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This Saturday, the #24 Ohio Roller Girls will look to exact revenge on the only squad to defeat them in the regular season last year when OHRG amassed a WFTDA record-setting 21-1 win/loss total.  The sole blemish in the loss column for Ohio came at the hands, and skates, of the Carolina Rollergirls midway through last year at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In that bout, Ohio was missing two key players in Phoenix Bunz and HellionBOI, as Kitty Liquorbottom wore the star nearly every other jam.  As the final whistle blew in Raleigh, the Carolina Rollergirls took the win by a mere 15 points.  The 15 point loss could have been considered a moral victory for Ohio, as OHRG jammers were only able to obtain lead status 12 times out of the bout’s 43 jams.  A rematch was inevitable and the only question left unanswered would be if the follow-up bout would be just as exciting as the original.

Both Ohio and Carolina have already earned post-season berths, as the points earned in this bout will go toward next year’s rankings.  Ohio will play in Ft. Wayne (IN) the first weekend of September against Arch Rival in the first of four Division 1 playoffs.  Carolina, having slipped in the rankings from last year, will be the #4 seed against #5 NEO in the second Division 2 tournament in Kalamazoo (MI).  When this bout was scheduled during the off season, it looked as if it was going to be a clash of the titans with both squads ranked in the top thirty.  However, turnover for Carolina has left the CRG struggling this season as they fell from a Division 1 team (1-40) to a playoff bound Division 2 team (41-60).

Currently ranked #50 in the WFTDA, the Carolina Rollergirls went from 10-6 last season to 0-6 this year.  They do, however, have 2 victories in non-sanctioned bouts against Greenville and River City.  Carolina’s losses have come to Boston (78-278), Montreal (26-435), New Hampshire (112-269), Blue Ridge (98-242), Killamazoo (168-198), and Charm City (42-347).  The primary reason for Carolina’s underperformance this season is due to the loss of their star jammer, DVS, and blocker, JoJo Gadget.  Filling the void left by those two skaters has been difficult for Carolina, as they more than likely would have finished in Division 1 had DVS and JoJo still been on the roster.  The OHRG All Stars will take on Carolina first this weekend, with a start time scheduled at 5:00 p.m.

In the second bout of the evening, Gang Green will also look for payback against a team they lost to earlier this season, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.  Gang Green first took the track against A2D2 at this year’s Midwest BrewHaHa tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the Michiganders took advantage of a Gang Green jammer penalty on the bout’s final jam to secure a 222-207 victory for the Dimes.  With new additions Pistol Whippin Wendy and Zinnia Zombie, Gang Green looks to even the series against the team from up north this Saturday.

Currently at 5-8, Gang Green has steadily improved throughout the season.  The squad had recently returned from Pittsburgh where they defeated the Steel City Steel Beamers 184-150, an impressive victory after having succumbed to the Steel Beamers 189-156 in Columbus four months ago.  Gang Green’s eight losses can be somewhat misleading as well, as the Ohio squad have faced tougher competition this season than they ever have in seasons past.  Six of their losses have come from teams like the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade, the Philly Independence Dolls, Windy City’s Second Wind, Arch Rival’s Saint Lunachix, Charm City’s Female Trouble, and Toronto’s Bay Street Bruisers.

Gang Green’s opponents, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, have amassed an impressive 9-2 record in this, their second season as a WFTDA Apprentice team.  As an apprentice squad, the A2D2 Brawlstars are working their way toward full WFTDA charter/sanctioned status.  They recently cemented themselves as arguably the third best team in Michigan (behind Detroit and Killamazoo) as the Dimes defeated Detroit’s reserve squad, the Motor City Disassembly Line, 202-147.  Prior to that victory Ann Arbor crushed the Outfit’s Shade Brigade 351-124, and TriCity’s Vicious Dishes 301-107.  In order to be successful against Ann Arbor, Gang Green’s defense will have to contain jammers Lezzie Arnez and Battlecat, who scored 95 and 84 points respectively when they last met at BrewHaHa.

The Ohio Roller Girls are also happy to announce that the bout this weekend will be the league’s first ever Alumni Night.  Prior members of OHRG (whether skater, official, or support staff) are invited to come watch the festivities.  If you were ever a part of the league, wear your old uniform or jersey and mention Alumni Night at the door to receive the discounted price.  Just a reminder as well, the Ohio Roller Girls All Stars will play Carolina at 5:00 p.m. with the Gang Green vs Ann Arbor bout to follow.

Andrew Marron