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OHIO FALLS TO ARCH RIVAL

Ohio Roller Girls All Stars vs. Arch Rival Roller Girls All Stars With the long history between the Arch Rival Roller Girls and the Ohio Roller Girls, it could have been anyone’s game on Saturday. Ohio wanted nothing more than to break Arch Rival's unbeaten winning streak at home, and Arch undeniably wanted revenge for last year’s playoff loss.  Unfortunately for Ohio, the hometown team prevailed. The Smacktivist drew first blood against Mighty Mighty Boston, but it didn’t take long for the tide to turn against Ohio. The Arch defense was not to be messed with from the very beginning. Blockers Mayor Francis Slayer, Emily Rineheart, and Downtown Dallis, among others, worked hard to keep the Ohio jammers frustrated, holding back the likes of Kitty Liquorbottom. With Ohio jammers held back, Arch was able to hold a point lead through the majority of the first half and into the second. In the last half, Ohio wanted nothing more than to even things up. While jammers Brickyard and Annie Swanson did the work to keep the Arch lead, Ohio blockers Lora “Outa My” Wayman and Amy Spears did their best to hold them back. Ohio started narrowing the point gap midway through the last

OHIO BRINGS THE HEAT AGAINST BUFFALO’S LAKE EFFECT FURIES, 239-109

After the last few games away from home, the Ohio Roller Girls were happy to return to the Lausche Building to take on Queen City Roller Girls’ Lake Effect Furies from Buffalo, NY.  The last time these two teams faced off, the Furies found themselves on the losing end. While Ohio is ranked #22 in the WFTDA to Buffalo's #48, OHRG were still prepared to meet strong opposing players from northern New York. With The Smacktivist up against Queen City’s Librawlian in the first jam, it could have been a strong start for either team.  Mack was able to take lead and the first four points of the game before calling the jam off.  Thanks to smart blocking by Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin, Burnadeath, and Ena Flash, that four point lead would only increase, never allowing space for a lead change.  In fact, it took until the fifth jam for Queen City to get on the scoreboard, courtesy of Librawlian. Queen City took lead jammer status for the majority of the first half. Blockers Ivana LeiHerOut and Head Huntress frustrated the likes of Kitty Liquorbottom and Bigg Rigg, who got stuck fighting against the Buffalo defense more than once.  When Kitty wasn’t

OHIO TAKES ON THREE TEAMS IN BOSTON

All Stars vs Boston Massacre After a weekend away in Milwaukee, WI at the Midwest BrewHaHa, the Ohio Roller Girls All Stars packed up their gear and headed to Boston to take on three different teams in 24 hours. First up: the Boston Derby Dames’ Boston Massacre. Ohio drew first blood, but it didn't last long as Boston soon gained a lead  they would hold onto for the entirety of the first half. Boston would earn lead jammer for 10 out of 21 jams, often gaining points and calling it before Ohio's jammers could do the same.  Ohio was down 63-104 at halftime despite hard defensive work from blockers like Burnadeath, Lora "Outa My" Wayman, and Ena Flash. The second half started out much like the first. Despite solid blocking efforts from skaters like Amy Spears, Jesse "Ava Tarr" Fox, and Sk8 Crime, Boston kept adding up the points until the 6th jam, when Boston's Lil’ Paine was sent to the penalty box for a back block. Ohio’s jammer, Burnadeath took advantage, quickly racking up 29 points as Lil’ Paine was called on a second back block. Penalties took a big toll on Boston and Ohio was right there to maximize every opportunity they

OHIO FAILS TO BRING HOME TOWN WIN AGAINST ATLANTA, 117-261

Just days prior to the Ohio Roller Girls All Stars facing off against the Atlanta Rollergirls Dirty South Derby Girls, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association released updated April rankings.  While Ohio held their place at #20, Atlanta fell five spots to #15.  When the two teams played last year, they were slightly farther apart in ranking, with Ohio at #23 and Atlanta at #15.  As Ohio has proven before, rankings alone can't predict a game's outcome. After last year’s away game loss to Atlanta of 186-247, could Ohio turn the tables at home? The Smacktivist took the jammer line for Ohio first, matched up against Jammunition from Atlanta. With the help from blockers like Queen Loseyateefa and Switchblade Siouxsie frustrating Ohio’s players, Atlanta was able to draw first blood.  They put 33 points on the board in the first few jams, despite hard defensive work from Ohio blockers such as Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin. In the fourth jam, Lora “Outa My” Wayman came out of the penalty box with a vengeance and pulled Atlanta jammer Jean-Juke Picard into a low block penalty as the jam was called.  This was Ohio’s first power jam and The

OHIO FALLS JUST SHORT IN INDY, 140-163

At the end of Saturday's bout in Indianapolis, the announcer proclaimed it “the most exciting bout” the Naptown Tornado Sirens had all year. Unfortunately, it was not as exciting as the Ohio Roller Girls (4-2) would have liked. Penalties were nearly Ohio's salvation: Naptown (5-1) accrued thirty-one of them, against just eighteen for Ohio. But like the proverbial double-edged sword, it was penalties at key moments in the bout that led to Ohio's doom. Naptown stormed out of the gates, running up a 39-8 tally in the first ten jams. Ohio stopped the bleeding behind power jams by Kitty Liquorbottom and The Smacktivist, then climbed back into the game by hard-fought increments. An eighteen-point, five-on-two power jam by Zee "Loraine Acid" Gulertekin brought Ohio within eleven points with just under two minutes left in the first half, but Siren jammer Maiden America finished off the half two jams later with a nine-point run, and Naptown led 83-67 at the half. Ohio came off the line breathing fire in the second half. Ohio's penalty kill, behind ferocious blocking by Lora "Outa My" Wayman and Ena Flash, kept the Siren jammers at bay while the Ohio jammers slashed through the opposing blockers en route

