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OHIO ALL STARS FINISH 6-0 HOME SEASON WITH 216-158 VICTORY OVER NAPTOWN TORNADO SIRENS

The Ohio Roller Girls wrapped up their tenth home season with a sold-out triple header against Naptown Roller Girls (Indianapolis, IN). Throngs of fans for both teams packed the Ohio Building to capacity for a high-energy day of roller derby. Ohio's C-level team, Green Machine, kicked things off with a developmental game against Naptown's Third Alarm, followed by the highly anticipated rematches between the Ohio All Stars & the Naptown Tornado Sirens, and Gang Green & the Naptown Warning Belles. For the second time in less than five months, the Ohio Roller Girls took the track against the Naptown Roller Girls Tornado Sirens, this time on home turf and eager to emerge victorious after their 182-132 loss to the Indianapolis team in April. Naptown took a quick 3-0 lead in the first jam, but The Smacktivist responded by lapping the opposing jammer and giving Ohio their first lead change of the game, 9-3. Four consecutive lead jammer statuses gave Naptown the upper hand, and allowed them to temporarily halt Ohio's scoring. Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox hit Naptown jammer Cherry-Oto-Fire out-of-bounds in jam ten, giving Kitty Liquorbottom room to steal lead jammer and break Ohio's scoreless streak as Naptown players rotated in and

(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

(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

GANG GREEN NEUTRALIZES BURNING RIVER’S HAZMAT CREW 219-84

As the Ohio Roller Girls celebrated their tenth anniversary this weekend, it was Gang Green that turned things up to eleven as they provided that little extra oomph during a 219-84 victory over visiting HazMat Crew, the reserve squad from Burning River Roller Derby.  Following what was a close bout during the first seven jams, Gang Green was able to capture the lead in the eighth jam and never look back.  Stout defense by Gang Green blockers Quiet Storm, NiCold N Deadly, Zinnia Zombie, and Garden of Beatin repeatedly held back HazMat jammers while opening holes for their own jammers throughout the first half. After finding themselves down 19-20 after jam seven, Val Holla put Gang Green ahead with a 9-0 jam of her own.  Toeing the inside line off the jam start in the next jam, KloverKill added an additional 4-0 to increase Gang Green’s lead to 32-20.  Powerful subsequent jamming by Gang Green’s HellionBOI, Karmabal Lector, and Blitz Lemon paired with even better blocking by Gang Green’s pack players enabled the home squad to go on a 48-5 run that spanned nine jams and thirteen minutes.  With 9:30 remaining in the first half, Gang Green held a 67-25 lead. 

(22) Ohio Squares Off Against (14) Charm City

With the tenth season of the Ohio Roller Girls currently underway, the Columbus-based skaters have hit the track running to celebrate a decade of derby in central Ohio.  With most teams in the WFTDA playing just at or under ten bouts per season, the Ohio Roller Girls will play over twenty games this year as they continue to play anyone, anytime, anywhere.  Their 2015 season starts with ten bouts over nine weeks with trips to Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Florida on their early season docket. The OHRG are currently 2-1 this season with a home opener victory over Tri-City Roller Derby (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) 257-122, and on the road in Michigan to the Killamazoo Derby Darlins 282-118.  Ohio suffered their first loss last Sunday during a hangover bout with the Detroit Derby Girls, 90-233.  The Ohio Roller Girls will look to stay above .500 as they welcome traditional WFTDA powerhouse Charm City (Baltimore) this weekend for their second home bout of the season. Long-time fans of OHRG will continue to recognize familiar names and faces like Amy Spears, Bigg Rigg, Kitty Liquorbottom, The Smacktivist, and Lora Outa My Wayman as these skaters are among the many veterans still on the team. However, Ohio

DIVISION 1 PLAYOFFS: FOR OHIO, THE TIME IS NOW!

(20) OHIO TO FACE (14) JACKSONVILLE AT D1 PLAYOFFS For the third consecutive year, the Ohio Roller Girls will enter the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs as a lower seed than their opponents.  Two years ago, Ohio was a #5 seed before upsetting #4 Arch Rival.  Last season, #6 Ohio again upset #3 Arch in the opening round before taking down #2 Montreal in the semifinals, thus earning Ohio their first ever trip to Championships.  This year, #5 Ohio again looks to play spoiler for the higher seed as they are scheduled to play the #4 Jacksonville Roller Girls’ New Jax City Rollers. Any talk about Ohio being in a rebuilding year this season has been squashed by this 2014 squad.  At this time last year, Ohio entered playoffs at #24 in the world.  This season, Ohio enters playoffs four ranking positions higher at #20.  That being said, Jacksonville will be one of Ohio’s biggest tests this season, as the winner will still face an uphill battle in order to qualify for Championships.  The top three finishers earn a trip to Champs, and with world ranked #3 London Rollergirls, #6 Texas Rollergirls, and the #11 Windy City Rollers also in Ohio’s bracket, the

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

(20) OHIO AND (27) ARCH RIVAL TO CLASH IN ST. LOUIS

On August 9th, the (20) Ohio Roller Girls will once again hit the road to take on a familiar foe, the (27) Arch Rival Roller Girls in St. Louis, Missouri.  OHRG and Arch Rival have one of the fiercest rivalries in the WFTDA over the past few years, as they have consistently faced each other during the regular season as well as playoffs.  They first met back in St. Louis in 2011, when Arch Rival was victorious 147-69.  Arch Rival then visited Columbus for a closed hangover bout in 2012 when OHRG took the victory 168-115.  Later that year, Ohio upset Arch Rival at the North Central Playoffs 142-132.  Arch again found their winning ways during the 2013 regular season when they defeated Ohio in St. Louis 179-108… but it was the OHRG who got the last laugh at the Division One Playoffs where they again upset ARRG 218-166. Both Ohio and Arch Rival have experienced roster changes during the off season and have dealt with different lineups throughout the season, but both essentially remain the same teams that the other knows extremely well.  Playing five bouts over three years has allowed these teams to become very familiar with the other’s