“REWIND” LOOKS AT WINS OVER OHIO!

The travel teams of ARRG netted a pair of wins against Ohio in August. The online series “Rewind” looks at the highlights. Plus, a look at the ARRG All-Stars‘ trip to the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs.

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MAY’S REWIND LOOKS AT ARRG’S NO COAST WINS!

The travel teams of ARRG netted a pair of wins against No Coast in May. The online series “Rewind” looks at the highlights. Plus, a look at the ARRG All-Stars busy month of June.

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NEW “REWIND” LOOKS AT ARRG VS. MADISON

In anticipation of the next ARRG home bout at Midwest Sport Hockey vs. No Coast on Saturday, May 10, here’s theRewind featuring the April bouts vs. Madison.

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SMASHIES WIN TITLE IN FRONT OF 2,000 AT CHAIFETZ!

STUNTS TAKE THIRD IN HARD FOUGHT BOUT VS. RSA!

by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell

(ST. LOUIS, MO) In front of the largest crowd to ever witness flat-track roller derby locally, the Arch Rival Roller Girls presented its 2014 Local Championships at Chaifetz Arena Friday night.

The crowd of over 2,000 witnessed two incredible bouts that put the exclamation point on a successful local campaign. In the main event, the Smashinistas picked up its second straight title with a 157-145 win over the M-80s. In the League’s third place bout, the Stunt Devils staved a hard charge from Rebel Skate Alliance in order to net a 148-116 win.

The atmosphere was abuzz with what one finds at an event like this. St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay blew the ceremonial first whistle and the top-notch, flat-track that ensued had the Chaifetz crowd glued to their chairs until the very end.

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUT: SMASHINISTAS 157  M-80s 145

When the Smashinistas won its first Arch Rival Roller Girls’ local championship one year ago, they didn’t receive recognition of its victory until the day after the bout was formally played. After an official scoring review post-bout, an overnight adjustment to the final score was made, resulting in a two-point win for the Smashies.

Far removed from the flat-track when the decision was rendered, there was no formal Smashies’ trophy celebration last year. Sure, they had netted a championship, but the significance was somewhat lost because the victorious skaters couldn’t proverbially “live in the moment.”

Friday night at Chaifetz Arena, the Smashinistas decided to take control of its own destiny outright.

Paced by a triple-digit performance from jammer Brickyard and a stifling defense, the defending champions topped the M-80s, 157-145.

“We’re super stoked,” said Smashies’ co-captain The Forecloser following the 12-point win. “We’ve focused, we’ve talked to each other, we’ve communicated, we’ve grown together…and now we’ve won together.”

Both teams kept each other at bay early. Eight minutes deep, the M-80s possessed a 10-9 lead. The firecrackers on quads sported six points straight off the next two jams. Launched by Molecular Mayhem’s five pointer and ending with a solo point from IDA the Living Dead, the M-80s stretched its lead to 16-9 with 23:20 left in the first period.

After the Smashies countered with four from Brickyard to make the bout a three-point affair, the M-80s churned out six points over the next four jams to extend its lead to 22-13 with 17:30 left in the period.

The Smashinistas fired its first cannon-shot of the trophy tilt in Jam 11 as Brickyard steamrolled a mind-numbing, 35-point jam that flipped the scoreboard, 48-22, in favor of the defending champs.

The M-80s countered with an 18-8 run over the next five jams and whittled the margin to 56-40 with 6:50 left in the first period.

The Smashies went into lockdown mode over the next five minutes, resulting in a 22-0 rally. Accented by Brickyard’s nine-pointer scored in Jam 20 and The Educator’s eight-pointer that followed, the Smashinistas extended its lead to 78-40 following the period’s penultimate jam.

At that point, play seemed controlled for the camo-clad rollers, but things suddenly went out of control with the final jam of the half. A track cut called against The Educator resulted in a power jam for the M-80s. Mayhem collected 25 points in the late-period push and narrowed the Smashinistas’ lead to 78-65 at intermission.

To make matters worse for the leaders, the M-80s’ power jam carried over to the first rotation of the second period. A 13-point strike from May Require Stitches tied the score, 78-78, with 28:30 left in the bout.

The red roll of uncontested points continued as the period progressed. IDA the Living Dead punctuated a 27-0 second-period rally with nine points scored at 24:05 that helped the M-80s sport a 92-78 edge.

Brickyard broke the Smashie scoring drought with four points scored at 23:10 to whittle the deficit to 92-82. Mayhem collected three on the next rotation to push the M-80s’ lead back to a baker’s dozen.

Brickyard’s deuce in Jam 7 was followed by a 4-3 jam for the Educator that made the margin once again 10 points, 98-88, with 20:20 left.

Back-to-back four-pointers from the Smashie jamming duo on the next two rotations shrunk the M-80s’ lead to two points, 98-96 with 18:15 left.

After Mayhem’s 3-1 jam extended the M-80s’edge to 101-97, a 19-8 power jam collected by Stitches pushed the margin to 120-105 with 14:25 remaining.

