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Fresh off a 1-1 weekend in Milwaukee, the Ohio Roller Girls will have to do a quick load of laundry and get back on the road as they travel to Boston, MA, this weekend for three bouts against three different teams over a thirty hour time span.  What would seem like a crazy schedule for most teams is, well, even out of the ordinary for a team like Ohio, who typically plays up to twenty bouts a season.  Including the trip to BrewHaHa last weekend,  OHRG will have logged five bouts and 2,450 miles over seven days when they finish their road trip on Sunday afternoon.  On the docket for the Columbus squad, a public bout against the (11) Boston Derby Dames’ Boston Massacre on Saturday and two private hangover bouts against (12) Montreal’s New Skids On The Block and (32) New Hampshire’s Skate Free or Die! All Stars on Sunday morning. Ohio’s first opponent this weekend is the Boston Derby Dames.  Currently ranked #11 in the world, Boston sits at 0-2 in sanctioned play this season.  Their two losses came at the hands of (12) Montreal (239-162) and Baltimore’s (17) Charm City Roller Girls (209-170).  A contender to go to Championships last season, Boston lost a seven point heart-breaker to Seattle’s Rat City in the second round of playoffs.  They then beat The Chicago Outfit, were defeated by Toronto, but then were victorious over Sacred City to finish 7th in that playoff.  Following their contest against Ohio, Boston will travel to Philadelphia to bout against (37) Victorian (Melbourne, Australia) and (24) Terminal City (Vancouver, Canada) at East Coast Derby Extravaganza.  Historically, Boston is 1-0 against Ohio with their lone victory claimed back in 2008.   On Sunday morning, the Ohio Roller Girls will take on a familiar foe in (12) Montreal Roller Derby’s New Skids On The Block.  Ohio currently holds the edge overall against the New Skids 2-1; however, Montreal recently defeated OHRG in March at Quad City Chaos 385-158.  The victory over Ohio was their first bout of the season, and it appears Montreal is only getting better as the season progresses.  Including their first Ohio contest, Montreal has amassed an impressive 5-3 record with victories over Toronto (twice), Bleeding Heartland, and Boston.  Their three losses came against Oly, Rat City, and Rose City.  Montreal will also play Victorian and Terminal City at East Coast Derby Extravaganza before finishing their regular season on the road against the Philly Roller Girls.

Andrew Marron