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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 TRAVELS TO BOSTON FOR THREE BOUTS IN 30 HOURS

Fresh off a 1-1 weekend in Milwaukee, the Ohio Roller Girls will have to do a quick load of laundry and get back on the road as they travel to Boston, MA, this weekend for three bouts against three different teams over a thirty hour time span.  What would seem like a crazy schedule for most teams is, well, even out of the ordinary for a team like Ohio, who typically plays up to twenty bouts a season.  Including the trip to BrewHaHa last weekend,  OHRG will have logged five bouts and 2,450 miles over seven days when they finish their road trip on Sunday afternoon.  On the docket for the Columbus squad, a public bout against the (11) Boston Derby Dames’ Boston Massacre on Saturday and two private hangover bouts against (12) Montreal’s New Skids On The Block and (32) New Hampshire’s Skate Free or Die! All Stars on Sunday morning. Ohio’s first opponent this weekend is the Boston Derby Dames.  Currently ranked #11 in the world, Boston sits at 0-2 in sanctioned play this season.  Their two losses came at the hands of (12) Montreal (239-162) and Baltimore’s (17) Charm City Roller Girls (209-170).  A contender to go

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

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

OHIO CROSSES THE BORDER FOR QUAD CITY CHAOS

The #22 Ohio Roller Girls will invade Canada for the second straight year this weekend as they participate in Quad City Chaos, hosted by  Toronto Roller Derby.  Ohio will compete in three bouts over two days against #17 Montreal, #29 Toronto, and #42 Bleeding Heartland.  Last year’s Quad City Chaos was the first ever fully WFTDA sanctioned event held in Canada, with three of this year’s teams making return trips for the event.  As previously mentioned, this will be Ohio’s second trip to the event, following an impressive 3-0 record at last season’s QCC with wins over Toronto, Rideau Valley, and Queen City.  This will be the fifth consecutive year for Toronto serving as host league, where they have amassed an 8-4 record at the event.  Montreal will be making their third appearance at Quad City Chaos.  After going 6-0 at the event in 2010 and 2011, the New Skids on the Block took a couple of years off before coming back for bouts against Ohio, Bleeding Heartland, and Toronto.  They will be the highest ranked team competing in Toronto this weekend.  This will be Bleeding Heartland’s first trip to Quad City Chaos.     #22 Ohio vs #17 Montreal Looking at the schedule

OHRG HEADED TO CHAMPS!

OHIO TO PLAY AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! After coming so close last season to their first ever trip to the WFTDA Championship tournament, the Ohio Roller Girls have clinched a spot at the big dance in November. At the end of each season, the WFTDA holds four Division I tournaments to determine which teams will advance to Champs. The four Division I playoffs were held this year at Ft. Wayne (IN), Richmond (VA), Asheville (NC), and Salem (OR). Using an s-curve ranking system, the top 40 teams in the WFTDA were placed into one of the four above mentioned locations. At each tournament location, the top three finishers would earn a trip to the Championship tournament in November held in Milwaukee (WI). How did the Ohio Roller Girls do it? They came into Ft. Wayne as the #6 seed and upset #3 Arch Rival. OHRG then upset #2 Montreal before losing to #1 Denver in the final bout. The fantastic showing earned the Ohio Roller Girls a #2 seed at Champs. #6 OHIO COLLAPSES #3 ARCH RIVAL 218-166 The Smacktivist scores 103 points OHRG and Arch Rival have a storied history against one another, with the overall record against one another at 2-2. Arch Rival