As the leaves begin to change color and with the temperatures getting cooler, the local LGBT sports teams are starting to wind down their seasons. Let’s take a look at what happened this exciting and busy October and preview what is to come before the new year.
The Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars (CLTRG for short) have had a stellar season. These ladies had not lost since May 11, a winning streak of seven straight bouts, when they met up against the Gainesville Roller Rebels down in Florida Oct. 19. This match would be one of their toughest of the season against a very good and seasoned team in the Rebels, but with their winning streak on the line, this end-of- the-year match-up had a lot on the line for the All-Stars.
Unfortunately for this talented group of women, their season would not end on a high, losing to the Roller Rebels 201-134. This was the third time this year that Charlotte was held under 135 points and all resulted in losses for the Queen City team. Despite the loss, the All-Stars ended up with a very respectable 9-3 record for the season, one of their best ever. The team is in the planning stages for their next season and are having tryouts on Nov. 8. Those interested in joining the squad, should contact them at facebook.com/CharlotteRollerGirls.
On Oct. 12, the Charlotte Royals visited Atlanta to compete in the Ruck-A-Buck tournament. The event featured five rugby teams — Charlotte, the Atlanta Bucks, the St. Louis Crusaders, the Dallas Lost Souls and the Charleston Blockade. The Bucks had never lost their own tournament and on the 10th anniversary of the event, they were the team to beat. In the preliminary rounds, Charlotte easily handled Dallas and Charleston with two lopsided shutouts to earn the number one seed. Atlanta, who also won both of their games against Dallas and St. Louis, earned the second seed, setting up a much anticipated finals match up.
In the third place game, the Charleston Blockade ended up winning handily versus the Dallas Lost Souls, even after battling several injuries to key starters, to earn their first tournament placement of their team’s short existence. Frankie Brown from Charleston took home man of the match honors and a whole lot of team pride.
Atlanta and Charlotte both reached the finals for the second year in a row. Last year, the game ended in a tie and Atlanta claimed victory on point differential from the earlier rounds. This year, Charlotte looked to erase any cloud of doubt and win the game outright.
The game was sloppy early on, with both teams playing with too much adrenaline. But, after 20 minutes, the Royals had a 7-0 advantage going into the second half. After that, Charlotte’s youth and athleticism wore Atlanta down and they were able to put three more scores on the board, winning 26-0, their fourth shutout victory of the tournament, and earning their first tournament title in team history.
Two weekends later, the Royals followed up their historic title run with a Charlotte vs. Charlotte match-up when they took on the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49er’s B squad, a team that was also undefeated heading into the game. This team of young, aggressive and nimble college students would prove a tough bout for the Royals early on, managing only a small 10-0 lead going into halftime. But, as the game wore on, the Royals’ size and experience proved to be the difference as they extended their lead throughout the half, winning in convincing fashion, 37-7. The Charlotte Royals will finish out their season with a home match on Nov. 9 versus the Columbus Coyotes and then host a small three-team tournament against the Charleston Blockade and the Boston Ironsides on Nov. 23, with all games being played at Tuskaseegee Park.
To learn more, visit them online at charlotteroyals.org.
The Carolina Softball Alliance completed their regular season Oct. 27 at Revolution Park.
The tournament championship will be held at Revolution Park on Nov. 10. Come check out some very exciting and fun-spirited softball that weekend and if you are interested in playing in the Spring, contact them through their website at carolinasoftball.org.
After a two-month-long season, here is how the teams stack up:
Carolina Showtime — 8-0 (regular season champions)
Kiss My Grits — 5-3
Blue Ballers — 3-5
Carolina Blaze — 2-6
Carolina Bullies — 2-6