THUMP: ARRG TAKES TWO AT BLEEDING HEARTLAND!
By Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer - Story constructed via online footage provided by Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls - Photos by Bob Dunnell
(BLOOMINGTON, IN) The primary travel squads of the Arch Rival Roller Girls posted victories over the teams of the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls Saturday night at Cardiac Arena in Bloomington.
In the main event, the ARRG All-Stars utilized a late sprint to overtake the BHRG Flatliners 251-189. In the b-team undercard, ARRG’s Saint Lunachix surged in the second period en route to a 237-130 victory over BHRG’s Code Blue Assassins.
With the sweep, both ARRG travel squads improved to 5-1 on the season.
By no means was either victory easy. In fact, one could argue that blood pressures were raised throughout the evening with the topsy-turvy action on the flat track.
#13 ARRG ALL-STARS 251 #41 BHRG FLATLINERS 189
After posting an impressive win over WFTDA #23 Ohio the week prior, Arch Rival felt confident heading into Saturday’s sanctioned bout against the 6-5 team that was struggling to find footing in the WFTDA rankings hierarchy.
The confidence exuded was evident in the first ten minutes of play as Arch Rival began with a 64-0 run.
Following a scoreless bout-opening jam, ARRG’s South City Shiner posted 24 points to give the locals an early advantage. All-Star addition Brickyard added ten on the next rotation to stretch the margin to 34-0. Mighty Mighty Boston followed with a 14-point score with 24:00 left in the period to widen the gap to 48-0. Then after a four-point tally by Shiner, Brickyard tacked on another dozen at 20:20 to conclude the opening rally and give the visitors a 64-0 lead.
All seemed well, but then the ARRG momentum went into what could be best described as a “cardiac arrest” and penalties overwhelmingly ensued. As a result, Bleeding Heartland capitalized, resulting in a mind-numbing, and lead-changing, 85-0 surge over the next twelve minutes.
It began with Nuck L. Sammie’s power jam that netted 15 points. Back-to-back four-pointers from BHRG’s Kaka Caliente and Terror D’ Bits whittled the ARRG lead to 64-23 with 16:45 left in the period.
Another power jam for Sammie resulted in a blistering 25 points on the next rotation, narrowing the gap to 64-48. Caliente tacked on nine in the eleventh jam, drawing the Flatliners to 64-57. Another ARRG jammer track cut gave the host squad another power jam. D’ Bits scored 18…and poof...the early 64-point Arch Rival lead was erased…and then some! The Flatliners now possessed a 75-64 lead with 10:40 left in the period.
Sammie tacked on an additional 10-pointer on the next rotation to stretch the BHRG lead to 85-64 with 9:40 left.
Arch Rival chipped away at the BHRG lead as the period continued. Brickyard notched a 10-0 jam at 6:40 to pull the visitors to 85-74. Boston followed with a trey to narrow the gap to eight points, 85-77.
A 10-2 run for Bleeding Heartland over the next three jams provided a little breathing room. Following D’ Bits’ three-point strike on the period’s penultimate jam, the Flatliners maintained a 95-79 lead with 2:00 left.
ARRG regained the lead during the period’s final rotation, thanks to BHRG penalties. Via a power jam, Shiner collected a dizzying 25 points that helped St. Louis sport a 104-95 lead at intermission.
The nine-point buffer at the break was immediately broken with the first jam of the second period. Via a power jam, Caliente notched a 19-pointer that gave the Flatliners a 114-104 lead.
Arch Rival responded with a 28-0 run. Following a trey from Brickyard, Boston scored 25 via a power jam, resulting a 132-114 lead change for ARRG with 23:40 left in the bout.
In jam five, Shiner gained lead jammer for ARRG and scored seven, but then was sent off for a track cut. BHRG’s Caliente scored a non-lead 15-pointer with the power jam, whittling ARRG’s lead to 139-129 with 20:45 left.
