August 6 was an epic final home bout of the 2016 season! The Ypsilanti Vigilantes hosted the Killamazoo Kill Squad. Kill Squad started out very strong, taking the lead for the first six jams. The Vigilantes nibbled their way to stay in the game, and took over the lead by the seventh jam of the first half. Smart call-offs by the Vigilante jammers and great offense by their blockers kept the Vigilantes in the lead, going into the half with a score of 118-91.
The Ypsilanti Vigilantes traveled to Lapeer, MI on June 18 to take on the Demolitia Derby Queens (DDQ). The Vigilantes and the DDQ had faced each other in the fall of 2015, with the DDQ taking the win by 70 points. The Vigilantes vowed to work hard, apply their offensive and defensive strategies and to take the win the next time they met. While the Vigilantes’ summertime track is exposed to the summer heat conditions, they had yet to skate in the blazing temperatures they faced inside the Lapeer Skating Center. From what we were told, it was the hottest temps the DDQ had ever seen inside their venue. It was a real scorcher!
A2D2 took the South by storm last weekend during their trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Both the Arbor Bruising Company and the Brawlstars made the 9+ hour drive down for a full day of derby on Saturday, June 4.
The Ypsilanti Vigilantes traveled to Euclid, OH on May 21st to face the Burning River Pyromaniacs. The weather was warm and sunny and the excitement of a road trip was high. After an exciting win at home one week earlier, the Vigilantes were excited to see how they would fare against a new addition to the Burning River league, the Pyromaniacs.
May 14th brought excitement, nerves, cold temps and snuggling blankets to Ann Arbor during the home opener of Ann Arbor Roller Derby's 2016 season at the beautiful Buhr Park. Heading into the home bouting season, the Ypsilanti Vigilantes have been working hard on developing strength and unity in their lines, perfecting a deep jammer rotation, and applying new offensive strategy. After being defeated by the Downriver Muscle the previous week, the Vigilantes applied what they learned from that bout and faced the East Lansing Broadbarians with brut and grace.