Thanks to the solid work of M-80s’ blockers, which included Rhino-Might, The Ginger Assassin, Tupac Shank-Her, Jamheiser Bush, Sp!ce Rack and a host of others, the double-digit lead was maintained after the next four rotations. With 10:35 left, the M-80s led 123-112.

Then with 9:45 left, another M-80s’ jammer penalty resulted in a bout-shifting power jam for the Smashinistas. Brickyard collected 19 points in the rotation, which put the defending champions back on top, 131-123.

Down the stretch, intensity and strategy from both teams were raised to high-stakes levels. Comparable points were scored as both squads’ set of blockers maintained their physical play.

This provided the proverbial gut-check to the Smashinistas’ blocking schema, paced by co-captains The Forecloser and Sly Davanita, as well as Eli Wallop, Shimmy Hoffa, Girl Fawkes, Downtown Dallis, EnYa Nightmare Cloak N’ DragHer, Party Rockher, Megalodominator, Dixie Wolf and Red Hot Whiplet.

It was a challenge the Smashies were ready to accept.

“We had amazing, amazing walls,” said Davanita of the late-bout tussle. “We had great jamming too, but the walls were awesome.”

The Smashies outscored the M-80s, 26-22, in the final five jams to pick up the 157-145 championship win and the back-to-back ARRG trophy lifts.

Brickyard paced the Smashinistas (4-1) with 123 points, followed by The Educator’s 34.

For the M-80s, the setback at Chaifetz was hard to swallow. However, there was nothing but praise from the team’s brain trust following the exhausting bout.

“Those girls played their heart out, just like they have with every game this year,” said M-80s’ bench coach Specs Offender afterwards.  “It’s a tough loss, but when you lose a bout by 12 points, that’s still very close in this sport. I love those girls, love that team and I am very proud of them even though we didn’t get the ‘W’ tonight.”

Mayhem and IDA scored 56 and 52, respectively, for the M-80s (4-1).

OFFICIAL SCORING

SMASHINISTAS (157): Brickyard 123, The Educator 34

M-80s (145): Molecular Mayhem 56, IDA The Living Dead 52, May Require Stitches 37

THIRD PLACE BOUT:  STUNT DEVILS 148  REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE 116

The outcome of the evening’s opener was a true reflection of how both team’s respective seasons had positively progressed. In its first bout of the local season last November, the Stunt Devils scored a sub-par 62 points. When the two teams met two months ago, RSA was pummeled by 176.

The Stunts won the third place bout at Chaifetz by 32 points, but those involved would honestly say that both teams were winners due to the recent improvements made.

“We came so far this year as a team,” said Stunt Devils’ co-captain Vendetta VanGo afterwards. “This season, over half of our team started out as either new players or players, like myself, that have been out for a couple of years. It was a rebuilding year and our goal was to get better with every game.”

The Stunts would have to be at its proverbial best in its tangle with RSA, a team that had not tasted victory in quite awhile but had steadily grown as a cohesive unit.

The Stunts’ game plan of utilizing the triple jamming attack of Mighty Mighty Boston, Chokehold Chanel and Dirt Diggler reaped rewards early. Seven minutes in, the purple rollers posted a 25-5 advantage.

Back-to-back treys from RSA jammers Pink Diamond and Sleazy E narrowed the margin to 25-11 with 19:00 left in the period. Boston countered with four scored in Jam 9 to push the Stunt Devils’ lead to 29-11.

Following a scoreless jam, Sleazy scored 10 points for RSA at 15:50, cutting the margin to 29-21.

Boston, who went into the bout fighting the sick bug, showed no signs of illness as she posted 19 points with 13:10 left in the frame that extended the Stunts’ lead to 48-21.

Undaunted, the Rollin’ Rebs came charging back with a 28-0 rally over the next four jams that flipped the scoreboard. A pair of two-pointers from Black Market Baby and Sleazy E began the run. Then following a four-pointer scored by BMB in Jam 15, Sleazy notched a 20-point power jam in the next rotation.

The 27-point Stunt Devils’ lead four jams ago? POOF! RSA had its first lead of the bout, 49-48, with 9:30 left in the period.

Its lead was short-lived as the Stunts barreled out a 42-6 run in the final minutes of the half. Punctuated by Boston’s 23-point power jam with 5:00 left in the period, the Stunt Devils held a 91-54 lead at intermission.

Second period play was pretty much even. Ten minutes deep, the Stunts maintained a 100-65 advantage.

A 21-0 Stunts’ rally highlighted the middle stretch. Boston’s nine scored in Jam 11 was followed by Diggler’s four. Artemischief collected eight in Jam 12 and the uncontested rally was finished by Boston’s trey scored with 15:10 left. When the dust had settled, the Stunts had amassed a 121-65 lead.