The Flatliners’ Sammie then scored four on the next rotation to narrow the gap to 139-133 with 20:10 left. Then following an extended officials' time out, a scoreboard re-adjustment added an additional 10 points to the column of Bleeding Heartland, resulting in another lead change and a 143-139 lead for the Flatliners.
Arch Rival’s Brickyard scored four on the next jam, which continued the trend of back-and-forth action, which now showed the scoreboard illuminating a 143-143 tie.
ARRG pivot May Require Stitches, in her first jam of the evening, notched a 4-2 jam with 17:45 left that broke the stalemate and gave Arch Rival a 147-145 lead. BHRG’s Sammie collected five with 16:55 left to regain the lead for the Flatliners, 150-147.
Arch Rival then posted a 52-0 rally over the next four jams to retake the lead and pull ahead. After Shiner posted 14 that resulted in a 161-150 lead change for Arch Rival, Brickyard collected a 30-point power jam with 12:15 left that widened the margin to 191-150.
Boston collected four non-lead points on the next rotation to stretch the lead to 195-150 and Shiner added another four to finish the rally and extend ARRG’s lead to 199-150 with ten minutes left in regulation.
The Flatliners found a pulse down the stretch and posted 33 points straight. Back-to-back power jams for D’ Bits and Caliente netted 19 and 14 points, respectively, and narrowed the ARRG lead to 199-183 with 6:20 left in the bout.
ARRG saved its best for last which “mainlined” the Flatliners. Paced by the blocking of the aforementioned Stitches, Chewblocka, Rhino-Might, Mayor Francis Slayer, Grave Danger, Science Friction, Shimmy Hoffa and a host of others, Arch Rival concluded the bout with a 52-6 run. Punctuated by a 30-point power jam by Boston scored with 4:00 left, ARRG widened the differential and posted a 251-189 nail-biting victory over Bleeding Heartland to net its third consecutive win.
ARCH RIVAL ALL-STARS (251): South City Shiner 92, Brickyard 79, Mighty Mighty Boston 76, May Require Stitches 4
BLEEDING HEARTLAND FLATLINERS (189): Nuck L. Sammie 76, Kaka Caliente 67, Terror D’ Bits 46.
ARRG SAINT LUNACHIX 237 BHRG CODE BLUE ASSASSINS 130
Although the winning differential was substantially larger than their A-team sistren, the Saint Lunachix definitely had its hand full with the scrappy Code Blue Assassins.
The Chix took an 19-0 lead after the first two jams with nine scored from EnYa Nightmare, followed by ten from Shear-Ra Powers.
The CBAs responded with a 8-0 jam from Knitty Gritty to narrow the Chix lead to 19-8 with 24:45 left in the first half.
ARRG’s Molecular Mayhem responded with 19 points on a power jam on the next rotation that extended the Chix lead to 38-8.
BHRG’s Bipolar Curves scored a baker’s dozen in jam five that whittled the Chix lead to 38-21 with 20:05 left in the period.
The Lunachix stretched the lead to 63-28 midway through the frame. BHRG’s Dare E. Eryn scored a 12-0 jam with 11:40 left to pull the CBAs to 64-30.
ARRG’s Powers added nine and Killer Painguin posted three over the next two rotations to extend the Chix lead to 75-40 with 8:40 left in the period.
The CBAs chomped into the lead as the minutes waned. BHRG’s Curves scored a 14-point power jam with 5:00 left in the period to narrow the Lunachix lead to 76-56.
Then after a 3-3 push in the next rotation to make the score 79-56, the CBAs’ Goldilock Stock n’ Barrel netted 15 via a power jam to close the gap to 79-74 with 1:25 remaining in the frame.
The Lunachix responded with a 20-point power jam from Mayhem to give the visitors a 99-74 advantage at intermission.
BHRG’s Dare E. Eryn scored four on the second half’s opening jam to cut the gap to 99-78.
