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This weekend marks a decade of derby for the Ohio Roller Girls, and they’ll celebrate by welcoming in the Ft. Wayne Derby Girls’ Bomb Squad and Burning River Roller Derby’s HazMat Crew for an action-packed double header at the Ohio Building on Saturday.  The weekend celebration calls for all OHRG skating/officiating/and other volunteer alumni to come back and see what their hard work has built over the past ten years.

The (29) Ohio Roller Girls are coming off a tough three day weekend in Milwaukee (WI) where they participated in the 6th annual Midwest BrewHaHa invitational.  Ohio had one of the toughest schedules out of all the participating teams as they faced the (14) Arch Rival Roller Girls (St. Louis), (7) Minnesota RollerGirls (St. Paul), and (23) Tampa Roller Derby.  OHRG fought hard, but eventually went 0-3 over the weekend taking their overall 2015 record to 6-6 in sanctioned WFTDA play.  BrewHaHa marks the first time Ohio has lost three consecutive bouts since 2012.  Your local squad looks to bounce back this weekend as they’ll take on the (69) Ft. Wayne Bomb Squad (IN).

Ft. Wayne will enter Columbus with a 2-8 record this season with their two victories coming early against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins and the Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby.  After starting 2-0, they’ve dropped their last six, but to higher quality opponents like Ann Arbor, Detroit, Naptown, and Kansas City.  Even more notable is that four of their six losses have been by less than 52 points, which indicates they’ve been competitive in the majority of their bouts.  After a brief stint with in-state competitors Naptown Roller Girls, skaters Majestic, R.I.P. Tide, Rachel Tension, PushyCat, and Enya Grave have returned to Ft. Wayne and have bettered the Bomb Squad’s performance from years past.  Historically, Ohio is 4-0 against Ft. Wayne, but these two teams haven’t played each other since March 2012 (a 201-108 victory for OHRG).

Following the OHRG vs Ft. Wayne bout, Ohio’s Gang Green will play Burning River’s reserve squad, the HazMat Crew (Cleveland).  The HazMat Crew are 3-1 this season with their three victories coming over the span of one weekend while competing at the Siege of CNY 2015 (hosted by Central New York Roller Derby).  Their only loss came last month to Steel City’s Steel Beamers (Pittsburgh).  Gang Green is 2-7 this year but have lost three bouts by less than twenty points, with two of those losses by single digits.  They’ll look to get back on track this weekend before taking on tough opponents from Toronto, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis later this season.  Gang Green will rely heavily on jammers Ally McSqueal, HellionBOI, TactiGal, and first year Gang Green skater Karmabal Lectur to score points for Ohio’s reserve squad while blockers Garden of Beatin, Blitz Lemon, Elektra Magneto, and Slammerhead look to stymie the HazMat Crew scorers.

The bout will take place at the Ohio Building located within the Ohio Expo Center.  Doors open at 4:00 p.m. with Ohio taking on Ft. Wayne at 5:00 p.m.  The Gang Green/HazMat Crew bout will follow the charter bout, and will start at approximately 7:00 p.m.  ohiorollergirls.com/tickets

Andrew Marron