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(22) OHIO WELCOMES (39) NASHVILLE IN SEASON OPENER

The 2013 season finally came to a close in early November for the Ohio Roller Girls.  It was a season of focused determination that ultimately resulted in the OHRG’s first ever trip to the WFTDA Championship tournament.  Twelve teams made it to Champs, and Ohio was the lowest seed (#21) ever to qualify under the current WFTDA rankings system.  Every time Ohio set a goal this season, they accomplished that goal.  They wanted to make it to the Division 1 playoffs, and they did.  They wanted to finish in the top three at playoffs to secure a spot at Champs, and they did.  They wanted to win a bout at Champs to prove they belonged, and they did.  Ohio defeated the Rat City Roller Girls 230-212 before falling to the eventual world champions, Gotham Girls Roller Derby.  As successful as 2013 was for the Ohio Roller Girls, the skaters and coaches can’t rest on that success to carry them through the 2014 season.  With the losses of powerhouses Phoenix Bunz and Pippi RipYourStockings, as well as coaches Great Scott and BFF to retirement, Ohio has apparently stuck to their “anyone, anywhere, anytime” mentality as they assembled their 2014 schedule.  OHRG

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

NAPTOWN FALLS TO OHIO 106-232, QUALIFIES FOR PLAYOFFS

The (17 DNN, 18 WFTDA) Naptown Roller Girls were in desperate need of a bout to qualify for the 2013 playoffs after the unexpected cancellation of their June bout, leaving them one Division I bout away from qualifying for playoffs (primarily due to their bouts against Cincinnati and Windy City being unsanctioned). True to their motto of “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime,” the (23 DNN, 20 WFTDA) Ohio Roller Girls agreed to play the ladies from Indianapolis at their Columbus practice facility Wednesday night.  Even with the bout scheduled on short notice, both squads were able to field their primary teams as Ohio soundly defeated Naptown 232-106.  The bout and victory for Ohio not only ensured that Naptown would be playing in the post-season, but it was a bout Ohio wanted after losing to Naptown 86-222 with a short roster at last year’s Thrill of the Spill. The bout kicked off as Ohio’s Phoenix Bunz was sent to the box for a back block on the third jam. Unopposed, Naptown’s Maiden America snatched an early 8-1 lead for the visiting Tornado Sirens.  The following jam placed Naptown’s G-Rocket in the box as Burnadeath and Amy Spears forced a track cut.  The power jam for

(20) OHIO ROLLER GIRLS SPLIT AT MIDWEST BREWHAHA

The (20) Ohio Roller Girls traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this past weekend to take part in the fourth annual Midwest BrewHaHa tournament hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers.  OHRG have participated at BrewHaHa all four years and, including this year, have amassed a 5-3 record at the annual event.  This year, Ohio split their weekend with a convincing defeat of (59) Pikes Peak 387-64, but lost to the (10) Minnesota RollerGirls 340-102. (20) OHIO DEFEATS (59) PIKES PEAK DERBY DAMES 387-64 Kitty Liquorbottom scores 110 points, The Smacktivist adds 104. Ohio’s first opponent this past weekend was the Pikes Peak Derby Dames (PPDD) from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Along with Ohio (and their next opponent Minnesota), Pikes Peak were original WFTDA members back in 2005.  Entering their bout with Ohio, PPDD were ranked #59 and had a 1-3 record including a non-sanctioned bout against Rocky Mountain. PPDD's lone victory was against Ark Valley and their three setbacks were to teams all ranked considerably higher than them (Rocky Mountain, No Coast, and Arch Rival). The weekend's losses to both Arch Rival and Ohio at BrewHaHa could potentially knock PPDD out of the Division II playoffs as only the teams ranked #40-#60 make the playoffs. Ohio opened the

