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OHRD’s 2017 Gala Awards

This past Saturday, November 11th, Ohio Roller Derby held their annual end of the year gala where they celebrate the closing of another great season. Thank you all volunteers, skaters, and fans for another successful season. Below are all the award winners from the night. Amy Spears Award: Burnadeath OHRD Spirit Award: Kegel Scout Memorable Mentor: Zee “Lorain Acid” Gulertekin Exemplary SportsPersonship Award: Lawless Most Versatile: Blitz Lemon The Great Motivator: Bigg Rigg Dynamic Duo: GalVaTron & Kill C. Grammar Breakout Player of the Season: Betty T. Kay0 Jammer To Watch Next Season: Pain Train Blocker To Watch Next Season: Kelsey Khaos Sweet Moves: Pain Train Megaphone Award: Chainsaw Joker In the Pack Award: Vyles Brickhouse Award: Slammerhead Crowdpleaser Award: Pain Train Mastermind Award: Jesse ʺAva Tarrʺ Fox Rookie of the Year: Jessica Rabid Volunteers Fast Learner: Malya McCain Most Versatile: Timothy T. Justice Most Cosmopolitan: Silver Machine Most Flair: Wendra Woman Welcome Wagon: Silver Machine Outstanding Team Player: Jason Poindexter Most Motivational: GalVaTron Unsung Hero: Burnadeath Gang Green Outstanding Team Player: Amy Spears Jammer’s Best Friend:  Vyles Pivot of the Year: Paige Bleed Blocker of the Year:  Vyles Jammer of the Year: Bruss Knuckles Most Valuable Player: Elektra Magneto Ohio Roller Derby All stars Outstanding Team Player: Betty T. Kay0 Jammer’s Best Friend: Slammerhead Pivot of the Year: Blitz Lemon Blocker of the Year: Betty T. Kay0 Jammer of the Year: Pain Train Most Valuable Player: Chainsaw Write-in Awards Derby name most often butchered by Announcers Award: Gorges Curves Road Warrior Award: Kruel Aid Award for Best Rookie Name: Birch Slap You're gonna get me in Trouble Award: Lora "Outta My" Wayman Special

OHRD Playoffs Fundraiser

We need your help! Our fans have been so supportive over the years - attending games and cheering us on to be a competitively ranked, international team. Now, we need a little more. Please consider helping us raise funds to offset the cost of those travelling to compete. All funds will be used to reimburse league members on the cost of hotel and travel. AND if we raise additional funds it will help towards the 2018 season, so we can continue to be a successful roller derby team. You can help us by making a donation HERE

OHRD Sponsor Spotlight: CD102.5

Ohio Roller Derby is proud to be sponsored in part by CD102.5, a local, independently owned and operated alternative radio station in Columbus. Headquartered in the Brewery District, CD102.5’s radio adventure started on August 21, 1990, as CD101 on the dial at 101.1 FM. The station began with the belief that there was a lot of great music not getting played on the radio. There were some success stories around the country of other stations starting up with this mission, and they figured someone needed to start building a great progressive radio station in Columbus. Almost 27 years later, CD102.5 is now one of the top-rated stations in the Columbus market and the only independently owned alternative station in the top 100 markets in the country. They continue to believe in playing what you won’t hear on any other radio station. The station’s heart and soul is the music, but it is also their listeners and their community. CD102.5 makes that clear through the support they continue to show – whether it’s by bringing musicians from the local music scene to the airwaves and in person to their famous Big Room Bar, or by sponsoring local organizations like us. They also sponsor

