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(34) Ohio Battles (48) Naptown Roller Girls in Season Ending Triple Header

Ohio and Naptown’s Tornado Sirens will take the track in a rematch of a bout played in Indianapolis back in April.  In that bout, Ohio held a slim lead at halftime before a second half comeback by the Sirens secured the win for Naptown, 182-132.  Their bout against Ohio was one of three non-sanctioned bouts Naptown played during their 14 bout, 2015 season.  Including those three non-sanctioned bouts, Naptown has an overall record of 7-6, with the upcoming bout against Ohio being their fourteenth contest. After slipping in the rankings, The Tornado Sirens will be playing at the WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs in Detroit on August 28-30th.  Naptown started the season ranked as high as 26th in the WFTDA but tough losses to Charm City, Arizona, Arch Rival, and Detroit caused the slide to where they currently sit in the rankings.  However, don’t let the fact that Naptown is now in Division 2 and ranked lower than Ohio fool you.  In fact, Naptown still holds the advantage over Ohio with a 4-2 overall record against the local squad including that victory earlier this season.  Alongside the added pressure of trying to beat a team that has historically had their number, the

OHIO SPLITS GAMES AT STEEL CITY

For their last travel game of the 2015 regular season, the (34) Ohio Roller Girls ventured east to Pittsburgh for a double header against (29) Steel City Roller Derby.   GANG GREEN BOLTS PAST STEEL BEAMERS, 225-166 “Small but mighty” was truly the theme of the evening for a short-rostered Gang Green, who were not initially predicted to take the victory over SCRD's Steel Beamers, but arrived in Pennsylvania determined to upset that prognosis just as they did in Nashville last month. The Beamers were able to put up 3 points in the first jam for a quick lead--the only time they would have it during the contest. Gang Green's HellionBOI answered with a 15-point power jam as SCRD's jammer left the track on a forearm penalty, and another power jam in jam 5 allowed her to widen the Ohio lead to 41-5. A string of jammer penalties provided plenty of opportunity for both teams to try to score unopposed, but tough defense kept gains low until a double track cut call on SCRD's Inga Kneeher allowed Karmabal Lectur to put up 20 unanswered points for Gang Green. With a power jam start, Blitz Lemon continued the momentum, adding another 13 points and

(34) Ohio Hits The Road For Clash With (29) Steel City

Between 2006 and 2012, the Ohio Roller Girls and Steel City’s Steel Hurtin’ only managed to play each other two times, with both squads winning once.  Over the last two seasons, however, Ohio and Steel City have played each other four times, and have developed quite the rivalry with one another.  Pittsburgh’s Steel Hurtin’ lost to Ohio twice in 2013 and once again in late August of 2014.  However, the old proverb “revenge is a dish best served cold,” or… vengeance is often more satisfying if it is not executed immediately, couldn’t be more true for Steel City as they were able to defeat Ohio one month later at the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs.  Ohio has had nearly a full year to digest that loss, and to prepare for this weekend’s upcoming rematch with the Pittsburgh squad.  Although Ohio has a 4-2 overall record over Steel City, the bouts themselves have been close and exciting to the end with the average winning point differential over their six bouts being only 27 points. With a 10-7 overall record this season, Ohio is currently riding high as they are sporting a four bout win streak over teams Demolition City (IN), Ft. Wayne (IN),

OHIO TOURS THE MUSIC CITY FOR CLASH AGAINST NASHVILLE

The Ohio Roller Girls will boot, scoot, and boogie their way southwest this weekend for a tough bout against the Nashville Rollergirls.  The matchup will be the third meeting between these two teams, with both squads each winning once on their home turf.  Nashville took the first ever matchup in Tennessee, 166-43, back in 2010, while Ohio served up some home-cooking last season in Columbus, 194-128.  With final rankings and tournament seedings being released, both teams will have to channel their inner Spinal Tap, dig deep for that little extra, and turn it to “eleven” if they want positive momentum headed into playoffs. The Nashville Rollergirls have fallen from Division 1 into Division 2 this season, but it wasn’t because the team has taken a step back talent-wise.  With a 2015 record of 5-7, Nashville’s Music City All Stars have committed themselves to playing a stronger schedule this year than in season’s past.  Riding a three bout win streak with victories against Columbia (SC), Cincinnati (OH), and Providence (RI), Nashville also has victories over Blue Ridge (NC) and St. Chux (MO).  Their losses came to Boston (MA), Charlottesville (VA), Arch Rival (MO), and Naptown (IN).  Most recently, the Music City All

