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This weekend, the (20) Ohio Roller Girls will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to participate in the annual Midwest BrewHaHa invitational featuring WFTDA sanctioned play, non-sanctioned play, and men’s derby.  This year will mark Ohio’s fifth consecutive season participating in the event, where the OHRG have amassed a 5-3 record.  This year, Ohio will lace their skates twice over the three day event against very formidable foes, (30) Madison’s (WI) Dairyland Dolls and (9) Chicago’s Windy City Rollers.

The Ohio Roller Girls will first play the Dairyland Dolls on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Historically, these two teams have always played very tough, but Ohio has the overall advantage in the win column, 2-0, over Madison.  They last played each other in 2012 in Madison, when Ohio escaped with a 26 point victory, 154-128.  Prior to that dust-up, Ohio eliminated Madison at the 2011 North Central Region Playoffs, 138-118.

This season, the Dairyland Dolls have accumulated a 2-2 record thus far.  They opened their season with an impressive 72 point victory over BrewHaHa hosts, the Brewcity Bruisers, and then suffered two consecutive losses to Jacksonville and Arch Rival.  Madison then stunned Naptown in a hangover bout 162-142 to pull their overall record to .500.  Madison’s other opponent at BrewHaHa is Cincinnati, and then they will finish their 2014 regular season with a home bout against the Chicago Outfit in August.  Led by veteran jammers Mouse, Magic Missile, and Lil Miss Behavin’, Madison has the capability and experience of putting a ton of points on the board quickly.  Long time teammates Busta Crimes, Charlie Hustle, Gene Lane, Hazed and Contused, Hello Sailor, and Thrill Show anchor the Dairyland Dolls pack and will attempt to hold back Ohio’s jammers.

Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., the Ohio Roller Girls will take on Windy City to close out Midwest BrewHaHa.  Whereas the Atlanta Rollergirls were the highest seed to visit Columbus for a home bout two weeks ago, the Windy City Rollers will be the highest ranked team Ohio will have faced at BrewHaHa.  Ranked 9th in the world, the Chicago-based team has appeared at the last seven WFTDA Championship tournaments.  An original member of the WFTDA, Windy City has been near the top of every ranking system published since 2005.  They have never lost to a former North Central Region team and consistently play top caliber teams throughout the season.

Windy City currently sits at 2-2 in 2014 with victories over (21) Arch Rival and (8) Rocky Mountain.  Their two losses came at the Thin Air Throwdown invitational held in Denver where they fell victim to both (6) Denver and (1) Gotham, 237-135 and 274-77 respectively.  The Chicagoans have had success for a number of reasons, but one is that they are terribly hard to prepare for.  Windy City features six or seven jammers on their roster that could start for any team in the WFTDA.  Skaters like Sandrine Rangeon, Varla Vendetta, Ying O’ Fire, Killa Nois, and the Jamburglar have all had success with the star.  Throw in duel-threat Jackie Daniels and Windy City adds a more physical jammer to their rotation.  Much like Madison, Windy City’s blockers have been playing together for several years and their team chemistry is nearly unmatched.  Captains Bork Bork Bork and KonichiWOW join Hoosier Mama, Jackie Daniels, Sargentina, Ruth Enasia, and Yvette YourMaker in one of the most fearsome packs in North America, and are probably the main reason they’ve made seven consecutive appearances at Championships.  Windy City’s other opponent at BrewHaHa are the Cincinnati Battering Rams, a men’s league.

Gang Green will be joining their charter team counterparts in Milwaukee as well this weekend for a pair of bouts.  They’ll first take the track on Friday at 5:15 p.m. against the Brewcity Battlestars, then again on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. against Madison’s Dairyland Dolls B-Team.  This year will mark the third consecutive season that Gang Green has participated at BrewHaHa.  Overall, they have a 2-2 record at the event, including a 204-100 victory over the Brewcity Battlestars two years ago.  Following BrewHaHa, both OHRG and Gang Green will then travel to Boston before returning home on June 21st for bouts against Buffalo’s (NY) Queen City Roller Girls.

All bouts at the 2014 Midwest BrewHaHa invitational can be viewed at WTFDA.tv.

Friday (Track 1)

5:15 p.m.  Brewcity Battlestars vs Ohio’s Gang Green

Saturday (Track 1)

9:00 a.m.  Ohio Roller Girls vs Mad Rollin Dolls Dairyland Dolls

10:45 a.m.  Ohio’s Gang Green vs Mad Rollin Dairyland Dolls B-Team

Sunday (Track 1)

7:30 p.m.  Windy City All-Stars vs Ohio Roller Girls

Photos courtesy of Dorn Byg.

Andrew Marron