Once again, RSA didn’t waive the white flag down the stretch went on rallies of its own. An 8-4 jam for BMB with 13:45 left launched a 33-18 run that covered the next eight minutes. In the process, the RSA blocking rotation, paced by Party Foul, Science Friction, Eveready, Ginny Beastley, Prof. Rumbledore, Warpath O’ Jen, Deuce Bomber, Shear-Ra Powers, AKA Rogue and Fletch A Sketch, kept the Stunts scoreless for four jams.

With 7:10 left, the Stunts’ margin had been sliced to 135-98.

Wanting to quash the RSA comeback, the Stunt Devils’ blocking schema put the hammer down. Paced by veterans Grave Danger, Deathica Steele, Mayor Francis Slayer, Vendetta VanGo, Morgan LeFaetal, Shacgyver, and youngsters Danisaurus Rex and Yo Adrian-na, kept the 30-point differential steady.

The Stunt Devils outscored RSA 57-52 in the second period to earn the 148-116 win in ARRG’s third place bout. Boston led the Stunts (2-3) with 106 points.

”Our game tonight was all about teamwork, holding those walls together and making room for our jammers,” said VanGo afterwards.

Sleazy E paced RSA scoring with 59 points. And despite the winless record in the season’s campaign, the counter-clockwise coalition has plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into future. For starters, the roster has finally settled into place.

“We’ve had a lot of circulation of old players and new players coming back,” said RSA co-captain Prof. Rumbledore. “It’s been crazy and really difficult, but I feel like that now we’re really solidifying as a team. Even though we lost, I’m really proud of us.”

OFFICIAL SCORING

STUNT DEVILS (148): Mighty Mighty Boston 106, Dirt Diggler 22, Chokehold Channel 12, Artemischief 8

REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE (116): Sleazy E 59, Pink Diamond 32, Black Market Baby 25

RETIREES SKATE LAST BOUT AT CHAIFETZ

From Friday night, Mayor Francis Slayer (left) and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

Friday night marked the last bout for some of the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Retiring from the flat track were The Educator, Deathica Steele, The Forecloser, Megalodominator, Pink Diamond, Stray Touhell and Dixie Wolf. Also recognized during the retirement were also those that had retired after the completion of the prior local and travel team seasons: Chewblocka, South City Shiner, Kill’em Gilliam, Shell Shoxx, Smarty McFly and Bertha Venus.

The Arch Rival Roller Girls appreciate these athletes’ dedication to the league and the sacrifices they made in order to support women’s flat track roller derby in St. Louis!

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SMASHIES CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK TITLES AT CHAIFETZ!

by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer

(ST. LOUIS, MO) With a hard charge of points in the last ten minutes of the ARRG 2014 Local Championships, defending League Champions the Smashinistas posted a 157-145 win over the M-80s at Chaifetz Arena Friday night.

With the win, the Smashies (4-1) netted back-to-back championships.

The bout was tied 78-78 after the first jam of the second period. The M-80s stretched its lead to 120-105 with 14:25 left in the bout following a 19-point power jam from May Require Stitches.

The Smashinistas kept the differential tight as the period progressed and trailed 123-112 with 10:35 left.

On the next jam, Smashies’ jammer Brickyard collected a 19-point power jam that flipped the scoreboard in favor of the defending champs, 131-123, with 8:45 remaining. The Educator followed with a pair of points to widen the gap to 133-123.

The Smashies maintained the double-digit differential in the bout’s waning minutes and picked up a 10-9 jam in the bout’s final rotation to secure the 12-point win.

Brickyard scored unofficially 84 points in the victory.

The M-80s finished the season 4-1 and in second place.

In the third place bout, the Stunt Devils staved numerous hard charges from Rebel Skate Alliance to post a 148-116 win.

A full recap of both bouts will be featured on the website on Monday.

Check ARRG’s official Facebook page on Saturday for exclusive interviews from al four teams at the Chaifetz event.

 

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ARRG INVADES CHAIFETZ ARENA THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell

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!

Check for ARRG updates and media appearances throughout the week at the league’s official Facebook page!

 

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M-80s & SMASHIES HEAD TO THE FINALS WITH WINS!

SEMIFINAL BOUT ENDS WITH LAST-JAM SQUEAKER!

by Muckety Muck – ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell

(BALLWIN, MO) The top two seeds of the Arch Rival Roller Girls’ 2014 Local Playoffs notched victories Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey, albeit using different methodologies.

In the #1 vs. #4 semi-final, the top-seeded M-80s overpowered fourth-seeded Rebel Skate Alliance, 248-105. Meanwhile in the nightcap, the second-seeded Smashinistas utilized late-bout heroics to topple the third-seeded Stunt Devils, 188-183.

The winners now face each other for the League’s trophy at the 2014 ARRG Local Championships, set for Friday, March 7 at Chaifetz Arena.

M-80s 248  REBEL SKATE ALLIANCE 105

The M-80s – who last won an ARRG title in 2012 at Chaifetz – implemented effective scoring, strategy, and most importantly, adaptation en route to the 143-point victory that pushed the team’s record to 4-0.

