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The Motor City VS. The Capital City

This Saturday, your #43 Ohio Roller Derby take on #28 Detroit Roller Derby in the final home bout of the season. This bout will not only continue the long-standing rivalry between the two squads, but also acts as a tribute to the rebirth of roller derby, as both Ohio and Detroit were two of the original 30 teams in the WFTDA. For the first time since 2013, Ohio has slid out of Division 1 and will play at the WFTDA Division II Playoffs in Pittsburgh from August 18-20th. Looking for momentum headed into the DII Playoffs, Ohio will continue to rely on a deeper jammer rotation than in seasons past with Gorges Curves and Pain Train leading the charge. Skaters Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin, Lora “Outa My” Wayman, Bigg Rigg, Val Holla, TactiGal, and BrussKnuckles continue to compete to become that third jammer in Ohio’s rotation, all of whom have found success donning the star at different times during the season. Blockers Wayman, Amy Spears, Kelsey Khaos, Chainsaw, Slammerhead, Betty T. KayO, Rigg, and Acid will have their hands full with Detroit’s speedy and powerful jammers. Much like Ohio, Detroit has a lot of depth on the jammer line, but they do

#36 Ohio And #37 Charm City Clash in Columbus

This Saturday, the Charm City Roller Girls make their way to Columbus for the rubber match after each squad has been victorious once in their previous two matchups. Ohio has the most recent victory when they defeated the visitors 200-180 back in March 2015. Charm City was victorious in the first ever matchup in 2013, 232-132. Both squads are different now, and with Ohio currently sitting one spot ahead of Charm in the WFTDA rankings, a lot is riding on this contest. Ohio is 3-3 this season, coming off a tough home loss to Blue Ridge that came down to the final jam a couple of weeks ago. With Ohio and Charm City only one position apart in the rankings, the bout is (on paper) expected to be one of the closest contests all season for Ohio. In fact, Ohio is getting used to playing close games as four of their seven games (including one pre-season, non-sanctioned bout) this season have been decided by 30 points or less. Gorges Curves, Pain Train, and Val Holla continue to be Ohio’s go-to jammers, but Zee "Loraine Acid" Gulertekin stepped up against Blue Ridge and may see more time with the jammer star on

#36 Ohio Welcomes D2 Champs #42 Blue Ridge

This weekend the WFTDA International Division 2 Champions, Blue Ridge Rollergirls, take their shot at your Ohio Roller Derby. This matchup will be the second time the two squads have ever played each other, with Ohio being victorious back in 2013. Ohio is already five bouts deep into their 2017 season with games played against Naptown, Houston, No Coast, Killamazoo, and Brandywine. Ohio’s success has mainly been due to a deeper jammer rotation than in years past. With Gorges Curves, Pain Train, Val Holla, Lora "Outa My" Wayman, Blitz Lemon, and BrussKnuckles able to wear the star, Ohio’s jammers are able to go deeper into the game without sacrificing quality on the jammer line. In fact, three Ohio jammers have been able to eclipse the 100 point mark in three of their five bouts so far, with Val Holla scoring 113 points against Brandywine during Ohio’s last home bout. This bout will be Blue Ridge’s first sanctioned bout of 2017, with upcoming contests against Steel City, Calgary, and Brandywine in a rematch of last season’s Division 2 Championship bout as seen on ESPN3. Blue Ridge’s success lies primarily with superstar jammer, Dr. Octopushy. Dr. Octopushy was the only jammer at the Division

#48 BRANDYWINE MARCHES INTO TOWN FOR BATTLE WITH #35 OHIO

Brandywine Roller Derby will be skating in cadence as they make their way to Columbus from Downingtown (PA) for the first-ever matchup between Brandywine’s Belligerents and Ohio’s charter team. Ohio, who just returned from the Skate To Thrill Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri, currently sits at 2-2 this season. They opened the season with a close loss to rivals Naptown in front of a sell-out Columbus crowd, then dropped their first bout at Skate To Thrill against Houston Roller Derby. Ohio bounced back nicely with an upset victory over No Coast Derby Girls, then took care of business against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins to close their weekend. In the Killamazoo bout, two Ohio jammers eclipsed the century mark in bout scoring, with Pain Train tallying exactly 100 points, and Gorges Curves scoring 140 respectively. Pain Train was named Most Valuable Player for Ohio at the conclusion of the invitational. So far in her career with Ohio, Pain Train has now collected two individual bout MVP awards in two bouts, as well as an invitational MVP award. If it seems as if Ohio has played a lot of derby to start their 2017 season, they have. The Brandywine bout will be

(35) Ohio Kicks Off 2017 Against (31) Naptown Roller Derby

This Saturday, Ohio Roller Derby dives head first into their 2017 season with a home opener against heated rivals, the Naptown Roller Derby Tornado Sirens (Indianapolis). Ohio and Naptown’s rivalry goes back nearly a decade with Naptown holding a 4-3 advantage in sanctioned play. However, the Tornado Sirens don’t have the last laugh when it comes to this rivalry. Just last month, in Indianapolis, Ohio was able to defeat Naptown in front of their home crowd by a mere two points in an unsanctioned bout. With multiple lead changes in the second half, Ohio fielded recent transfer skater Pain Train on the jammer line who was able to get past two Naptown blockers. In the meanwhile, Chainsaw, Lora "Outa My" Wayman, Betty T. KayO, and Kelsey Khaos held back the Tornado Siren jammer for the game ending call-off for Ohio. Both squads finished their 2016 season by earning trips to the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, although they were at different locations. Ohio went 1-3 at the Madison, Wisconsin, playoff location and finished in 9th place after defeating No Coast (Lincoln, NE) in their final bout of the weekend. Naptown played three tough opponents in Rat City (Seattle), Queen City (Buffalo), and

