This past weekend, the Texas Stampede won the Demolition Derby Invitational after going through undefeated in seven games and beating St. Louis Rams 50 – 43 in the final. The final contest that saw nine players from current and past national teams in it, including Australia’s Chris Bond, the United States’s Jeff Butler, who play for the Stampede.
The Rams took an early lead in the first quarter, going up 2 – 0. The Stampede fought back, taking a 2 point lead into the second quarter. The end of the first half, the Stampede built their lead to 5 points. At the end of the third, the lead had expanded further to 9 points. The Stampede’s Bond was name the game’s MVP and Butler was named the best low point player.
Stampede coach James Gumbert was quoted as saying of the second period, “It was a great quarter. […] Hats off to coach Tucker and the Rams for their efforts. […] We expect to see them at nationals in 2 months”. Butler said afterwards, “It was a great team win.”
The Stampede are back in action in two weeks in Irving, Texas at the RISE Invitational. The team was founded in 1998, and are based out of Austin. The Stampede squad has a number of internationals play for them since their founding, including the United States’s Steve Pate, Mark Zupan, Bryan Kirkland, Norm Lyduch, Scott Hogsett, Shawn Meredith and Brad Updegrove who passed away in 2011, New Zealanders Paul Leefe and Geremy Tinker, Japan’s Ike Daisuke, Shin Nakazato and Shin Shimakawa, Belgium’s Raf Hendrix, Ronnie Verhagen and Bob Vanacker, Great Britain’s Troye Collins