“What we’ve been doing this season is play differently against the other (three) teams because they are all so completely different,” said M-80s’ blocker Tupac Shank-Her following her team’s semifinal win. ”Finding a way to adapt to their styles gives us our biggest opportunities. We are hard hitters. That’s what we do. But sometimes roller derby isn’t just about hitting someone hard.”

Adjustments became necessary as Rebel Skate Alliance gave the top seed fits early.  Sleazy E’s bout-opening 10-pointer kicked things off for RSA. The M-80s countered on the next rotation as IDA the Living Dead scored nine to make the bout a one-point affair.

After both teams traded four-pointers on the next two rotations, M-80s’ jammer Molecular Mayhem punched a 19-pointer, resulting in a 32-14 lead change with 22:15 left in the period.

The Rollin’ Rebs rebounded and notched 19 uncontested points. Following jammer Pink Diamond’s 14-point power jam, RSA sported a 33-32 lead with 19:10 left in the period.

The M-80s countered on the next rotation and regained the lead as IDA collected 30 points via a power jam to give her squad a 62-33 advantage.

Sleazy E’s niner scored in jam 10 narrowed the gap to 20 points, but RSA’s momentum gained was stifled on the next rotation with a jammer track cut and a slew of blocker penalties. A 20-point power jam for M-80s’ multi-specialist May Require Stitches ensued and extended the Firecracker’s lead to 82-44 with 12:00 left in the period.

The differential widened as the period progressed and the M-80s sported a 107-55 lead at intermission.

The M-80s’ self-defined, hard-hitting style came to the forefront in the second period. IDA’s second-period opening 24-point strike off the power jam widened the gap to 131-55.

RSA posted 15 straight points on the next two rotations. Following Shear-Ra Powers’ five-pointer, Sleazy E collected 10 with 24:40 left to make the score 131-70.

Scoring would be comparable over the next few rotations, but then the top seed started to pull away midway through the frame via power jams.

IDA’s non-lead power jam that yielded 22 points was followed by Stitches’ 15-pointer that push the M-80s’ lead to 184-83 with 15:05 left in the bout.

Meanwhile, M-80s’ blocking, paced by the aforementioned Shank-Her and Stitches, as well as The Ginger Assassin, Rhino-Might, Nikki Trixx, Jamheiser Bush and Sp!ce Rack, and supplemented by Stray Touhell, Tragedy Ann, Carmina Piranha and Winchester Witch, kept RSA scoring to a minimum.

The M-80s outscored Rebel Skate Alliance 131-55 in the second period to earn its trip to March’s Championship bout.

For the M-80s, IDA finished the evening with 130 points, followed by Stitches’ 58.

RSA (0-4) knew that the task to take down the top seed would be difficult in the playoff semifinal. The team readily admits that adjustments are still needed heading into their third place bout in March.

“We’ve been working really hard on getting our walls together, building them and slowing down, but since we haven’t focused enough on offense, it really messed with s tonight,” said RSA’s Prof. Rumbledore after the bout.

But optimism still shines for the intergalactic skating schematic. Sleazy E and Powers scored  45 and 27 points, respectively, against a stubborn M-80s’ defense. Recent addition Black Market Baby collected 17 points in her ARRG return and longtime vets Diamond, Party Foul, Science Friction, Ginny Beastly, Eveready and Deuce Bomber are continuing to improve their collective play and recent additions AKA Rouge and Fletch A Sketch are getting some quality minutes on the flat track.

In short, the talent is most certainly there. Now it’s matter of putting the pieces properly together for a third place bout victory over the Stunt Devils at Chaifetz.

“We have easy fixes,” said Rumbledore. “We need to watch our jammer and destruction penalties.  If we utilize the training that we used this month, we have a fighting chance against them.”

OFFICIAL SCORING

M-80s (248): IDA the Living Dead 130, May Require Stitches 58, Molecular Mayhem 54, Tupac Shank-Her 4, Jamheiser Bush 2

RSA (105): Sleazy E 45, Shear-Ra Powers 27, Black Market Baby 17, Pink Diamond 16

SMASHINISTAS  188    STUNT DEVILS 183

Whereas the evening’s opener was decided early, the battle between the middle seeds featured eight lead changes and a five-point victory decided as the period clock expired. The 188-183 Smashinistas’ win gave the defending ARRG champions (3-1) its second consecutive title bout trip.

“That was so much fun,” said Smashinistas’ blocker Downtown Dallis after the nail biter. “We are really rallied right now and our camaraderie is better than ever before.”

Rallies were the theme, but neither squad was able to post a sizable margin in the first period.

Following a 0-0 open jam, the Stunts got on the scoreboard first as co-captain Chokehold Chanel collected a four-pointer. Mighty Mighty Boston followed with a 15-3 non-lead power jam at 26:10 to extend the Stunt’s lead to 19-3.

Smashinistas’ jammer Brickyard countered with a 10-pointer, narrowing the gap to 19-13. Points were then comparable over the next four rotations and the Stunts held on to a 23-19 edge with 18:45 left in the period.