The Lunachix then exploded offensively and posted 73 straight points over the next four jams. Powers began the surge with a 15-point power jam that extended the Chix lead to 114-78 with 27:30 left. Penguin followed with a natural 14-pointer that pushed the margin to 128-78. Mayhem added 20 points in jam four that extended the margin to 148-78. Nightmare concluded the 73-0 rally with a 24-point power jam that gave the Lunachix a 172-78 lead with 21:00 left in the bout.
The Chix continued to pour on the points in the second half by capitalizing on CBA penalties. Painguin’s 19-pointer scored with 16:15 left pushed the score to 192-96.
Mayhem’s nine-pointer on the next rotation gave the Chix a triple-digit lead, a 201-96 advantage with 14:10 left in bout.
The differential would be maintained for the remainder of the bout, thanks to the solid work of blockers Party Foul, Pink Diamond, The Siege, Deathica Steele, Morgan LeFaetal, The Ginger Assassin, Hydrogen Bombshell, Megalodominator, Sp!ce Rack and Professor Rumbledore.
The Saint Lunachix outscored the Code Blue Assassins in the second period 138-56 to pick up the 237-130 win and improve to 5-1 on the season.
ARRG SAINT LUNACHIX (237): Molecular Mayhem 94, EnYa Nightmare 55, Shear-Ra Powers 50, Killer Painguin 43.
BHRG CODE BLUE ASSASSINS (130): Bipolar Curves 24, Dare E. Eryn 24, Biscuit Cutter 21, Goldilock Stock n’ Barrel 19, Mae Kim Hurl 18, Knitty Gritty 18, Uh Huh Hurricane 3.
ARRG TRAVEL SQUADS HEAD TO NAPTOWN THIS SATURDAY!
The travel teams of the Arch Rival Roller Girls continue a busy month of May with a trip to Indianapolis this Saturday to face the primary squads of the Naptown Roller Girls.
The ARRG All-Stars engage in battle against the Naptown Tornado Sirens (5-1). ARRG’s Saint Lunachix face NRG’s Warning Belles (5-3) in the b-team opener.
The double header, entitled “Naptown 500!” takes place at the Indiana Convention Center. For those travelling to Indy, the event begins at 6 pm Eastern/5 pm Central.
(Muckety Memo: As of presstime, LIVE webstream coverage the event will be available free of charge, courtesy of NRG. Check the NRG website RIGHT HERE later in the week for more details.)
For the second time this season, the ARRG All-Stars will be facing a squad that advanced to the WFTDA Championships last Fall.
It’s an opponent that the locals know very well. Arch Rival netted its biggest victory to date historically with a 115-99 upset win over Naptown last August at Midwest Sport Hockey.
The situation is different this time as ARRG is back in Indy’s backyard at an intimidating venue that holds up to 3,000 derby fanatics.
But forget the venue for a moment…it’s the opponent that’s more intimidating.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="126"] NRG's Maiden America - Photo Credit: NRG[/caption]
The Naptown Tornado Sirens – currently ranked #16 in the WFTDA – advanced to the 2012 tourney for the Hydra Cup by finishing third at last September’s North Central region playoff. After defeating Atlanta in the opening round, Naptown was eliminated in round two following a loss to Gotham.
This season, the Tornado Sirens (4-0 in WFTDA sanctioned play) have notched up impressive wins that are synonymous with a top-tier league. NRG topped Bleeding Heartland (211-85), Toronto (239-143), Detroit (140-104) and Burning River (298-29) to start its sanctioned play undefeated.
The squad also split a pair of non-sanctioned bouts against Cincinnati (a 254-107 win) and Windy City (a 207-125 loss), which do not apply to the new mathematically-calculated WFTDA rankings method.
However one calculates the math, the most important number for Naptown is “14,” as in the amount of skilled veterans on the roster.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="131"] NRG's Amooze Booche: Photo Credit: NRG[/caption]
There’s a lot of depth in the NRG jamming rotation, paced longtime vets Amooze Booche, Majestic, Maiden America and Blue Messiah. G-Rocket, Trauma-line and R.I.P. Tide also don the star panty on occasion.
