The best part about writing articles and doing research about skaters in the northern part of the US is that I am being exposed to some awesome derby that I would have never known about otherwise. These two are part of that sentiment.
There was a tie for the 14 spot on the roster of the New England All Star team. I figured instead of putting seven skaters on the ‘reserve’ list, I would just do a separate article that features those two skaters.
Black Cherry #C4 – CT Rollergirls – Here is another skater that I went up against a couple years ago. When I was looking through pictures of Black Cherry, she came back to me in my memory. I remember toeing up against her on the jam line (and never being nearly as successful).
When you look at photos what strikes you is her ability to use her whole body. The strength in her legs is incredible, and her ability to position herself on her opponents is uncanny. From what I’m seeing, she is probably under-estimated by her opponents, and then she has the last laugh when she is able to push and block their strongest skaters successfully.
Slay West of Central New York speaks of Black Cherry:
Black Cherry was the first skater I ever met who wasn’t part of my league. Being
originally from our area, she was always someone who came to coach us as our league was getting started. I’ve played both with her and against her. She’s someone who jammers fear. She’s willing to jump in and jam whenever she’s needed. She’s very dynamic on the track and she’s the person I first started comparing myself to in the beginning of my career (2008).
The first time my league played against her, almost every jammer was worried about having to get around her. She plays physically and has one of the strongest hip checks/sternum blocks of any blocker I know. She’s fun to have on your team, but I know I have a lot of fun playing against her too.
Jurasskick Park #1993 – PVRD’s Dirty Dozen – Holy beard batman. Looking at men’s derby always comes with an unintentional look at the facial hair on the floor. Jurasskick stands among some very impressive facial hair in the bouts that I was looking through.
From a game play perspective, the man looks like he is a pain in the ass for all who skate against him. Often he takes the star, and based on the lack of photos of blockers touching him, I’m guessing that he is quick and agile enough to avoid opposing blockers.
When pivoting, he always has his ass in someone else’s way. It’s awesome to see the photos of frustrated jammers who can’t get around him.
If you’ve been keeping up with all the All-Star articles, than you may remember in Julia Bondage’s profile, I mentioned her 45 point jam. There were rumors of another skater also hitting that mark. From what we hear, Jurasskick Park is that rumored skater with that rumored jam.
Don’t Care Bear had this to say about Jurasskick Park:
He’s most wily jammer out there. Perfected the apex jump before it existed!
Knows where he needs to be before the opposition sees him. As a blocker, in spite of being lithe and wiry, packs a SOLID hit.
He’s very good with using opposing blockers to “spin off” as they are hitting him – almost like the force of their contact squirts him on his way out of the pack.
Farmer’s Slaughter, meanwhile, had this to add:
Jurasskick is like one of my top five man-derby crushes… he is incredibly light on his feet and has catlike reflexes in the pack. He defies gravity with his apex leaps and evasion tactics employed to avoid opponents’ hits. He seems to have endless energy and an iron will. He also has one of the lowest, strongest strides I’ve ever seen. He’s a first-class jammer who knows just when to call the jam… and he’s also a great blocker with a ‘go go gadget ass’ according to his teammates:
“Best go-go Gadget ass (as defined by the body part apparently leaving the body in order to accomplish certain hits): Jurasskick Park”
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