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(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

(20) Ohio Welcomes (16) Detroit Derby Girls

This weekend, the #20 Ohio Roller Girls welcome to Columbus the #16 Detroit Derby Girls for their second-to-last home bout of the 2013 season.  This bout means a considerable amount for both squads, as only one more rankings release will come before the teams know their final rank and seeding as they both head into the Division 1 playoffs. Both Ohio and Detroit are original members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, with seven full seasons of All Star competition under their belts.  Amazingly, of Ohio’s 91 sanctioned bouts as an All Star team, only three have come against the ladies from Detroit. In fact, Detroit is only one of three higher-echelon teams in the North Central that Ohio has never defeated (Windy City and Minnesota being the other two). In those three bouts, Detroit has defeated the Ohio Roller Girls 131-114 (2007), 105-57 (2008), and most recently right after last year’s regional playoffs 159-129 (2012).  In their most recent bout, Ohio and Detroit battled through three lead changes before Detroit claimed the lead for good with just over seven minutes remaining in the bout.  It was an exciting bout for skaters and fans alike, and has set the expectations for