Anchoring the offense are top-tier blockers, including veterans Cereal Killer, Asian Sinsation and Rachael Tension.
In short, it’s the same familiar faces that the ARRG All-Stars saw last year. One has to believe that Naptown is not too happy with sitting three spots behind St. Louis in the current WFTDA rankings. They’ll be looking to score a big win to climb the rankings ladder.
In the undercard, the Saint Lunachix face a familiar foe as well in the Naptown Warning Belles. Last season, the Chix fell to the Belles 150-93.
A few modifications in personnel will see a somewhat different Lunachix line-up than the one that played at Bleeding Heartland last week. The Lunachix roster for the bout include: Morgan LeFaetal, The Ginger Assassin, Ginny Beastly, Molecular Mayhem, Megalodimnator, EnYa Nightmare, Killer Painguin, Pink Diamond, Professor Rumbledore, The Siege, Shacgyver, Sly Davinita, Spice, Stray Touhell, Cloak N’ DragHer and Party Rockher.
They’ll have to be at their best against a squad that is currently in its most-productive schedule in franchise history.
NRG’s Warning Belles (5-3) won gold at the “B-Cup Challenge” in February with victories over the b-squad of Nashville, Detroit and Charm City. A season-opening shearing of the Cincinnati Violent Lambs (313-62) and other victory over Detroit (269-59) are also on the winning side of the ledger.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="137"] NRG's Willa Hoeflinch - Photo Credit: NRG[/caption]
The Belles have fallen twice to the A-squad of Demolition City and to Windy City’s Second Wind (173-98), resulting in its current “two bouts above .500 mark.”
Skaters to watch for in the Warning Belles line-up include Willa Hoeflinch, Pushy Cat, Honey Badger, Mutant Jean, Haterade and Lethal Vixen.
Although both squads competed at February’s “B-Cup Challenge” in Bloomington, they did not meet each other at the round robin. And as with the case in b-team match-ups, roster juggling makes it hard to predict a favorite.
The travel squads of ARRG will have their hands full at the “Naptown 500!” this Saturday in Indianapolis. They both hope to take home the “checkered flag.”
ALL-STARS TREK CONTINUES SUNDAY AT SPRING ROLL
Whether they win or lose Saturday in Indianapolis, the ARRG All-Stars will have to gear up the next day and continue its tour of the state by travelling up North to Fort Wayne to compete at Spring Roll 2013.
Arch Rival will face the Dutchland Derby Rollers (WFTDA #43) Sunday at 6 pm Eastern/5 pm Central.
(Muckety Memo: The ARRG bout will have LIVE webstream coverage, free of charge. Go to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE for the complete schedule of the event. ARRG’s “brothers in derby,” the St. Louis GateKeepers are competing in three bouts during the event.)
Spring Roll, held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is a three-day invitational that will see men’s, women’s and junior derby bouts held on two tracks within the facility.
ARRG’s bout against Dutchland will be the inaugural showdown between the two squads.
The Dutchland Derby Rollers (2-2) qualified for the 2012 WFTDA East region playoff and finished tenth. They have wins over WFTDA #78 Dominion (197-176) and #84 Cape Fear (208-71). Their two setbacks were against # 75 River City (206-92) and #56 Burning River (249-151).
Currently on the bubble for the WFTDA 2013 post-season, Dutchland needs a win over Arch Rival or at least keep close in defeat. Because of the parity of the leagues currently sitting #35 through #45, combined with loss to Burning River, a lopsided loss to ARRG might potentially leave them out of reach for a playoff bid.
Meanwhile, the Arch Rival All-Stars want to finish the weekend on a high note heading into Midwest Brewhaha in late-May.
A dominant win at Spring Roll over Dutchland will most certainly provide fuel to feed the fire.
NEXT WEEK IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: We will see how the Hoosier State trek turned out. We’ll have Full road trip coverage with complete bout recaps of Saturday’s double header with Naptown and Sunday’s All-Star tilt vs. Dutchland at Spring Roll!
Muckety Muck and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news and information.