The Smashies got its first lead of the bout in jam 7 as a 14-7 power jam scored by The Educator flipped the scoreboard in favor of the defending league champions, 33-30, with 17:40 left in the frame.

Boston’s 10-pointer on the next rotation regained the lead for the Stunts, 40-33.

The Smashies saw momentum swing back in its direction midway through the first period. A 31-6 run in the next seven minutes resulted in a 64-46 lead with 8:15 left.

The Stunts rebounded with a 27-0 rally over the next five jams.  Boston launched the scoreboard shift with a 12-point power jam to narrow the margin to six points, 64-58. Following Chanel’s four-pointer on the next rotation, Boston posted a pair of points to tie the score, 64-64, with 4:45 left in the period.

Dirt Diggler contributed four in jam 21 and Boston ended the run with a grand slam to extend the Stunt’s lead to 73-64.

Newly acquired Smashie EnYa Nightmare scored 10 points in the period’s penultimate jam, resulting in another lead change, and a 74-73 lead for the Smashies.

A chaotic 26-13 final jam in favor of the Smashinistas extended their lead to 100-86 at intermission. However it came at a price as Brickyard was called for a low block as the jam clock reached its conclusion. The infraction sent the jammer to the penalty box and resulted in a power jam for the Stunt Devils to start the second period.

The third seed capitalized as Boston scored 15, resulting in a 101-100 scoreboard flip in favor of the Stunt Devils. Chanel added three on the next rotation to push the lead to 104-100.

Brickyard made amends in jam three and collected a 19-4 strike to push the lead back in the favor of the Smashinistas, 119-108. The Educator followed with 17-3 jam at 22:13 to extend the lead, 136-111.

Following a pair of Stunt points in jam five, Chanel notched nine with 20:00 to play that whittled the margin to 136-122.

As the period progressed, both teams’ blocking schemas kept the other in check. The Smashie walls, paced by Dallis, Eli Wallop, The Forecloser, Girl Fawkes, Party Rockher, Cloak N’ Drag-her, Megalodominator, Dixie Wolf and Sly Davanita went toestop-to-toestop with the Stunts’ Grave Danger, Mayor Francis Slayer, Artemischief, Vendetta VanGo, Morgan LeFaetal, Yo Adrian-na and Danisaurus Rex.

As a result, the differential remained almost constant. With 9:30 to play, the Smashinistas maintained a 154-142 lead.

The Smashies delivered what appeared to be the crushing blow with back-to-back nine pointers from The Educator and Brickyard. The 18-0 run extended the camo-lead to 30 points, 172-142, with 6:20 left to play.

But the Stunts had other things in mind. More specifically, a 38-1 run over the next four jams. A power jam for Boston yielded 10 points with 5:00 to play. Diggler followed with a baker’s dozen on the next rotation to narrow the gap to 172-165. Boston added another 10 with under 2:00 to play that resulted in another lead change, 175-172, in favor of the purple rollers.

Diggler added a 5-1 sprint in the bout’s penultimate jam that extended the Stunts’ lead to 180-173 with under :45 left in the bout.

In the final jam, and with the other coveted Championship invitation well within grasp for both teams, Smashies’ jammer Brickyard raced to the front of the pack to grab lead while the Stunts’ Boston closely pursued.  As time expired on the period clock (and play continued within the bout’s official jam clock), Boston was whistled for a track cut and sent to the penalty box, resulting in a power jam for the Smashinistas.

A 15-3 final jam strike for the camo-clad troopers ensued and resulted in a 188-183 come-from-behind victory and a trip to Chaifetz to defend the League title against the M-80s in four weeks.

In short, the Smashies knew that they had just finished a flat-track war.

“We had to change a few things at the beginning of the game due to the way that they started,” said Dallis afterwards. “They ran fast packs we had to adjust to that. They’re an amazing team and we have a lot of fun playing against them.”

Brickyard paced the Smashinistas (3-1) with 102 points, followed by the Educator’s 71.

Meanwhile the Stunts, who saw its streak of seven straight ARRG Championship appearances snapped with the loss, did find some solace afterwards. They knew that they have collectively made great strides since the start of the local season.

Keep in mind that this was the same nucleus that lost to the Smashies three months ago by a margin of 157 points.

“It was a really hard game to lose because we wanted to go to championships again,” said Stunt Devils’ blocker Morgan Le Faetal afterwards.  “We’re disappointed that we didn’t win but we’re also really proud that we have come so far this season. When we played them in November, we lost by a significant amount. To lose this bout by five points is a huge step for us.”

The Stunts (1-3) was paced in scoring by Boston’s 106 points. They’ll face RSA in the League’s third place bout on Friday, March 7.

OFFICIAL SCORING

SMASHINISTAS (188): Brickyard 102, The Educator 71, EnYa Nightmare 15

STUNT DEVILS (183): Mighty Mighty Boston 106, Chokehold Chanel 38, Dirt Diggler 37, Artemischief 2

For post-bout interviews with skaters from all four squads, head on over to ARRG’s Official Facebook page.

