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(37) OHIO OFFERS SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AS (65) CAROLINA VISITS THE 614

This weekend, the Carolina Roller Girls invade Columbus as their All-Stars attempt to snap Ohio’s fifteen game home win streak. It’ll be a tough task for the team from Raleigh, North Carolina, as Ohio Roller Derby has defeated their three home opponents this season (Ann Arbor, Ithaca, and Tri-City) by an average of 162 points. Historically, Ohio holds a 1-1 record against the Carolina All-Stars. They first met back in Raleigh in 2012 where Carolina took a slim victory, 125-110. Ohio was able to get revenge on Carolina the following year in Columbus, when the home squad convincingly won 432-29. Recently, Ohio has been able to jump back into the top 40 after climbing four spaces after the last WFTDA rankings release. Conversely, Carolina also saw a five position climb to #65, as they attempt to land between #40-60 in order to play in the Division 2 Playoffs in August. Carolina is 3-1 in their 2016 campaign, with a three game win streak coming into Columbus. They started their season with a loss to Jet City (217-140), but rolled off three wins over three days at the K-Town Shakedown hosted by the Killamazoo Derby Darlins earlier this month. At the Shakedown,

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

GANG GREEN NEUTRALIZES BURNING RIVER’S HAZMAT CREW 219-84

As the Ohio Roller Girls celebrated their tenth anniversary this weekend, it was Gang Green that turned things up to eleven as they provided that little extra oomph during a 219-84 victory over visiting HazMat Crew, the reserve squad from Burning River Roller Derby.  Following what was a close bout during the first seven jams, Gang Green was able to capture the lead in the eighth jam and never look back.  Stout defense by Gang Green blockers Quiet Storm, NiCold N Deadly, Zinnia Zombie, and Garden of Beatin repeatedly held back HazMat jammers while opening holes for their own jammers throughout the first half. After finding themselves down 19-20 after jam seven, Val Holla put Gang Green ahead with a 9-0 jam of her own.  Toeing the inside line off the jam start in the next jam, KloverKill added an additional 4-0 to increase Gang Green’s lead to 32-20.  Powerful subsequent jamming by Gang Green’s HellionBOI, Karmabal Lector, and Blitz Lemon paired with even better blocking by Gang Green’s pack players enabled the home squad to go on a 48-5 run that spanned nine jams and thirteen minutes.  With 9:30 remaining in the first half, Gang Green held a 67-25 lead. 

Gang Green Collapses Pittsburgh’s Steel Beamers 174-127

After watching the Ohio Roller Girls charter team take down the Steel Hurtin’ 216-191, Gang Green did everything they could to make sure their bout against Pittsburgh’s reserve squad wouldn’t be as close.  It’s always a tough match when Steel City and Ohio meet, and Gang Green quickly found themselves in a battle that made the several hundred spectators in attendance cheer for the efforts put forth by everyone involved.  The first ten jams of the contest went back and forth between Gang Green and the Steel Beamers.  Jams lasted an average of one minute, and just ten minutes into the bout, the two reserve squads exchanged leads a total of five times.  With 19:15 remaining in the first period, Gang Green clung to a slim 24-17 lead.    On the period’s eleventh jam, Gang Green’s Sarah Bruce rattled off a 20-0 power jam with Shrinking Violet in the penalty box for a high block.  Two jams later, it was Val Holla knocking Hot Lips Bruise’ihan out of bounds, allowing HellionBOI the opportunity to get lead and secure a 2-0 jam.  Hellion’s jam took Gang Green’s lead to 54-18.  Clean play by both squads over the next ten jams didn’t yield

