ARRG INVADES CHAIFETZ ARENA THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
This Friday night, the season’s most anticipated event for the Arch Rival Roller Girls takes place at Chaifetz Arena!
The M-80s (4-0) battle defending League Champions the Smashinistas (3-1) for the 2014 ARRG Local Championship. Prior to that match-up, the Stunt Devils (1-3) face Rebel Skate Alliance (0-4) in the League’s third place bout.
Tickets for the twin bill are available at the Chaifetz Arena Box Office or by going to this link RIGHT HERE. Save $5 on each adult ticket purchased prior to Friday!
The first whistle blows at 8 pm, but ARRG fans will want to get to Chaifetz early. Pre-bout festivities include the annual recognition of retiring skaters, an appearance by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and bout presentation pushed to higher levels.
Whether you’re a long-time ARRG fan or a first-timer, you’ll see firsthand Friday night the athleticism displayed by these talented athletes. The flat-track action is guaranteed to impress!
The proverbial “coin flip” truly defines the M-80s/Smashinistas battle that will commence for the League Championship.
At the ARRG Playoffs last month, the undefeated M-80s churned out an impressive 248-105 victory over Rebel Skate Alliance to reach Friday’s tussle for the trophy. All systems were “go” in the win.
“We are hard hitters,” said M-80s blocker Tupac Shank-Her following the win. “That is what we do, but sometimes roller derby isn’t just about hitting hard.”
She’s absolutely correct in her assessment. The team used a mix of effective scoring, strategy, and most importantly, adaptation en route to the 143-point victory that pushed the team’s record to 4-0.
That methodology will be used again Friday night as the team looks to hoist the trophy, last accomplished at ARRG’s Chaifetz debut in 2012.
Jammer IDA the Living Dead notched 130 points in the playoff round. She’ll be joined in the rotation by talented sophomore Molecular Mayhem and two-time ARRG League Player of the Year May Require Stitches.
Alongside Shank-Her, the blocking will be handled by veterans Rhino-Might, The Ginger Assassin and Sp!ce Rack. New additions Nikki Trixx and Jamheiser Bush have impressed as the season progressed and youngsters Stray Touhell, Tragedy Ann, Carmina Piranha and Winchester Witch will supplement during crucial situations.
The “firecrackers on quads” remember the feeling of winning it all on the big stage two years ago. They can relive that moment Friday night.
But the process won’t easy for they face the defending ARRG Champions.
The Smashinistas earned its trip to the finals last month with a 188-183 victory over the Stunt Devils on the bout’s very last jam. The camo-clad troopers were fully aware that they dodged a huge purple bullet in order to play in the marquee bout at Chaifetz.
“That was so fun,” said Smashies pivot Downtown Dallis following the five-point win. “We are really rallied right now and our camaraderie is better than ever before.”
Smashies’ premiere jammer Brickyard scored 102 points in the win. She’ll be joined in the rotation Friday by long-time ARRG veterans The Educator and EnYa Nightmare.
Blocking will be paced by the aforementioned Dallis alongside co-captains Sly Davanita and The Forecloser, team lynchpins Eli Wallop and Shimmy Hoffa, hard-charging sophomores Party Rock-Her and Cloak N’ Drag-Her, the always-crafty Megalodominator, highly-impressive transfer Girl Fawkes, and improving youngsters Dixie Wolf and Red Hot Whiplet.
This is a team that could potentially pull off a rarity in ARRG history Friday night: back-to-back championships.
Who grabs the big brass ring is anyone’s guess, for both teams possess comparable skills. By no means can anyone project a favorite.
The same could be said of Friday’s opener, the ARRG third place bout with the Stunt Devils vs. Rebel Skate Alliance. Both teams look to end the season on a high note.
The Stunt Devils saw its streak of seven straight ARRG title appearances snapped after its five-point loss in the playoff round last month.
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t win, but we’re also really proud that we have come so far this season,” Stunts’ pivot Morgan LeFaetal afterwards. “When we played (the Smashies) in November, we lost by a significant amount. To lose this bout by five points is a huge step for us.”
They look to continue those strides in the third place bout. All-Star jammer Mighty Mighty Boston collected 106 points in the playoff round. She’ll be joined in the jamming rotation by transfer Dirt Diggler and co-captain Chokehold Chanel, who each scored over 35 points last month.
Blocking will be paced by the aforementioned LeFaetal as well as Stunts’ veterans Mayor Francis Slayer, Grave Danger, Deathica Steele and Vendetta VanGo.
The Stunts want to finish the 2014 local season with a “W!” The task will be difficult against its opponents, Rebel Skate Alliance.
Despite a setback in the playoff round, RSA continued to show its upward progression. Jammer Sleazy E continued her 40-point per bout pace, while sophomore Shear-Ra Powers and the recently-acquired Black Market Baby added solid points.
The key for a RSA win Friday night will rest on its veteran blocking unit. Multi-season pros Party Foul, Ginny Beastley, Pink Diamond, Eveready, Science Friction and Deuce Bomber are alongside hard-charging youngsters Prof. Rumbledore, Warpath O’ Jen, Fletch-A-Sketch and A.K.A. Rogue.
RSA is more than capable to pick up its first win in quite some time in front of a large audience. We’ll find out Friday if they can complete the task.
While you’re at Chaifetz, make sure you stop by the ARRG merchandise area and pick up your favorite team’s goodies to cheer them on and show your support.
After the double-header is over, continue the revelry at the official post-bout after party, held at Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester) in the Grove section of St. Louis. You’ll have a chance to mingle with your favorite Arch Rival Roller Girl.
This Friday night at 8 pm, you’ll experience the pinnacle of competitive play for St. Louis’ first women’s flat track roller derby franchise!
We’ll see you at Chaifetz Arena!
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