Muckety Muck and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Monday for the latest in ARRG news and information.

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M-80s & SMASHINISTAS COLLECT PLAYOFF WINS!

(BALLWIN, MO) The top two seeds of ARRG’s 2014 playoff round netted victories Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey to meet for the League Championship on March 7 at Chaifetz Arena.

The top-seeded M-80s out-muscled fourth-seeded Rebel Skate Alliance 248-105 while defending League Champions the Smashinisitas utilized last-jam heroics in an 188-183 come-from-behind win over the third-seeded Stunt Devils.

In the evening’s opener, the M-80s capitalized on power jams early and often to build a 107-55 halftime lead over RSA. M-80s’ jammer IDA the Living Dead notched a second-period opening 24-point power jam to continue the momentum.

The M-80s outscored RSA 141-50 in the second half to pick up the 143-point win that catapults the firecrackers to the marquee bout at Chaifetz. IDA scored 136 points unofficially for the M-80s.

In the nightcap, a topsy-turvy bout featuring eight lead changes, the Smashinistas  sported a 172-142 lead over the Stunt Devils with 6:30 left in the bout. The Stunts rallied with a 38-0 run  over the next four jams to give its squad a 180-172 edge. The Smashies countered with a five-pointer on the bout’s penultimate jam to pull within three points, 180-177.

Then in the final jam, with under :30 left on the period clock, Smashinistas’ jammer Brickyard raced to the front of the pack to gain lead with Stunts’ jammer Mighty Mighty Boston giving close chase. Both jammers scored points before Boston was sent off for a track cut as the period clock expired.

Capitalizing on the power jam, the Smashinistas notched a 11-3 bout-ender in its favor to collect the five-point victory, 188-183, and net its second straight title bout appearance.

Brickyard finished with 90 points unofficially for the Smashinistas.

Full bout recaps will be featured in this section of the website on Monday.

Look for exclusive skater interviews from Saturday on ARRG’s official Facebook page.

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ARRG 2014 PLAYOFFS THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

WINNERS BATTLE FOR TITLE AT CHAIFETZ ARENA ON 3/7!

by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell

This past Sunday might have been the day of the “Super Bowl,” but this coming Saturday, the Arch Rival Roller Girls present a “Super Brawl!

ARRG’s post-season commences with its 2014 League Playoffs where the action will be raised to a whole new competitive level!

In the #1 vs. #4 match-up this Saturday, the top-seeded M-80s (3-0) battle fourth-seeded Rebel Skate Alliance (0-3). In the other bout pitting #2 & #3, the second-seeded Smashinistas (2-1) tangle with the third-seeded Stunt Devils (1-2).

The high-octane action takes place Saturday night at Midwest Sports Hockey at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO). Doors to the event open at 6 pm and the first whistle blows at 6:30 pm. LOCATION CAN BE FOUND HERE!

General admission tickets are $15 cash only at the door on bout night. Children 10 and under GET IN FREE. SAVE $3 on general admission tickets purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets by GOING TO THIS LINK RIGHT HERE! Groups of 15 and more can save $5 per ticket by going to the same link. (Note: online sales for Saturday’s event end late Friday night.)

The winners of Saturday’s twin bill will compete in the title bout at the league’s signature event, the 2014 ARRG Local Championships, to be held on Friday, March 7 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. The teams that suffer setbacks will compete at Chaifetz in a third place bout.

However, all four local ARRG teams don’t want to let that last sentence cross their collective minds. A “W” is the goal Saturday. As a result, expect the action to be extremely competitive.

Last month, the M-80s solidified its top seeding with an impressive 179-132 win over defending League champions the Smashinistas to finish the regular season perfect at 3-0.

The battle of unbeatens proved to be a donnybrook and the “firecrackers on quads” utilized a strong rally in the bout’s waning minutes to snatch the 47-point victory.

The M-80s’ blocking battalion, paced by May Require Stitches, Rhino-Might, The Ginger Assassin, Tupac Shank-Her, Sp!ce Rack, Nikki Trixx, Jamheiser Bush, Tragedy Anne, Stray Touhell and Winchester Witch will set the tone in the packs and look to prove that they were deserving of the top seed.

Sophomores IDA the Living Dead and Molecular Mayhem each tallied over 50 points last month and, alongside Stitches, will be the fixtures at jammer.

The M-80s hoisted the championship trophy when ARRG made its debut at Chaifetz Arena in 2012. With a win Saturday night, they take one step closer to reliving that moment again.

In their way is the scrappy Rebel Skate Alliance, the playoff’s fourth seed. Penalties plagued the intergalactic schematic last month in a tough loss against the Stunt Devils. But as with every post-season, the slate is wiped completely clean. RSA could potentially upset the top seed with a strong performance this weekend.

