In the next jam, the Black Heart’s Jammer managed to slip through the Mansfield defence and earn lead Jammer status, levelling the scores by jam 5. A few power-jams in the Misfits' favour saw them boost their way in to the lead. #1984 Candy Grrl stormed through the pack to pick up an impressive number of points, before unfortunately having to sit out for the rest of the game, due to an injury. The first half of the bout had audience and spectators on the edge of their seats as the points continued to roll in and the Misfit's lead grew ever slimmer. By the time the ending jam of the first half drew near Barnsley were leading with the Mansfield Misfits hot on their heels. Scores at half time were 82 – 64 to Barnsley.
The final half began with a lead Jammer to Barnsley and 4 points scored for the Black Hearts. However, in the next jam #626 HollyCidal quickly broke through the pack and earned 4 more points for the Misfits. The Misfit's looked to be making a comeback as #17 Mighty Morphine earned lead in the next jam; however, the Barnsley Black Hearts quickly gained advantage with quick thinking Jammers, extending the Black Heart's lead to 108 – 71 with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Power jams were swiftly exchanged as skaters were penalised and called to the box, swapping Jammers and swapping advantage. This allowed #67 Pulp Friction to secure 10 more points for the Misfits.
As the second half went on, it looked like the win would be with Barnsley, but despite this the Misfits would not give up the fight yet. They were upping their game with every jam, with jammer #17 Mighty Morphine smashing through Barnsley's defences to earn bring the score closer (123- 99) in the 10th jam of the half.
For the next few jams, the Black Heart's took lead jammer extending their lead to 171 – 114 by the final jam. The last jam saw #626 HollyCidal Violation take the Jammer line one last time, working her way through Barnsley Black Heart’s walls and gaining lead jammer to gain 4 extra points, whilst the Misfit's wall held strong and kept the Barnsley jammer in the pack, earning the Misfits an admirable finish.
It was a fiercely played game, with the Black Hearts taking the final win with 173 and the Misfits with a respectable 118.
Both teams fought hard throughout and both were still on top form as the final whistle blew. Despite losing their first bout, the Misfits were elated to have performed so well, to have put up such a fight, and to have played their best against a formidable opponent.
The Misfits would like to thank the Barnsley Black Hearts for hosting them, and hope to see them on track again in the future, and a special thanks to the wonderful officiating crew for their work throughout the bout.
Awards for Mansfield Misfits
(as voted for by Barnsley skaters)
Best Jammer HollyCidal Violation
Best Blocker Walnut Whip
Most Valued Player Leigh-Thal Bizzle
Awards for Barnsley
(as voted for Mansfield players)
Best Jammer NitroJen
Best Blocker Fermaldibryde
Most Valued Player Allkillmist