Following a decisive road victory against DC Rollergirls, (51) Ohio Roller Derby returns home to the Ohio Expo Center to host (42) Charlottesville Derby Dames (Charlottesville, VA) on Saturday, May 12th, in a first-time meeting of the two teams.
Since becoming a full member league in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in 2012, Charlottesville has been on an upward trajectory. A strong record in regular season play in 2015 led to their first postseason appearance at the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, and continued success catapulted them to a fourth place finish in Division 2 Playoffs in 2016. In 2017, Charlottesville had a stellar 8-0 season that helped push them back into Division 1 and earn a third consecutive Playoffs appearance, where they suffered two losses to higher-ranked Montreal Roller Derby and Jacksonville Rollergirls. Charlottesville kicked off their 2018 season in February with a 399-159 blowout against DC Rollergirls, and remain undefeated after knocking out Brandywine Roller Derby at the beginning of May.
Retaining a majority of their 2017 Playoffs bench, Charlottesville boasts a veteran jammer pool that includes Spank Puncherella, Machete, River Styx Phoenix, and Stonewallup. Notably absent from the roster are jammer BOOM! ShakeTheRoom and heavy-hitting triple threat Miller-Miller, but the addition of transfer Raven Darkhold from Charm City Roller Girls will bolster their blocking rotation.
The Ohio Roller Derby All Stars are now 3-1 as they move into the second half of their 2018 season. Following this fourth home game, they will prepare for tournament play in Canada over Memorial Day weekend before wrapping up their home season over the summer.
Doors open to the public at 4 p.m.; the Ohio Roller Derby All Stars will take on the Charlottesville Derby Dames All Stars at 5 p.m., followed by Gang Green versus the Charlottesville Belmont Bruisers, around 7 p.m. With only two more home games coming up in June, time is running out to catch your favorite Columbus athletic action in 2018! Purchase discounted presale tickets for yourself or a group of friends online at ohiorollerderby.com/tickets through Friday, May 11th. We’ll see you trackside!
Photo by BerMurder Triangle.