Acadiana, so a few weeks ago I saw a post on Facebook asking if there were any refs available to come ref a bout in Lafayette for Acadiana. Now you might notice this theme in my posts. “a few weeks ago…” derby bouts don’t happen overnight, generally they take a lot of planning. As far as refs, NSOs bout production and getting skaters together. It’s no small or easy task, sometimes its a lesson hard learned but hopefully its not one that is soon forgotten.
So Honey Badger, gets with me and asks what ref spot I’d like and if I knew any other refs that might wanna come. Of course I do, luckily I know a few who love to gain experience and travel. So a few back and froths on details and who’s head ref and some need to know info and we were set to ref Sunday Feb 26 in Lafayette. Now I had the opportunity to meet a few of Acadiana skaters at the Derby South Belle Ringer. mostly in passing as I was just an NSO. However I had had the opportunity to work with Short Fuse, their then head ref Short Fuse, during last season. I was aware of Honey Badger, Eat My Poussiere (french for dust-or so I’m told) Ellen Rampage and CoCo Blooded (thats just from Acadiana, there were plenty of noteworthy skaters from other leagues at that tournament, but for the purposes of this post I’ll stick to Acadiana). Of course there was announcer DJ TJ and his girlfriend Delirium Trigger, whom I have not yet seen skate but have heard a lot of good things about her. Oh Announcer Stash Merkin whom I found out appreciates my signature from said tournament. So it was a get together of sorts, even though it was a fresh meat scrimmage.
So Steve, now Scuba Steve, Geri and I arrive at the rink which is adjacent to Star Wash (sign has the same font as Star Wars) I’m greeted by OrgAnnicka-Fuse’s wife, and we catch up on the past few months. Who what when and where refs have been and are going etc. so we get to get to the business of getting the bout started, plenty of things to get done before hand but we got the ball rolling so to speak. we had 20 minute halves with a 20 minute halftime. I think I only checked the time once per half.
The theme for the bout was Brides vs the Grooms or rather the runaway brides vs the groomzillas. Grooms-black kept the leads far as I could tell for most of the bout, but halfway through the second half the brides closed the gap and every other jam the lead would change until white secured the least in the las few jams. with bench coach Ellen Rampag, who was stunning by the way in a dress and NOT wearing a Guy Fawkes stache &goatee. CoCo was Captain, I think and they received a gift from Mr. Whit (is that how its spelled?) for winning.
I was pretty happy to see how much fun the skaters were having. I was especially surprised to see how clean the bout was played, a few girls I think had 2 or less majors. I think 6 or 7 girls had some minors. So all in all it was a level of play that you would expect of WFTDA leagues but rarely see. I also gotta say that for a fresh meat scrimmage they skaters were quite reserved as far as arguing with refs. Only one skater that I know of complained about a call, the rest were confused as to what their penalty call was for. Such as “Illegal Procedure Major” for mouth guard not in, but they thought they we had incorrectly called them for a false start… silly skaters.
In short for fresh meat it was Fun, CLEAN encouraging and Acadiana is now among my favorite leagues to ref for