Blocking is imperative for RSA and they possess the perfect mix of veteran and young skaters to wreak havoc on the opposition. Veterans Party Foul, Science Friction, Eveready, Ginny Beastley and Deuce Bomber are alongside the improving Prof. Rumbledore, Warpath O’ Jen, Fletch-A-Sketch, Orange Ya Sry and A.K.A. Rogue to set up the walls.

RSA jammer Sleazy E had another solid bout last month, scoring 50 points. Co-captain Pink Diamond and sophomore Shear-Ra Powers will complete the rotation of skaters donning the star. Also, don’t be surprised if RSA debuts another new face in the post-season mix Saturday night.

The Rollin’ Rebs know that they are in the prime position of “playoff spoiler.” In the span of sixty minutes Saturday night, RSA can effectively erase the tough-luck regular season and jettison to March’s title bout.

Can they do it? They know they can! We’ll find out if RSA will be the post-season’s Cinderella story!

Saturday night’s other battle is difficult to project because the second and third seeds have a storied history intertwined. The Smashinistas and Stunt Devils met in last season’s Championship bout, a physically and emotionally draining contest that arguably became the League’s most exciting, and most controversial, finale to date.

The noticeable difference this time out is that, instead of playing for the trophy against each other, one will immediately quash the other’s championship dream by the end of the evening.

The Smashinistas would love to do that. The second seed suffered a tough setback in January that broke a five-bout winning streak. A team that was averaging 230 points after two regular season local bouts took a significant plummet on the scoreboard in the loss to the M-80s.

And with this talented group, they are more than capable to turn the tank around and roll into the finals. Jammers Brickyard, the Educator and Downtown Dallis will set the tone for scoring.

The blocking rotation will be anchored by Eli Wallop, The Forecloser, Sly Davanita, Party Rock-Her, Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Megalodominator, Girl Fawkes and Shimmy Hoffa.

Also in the mix is post-season addition EnYa Nightmare, an ARRG veteran who was added to the roster last week and can provide an additional layer of depth at both jammer and blocker.

The camo-clad troopers have the desire to retain the Championship with a return appearance to Chaifetz next month. They’ll have to contend with the third-seeded squad that opened eyes last month.

The Stunt Devils picked up its lone regular season win last month against RSA. That might not be too surprising for fans of the “Purple Power.” However, the way that they did it was a surprise to everyone in attendance. The 184-point win showed a complete turn-around compared to minimal numbers the team posted last November (62 points).

Coincidentally, its sub-par performance earlier this season was against its opponent Saturday night

But my, how things have changed! The Stunts are back in potential championship form.

Last month, the team wasn’t afraid to experiment by utilizing different personnel in various positions to solidify depth. The Stunts rolled out seven different jammers in the bout against RSA. High-scoring jammer Mighty Mighty Boston even took a few rotations at pivot, a position that most of ARRG Nation had not seen her in previously.

Whether or not the Stunts implement this same strategy Saturday remains to be seen. However, one can guarantee that Boston, who collected over 125 points last bout, will be jamming with frequency. Mayor Francis Slayer, Dirt Diggler and Chokehold Chanel are projected to complete the rotation.

Building the Stunt walls will be blockers Deathica Steele, Grave Danger, Vendetta VanGo, Morgan LeFaetal, Yo Adri-anna, Danisaurus Rex and Kill ‘Em Gilliam.

A victory would give the Stunts its seventh consecutive trip to ARRG’s Championship bout. That’s quite an impressive achievement when one considers that the league expanded to four local squads in 2010, which coincidentally was the year that the Stunts last hoisted the trophy.

To add to the complexion and intrigue to the significance of tonight’s twin bill, a different local squad has won the League Championship the past four seasons. After the Stunts did it 2010, RSA won it during its inaugural campaign of 2011, which was then followed by the M-80s’ triumph in 2012 and the Smashies claimed the crown in 2013. Have mercy!

The championship, literally at this moment, is any teams for the taking. Two of them will take one giant stride toward the Chaifetz title bout with a victory Saturday night. Which team will you root for?

While enjoying the action at Midwest Sport Hockey, make sure you visit the ARRG merchandise table and pick up the swag to support your favorite team!

Also visit ARRG’s charity raffle table, which benefits Girls on the Run – St. Louis. Raffle tickets are available for $1 apiece, or for a better value, and a greater chance at winning, collect six for $5. Prizes include ARRG tickets, merchandise and donations from area businesses. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play!

After Saturday’s event, continue the revelry by attending ARRG’s official post-bout after-party, located at The Wood (2733 Sutton, Maplewood, MO). Late-night drinks and food specials are to be found, and more than likely, you’ll be able to catch-up with your favorite Arch Rival Roller Girl!

The push for the playoffs begins this weekend. Who wins cannot be guaranteed.

But we can guarantee this…no one’s exchanging Valentine hugs and kisses while the action’s going on!

We’ll see you this Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey!

NOTE: We’ll have a quick recap of Saturday’s action later in the evening on the website. Full bout recaps will be featured Monday in this section.

