Saturday 16th March was a big day for Welsh sport. The Welsh national rugby team stormed to victory over their Irish opponents at home in Cardiff and the Tiger Bay Brawlers welcomed Rainy City Roller Derby for their first open home game of the season.
The last time Tiger Bay played Rainy City (then ranked 96th and 83rd in the WFTDA) was in 2016, when the Manchester team emerged victorious 160 – 147. By 2019 Tiger Bay had risen to 51st in the WFTDA off the back of a very successful bronze medal run at the European Continental Cup, while Rainy City had continued a meteoric rise to 10th in the WFTDA rankings.
Both teams had seen roster turn overs since the previous year, with Tiger Bay jammer Angie having transferred to Madrid Roller Derby and Rainy City skating without top scorer Alex Wilde. However, the game provided an opportunity for each to try out some unconventional tactics as well as giving track time to newer skaters.
Rainy City stormed ahead with an early lead of 67-11 within the first 10 minutes, but not without challenge as both veteran Tiger Bay jammers Kid and Steph Howarth snagged lead and points for the home side. However, Rainy jammer Fairy Quake stormed out the close of the first half with a 24 point jam, bringing the score to Rainy City 148-21 Tiger Bay.
The second half saw Rainy jammer Ducky shine, putting up points for their team while Steph took advantage of a power jam and Fale leapt the apex for more points for Tiger Bay. Rainy’s commanding lead encouraged Tiger Bay to experiment with some unconventional tactics, with star passes both off the line and mid jam allowing pivot-turned jammer Pip Gray to put further points on the board for the home team. Some jammer on jammer defensive action extended the jams but the game finally came to an end with cheers and smiles all around; final score Rainy City 242 – 49 Tiger Bay Brawlers.
Tiger Bay Brawlers A team play Rainy City’s Tender Hooligans (B) at the Euro Cup in Manchester April 14th, for more event details, click here.
Look back on the action with photographs from our photographers found here!
Simon Ayre – Photo Album
Adam Chard – Photo Album
Paul Jones Photography – Photo Album
Blog header image by Adam Chard, Words by Diana Sprints