Lots of changes and improvements this year.
|New 2010 uniforms - very nice (picture borrowed from MIR website)|
|For comparison - Last years uniforms (pictures borrowed from MIR website)|
The bout has been transformed this year. Previously, the bouts were similar to hockey with three 20 minute periods, with a 20 minute break between each. This year the MIR is going with two 30 minute halves with a 20 minute halftime. I am not sure if this is more in line with other leagues or the reason for the change. I don't know how I feel about this change...I guess it was nice to see the same amount of action but still leave about half an hour earlier. I am sure that is nice for people with children.
Now that MIR isn't in a hockey type facility, they have improved the scoreboard...showing bout time, jam timer, and penalties. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like the runners of the scoreboard were very good at using it...but once they do get the Jam timer and penalty timers figured out it should be a very nice addition.
Lots of smaller changes too. There was also a band playing before and during halftime. A color guard for the presentation of the flag and national, just a lot of little things that made the whole thing seem like more of a professional game. It was nice.
There could still be some improvements - intros could be shorter, printed programs ran out very early, I never want to see a marriage proposal at a sporting event or concert again unless a player or band member is involved, angle of the seat could be greater (I like the 3/4 overhead view), and a few other minor things...but overall it was a great show.
This opening bout was against The Muddy River Nightmares from Clinton, IA. I have seen the Mudders last year and several of the skaters participated in the March Mixer...they have some talent. And also number 666 (sorry forgot your name) had one of the best mohawks I have seen in years. That alone was worth the price of admission...and I am sad that my photo didn't turn out. Mid Iowa Rollers has the main core of their team from last year. Anna KillaKova (formerly Anna Killa Amazon), cTal faTAL, Fanny Firestarter, and Sin DeRolla are just a few of the returning roller girls. This should be a very good year for the Mid Iowa Rollers. MIR started off a little slow on the first couple jams but once they got the lead they ran with it. Everyone on Mid Iowa was skating hard and fast. Big hits were made at opportune times, penalties were avoided. The Mudders didn't have such luck with some penalties costing them pretty severely (if your jammer is in the box when cTal faTAL is jamming for MIR, you are pretty much done). Great skate work by everyone involved - plus an awesome Apollo Ohno-esque jump by cTal faTAL over fallen opponents. This is a game you need to check out. Mid Iowa ended up winning the bout 151-89...but it was an exciting bout all the way through. A special shout out to Day Trip Her #10...it was her first bout and she skated well even though she looked freaking exhausted by the end of a couple long jams. Well played, keep it up.
Your next chance to check out the Mid Iowa Rollers in a home match is on May 15th at Hy-Vee Hall in the Bad Girls' Ball.
You can also check out a feature on them on Metro Woman this weekend (Sun Apr 11th @ 9:30am on ABC5, and Mediacom Channel 22 @ 10am Apr 11th and Tues 13th @ 3pm)
If you can't wait that long, you can check out the Des Moines Derby Dames this weekend at the Val Air Ballroom. Des Moines has two roller derby teams, who knew? I've known for a while, I just haven't had a chance to check out a DMDD yet...and will miss this weekend's bout too. Sadness.
I am not sure what the difference is between leagues and teams but I am very happy that we have two options for roller derby. I plan to check out as many bouts as I am able from both teams.