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OHIO SPLITS GAMES AGAINST TRI-CITY

Upholding a near-annual tradition, Ohio Roller Derby hosted Tri-City Roller Derby for the third year running. The All Stars held a 4-0 record over the skaters from Kitchener, Ontario, and were victorious again, improving to a 5-1 season record. In the second game of the night, Gang Green looked to bolster their 2-1 record over TCRD’s Plan B, but ultimately fell short in their first loss of the season. (41) OHIO STORMS PAST (47) TRI-CITY THUNDER, 258-129 From the first whistle of the game, the Ohio All Stars held a firm grip on the lead over the Tri-City Thunder, matching points with or outscoring the Canadian team in 74% of jams. Lora “Outa My” Wayman, The Smacktivist , and Bigg Rigg gave Ohio big boosts with eleven double-digit jams, and clean gameplay on both sides meant full packs, brawny defense, and tough battles for lead jammer status. Tri-City’s defense held The Smacktivist for 35 seconds in the first jam before they got out for a quick 4 points, and with the first penalty of the game assessed to the TCRD jammer in jam 4, they posted 23 unanswered points to give Ohio a 31-5 lead. Despite two scoreless jams in a row and

Tri-City Stamps Their Passports To Visit Ohio

This Saturday, the Ohio Roller Derby hosts Tri-City Roller Derby from Kitchener, Ontario, in a battle as both squads look to make the jump back into Division 1. In WFTDA, teams ranked 1-40 fall into the Division 1 playoff structure at the end of the season, with teams between 41-60 placed in the Division 2 playoffs. Ohio, currently ranked #41 after the most recent WFTDA rankings release, should jump back into the 30s next month as they look to continue their presence in the Division 1 postseason. Tri-City is currently ranked #47 and needs some favorable outcomes over the next few months to work their way back into the top 40. Currently 2-1 in their 2016 campaign, the Tri-City Thunder opened the season as a participant at Quad City Chaos, a weekend invitational hosted by Toronto Roller Derby in mid-March. At Quad City Chaos, the Thunder were victorious over Roller Derby Quebec 193-139, and against the Toronto All Stars 207-158. The Thunder’s lone setback at Chaos was against the Queen City Roller Girls, 209-71, a team they’ll have a rematch with in May at the Tri-City-hosted Beaver Fever Invitational. According to their schedule, Tri-City only has a handful of bouts remaining

OHIO ALL STARS GO 2-1 AT SKATE TO THRILL

For their first road games of the 2016 season, (41) Ohio Roller Derby packed in 3 tough games in just under 30 hours at the second annual Skate to Thrill tournament. The weekend kicked off with a tough loss to (25) No Coast Derby Girls on Saturday morning, followed by a single-point, last-second win over (44) Houston Roller Derby that afternoon and a landslide victory against (42) Chicago Outfit Roller Derby on Sunday. While missing a few skaters from their usual roster, Ohio was certainly not lacking in tenacity in any of the three games. SWAMPED BY NO COAST, 125-261 Despite the point disparity by the end of the contest, Ohio did not allow No Coast to take the win with any ease. After the first four jams, No Coast held a 20-9 lead, but The Smacktivist put up 27 points in jam 5 for the first lead change of the game; the second came halfway through the first period, as No Coast carved out a narrow 3-point edge, 55-52. The Nebraska squad halted Ohio’s scoring momentum for several jams before a penalty to jammer Anna Cassube gave The Smacktivist time to play a bit of catch up; No Coast still held

