(20) OHRG DEFEATS (30) MADISON, FALLS TO (9) WINDY CITY
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(20) OHRG DEFEATS (30) MADISON, FALLS TO (9) WINDY CITY

The Ohio Roller Girls managed to take their season record to 5-4 while competing at Midwest BrewHaHa by splitting bouts this past weekend.  Their victory over the Mad Rollin’ Dolls of Madison, Wisconsin, and loss to the Windy City Rollers of Chicago put their overall BrewHaHa record to 6-4. 

 

(20) OHIO SPOILS BREWHAHA FOR THE (30) DAIRYLAND DOLLS 226-182

For their first bout of the weekend, the Ohio Roller Girls were paired against a familiar foe in (30) Madison’s Dairyland Dolls.  Although Ohio had defeated Madison in their previous two match-ups, both were very close bouts with the OHRG winning by 20 and 26 points respectively.  The contest at BrewHaHa lived up to the previous match-ups, as both squads played extremely physical on both offense and defense.  The bout started well for Ohio as The Smacktivist posted an 8-0 jam over Madison veteran Mouse.  Points were sparse over the next five jams until a 7 point jam by Madison’s Magic Missile gave the Dairyland Dolls their first lead, 15-11.  Madison wouldn’t have time to enjoy that lead as Ohio’s Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox, Amy Spears, Lora “Outa My” Wayman, and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin paved the way for Kitty Liquorbottom’s 24-0 jam to give Ohio the lead back 35-15 with 20:45 remaining in the first half. 

Points were scored by both squads over the next five jams, but Ohio held tight at 52-49.  Ohio’s pack of Wayman, Ena Flash, Acid, and Ava Tarr then joined forces and held Mouse on her initial pass for the entire two minute jam while Bigg Rigg scurried around for seven scoring passes and 33 points.  Rigg’s huge jam put Ohio ahead 85-49 with 13:15 in the first half.  Madison’s jammer Lady WhoHa committed a back block on Acid a few jams later which allowed Rigg again to shine for an additional 19 points.  Good defense over the remaining five minutes of the period allowed Madison to outscore Ohio 20-2, but the Columbus squad held the lead at halftime, 113-76. 

 

Good positional blocking by Ohio’s Burnadeath allowed Kitty Liquorbottom to get lead and score 10-0 on jam #2 in the second half.  Two jams later, it was Acid holding Lady WhoHa at the front as The Smacktivist hit and quit a 4-0 to take Ohio’s lead to 132-79.  Points were nickel-and-dimed over the next eight jams, but Ohio continued to lead 166-113 with 12:00 remaining in the contest.  Madison’s pack then held in Rigg and Wayman (following a star pass) while Mouse cut into the lead with a 21 point jam.  Trailing by 36 with 9:45 left, Lady WhoHa was held at the front of the pack on the following jam by Kitty and Ava Tarr for nearly half a lap as The Smacktivist was able to muster another scoring pass for an 18-7 jam.  Ohio was then content to trade points for time off the clock over the final three jams.  During that time, Madison outscored Ohio 34-24, but it was too late for the Dairyland Dolls.  As the final whistle blew, it was the Ohio Roller Girls claiming their third victory over Madison, 226-182. 

Jamming for Ohio: The Smacktivist (13-20, 92 points), Bigg Rigg (2-7, 69 points), Kitty Liquorbottom (2-10, 51 points), Lora “Outa My” Wayman (2-7, 12 points), and Hop Devil (0-2, 2 points).  Ohio obtained lead jammer nineteen times and were on seven power jams. 

Jamming for Madison’s Dairyland Dolls: Mouse (5-12, 95 points), Magic Missile (12-12, 57 points), Lady WhoHa (4-12, 23 points), and Splatter Alice (2-6, 7 points).  Madison earned lead twenty-three times and were on three power jams. 

(9) WINDY CITY TOO MUCH FOR (20) OHIO, 349-104

The last time Ohio and Windy City took the track together, it was at the 2012 North Central Region Playoffs.  The winner received an automatic bid to Championships, and the loser had to play Naptown for the third and final spot at Champs.  After a hard fought contest, it was Windy City who claimed victory by only 52 points, with Naptown defeating Ohio in the following bout.  Ohio would have their chance at revenge at BrewHaHa in the tournament’s closing bout Sunday night.  Unfortunately for OHRG, the result was the same, but by a much wider margin. 

The first four jams gave the impression of a fantastic bout as Ohio traded blows with Windy City, both on the track and on the scoreboard, as it was all square 7-7 heading into the fifth jam.  A string of lead jammers for Windy City with quick call offs then made it nearly impossible for Ohio to get points on the board.  Getting lead jammer fourteen times in the next sixteen jams allowed Windy City to build an impressive 142-12 lead over Ohio.  Back to back lead jammer statuses by The Smacktivist and Kitty Liquorbottom at the end of the first half gave Ohio some good mojo heading into halftime, but the white and kelly green trailed at intermission, 159-18. 

Ohio carried the momentum into the second half as The Smacktivist kicked off the period with a 23 point jam due to Wayman forcing two track cuts on Windy City’s jammer, Ying O’Fire.  Mack was able to post an additional 22 point jam later in the period, but the remainder of the second half nearly mirrored the first.  Strong defensive to offensive transition by Windy City’s blockers made it difficult for Ohio to get more than one scoring pass on the board when they were able to get lead jammer.  Blockers Ena Flash and Wayman both fouled out in the second half and skaters like Hop Devil, Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker, Sarah Bruce, Rigg and Burnadeath were called upon to fill the void.  Although they played admirably, Windy City was simply too much for Ohio as they claimed the rematch 349-104. 

 

Jamming for Ohio:  The Smacktivist (8-20, 59 points), Kitty Liquorbottom (5-13, 25 points), Lora “Outa My” Wayman (1-6, 13 points), Bigg Rigg (1-4, 7 points), Burnadeath (0-1, 0 points), Hop Devil (0-1, 0 points), Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker (0-1, 0 points), and Zee Loraine Acid Gulertekin.  Ohio gained lead jammer fifteen times and were on eight power jams. 

Jamming for Windy City:  Ying O’Fire (6-11, 101 points), Killa Nois (6-8, 96 points), Killjoy (6-7, 68 points), Varla Vendetta (6-8, 50 points), and Jan Trainor (3-8, 34 points).  Windy City obtained lead jammer twenty-six times and were on seven power jams. 

Photos courtesy of Steve Jurkovic.

Andrew Marron