’d
Pittsburgh, PA — The fans at Romp ‘n’ Roll in Glenshaw, PA have come to expect victories for the Steel City Derby Demons in 2012 and looked for more as the Steel Hurtin’, coming off some well-fought losses on the road to top teams and a home victory against close rival Detroit, took on the Dairyland Dolls of Madison, WI as the Blitzburgh Bombers battled their sometime training mates, the Little Steel Derby Girls of Youngstown, OH on a breezy summer evening. Little Steel looked to repeat last season’s 155-113 victory over the Bombers but the hometown squad repaid them with interest, 158-61. Later, the North Central League’s 10th-ranked Mad Rollin’ Dolls travel team, the Dairyland Dolls met their match in Steel Hurtin’, going down 322-94 in a hard-hitting wild affair. Both Steel City teams capped off undefeated 2012 home seasons by leading their respective bouts from whistle to whistle.
Bout Recap: Steel Hurtin’ and B-Unit spar with Detroit
Pittsburgh, PA–Steel City Roller Derby welcomed Detroit Derby Girls All Stars and Detroit’s Motor Disassembly Line in the 4th doubleheader of the season and a memorable night of roller derby.
B-unit vs. Motor City Disassembly Line
Motor City Disassembly Line came out in jam 1 like a popcorn kernel in a hot-oiled pan: firing. This, one of the most intense bouts I’ve seen, matched only by the next game between the Steel Hurtin’ and the Detroit Derby Girls All-Stars, was a glimpse into derby at its finest. Both teams were well matched for the other and points gained in hard-earned nibblets.
Intensity ran high in the opening jam of the night, with Smel U, a rookie player, taking the jammer line for Steel City’s B-unit. She sidled up against Kraken Whips, captain of the Motor City Disassembly Line. B-unit stacked their blocker wall with long-time veteran, and smart, cool-headed player, Miss Ill, in her last game before retirement. She paired with a formidable wall of Busty Brawler, Inna Gadda Da Beatcha and rookie, Auntie Establishment. This wall was caught off-guard, however, by Kraken Whip’s speed and toughness as she made it out of the pack first, but not before Miss Ill made her earn that lead jammer status, working her over on the inside line. Detroit came out firing in a jam rotation of Kraken Whips, Pish Posh, Midnight Vulture and Swift Justice, a blocker regularly, but tonight she stole the show racking up most of Detroit’s points. B-Unit kept a steady jammer rotation beginning with Smel U, McShovin, River Kyx and a secret attack later in the game by London Blitz.
Wrexie Mae Hughes also made her bouting debut for the B-Unit.
Name: Vicious Virus
Team Affiliation: Blitzburgh Bombers
Position(s): Blocker, Jammer, Pivot- Blocker
Committee Involvement: Safety and Bout Production (Member)
Athletic Background: gymnastics
Origin of Skater Name: I wanted H1N1 as my number so that came first. After trying to figure out some flu type of name that wasn’t already taken my former boss actually suggested Vicious Virus to me.
Day Job: UPMC Phlebotomist
Favorite Food: Indian
Hobbies: I work and do derby and am a mom I have no time for hobbies!
Special Talent: I am ambidextrous
Tidbit: I am so glad to be a part of such a wonderful group of strong women. Being a part of derby has had a positive influence on not only mine but my daughters life as well. I love to be able to do something that I enjoy and be able to have her involved in her own way too.
Team Affiliation: Blitzburgh Bombers
Position(s): Blocker, Pivot, Jammer
Committee Involvement: Safety, Human Relations team representative, Merchandise
Awards Received/Nominated for: Won MVP Blocker for the Bombers in 2010.
Likes: My tiny, tiny dog – Brutus Killer, Rock ‘n Roll and playing dress-up
Have been skating with the SCRD since it’s introduction in 2006.
Teams have included:
The Wrecking Dolls (2007 – Home Team)
The Slumber Party Slashers (2008 – Home Team)
The Steel Hurtin’ (2009)
The Blitzburgh Bombers (2010 – 2012)
Captain of the Bombers for the 2011 season.
I skated an entire game on a blown out knee in Harrisburg against H.A.R.D (Harrisburg Area Roller Derby).
A blown out knee caused me to be off skates for a year in 2009 – 2010.
During my injury leave, I had physical therapy for a torn MCL and Reconstructive ACL Surgery.
I currently have a cadaver ligament in my knee as a result of the Reconstructive ACL Surgery.