(59) Ohio Extends Welcome to (75) Garden State
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(59) Ohio Extends Welcome to (75) Garden State

After a narrow 13-point loss to Dub City earlier in June, the Ohio Roller Derby All Stars are ready to end their 10-game season on a high note, and will leave it all on the track as they take on first-time opponents Garden State Rollergirls (North Arlington, NJ).

Without any overlap in opponents, (59) Ohio and (75) Garden State have managed to find a similar trajectory in 2018 competitive play. Currently 2-5, Garden State kicked things off in March with two losses in South Carolina at the March Badness 2018 invitational: after a loss to Naptown Roller Derby, the Ironbound Maidens bounced back to give Columbia Roller Derby a serious run for their money, ultimately falling short by just 6 points. After a third loss to Charm City in May, Garden State were victorious against Mother State, and have loaded their schedule for June. Undeterred by a loss to Boston at the beginning of the month, the Ironbound Maidens spent last weekend at the annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza (ECDX) invitational outside Philadelphia. Despite misfortune in the form of a jammer injury, they kept the score close against Tri-City Roller Derby in a 141-179 loss, then ran away with a 204-105 win over Maine the next day. Their trip to Ohio will be the final regular-season game for Garden State as they turn their focus to intraleague play for the remainder of the year.

Following the All Stars game, the Ohio Roller Derby C-level squad, Green Machine, will face off against the A team of Athens Ohio Roller Derby, the Appalachian Hell Betties. Competition will be fierce in this rematch nearly a year in the making, as Green Machine only fell short by 25 points when the two teams met last July.

Doors open to the public at 4 p.m.; the Ohio Roller Derby All Stars take the track against the Garden State Rollergirls Ironbound Maidens at 5 p.m., followed by Green Machine versus AORD’s Appalachian Hell Betties around 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at ohiorollerderby.com/tickets through Friday, June 29th, and limited tickets will be available at the door on Saturday, but arrive early – it’ll be packed! Visit the OHRD merch table to pick up limited edition Pride gear, and stay tuned for more information about some exciting Ohio Roller Derby events coming up after the conclusion of the regular season. Thanks for supporting OHRD in our thirteenth season, and we’ll see you track side!

Photo by Katherine Seghers.