Ohio Roller Derby – 2017 Preview

Ohio Roller Derby will be kicking off their 2017 season in a familiar setting as OHRD will continue to play all its home bouts at the Ohio Building located within the Ohio Expo Center. What may not be familiar to some of Ohio’s die-hard fans are a few of the faces of the skaters that will make up this season’s charter squad. After an impressive debut with Ohio at the Division 1 Playoffs in Madison last season, Ithaca transfer Gorges Curves has solidified herself as a go-to jammer for OHRD and can also be thrown into a clutch pack for defensive purposes if the need arises. Another transfer coming Ohio’s way via Dayton’s Gem City is the powerful Pain Train. In her first action for Ohio last month in an unsanctioned bout at Naptown (Indianapolis), Pain Train obtained lead jammer on the bout’s final jam and was able to solidify a two-point victory for Ohio. If powerful hits and fancy footwork are something you’d be interested in, keep an eye on #00 (short for chOO chOO) as Pain Train will see a lot of track time for OHRD this year. Adding a blast of talent and youth to Ohio’s roster

(36) OHIO TAKES AIM AT KILLAMAZOO

This weekend, Ohio Roller Derby will play their final home bout of 2016 as the Killamazoo Derby Darlins try to play spoiler in Columbus. Historically, Ohio has the advantage over the squad from Michigan, winning all four matchups between the two teams. They most recently played in March 2015 when Ohio was victorious 282-118. After strong performances against Carolina and Roc City in their last two home bouts, Ohio Roller Derby has secured a spot in the Division 1 Playoffs come September, in which the top 40 teams in the world will compete for the coveted Hydra Trophy. Where they’ll be seeded in the Division 1 Playoffs is yet to be determined. Currently ranked #36, Ohio would be the final 9 seed and would have to play the #28 team in the first round of the playoffs. A good showing against Killamazoo and Ohio could jump to an 8 seed where they would be favored in their opening round match against a lower ranked 9 seed. Regardless of their seed, if Ohio wins their opener at playoffs, they’ll move on to play the #1 seed (one of the top 4 teams in the world) later that day. Following their home bout

THE ROC STARS’ 2016 TOUR INCLUDES COLUMBUS

The old saying goes, “If the music’s too loud, you’re too old.” Well, the Ohio Roller Derby will be looking to make some noise of their own this weekend as they welcome in the Roc Stars of Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY). In the first contest of the evening, the #36 Ohio Roller Derby will be putting a 16 game home win streak on the line as they also play for a spot in the Division 1 Playoffs in September. A good showing from the home team will solidify OHRD in the top 40, rather than dropping them down in to Division 2. If Ohio keeps their #36 rank throughout this month, that would be good enough for a 9-seed in the playoffs, pitting them against an 8-seed in the first round (with the winner moving on to play the 1-seed in the next round). Ohio, currently sporting a 6-1 record in their 2016 campaign, only have the Roc City bout remaining on their schedule before the final Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings come out and seed teams for playoffs. Ohio will still play three bouts this season before playoffs (Columbia, SC; Atlanta, GA; and Detroit, MI), but they

(37) OHIO OFFERS SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AS (65) CAROLINA VISITS THE 614

This weekend, the Carolina Roller Girls invade Columbus as their All-Stars attempt to snap Ohio’s fifteen game home win streak. It’ll be a tough task for the team from Raleigh, North Carolina, as Ohio Roller Derby has defeated their three home opponents this season (Ann Arbor, Ithaca, and Tri-City) by an average of 162 points. Historically, Ohio holds a 1-1 record against the Carolina All-Stars. They first met back in Raleigh in 2012 where Carolina took a slim victory, 125-110. Ohio was able to get revenge on Carolina the following year in Columbus, when the home squad convincingly won 432-29. Recently, Ohio has been able to jump back into the top 40 after climbing four spaces after the last WFTDA rankings release. Conversely, Carolina also saw a five position climb to #65, as they attempt to land between #40-60 in order to play in the Division 2 Playoffs in August. Carolina is 3-1 in their 2016 campaign, with a three game win streak coming into Columbus. They started their season with a loss to Jet City (217-140), but rolled off three wins over three days at the K-Town Shakedown hosted by the Killamazoo Derby Darlins earlier this month. At the Shakedown,

Tri-City Stamps Their Passports To Visit Ohio

This Saturday, the Ohio Roller Derby hosts Tri-City Roller Derby from Kitchener, Ontario, in a battle as both squads look to make the jump back into Division 1. In WFTDA, teams ranked 1-40 fall into the Division 1 playoff structure at the end of the season, with teams between 41-60 placed in the Division 2 playoffs. Ohio, currently ranked #41 after the most recent WFTDA rankings release, should jump back into the 30s next month as they look to continue their presence in the Division 1 postseason. Tri-City is currently ranked #47 and needs some favorable outcomes over the next few months to work their way back into the top 40. Currently 2-1 in their 2016 campaign, the Tri-City Thunder opened the season as a participant at Quad City Chaos, a weekend invitational hosted by Toronto Roller Derby in mid-March. At Quad City Chaos, the Thunder were victorious over Roller Derby Quebec 193-139, and against the Toronto All Stars 207-158. The Thunder’s lone setback at Chaos was against the Queen City Roller Girls, 209-71, a team they’ll have a rematch with in May at the Tri-City-hosted Beaver Fever Invitational. According to their schedule, Tri-City only has a handful of bouts remaining