OHRD’s 2016 Awards Gala

This past Saturday, December 17th, Ohio Roller Derby held their annual end of the year gala where they celebrate the closing of another great season. Thank you all volunteers, skaters, and fans for another successful season. Below are all the award winners from the night. Amy Spears Award: Chainsaw OHRD Spirit Award: Silver Machine Memorable Mentor: Zee "Lorain Acid" Gulertekin Exemplary SportsPersonship Award: Betty T. KayO Most Versatile: The Smacktivist The Great Motivator:  Bigg Rigg Dynamic Duo: Chainsaw and KloverKill Breakout Player of the Season: Blitz Lemon Jammer To Watch Next Season: Bruss Knuckles Blocker To Watch Next Season: Gorges Curves Sweet Moves: The Smacktivist Megaphone Award: Chainsaw Joker In the Pack Award: Amanda Adams Brickhouse Award: Stevie Brown Crowdpleaser Award: The Smacktivist Mastermind Award: Jesse ʺAva Tarrʺ Fox Rookie of the Year: Bruss Knuckles Volunteers Fast Learner: Silver Machine Most Versatile: Kill C. Grammar Most Cosmopolitan: Kill C. Grammar Most Flair: Wendra Woman Welcome Wagon: GalVaTron Outstanding Team Player: Jason Poindexter Most Motivational: Amy Spears Unsung Hero: Drew ʺOHRGreenmanʺ Stafford Gang Green Outstanding Team Player: Death CertifiKate and Elektra Magneto Jammer's Best Friend: Quiet Storm Pivot of the Year: Elektra Magneto Blocker of the Year: Val Holla Jammer of the Year: Tactigal Most Valuable Player: Elektra Magneto Ohio Roller Derby All stars Outstanding Team Player: Betty T. KayO and  Bigg Rigg Jammer's Best Friend: Stevie Brown Pivot of the Year: Kitty Liquorbottom Blocker of the Year: KloverKill and Stevie Brown Jammer

2017 OHRD Tryouts

Do you want to skate with one of the top teams in the world? Get ready for our annual open tryouts on November 1st & 3rd from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Tryouts are open to women, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals 18 & over.* You should plan on both nights, though we may do a cut before the second night.(*see WTFDA's statement here: https://wftda.com/wftda-gender-statement) If you have your own skates and gear (knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard and helmet), please bring them. If you don’t, skates will be available, as will pads to borrow. Mouth guards will be available to purchase for $2 (cash only). Interviews will also be scheduled, and may be on an addtional date. We strongly encourage interested skaters to test the waters with our monthly Wannabe Clinics or get involved with our Rec League to prepare. To register and get more information, please email tryouts@ohiorollerderby.com.

END OF THE YEAR AWARDS GALA

This past Saturday, December 12th, the Ohio Roller Girls held their annual end of the year gala where they celebrate the closing of another great season. With this being their 10th season a specialty award was given to Amy Spears for her decade of service to the league and helping continuing to grow not only OHRG but WFTDA as well. Thank you all volunteers, skaters, and fans for another successful season. Below are all the award winners from the night. Amy Spears Award: Chainsaw OHRG Spirit Award: Drew ʺOHRGreenmanʺ Stafford Memorable Mentor: Jesse ʺAva Tarrʺ Fox Exemplary SportsPersonship Award: Garden of Beatin' Most Versatile: Lora ʺOuta Myʺ Wayman The Great Motivator: NiCold N Deadly Dynamic Duo Award: Bigg Rigg & Burnadeath Breakout Player of the Season: KloverKill Blocker To Watch Next Season: Slammerhead Jammer To Watch Next Season: Karmabal Lectur Sweet Moves:  The Smacktivist Megaphone Award: Kitty Liquorbottom Joker In the Pack Award: Adams Brickhouse Award: Ena Flash Crowdpleaser Award: The Smacktivist Mastermind Award: Chainsaw Rookie of the Year: BerMurder Triangle Gang Green Pivot of the Year: Elektra Magneto Blocker of the Year: Quiet Storm Jammer of the Year: Blitz Lemon Most Valuable Player: KloverKill Jammer's Best Friend: NiCold N Deadly Outstanding Team Player: Garden of Beatin' Ohio Roller Girls All Stars Pivot of the Year: Burnadeath Blocker of the Year: Ena Flash Jammer of the Year: The Smacktivist Most Valuable Player: The