GANG GREEN TAKEN DOWN BY NAPTOWN WARNING BELLES, 88-185

Ohio’s Gang Green started and ended strong against Indianapolis’s Naptown Warning Belles on Saturday. It was the middle part of the bout that caused them trouble. Gang Green jammer Hop Devil, who jammed thirteen times and won three leads (23%), breezed through the pack to gain the lead on the first jam. Nicold N Deadly (thirteen jams, five leads (38%)) overcame a low block on the second jam to gain a come-from-behind lead in the second, thanks to a stellar effort by her blockers to keep Belle jammer The Bitter End in the pack. TactiGal (six jams, three leads (50%)) followed with yet another lead on the third jam, and Hop Devil finished Ohio’s brief period of dominance by fighting off a forearm penalty to gain the lead in the fourth jam. I say “brief period” because the four jams combined netted a total of four points for Gang Green, and they were the last points Ohio would get for another six jams. The rest of the first half was all Warning Belles. The trouble started in the fifth jam, when jammer Nicold N Deadly was called for a cut while in the pack. She was called back to the track after the

OHIO VICTORIOUS OVER TRI-CITY THUNDER, 225-142

This past Saturday was the third time that the Ohio Roller Girls have matched up against Tri-City Roller Derby’s Tri-City Thunder from Kitchener, Ontario. OHRG recognized early on that they had some tough opponents in players like Tri-City veterans Wylde Leigh Cyote and Fox Smoulder. As evidenced by their strong 2013 playoffs performance, Tri-City had been working hard since the two teams last saw each other, but unfortunately for the Canadian team, Ohio had been doing the same. Right out of the gate, Ohio took the lead with The Smacktivist scoring the first two points of the game in the first jam. Ohio would continue to add a few points here and there for the majority of the first half. Ohio jammers found themselves trying to catch up to fast-moving packs with the Tri-City jammers hot on their tail.  OHRG blockers weren’t having it any easier, finding themselves fighting some tough hits and strong walls courtesy of players like Fraxxure and Aggrosaurus. Ohio managed to maintain a steady lead despite growing penalty trouble, although the persistent pack disadvantage eventually caught up to them. With about ten minutes left, Tri-City’s Ova’ Kill, who had been taking regular advantage of an undefended inside

OHRG Beer Release Party!

Barley's Ale House has created a limited edition Ohio Roller Girls beer! We will have a tapping party in the Barley's Underground on Friday, April 18 from 8pm-midnight.  Your favorite skaters will be guest bartending all night, with tips going to the OHRG travel fund. We will also be having an adult spelling bee starting at 9pm. Don't miss the food, music, and of course, Barley's Brews. Come join us for the release of Green and Black Flag! Barley's is located at 467 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Find up-to-the minute details on Facebook.

OHRG ALL STARS TAKE HOME WINS, LOSS AT QUAD CITY CHAOS

Ohio vs. New Skids on the Block (Montreal, QC) Ohio first met Montreal in 2009 and then again in 2013 during playoffs. Both of those meetings landed Ohio with wins over the New Skids on the Block despite Montreal’s higher ranking.  Going into Quad City Chaos this weekend, it looked as though it could go either way based on the history.  One thing was certain, of course: neither team was going to go down without a fight. It didn’t look good from the start for OHRG, though.  With jammer The Smacktivist earning a track cut penalty in the first jam, Montreal was able to start off strong. In that first power jam Mel-E-Juana scored 19 points and Montreal barely looked back.  Penalty trouble continued for OHRG throughout the first half and into the second.  Ohio skaters spent a total of 38 penalty minutes to Montreal’s 26 throughout the two periods. With the score at the half 169-96 in favor of Montreal, Ohio came back with a few power jams to start the second half off a bit stronger. They couldn’t seem to make up the point difference with their continued penalty trouble and the game ended 385-158.  The good news for Ohio is

OHIO BRINGS HOME FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST NASHVILLE, 194-128

It's been over six months since Columbus got to see the Ohio Roller Girls play a home bout. August was the last time OHRG graced the Ohio Expo Center before tournament season and, if you missed it, what a tournament season it was! OHRG won two out of three playoffs games, which earned them their very first trip to Championships in November. After a great 2013 and a lot of hard work in the off-season, OHRG was ready to hit their hometown track on March 8th to start the 2014 season off right. For the season opener, OHRG welcomed the Nashville Rollergirls Music City All Stars. The two teams last played against each other in 2010, with Ohio falling to Nashville. Four years later, Ohio wasn’t going down so easily. Ohio started out the first half with a strong mix of veterans jamming, including Kitty Liquorbottom,  The Smacktivist, and Bratislava Bruiser. They gained immediate advantage over Nashville, including the first power jam of the game going to Lora “Outa My” Wayman, but they didn’t stay ahead for long.  After five lead changes, Nashville jammers, including Ann T. Histamine and Chelsea Dagger, pulled the final lead change of the half in their favor with