OHIO ROLLER DERBY GOES 2-0 OVER ITHACA LEAGUE OF WOMEN ROLLERS

In their first-ever matchup against the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, Ohio Roller Derby posted back-to-back wins, bringing the season record to 2-0 for both the All Stars and Gang Green. (31) OHIO ALL STARS FLATTEN (77) ITHACA SUFFERJETS, 312-59 Riding the momentum from their victorious home season opener two weeks ago, Ohio Roller Derby’s All Stars looked to clinch another win against Ithaca’s SufferJets, and was able to do just that by locking down defense and obtaining 67% of lead jammer statuses for the game. The first two jams would prove to be the closest of the game, as The Smacktivist gave Ohio a quick 4-0 lead that was immediately answered by 3 points from Ithaca jammer Rainbow Might. A skating out of bounds penalty on the Ithaca jammer in jam 3 gave Ohio their first power jam of the game, which Blitz Lemon used to put up 10 uncontested points. OHRD’s defensive core thwarted all scoring attempts by Ithaca for the next 7 minutes of gameplay while The Smacktivist, Lora “Outa My” Wayman, and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin widened Ohio’s lead by an additional 15 points. Ithaca quickly snagged lead jammer status in jam 8, hoping to close the gap, but

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

(34) OHIO ROLLER GIRLS DROWN OUT (43) NASHVILLE ROLLERGIRLS, 222-172

Well rested from their brief mid-season hiatus—the first after nearly four months and fifteen games—and keenly focused after last week's announcement of placements for the 2015 International WFTDA Playoffs, the Ohio Roller Girls hit the road to Nashville, ready to face the heat of the Music City All Stars. Each team had previously bested the other on their home tracks, and Ohio was well poised to snag a road win this time around to improve their record to 2-1 over Nashville. Ohio took the lead in the first jam, and held on to it for the next seven. Strong Nashville defense in jam three could not contain The Smacktivist, who pushed through for lead jammer status. Slipping easily back into Ohio defense, Zee Loraine Acid Gulertekin partnered with blockers Ena Flash and Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker to silence Nashville's jammers. A string of four lead jams for Nashville allowed them to take a 50-46 lead in jam nine, but they couldn't hold the high note for long. Kitty Liquorbottom broke their lead jam streak while donning the star panty, and Burnadeath followed up with a fast and intense power jam. The Smacktivist grabbed lead status in jam fifteen, putting up 4 points and stealing

(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

OHIO FALLS TO ARCH RIVAL

Ohio Roller Girls All Stars vs. Arch Rival Roller Girls All Stars With the long history between the Arch Rival Roller Girls and the Ohio Roller Girls, it could have been anyone’s game on Saturday. Ohio wanted nothing more than to break Arch Rival's unbeaten winning streak at home, and Arch undeniably wanted revenge for last year’s playoff loss.  Unfortunately for Ohio, the hometown team prevailed. The Smacktivist drew first blood against Mighty Mighty Boston, but it didn’t take long for the tide to turn against Ohio. The Arch defense was not to be messed with from the very beginning. Blockers Mayor Francis Slayer, Emily Rineheart, and Downtown Dallis, among others, worked hard to keep the Ohio jammers frustrated, holding back the likes of Kitty Liquorbottom. With Ohio jammers held back, Arch was able to hold a point lead through the majority of the first half and into the second. In the last half, Ohio wanted nothing more than to even things up. While jammers Brickyard and Annie Swanson did the work to keep the Arch lead, Ohio blockers Lora “Outa My” Wayman and Amy Spears did their best to hold them back. Ohio started narrowing the point gap midway through the last

OHIO BRINGS THE HEAT AGAINST BUFFALO’S LAKE EFFECT FURIES, 239-109

After the last few games away from home, the Ohio Roller Girls were happy to return to the Lausche Building to take on Queen City Roller Girls’ Lake Effect Furies from Buffalo, NY.  The last time these two teams faced off, the Furies found themselves on the losing end. While Ohio is ranked #22 in the WFTDA to Buffalo's #48, OHRG were still prepared to meet strong opposing players from northern New York. With The Smacktivist up against Queen City’s Librawlian in the first jam, it could have been a strong start for either team.  Mack was able to take lead and the first four points of the game before calling the jam off.  Thanks to smart blocking by Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin, Burnadeath, and Ena Flash, that four point lead would only increase, never allowing space for a lead change.  In fact, it took until the fifth jam for Queen City to get on the scoreboard, courtesy of Librawlian. Queen City took lead jammer status for the majority of the first half. Blockers Ivana LeiHerOut and Head Huntress frustrated the likes of Kitty Liquorbottom and Bigg Rigg, who got stuck fighting against the Buffalo defense more than once.  When Kitty wasn’t