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The (22) Ohio Roller Girls had something this past week that they haven’t had in quite a while… a week off.  Coming off a three bout stint in Boston two weeks ago, OHRG will be back within the friendly confines of the Lausche Building as they welcome in Buffalo’s Queen City Roller Girls this Saturday evening.  Our Columbus squad returned from Massachusetts with a 2-1 weekend record as they upset (11) Boston 223-190, defeated New Hampshire 208-100, and nearly upset (12) Montreal 196-164 (note: following last weekend, the new rankings were released and Boston and Montreal are now ranked #17 and #16 respectively).  Overall, the Ohio Roller Girls All Stars are 7-5 in 2014.

The Queen City Roller Girls will make the 5.5 hour drive to Columbus this weekend before they too enter the final stretch of their 2014 season.  The Lake Effect Furies will also have a little revenge on their minds, as they were defeated by the Ohio Roller Girls last year in Toronto at the Quad City Chaos tournament, 211-125.  Although the point differential at the end of that bout was 86 points, Queen City trailed Ohio by only 24 points halfway through the second period.  Late jammer penalties to the Furies were the difference over the last six jams of the contest as OHRG were able to pull away late.  Leading all scorers in that bout was Ohio’s now-retired Phoenix Bunz with 126 points.  The Smacktivist posted 49 points while the LiBRAWLian led the Lake Effect Furies with 53 points.

Queen City will be led by Captain/Blocker Tabrina Schreier as she and fellow blockers HerHeiny Granger, Ivana LeiHerOut, Vajenna Warrior, and Val du Morte are tasked with holding back Ohio’s jamming rotation of The Smacktivist, Kitty Liquorbottom, Bigg Rigg, and Lora “Outa My” Wayman.  The majority of Queen City’s jamming duties will possibly be shared by the LiBRAWLian and Lowhits Griffin.  Following the Midwest BrewHaHa tournament and the Boston swing, the Ohio Roller Girls’ defense finally appears to be running on all cylinders.  Burnadeath and Sarah Bruce have both seen an increase in playing time and are capable of playing any position when called upon.  They’ll join Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin in the pack as she returns to the track after not traveling with the team to Boston.

Queen City is currently 2-2 on the season with victories over Killamazoo (MI), 198-195, and Ithaca (NY), 200-119.  Their losses came against Suburbia (Yonkers, NY), 222-192, and Tri-City (Kitchener, ON), 197-195.  According to the Lake Effect Furies’ website, following their contest with Ohio, Queen City has three more bouts on their schedule:  Burning River (Cleveland), NEO (Akron), and Toronto.

Ohio’s Gang Green will also take the track this weekend against Demolition City’s Destruction Dames from Evansville, Indiana.  These two squads met back in April when Gang Green took the impressive 308-70 victory.  Gang Green will be without Hop Devil for this bout, who led all scorers in the April bout with 89 points.  Blitz Lemon and TactiGal added 67 and 62 points respectively.  Carrying the jammer load for the Destruction Dames could be HURTZ Donut, Tenacious V, Terra Sunder, and 4 Alarm Felon.  The Dames are currently 1-2 this season with their lone victory coming against Naptown’s third team, the Third Alarm.  Gang Green will look to end a three game skid as they have dropped their last three to Madison, Boston, and Montreal.

The Ohio Roller Girls will take the track first at 5:00 p.m. against Queen City and will be followed by the Gang Green/Demolition City Destruction Dames bout.

Photos courtesy of Joe Medolo.

Andrew Marron