(29) OHIO DEFUSES (69) FT. WAYNE DERBY GIRLS’ BOMB SQUAD, 266-72

Coming home from a long, hard weekend on the road at BrewHaHa, the Ohio Roller Girls looked to clinch a win over Ft. Wayne Derby Girls' Bomb Squad (IN) during their second-to-last home game of the season, and did not disappoint the crowd of fans & OHRG alumni in attendance. Ohio played fast and aggressive from the first whistle, taking the lead with 4 points in the first 40 seconds and holding that lead well out of Ft. Wayne's reach for the entirety of the game. Ft. Wayne lost two blockers to the penalty box at the end of the first jam, and a high block call on PushyCat at the start of jam two gave Kitty Liquorbottom plenty of room to score 15 points before calling it off. Ft. Wayne managed to get on the board, but Ohio held their scoring to a minimum even when the Indiana jammers obtained lead status. In jam seven, Ohio held the rear, with Burnadeath sticking to Dodger L. Bows & holding her on her initial pass before drawing a track cut penalty; Lora “Outa My” Wayman, donning the star for Ohio for the first time in the game, easily racked up 20 points

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

(28) STEEL CITY TO VISIT COLUMBUS FOR SEASON FINALE

This weekend, the (20) Ohio Roller Girls will skate in their final home bout this season as they welcome in Pittsburgh’s (28) Steel City Roller Derby.  A long-standing rivalry continues as these teams will meet for the fifth time, and the third time in the last year and a half.  Ohio and Steel City first met back in 2007 when Ohio was victorious 134-131, but Steel City got their revenge two years later, 125-98.  Then, a four year hiatus, mainly due to regional affiliation, kept these two teams apart.  The battle was renewed last season as a scheduled home-and-home series saw these squads face each other in each of their home venues.  In April 2013, Ohio hosted Steel City and got off to a quick 102-9 start.  An amazing comeback by the Steel Hurtin in the second period cut the deficit to only 23 points, but Ohio held strong to secure a 246-162 victory.  Then in August, Ohio traveled to Pittsburgh and won a nail-biter 184-179.  Historically, Ohio and Steel City have always played each other well, and with an average margin of victory only being 39 points, this next matchup is bound to follow in its footsteps. Steel City will

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

GANG GREEN SUBDUES CINCINNATI’S VIOLENT LAMBS 230-94

Following in the footsteps of their charter teammates, Ohio’s Gang Green was victorious last weekend over their in-state rival, the Cincinnati Violent Lambs.  The bout also represented a secondary victory for Ohio fans as it marked the return of crowd favorite and original league member HellionBOI, who took the last year off due to a knee injury.  HellionBOI gave the crowd something to cheer about in the bout’s sixth jam, as she rattled off a 25 point power jam to give Gang Green the lead 33-9.  With a fairly loose jammer rotation of Blitz Lemon, Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker, HellionBOI, and KloverKill, Gang Green kept their jammers fresh resulting in nearly fully rested jammers for each outing.  Playing nearly as well as their jamming counterparts, Gang Green’s pack of Zinnia Zombie, Chestburster, Quiet Storm, and Elektra Magneto kept Violent Lambs jammers in check, creating six first half power jams for their own jammers.  The first half was highlighted by two particular jams by TactiGal and KloverKill, who scored 25 and 20 point jams nearly back to back.  In both instances, it was great blocking by Val Holla and teammates opening outside lanes that allowed their jammers to pass.  At the half,

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