ALSO look for exclusive interviews with the ARRG skaters Sunday on its official Facebook page.

Muckety Muck and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section weekly for the latest in ARRG news and information.

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ARRG NOMINATED IN “ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE” POLL!

PLUS, TRIVIA NIGHT THIS SATURDAY & CHAIFETZ TIX!

by Muckety Muck – ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell

The Arch Rival Roller Girls are nominated in St. Louis Magazine’s “A-List Readers’ Choice Poll 2014″ in the “Minor-League Team” category.

The publication annually salutes the best in local entertainment, shopping and night life.

ARRG is one of nine nominees in the caetgory, which is open to online voters until Thursday, February 13.

GO TO THIS LINK RIGHT HERE and please cast your vote for the Arch Rival Roller Girls! (Registration required to vote…or at least to do it legally.)

Other nominees in this category include: St. Louis Gatekeepers Men’s Derby, St. Louis Ambush, River City Rascals, St. Louis Bandits, Gateway Grizzlies, St. Charles Chill, St. Louis Attack, and St. Louis Bombers Rugby Club.

(Muckety’s Memo: The other eight nominees in this category are all deserving of praise, for they all exemplify high-caliber athletics in the area. Even more impressive is that they all deliver quality competition to their respective fan bases, even though they each operate with tight financial resources. Although this yapper casts his vote in favor of ARRG, I would have no problem with a nine-way tie.)

Winners will be revealed in the July 2014 edition of St. Louis Magazine.

ARRG TRIVIA NIGHT THIS SATURDAY!

The Arch Rival Roller Girls host its sixth annual ARRG Trivia Night this Saturday night at the German Cultural Society (3652 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO). Doors open for the event at 6 pm. Trivia begins at 7 pm.

Tables of ten players can be registered for $200 per table at Brown Paper Tickets by going to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE! Individual players can show up on event night and pay $20 at the door.

The cost of admission not only guarantees a fun night of trivia, but also unlimited soda, wine, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, and light snacks. (Note: Outside alcohol is not permitted.)

Teams and individual participants are welcome to bring their own food to the event.

Per custom, categories will cover a wide range of subject matter. Expect questions pertaining to the follow categories: pop culture, sports, music, St. Louis-specific trivia, literature, as well as other eclectic subject matter.

And there’s plenty of ways to help boost your team’s score. Mulligans that eliminate any “blanks or errors” on your team’s answer sheet can be purchased for $1 per round. Also each round, you can check with ARRG retired skater (and Jeopardy Champion!) Bertha Venus and see if one answer per round is correct with a $1 donation per round. (Muckety’s Memo: utilizing these methods often result in a table grabbing the win.)

A silent auction, featuring donations from various local businesses and individuals as well as a 50/50 drawing will take place. Last year’s 50/50 winner took home over $700!

Prizes will be given to the table that scores the most points in the event as well as to the table that has the “best-theme.”

ARRG’s Grave Danger will be your “Mistress of Ceremonies” for the evening.

Monies raised at ARRG’s Trivia Night go towards the operational costs associated with the league.

This is, hands down, one of ARRG’s biggest (and honestly, most fun) events of the season. And even if you don’t consider yourself a “brainiac,” you’ll have to admit that the camaraderie experienced will make it an enjoyable evening.

Last year’s event was at full capacity, so sign up your table of ten now for ARRG’s sixth annual Trivia Night this Saturday!

TICKETS FOR ARRG’S FINALE AT CHAIFETZ ON SALE!

Tickets for the 2014 ARRG Local Championships, to be held at Chaifetz Arena on Friday, March 7, are on sale!

The double header of action features the winners of the Saturday, February 8th playoff round dueling for the League’s championship trophy. A third-place bout will also be featured.

Tickets for the event, which has a start time of 8 pm, are as follows:

Floor Seating: $25

General Admission: $17

Children 10 and Under: $6

All adult tickets (both floor and general admission) can be purchased for a $5 discount right now at the official Chaifetz Arena website.

Go to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE to purchase advance tickets!

In other words, get floor seats right now for $20 and general admission seats for $12!

When ARRG held its inaugural event at Chaifetz Arena in 2012, all floor seats sold out in quick fashion! Don’t find yourself in a tough predicament by waiting too late!

Those in attendance in 2012 will tell you it was a monumental event. Find out for yourself on Friday, March 7!

MISS THE ARRG BOUTS FROM JANUARY?

The ARRG Newscenter recaps the twin bill from ARRG’s SOLD OUT event in January with its new “REWIND” online series.

Highlights from the Stunt Devils/RSA match-up and the M-80s/Samshinistas battle are featured. Interviews with skaters from all four teams are included as well.

Go to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE to see it or go to the ARRG website’s main index page.

NEXT WEEK IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: The four local ARRG teams are battling on Saturday, February 8 to see who plays in the main event in March. Who projected to win? What to expect? Will there be a few surprises in the rosters? Next Monday, we’ll preview the 2014 ARRG Playoffs!

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/information.

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