GANG GREEN SUBDUES CINCINNATI’S VIOLENT LAMBS 230-94

Following in the footsteps of their charter teammates, Ohio’s Gang Green was victorious last weekend over their in-state rival, the Cincinnati Violent Lambs.  The bout also represented a secondary victory for Ohio fans as it marked the return of crowd favorite and original league member HellionBOI, who took the last year off due to a knee injury.  HellionBOI gave the crowd something to cheer about in the bout’s sixth jam, as she rattled off a 25 point power jam to give Gang Green the lead 33-9.  With a fairly loose jammer rotation of Blitz Lemon, Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker, HellionBOI, and KloverKill, Gang Green kept their jammers fresh resulting in nearly fully rested jammers for each outing.  Playing nearly as well as their jamming counterparts, Gang Green’s pack of Zinnia Zombie, Chestburster, Quiet Storm, and Elektra Magneto kept Violent Lambs jammers in check, creating six first half power jams for their own jammers.  The first half was highlighted by two particular jams by TactiGal and KloverKill, who scored 25 and 20 point jams nearly back to back.  In both instances, it was great blocking by Val Holla and teammates opening outside lanes that allowed their jammers to pass.  At the half,

GANG GREEN TAKEN DOWN BY NAPTOWN WARNING BELLES, 88-185

Ohio’s Gang Green started and ended strong against Indianapolis’s Naptown Warning Belles on Saturday. It was the middle part of the bout that caused them trouble. Gang Green jammer Hop Devil, who jammed thirteen times and won three leads (23%), breezed through the pack to gain the lead on the first jam. Nicold N Deadly (thirteen jams, five leads (38%)) overcame a low block on the second jam to gain a come-from-behind lead in the second, thanks to a stellar effort by her blockers to keep Belle jammer The Bitter End in the pack. TactiGal (six jams, three leads (50%)) followed with yet another lead on the third jam, and Hop Devil finished Ohio’s brief period of dominance by fighting off a forearm penalty to gain the lead in the fourth jam. I say “brief period” because the four jams combined netted a total of four points for Gang Green, and they were the last points Ohio would get for another six jams. The rest of the first half was all Warning Belles. The trouble started in the fifth jam, when jammer Nicold N Deadly was called for a cut while in the pack. She was called back to the track after the

GANG GREEN DEFEATS NASHVILLE’S BRAWL STARS 170-114

After watching the Ohio Roller Girls defeat the Music City All Stars in the previous bout, Gang Green would make it an Ohio sweep over the visitors from Nashville, Tennessee, defeating the Brawl Stars 170-114 in the season opener.  A close bout throughout the first half featured four lead changes and a slim lead at the half for Gang Green.  However, a 112-68 point second half advantage for Gang Green left little doubt late that Gang Green would take home the victory. Skating in her first bout with Gang Green, Hop Devil opened the scoring for the home squad after calling the jam 4-0.  After tying the bout on the next jam, Nashville’s Electric Boogaloo would create the first lead change after securing a 3-0.  Boogaloo’s three point jam put the Brawl Stars ahead 7-4.  The lead would not last long, as it was again Hop Devil scoring four more points that gave the lead back to Gang Green 8-7.  Points were nickel-and-dimed over the next three jams until Nashville swung the scoreboard back in their favor 16-15 with 19:00 remaining in the first period. A string of lead jammers for Nashville’s Big Banger, Electric Boogaloo, Cruella Lavelle, and Ginger Juke increased

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

GANG GREEN ROOKIES HOST CORD

Ohio’s Gang Green rookie crew invited second year team Central Ohio Roller Dolls from Mt.Vernon to Columbus for a closed scrimmage on Tuesday night. I'm proud of our ladies, CORD had some really strong walls. Though CORD was missing their star jammers, the blockers pulling double duty never said die! - Chainsaw Central Ohio was set back from the start, as their top three jammers ShaSam, PB Slammer, and Slapajawea were unable to make the trip with the Dolls. It was amazing to see what the rookies could do on their own out there. They stepped it up and took charge on all fronts. It was hard to contain myself at times because I was so happy with their teamwork and communication. - Ava Tarr Up next for Gang Green, a road trip to Richmond (VA) and Baltimore (MD) to take on the River City Uncivil Warriors and the Charm City Female Trouble.  They’ll be home again on May 11th as they take on the Blue Ridge Rollergirls from Asheville, North Carolina. The Central Ohio Roller Dolls are gearing up for their season home opener this June, more info here.