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GANG GREEN SPLITS BOUTS AT BREWHAHA

The fifth annual Midwest BrewHaHa is in the books and Ohio’s Gang Green left Milwaukee sporting a 1-1 tournament record to take their overall season mark to 4-4.  On Friday, Gang Green opened a decent lead against the host squad, Brewcity Battlestars, before fending off a late comeback. Gang Green then lost a tough battle with Madison, Wisconsin’s, B-Team on Saturday morning. GANG GREEN HOLDS ON TO BEAT THE BATTLESTARS 159-140 Hop Devil started the bout quickly for Ohio as she was able to get lead jammer and post a quick 11-0 jam against Violet Femme for Brewcity.  An Ally McSqueal track cut on jam five led to the first power jam of the contest.  Starting unopposed, Busty Guns scored eleven and created the bout’s first lead change, 20-18 Brewcity.  A steady Gang Green jammer rotation of Hop, Ally, and Blitz Lemon kept the deficit to single digits until TactiGal was able to force a back block on Battlestars’ jammer Mellon Collie on the fourteenth jam of the half.  Hop Devil took advantage for Gang Green and scored 13, swinging the scoreboard back to Ohio’s favor, 42-38.   Gang Green’s lead didn’t last long as two jams later, Brewcity’s defense was able to hold

OHIO AND GANG GREEN TRAVEL FOR MIDWEST BREWHAHA

This weekend, the (20) Ohio Roller Girls will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to participate in the annual Midwest BrewHaHa invitational featuring WFTDA sanctioned play, non-sanctioned play, and men’s derby.  This year will mark Ohio’s fifth consecutive season participating in the event, where the OHRG have amassed a 5-3 record.  This year, Ohio will lace their skates twice over the three day event against very formidable foes, (30) Madison's (WI) Dairyland Dolls and (9) Chicago's Windy City Rollers. The Ohio Roller Girls will first play the Dairyland Dolls on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Historically, these two teams have always played very tough, but Ohio has the overall advantage in the win column, 2-0, over Madison.  They last played each other in 2012 in Madison, when Ohio escaped with a 26 point victory, 154-128.  Prior to that dust-up, Ohio eliminated Madison at the 2011 North Central Region Playoffs, 138-118. This season, the Dairyland Dolls have accumulated a 2-2 record thus far.  They opened their season with an impressive 72 point victory over BrewHaHa hosts, the Brewcity Bruisers, and then suffered two consecutive losses to Jacksonville and Arch Rival.  Madison then stunned Naptown in a hangover bout 162-142 to pull their overall record to

ATLANTA’S RUMBLE Bs STING GANG GREEN 277-74

After watching the Ohio Roller Girls’ charter team have a 24 consecutive home winning streak snapped by the Atlanta Rollergirls in the previous bout, Gang Green was hoping for a little revenge for their sisters in skate as they took the track against Atlanta’s reserve squad, the Rumble Bs.  Unfortunately, it was Atlanta’s two squads that left the Lausche Building with a pair of victories over Mother’s Day weekend.    As much as the skaters for Gang Green never gave up, and the home crowd applauded their efforts, the Rumble Bs simply dominated the contest from the first to final whistle.  Of the first half’s twenty-one jams, Atlanta’s reserve squad secured lead jammer nineteen times to Gang Green’s two.  Atlanta went with a five jammer rotation which kept their skaters fresh, while Gang Green primarily jammed Hop Devil, Ally McSqueal, and Blitz Lemon.  Although they played clean derby in the first half, the Gang Green jammers simply had too much working against them as the Rumble Bs repeatedly recycled on defense and formed nearly impenetrable walls over the duration of the contest.    Although they were outscored 129-43 in the first half, the Gang Green defense did show some moxie as they

(20) Ohio Hosts (10) Atlanta this Saturday for Mother’s Day Melee

This Mother’s Day weekend, roller derby fans in Columbus will be treated to an exciting bout featuring two squads that made it to last season’s WFTDA World Championship tournament.  Both the (20) Ohio Roller Girls and the (10) Atlanta Rollergirls occupied two of the twelve spots at Champs, having played their way through stiff competition at separate Division 1 Playoff locations.  Both squads had such a good showing at Champs that they were both victorious in their opening round bouts with Ohio defeating Rat City (Seattle), and Atlanta defeating London (UK).   The Ohio Roller Girls are still feeling the sting of a close loss at Naptown (Indianapolis) last weekend where they fell to the Tornado Sirens 163-140.  The defeat added a second tally in the loss column for the OHRG and pushed their overall 2014 record to 4-2.  The Naptown bout also kick-started a grueling six week endurance test in which the Ohio Roller Girls will play a total of seven bouts, five of which will be against teams ranked above them.  Their bout against Atlanta will be their toughest to date this season, with their schedule only getting harder from here on out.  Whereas OHRG has been playing consistently since

