Being named an alternate on a team is difficult. It means you are so close to making the squad, but this time you don’t get to gear up. However, it also means with a little more work – you can achieve your goals!
That’s where these two skaters stand. Their fans and fellow skaters acknowledge their talent and hard work. They find them fun to watch and their team mates are happy to have them in their pack. The alternates for the 2011 Keystone All Star Team are:
Bam Bam Brawler (Rocktown Rollers)
She is one of the formidable opponents you will encounter on the Rocktown Rollers. When you look at their roster, you may first fear Betty Crasher or Knasty Knitter. However, Bam Bam is deadly in your under-estimation of her.
In the last year, her skills have gone from “solid” to “impressive” and she has broken away from the pack in terms of her ability to handle unique situations. Her team mates rely on her mobility and awareness in the pack as a blocker; her head is always on a swivel.
As a jammer, she is a key to her team’s success. Her agility has impressed and earned her just as many fans at away games. She is known for being especially jukey, but with a fluidness not often encountered. When Bam Bam is in a regular jammer rotation with Killnitski, opposing blockers know they have to be on their A game.
The Rocktown Rollers have just graduated from their W.F.T.D.A. apprenticeship, and will be earning their ranking in 2012. Bam Bam is making sure the Rollers challenge themselves in practice and on bout day.
Sin Diesel (Harm City Homicide)
The world of Men’s Roller Derby wouldn’t be quite the same without Sin Diesel. He has made his mark on the realm of competitive men’s skating. He’s not just an original member of HCH, but was also was highly involved in the set-up of the Men’s Derby Coalition (today it is known as Men’s Roller Derby Associaton).
He is known as dedicated to the sport of derby, whether men’s or women’s, and is infamous among friends for staying up all hours analyzing bout footage to better understand the game, a rule or just how someone skates.
On the floor, he is versatile and quick thinking. He knows where he is needed, and can fill weaknesses of a pack almost innately. He may not be the quickest, or the biggest, but he may be the smartest. In the new generation of derby, it’s brains that will win the game.
“He’s probably the best pivot I ever skated with… He’s good to have anywhere in the pack actually. He can follow you a couple laps and automatically learn your skating style. Which is why he’s so effective…[When I was his jammer] it was like he magically knew where I was going to go…..BEFORE I did. So he was able to open holes.”
– Groper Cleavage, Coach of the Black Rose Rollers
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