April 26, 2012
Final: Slaughter Daughters vs Vicious Dishes
Beast of the East 2012 may be over, but the wild weekend is still fresh in the minds of derby girls and spectators who flocked to Montreal for some of the best home team derby Canada has to offer. The annual tournament was in its fifth year and it was, more than ever, a resounding success!
This year, all the teams vying for the Beast title came from Eastern Canada. We even had to draw for some of the 16 available team spots from the 23 teams that applied. Rideau Valley’s Slaughter Daughters, the reigning champions, were on hand to defend their title. They almost repeated that victory, making it to Sunday’s final. However, it was Tri-City’s Vicious Dishes who came out on top, taking home the Beast in a 118-63 win.
The Slaughter Daughters won their spot in the final bout after defeating Toronto’s Chicks Ahoy, the same team that beat them just a day before. Thanks to the tournament’s double elimination rule, the Daughters remained in the contest, but were forced to play an extra game. The Beast champs also benefitted from this rule, having lost to Montreal’s Filles du Roi 47-30.
In the battle to round out the tournament’s top three, the Chicks Ahoy faced off against Montreal’s La Racaille. After a hard-fought bout, La Racaille placed fourth, losing 87-48. But even a loss didn’t diminish the crowd’s enthusiasm for the local team, the only one that made it out of the quarter-finals. Slavic Slayer, Surgical Strike and Mel E Juana proved La Racaille was a team to watch with a trio of triple threats.
The Contrabanditas, MTLRD’s league champions, cruised though their two Saturday match ups, easily winning both bouts. They fell in the quarter final to the tournament champs, the Vicious Dishes, on Sunday morning. Ten small points (64-54) separated the two teams when the clock finally ran out.
Finally, les Filles du Roi had also chalked up wins in all their early bouts, including a victory over the Dishes, but four points were enough for the Slaughter Daughters (71-67) to eliminate the girls in purple and gold, who took home the Beast in 2010.
The tournament was filled with magic moments, victories and unexpected twists (Ti-Loup fouling out twice !?) but few compared to the very first win chalked up by Quebec City’s Les Duchesses. That highlight came Saturday night in their match against the GTA Roller Girls’ Derby Debutantes, the same team that had defeated them in 2011. Let’s hope our QC sisters make a habit out of standing in the winners’ circle. We’ll sure be there to cheer them on!
Long live the Beast!
All the Montreal teams’ scores are here.
(photos credits : Joe Mac)