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

#20 OHIO TRAVELS TO #11 NAPTOWN IN I-70 BATTLE

Playing in their sixth bout of the season, the #20 Ohio Roller Girls will travel west along I-70 this weekend as they take on traditional powerhouse #11 Naptown Roller Girls (Indianapolis).  Ohio will enter the contest with a 4-1 record under their collective belt as they have posted victories against Nashville (194-128), Bleeding Heartland (291-93), Toronto (185-172), and Tri-City (225-142).  Their lone defeat came at Quad City Chaos when they fell to Montreal. The Naptown Tornado Sirens have had an eerily similar season thus far in 2014.  The Tornado Sirens are also 4-1 in sanctioned play with victories over Bleeding Heartland (295-148), Cincinnati (238-116), New Hampshire (182-140), and Tri-City (325-88).  Their lone defeat was to the Madison Dairyland Dolls in a hangover bout, 142-162.  Ohio and Naptown appear to be similar when taking a look at their shared opponents so far this season.  Naptown defeated Bleeding Heartland by 147 points, whereas Ohio defeated Bleeding Heartland by 198 points.  On the other hand, Ohio only defeated Tri-City by 83, whereas Naptown was victorious over the team from Kitchener Ontario by 237.  Simply by looking at how they’ve progressed over their first five bouts, it’s easy to see that Naptown is a team

GANG GREEN TAKES DOWN PLAN B (Kitchener, Ontario) 247-94

To Plan B, or not to Plan B… that was the question going into Saturday’s reserve squad battle between Ohio’s Gang Green and Tri-City’s Plan B.  The answer was simple as Gang Green brought strength, depth, and an overall dominant performance to the track as they soundly defeated the visitors 247-94.  Gang Green started slowly as Plan B took an early 8-7 lead going into the fourth jam.  A multiplayer block to Plan B’s Commander Will Wrecker allowed Blitz Lemon to score a 17-0 jam, thus creating the bout’s first (and only) lead change.  Lemon’s power jam was followed by a 14-0 jam by Hop Devil which took Gang Green’s lead to 38-8 with 22:30 remaining in the first period. A string of eight straight lead jammers for Gang Green allowed the home squad to go on an 86-4 run over Tri-City and extend their lead to 93-12.  The final jam of that run saw Gang Green’s pack force a track cut to Plan B’s Slaughterhouse Streeter, which put Blitz Lemon on yet another power jam.  Lemon took full advantage of a strong pack that was able to hold Streeter on her initial pass after being released from the box and

(22) OHIO WELCOMES (41) TRI-CITY ROLLER DERBY FOR INTERNATIONAL BOUT

  Fresh off their 2-1 performance at Quad City Chaos hosted by Toronto Roller Derby, the Ohio Roller Girls will host their second home bout of the season against, well, more Canadians!  After splitting bouts with the #1 and #2 ranked teams in Canada, Ohio will try their luck against the third best team north of the border, Tri-City Roller Derby (Kitchener, ON), on Saturday, April 5th, at the Lausche Building.  Historically, the Ohio Roller Girls are 9-1 against international teams, including a 2-0 record against Tri-City.  The two teams last met in May 2012 when Ohio was victorious 159-113.  Prior to that, Ohio also took the win in June 2011, 131-76.    The Ohio Roller Girls will have the advantage coming into this weekend’s bout, having already played four bouts in the 2014 season.  They were victorious in the season opener against Nashville 194-128, and secured two additional victories at Quad City Chaos against Bleeding Heartland (Bloomington, IN) 291-93, and Toronto 185-172.  Their lone loss this season was to the Montreal New Skids on the Block 385-158.  Ohio will feature The Smacktivist and Kitty Liquorbottom on the jammer line, as both played tremendously well at Quad City Chaos.  For their efforts

GANG GREEN FALLS TO TORONTO’S BAY STREET BRUISERS

In the much anticipated rubber match between Ohio’s Gang Green and Toronto’s Bay Street Bruisers, it was the home squad BSB who took the victory in the third matchup played at Quad City Chaos.  Gang Green was victorious 163-107 two years ago, but the Bay Street Bruisers were able to even the series at the 2013 Quad City Chaos tournament 207-112.  In what has become a budding rivalry, Gang Green fell in the third encounter over the weekend 302-94.    Gang Green traveled with a new lineup to Quad City Chaos that featured three skaters who were not only making their international debut, but their Gang Green debuts as well.  Rookies Tasha Cookies, Lita Fuse, and Hope Dela Vega all made the trip to Canada for their first real derby action with Ohio and all three played extremely well.  The Bay Street Bruisers got out to a quick start, holding Gang Green scoreless over the first three jams 13-0.  Jammer penalties on both sides in the fourth jam boosted the BSB lead to 23-9. Throughout the first fifteen minutes of the bout, jammers on both sides were content to play “hit and quit” derby, calling the jam off after one scoring

CRG AND A2D2 INVADE COLUMBUS

This Saturday, the #24 Ohio Roller Girls will look to exact revenge on the only squad to defeat them in the regular season last year when OHRG amassed a WFTDA record-setting 21-1 win/loss total.  The sole blemish in the loss column for Ohio came at the hands, and skates, of the Carolina Rollergirls midway through last year at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In that bout, Ohio was missing two key players in Phoenix Bunz and HellionBOI, as Kitty Liquorbottom wore the star nearly every other jam.  As the final whistle blew in Raleigh, the Carolina Rollergirls took the win by a mere 15 points.  The 15 point loss could have been considered a moral victory for Ohio, as OHRG jammers were only able to obtain lead status 12 times out of the bout’s 43 jams.  A rematch was inevitable and the only question left unanswered would be if the follow-up bout would be just as exciting as the original. Both Ohio and Carolina have already earned post-season berths, as the points earned in this bout will go toward next year’s rankings.  Ohio will play in Ft. Wayne (IN) the first weekend of September against Arch Rival in the first