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OHRG Beer Release Party!

Barley's Ale House has created a limited edition Ohio Roller Girls beer! We will have a tapping party in the Barley's Underground on Friday, April 18 from 8pm-midnight.  Your favorite skaters will be guest bartending all night, with tips going to the OHRG travel fund. We will also be having an adult spelling bee starting at 9pm. Don't miss the food, music, and of course, Barley's Brews. Come join us for the release of Green and Black Flag! Barley's is located at 467 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Find up-to-the minute details on Facebook.

(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

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

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

OHIO BRINGS HOME FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON AGAINST NASHVILLE, 194-128

It's been over six months since Columbus got to see the Ohio Roller Girls play a home bout. August was the last time OHRG graced the Ohio Expo Center before tournament season and, if you missed it, what a tournament season it was! OHRG won two out of three playoffs games, which earned them their very first trip to Championships in November. After a great 2013 and a lot of hard work in the off-season, OHRG was ready to hit their hometown track on March 8th to start the 2014 season off right. For the season opener, OHRG welcomed the Nashville Rollergirls Music City All Stars. The two teams last played against each other in 2010, with Ohio falling to Nashville. Four years later, Ohio wasn’t going down so easily. Ohio started out the first half with a strong mix of veterans jamming, including Kitty Liquorbottom,  The Smacktivist, and Bratislava Bruiser. They gained immediate advantage over Nashville, including the first power jam of the game going to Lora “Outa My” Wayman, but they didn’t stay ahead for long.  After five lead changes, Nashville jammers, including Ann T. Histamine and Chelsea Dagger, pulled the final lead change of the half in their favor with

OHRG POLAR PLUNGES FOR THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

This past weekend, OHRG took a dive into some pretty chilly waters for a good cause. Skaters Ally McSqueal, Blankity Blank It, Chestburster, Sarah Bruce (formerly skating as "Pearl Rogi"), The Smacktivist, Zee "Loraine Acid" Gulertekin, and referee Stacy Keyerleber all took the Polar Plunge at the Columbus Zoo to benefit the Special Olympics of Ohio. We're proud to say that our band of zoogooders raised $900 to support these hard-working athletes. You can join us by donating here. Photos by Chainsaw.

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

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

(24) Ohio Defeats (32) Syndicate

The (24) Ohio Roller Girls played a tune-up bout against the (32) Chicago Outfit Syndicate this past weekend before they head out for a difficult road bout against Steel City on August 10th.  Historically, OHRG is 1-2 against the Syndicate, first suffering a loss at Chicago in 2010 (172-34), then again at the 2011 BrewHaHa tournament (68-147) before redeeming themselves at home in 2012 (164-97).  This past weekend’s 273-106 drubbing over the Chicago Outfit took Ohio’s record to 13-5 this season with two bouts to go before they head to Ft. Wayne (IN) for the WFTDA Division I playoffs in September.  The Chicago Outfit will also compete in Division I post-season play, but a little further west in Salem (OR). The Ohio Roller Girls took the lead on the first jam and never looked back, thanks to clock-eating power jams and a staunch, powerful defense.  Ohio’s Phoenix Bunz scored the first four points of the bout before Lola Blow cut the OHRG lead in half 2-4 on the next jam.  Three double-digit jams over the next five outings saw the Ohio lead skyrocket quickly to 73-15 after only nine minutes.  During that time, Ohio received three power jams and saw The

(20) Ohio Outduels (16) Detroit 196-147

Depending on which ranking system you looked at Saturday morning, either the (#23 DNN, #20 WFTDA) Ohio Roller Girls or (#24 DNN, #16 WFTDA) Detroit Derby Girls could have been considered the underdog in search of an upset against their opponent.  Historically, Detroit has had Ohio’s number, posting a 3-0 record over the ladies from Columbus.  Unfortunately, you can’t have a rivalry if one team always wins.  The Ohio Roller Girls broke the streak and snatched their first ever victory over the visitors from Motown this weekend 196-147 to secure their second victory over a higher ranked team this season. In one of the best bouts of the season, those at the Ohio Building saw seven lead changes, a jam that included a star pass and four jammer penalties, and Detroit’s Racer McChaseHer get through the pack on her initial pass after losing two wheels on her left skate.  Both teams had something to prove after BrewHaHa where Detroit dropped two bouts to Windy City and Arch Rival, and Ohio suffered a big loss at the hands of Minnesota.  With only one more ranking released before playoffs, it was obvious from the start that both squads were ready to leave everything