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It’s been over six months since Columbus got to see the Ohio Roller Girls play a home bout. August was the last time OHRG graced the Ohio Expo Center before tournament season and, if you missed it, what a tournament season it was! OHRG won two out of three playoffs games, which earned them their very first trip to Championships in November. After a great 2013 and a lot of hard work in the off-season, OHRG was ready to hit their hometown track on March 8th to start the 2014 season off right.

For the season opener, OHRG welcomed the Nashville Rollergirls Music City All Stars. The two teams last played against each other in 2010, with Ohio falling to Nashville. Four years later, Ohio wasn’t going down so easily.

Ohio started out the first half with a strong mix of veterans jamming, including Kitty LiquorbottomThe Smacktivist, and Bratislava Bruiser. They gained immediate advantage over Nashville, including the first power jam of the game going to Lora “Outa My” Wayman, but they didn’t stay ahead for long.  After five lead changes, Nashville jammers, including Ann T. Histamine and Chelsea Dagger, pulled the final lead change of the half in their favor with 10 minutes left on the clock.  Nashville held on to their advantage courtesy of hardworking blockers like Dani Doom and Stella Live, who kept Ohio well contained. The first half ended with a score of 65-82, Nashville.

This didn’t discourage fans, though: “No team is better at adjusting at halftime than OHRG,” said one longtime fan. She’s definitely got a point. Just this past September, Ohio made a strong comeback in their first 2013 WFTDA Division 1 playoff game by dominating the second half against Arch Rival Roller Girls. Whatever magic halftime brings to OHRG, it did not disappoint against Nashville.

With help from big defensive hits courtesy of blockers like Amy Spears and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin, Ohio stole the lead away from Nashville and barely looked back. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Bratislava Bruiser gave the game its highest scoring jam of 25 points and broke the 100-point mark for Ohio. Nashville barely made 25 points in the remaining twenty minutes. If you were lucky enough to make it out to the game, there was no way you missed at least some of what kept Ohio solid: The Smacktivist’s well-known speed and maneuvering, Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox’s well-placed hits, and Ohio’s strong walls all left Nashville with a frustrating last half.

Ending the game 194-128, the Ohio Roller Girls got to start their season off with a win and a little taste of revenge.

Ohio Roller Girls All Stars (P-Pivot, J-Jammer, B-Blocker)

0125 Paige Bleed (J/B) | 10 Lora “Outa My” Wayman (P/J/B) | 1098 Amy Spears (P/B) | 1101 Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox (B) | 12 Kitty Liquorbottom (P/J/B) | 138 Sarah Bruce  | 19 Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker (P/J/B) | 1993 Bratislava Bruiser (P/J) | 365 The Smacktivist (P/J) | 451 Burnadeath (B) | 59 Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin (B) | 815 Bigg Rigg (J) | C4 TactiGal (B) | ICU2 Ena Flash (J/B)

Nashville Rollergirls Music City All Stars

0TC Ann T. Histamine | 10 Union Jack-U-Up | 1969 Hippy-Ki-Yay | 1976 Electric Boogaloo | 220V Electra Cal | 318 Four-Leaf Roller | 48V Phantom Power | 5FT3 Lady Fury | 718 Incredible Hull | 757 Morgan Grinder | 77 Dani Doom | 8GB Zip Drive | 9 Chelsea Dagger | DV8 Stella Live

Photos by Dorn Byg of Byg Day Photography (full set here).