TRIO OF TOUGH LOSSES FOR OHRG AT 6TH ANNUAL MIDWEST BREWHAHA

  In their sixth trip to Milwaukee in as many years, the Ohio Roller Girls had their work cut out for them as they rolled into the annual invitational hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers. With a smaller roster and more challenging schedule than many other teams competing at BrewHaHa, Ohio knew that the weekend would not be an easy one. Update WFTDA rankings released at the end of May dropped Ohio to 29, while Arch Rival climbed four spots to 14, Minnesota moved down a slot to 7, and Tampa held steady at 23. Despite these factors, Ohio fought fiercely, and refused to send their opponents home with easy wins. (29) OHIO FALLS TO (14) ARCH RIVAL, 367-41 For their first game of the weekend in Milwaukee, Ohio took on Arch Rival Roller Girls on Friday afternoon in what promised to be a challenging game. Arch kept Ohio off the board for the first two jams, before The Smacktivist put up four points in jam three. A strict four jammer rotation of Brickyard, Bricktator, Swanson, and Harmony Killerbruise obtained lead status for the squad from St. Louis in all but one jam in the first half, holding Ohio in the single digits until

Sponsor Spotlight: Stasis Services

We here at OHRG appreciate our sponsors!  Today, we're chatting with Paul Graves, founder and technology adviser, at Stasis Services. Stasis Services is a Columbus-based business technology company. Read on to find out more from Paul! Tell us about your business. Stasis Services occupies a unique niche in the IT world.  We specialize in helping small- to mid-size companies reach their business goals through the smart use of technology.  Although we have a great deal of experience with professional firms, our expertise is applicable to many companies and markets How did you get started? The business started as a part-time second job back in 1992.  After being laid off back in 1994, I began working full-time in the business. What is the best part of the work that you do? The best part of my work is watching people become owners and users of technology as a productive tool instead of buying things or services that they under-utilize or don’t understand.   When assisting our clients we strive to keep them engaged and part of the solution process. What is the most important thing you would want people to know about Stasis Services? We aim to have not just a relationship with the client as a service provider, but

Ohio Powers Past Steel City, 216-191

It is fitting that the Ohio Roller Girls’ last regular bout of the season was on Labor Day weekend, because the 216 – 191 victory over Steel City's (Pittsburgh) Steel Hurtin’ was a laborious battle from start to finish. Ohio’s special team play made the difference in a bout that seemed at first to be going Steel City’s way. Steel Hurtin’ won lead jammer on the first six jams of the bout and jumped out to a 20-0 lead, but an aggressive style of play led to 41 penalties for Steel City. Ohio took advantage, scoring 189 of their 216 points with Steel City jammers sitting on the penalty bench, over 100 points more than Steel City managed on their power jams. It wasn’t just offensive power that won the game; the penalty kill was just as destructive. The best example of Ohio’s domination on penalty kills happened with 22 minutes left in the first half when The Smacktivist was sent to the box and Ohio’s defense, led by Lora “Outa My” Wayman and Amy Spears, kept Steel City’s superstar jammer ‘Snot Rocket Science from breaking out the pack for the full thirty second penalty time. ‘Snot was sent to the box

Ohio’s Defense Stifles Cincinnati 306-83

Playoff-bound Ohio took full advantage of the Black Sheep’s difficulties while posting a 306-83 drubbing on Saturday. The Cincinnati Black Sheep have struggled through a season of personnel turnover, but their aggressive blocking showed signs that the Cincy team has what it takes to rebuild. The bout featured dazzling displays by the Ohio jammers. The Smacktivist alone outscored the Black Sheep by 55 points en route to a 19 jam, 138 point outing featuring their usual array of spins and jukes. No one can cut an edge quite like Mack. Burnadeath showed off her cat-like agility in the thirteenth jam of the first half when she neatly side-stepped a steam-rolling Cincinnati blocker; the blocker whiffed and Burna slid by to take lead. Bigg Rigg had the play of the bout in the second jam of the second half when she flew over the apex, passing the startled Black Sheep defense and stealing four points from the Cincinnati jammer, who called off the jam too late. For all of the offensive fireworks, however, the name of the bout was defense. The Cincinnati jammers simply could not find a seam in Ohio’s wall. Ohio’s jammers scored nearly at will, but the MVPs of the