(20) OHIO TO COMPETE AT MIDWEST BREWHAHA

This weekend, the (20) Ohio Roller Girls will travel to Milwaukee (WI) to take part in the annual Midwest BrewHaHa tournament hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers.  The festivities will kick off Friday and bouts will be played through Sunday evening.  The weekend will feature twenty sanctioned bouts, several reserve squad bouts, junior derby, and men’s derby. The Ohio Roller Girls All Stars are slated to play two bouts during the weekend, once on Saturday against the (59) Pikes Peak Derby Dames (Colorado Springs, CO) and again on Sunday against the (10) Minnesota RollerGirls.  Overall, OHRG have found success while playing in Milwaukee.  This trip will be the fourth time the Ohioans have attended BrewHaHa where they have since amassed a 4-2 record at the annual event.  In 2010, Ohio split the weekend by beating Hammer City but losing to Omaha.  The following year, they again split by defeating Bleeding Heartland but dropping a bout to the Chicago Outfit.  In 2012, Ohio went 2-0 with victories over Grand Raggidy and hosts Brewcity. OHRG have never faced Pikes Peak, their opponent on Saturday, who will enter the tournament with a 1-1 record this season.  They started 2012 with a big victory over Ark Valley

Ohio Defeats Tampa Bay 273-119, Falls to Atlanta 186-247

Before you read the recaps from OHRG's visit to Atlanta, check out this killer highlight reel: Ohio Defeats Tampa Bay 273-119 Only a few positions in the WFTDA rankings separated the (19 DNN, 23 WFTDA) Ohio Roller Girls and the (28 WFTDA) Tampa Bay Derby Darlins, but after sixty minutes of play, that gap seemed much wider.  In their first of two bouts of the day, OHRG caused twice as many power jams as their opponents and skated toward their matinee with Atlanta with a decisive 273-119 victory over Tampa.  In the process, Phoenix Bunz posted her third 100+ point bout of the season as she put up 121 of Ohio’s 273 points. While Bunz’s point total is impressive, the defining factor of the bout was Ohio’s pack.  Time and time again, Loraine Acid, Outa My Wayman, and Bratislava Bruiser would knock Tampa’s jammer out-of-bounds, retreat, and draw a track cut.  Ohio’s physical pack play seemed to cause problems for Tampa, as star jammer Little A missed significant time in both the first and second half due to hard Ohio blocks. The bout started well for Ohio as Phoenix Bunz posted a 9-0 jam.  Tampa’s Lil Bit got the Floridians on the board two

(23) Ohio Looks For Success Against (15) Atlanta and (28) Tampa

This weekend, the Ohio Roller Girls will once again hit the highway as they travel down I-75 to Altanta, Georgia, for a double-header against the (15) Atlanta Rollergirls and the (28) Tampa Bay Derby Darlins. Ohio, currently 8-2 this season, recently came away with a home victory against the (44) Blue Ridge Rollergirls of Asheville, NC, 278-77.  The bouts against Atlanta and Tampa will mark the seventh and eighth bouts this season against teams ranked in the top 30 internationally.  The Atlanta bout will be the second of four bouts against teams that qualified for the Championship tournament in 2012 (top 12). With ten bouts already under their collective belt, the Ohio Roller Girls have already played more bouts this season than Tampa (7) and Atlanta (8) have scheduled for their entire season, and Ohio still has nine bouts to follow.  That type of anyone, anytime, anywhere mentality has pushed the OHRG to where they are today; however, that type of schedule can also hinder a team.  Over a five week span, the OHRG have already played, or are scheduled to play, eight bouts against quality opponents (River City, Charm City, Arch Rival, Blue Ridge, Tampa, Atlanta, Pikes Peak, and Minnesota).  With

(23) OHIO ROLLER GIRLS UPEND (22) STEEL CITY 246-162

In one of the most anticipated bouts of April, the (23) Ohio Roller Girls defended their home track against the visiting (22) Steel City Steel Hurtin' crew from Pittsburgh 246-162.  The bout was actually a lot closer than the score indicates, but Ohio was able to take full advantage of their power jam time.  While Ohio only enjoyed two more power jams than Steel City, they were able to outscore their visitors 171-65 with the jammer advantage. Steel Hurtin' was hindered even before the start of the bout, as 'Snot Rocket Science and Hurricane Heather were not rostered for the contest. The bout started as Steel Hurtin's Hard Times took the line against Ohio's Phoenix Bunz.  Hard Times was sent to the penalty box for a high block and Bunz capitalized by scoring 20-0.  Hard Times was again boxed on the second jam for an illegal re-entry to the track and then an insubordination penalty for not leaving the track quickly enough, and  Ohio's The Smacktivist tallied a 30-0 jam as a result.  Three jams later, Ohio's Loraine Acid took advantage of a broken skate by Steel Hurtin's jammer, The Crippler, and scored 40-0, taking Ohio to 92-2 only 9:00 into the