WFTDA NORTH CENTRAL RIVAL KICKS OFF NEW CAMPAIGN!
by the Grand Poobah
In Indianapolis, the event is billed “Cupid Strikes Back.”
For St. Louis’ finest on quads, they would prefer to leave the Hoosiers heartbroken.
The ARRG All-Stars begin their 2011 travel campaign this Saturday in Indianapolis to battle the NAPTOWN TORNADO SIRENS at the Indiana Convention Center (100 South Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN).
The event – part of a two-bout doubleheader with the STLGatekeepers men’s derby franchise facing the Race City Rebels – is the first to be held at the new facility in downtown Indianapolis.
For the pink and black attack, they would prefer a season that launches with a nod to Valentine’s Day rather than Groundhog’s Day.
Last year, the ARRG All-Stars’ record was marked by more thorns than roses. Although the effort was there, at times (and those from within might agree) ARRG became its own worst enemy. In numerous bouts last season, costly penalties resulted in powerjam situations that became fatal to St. Louis’ finest.
And we all know that at the WFTDA all-star level, things like that just can’t happen.
To its credit, ARRG scheduled some very solid competition in 2010, which made its 4-12 record somewhat misleading. Yet, some winnable bouts did slip away from them.
Lessons learned…and expect that to be the catalyst for a newfound attitude this season.
A revamped line-up with familiar names punctuates the ARRG roster. Last year’s leading scorer Artemischief returns to her familiar jammer spot. She’ll be joined by the returning Starry Starry Fight, EnYa Nightmare, who moves up from the St. Lunachix, and South City Shiner, who should be back after a small injury setback.
Supplementing the jammer rotation will be Black Market Baby and Morgan LaFaetal, who each return for their second All-Star season, as well as St. Lunachix call-up Mighty Mighty Boston.
A wealth of depth is found in the blocking schematic. ARRG 2010 MVP Eli Wallop will be joined by All-Star vets Chewblocka and Mayor Francis Slayer. Smarty McFly gets to leave the laptop at home and returns as blocker after a successful comeback from injury the year prior. The Educator, Downtown Dallis, Punches PileUp, The Bevo Kill and Party Foul all have multi-year travel experience (as well as jamming credentials) to add to the equation. They’ll be joined by talented newcomers Beatn-Chix Kiddo and Shimmy Hoffa.
And a trio of multi-specialists from the St. Lunachix returns to familiar territory. Welcome back, Joanie Rollmoan, Science Friction and the Siege – all three former All-Stars.
And to contribute, extra-added personnel will assist on the sidelines.
Magnum P.I.M.P., who served as bench coach for the ARRG All-Stars in their breakthrough 2009 season, returns to the fold. Hi-Refinition – who arguably witnessed more WFTDA action up-close than any other St. Louisian in 2010 – and High Pains Drifter, a veteran official who also skates with the STLGatekeepers, will also serve as bench coaches.
Expect All-Star blocking vet Grave Danger – currently sidelined with injury – to also assist on the benches.
The foundation here is solid all around. It’s a promising line-up…one that can make the inconsistencies of 2010 a distant memory.
But don’t expect this group to come in with a chip on its shoulder. A win won’t come easy – the undefeated team that they face this Saturday continues to impress those within and outside the Circle City.
Naptown (3-0) experienced unprecedented highs in 2010, which included an inaugural trip to the WFTDA North Central Regional last September. The Tornado Sirens defeated ARRG 119-70 in the consolation bracket. Naptown went on to finish sixth at the regionals.
Naptown began their recent travel season with a 103-99 win over Maine in October 2010. Then following 127-72 victory over the Chicago Outfit in December, the Tornado Sirens silenced in-state rival Ft. Wayne 103-77 on January 15.
Look for the Siren’s Blazin’ Ace, Willa Hoeflinch and Amooze-Booche to “don the star” often at the jammer position. All are very solid offensive threats for Naptown.
The overall series between the two squads is even at 1-1. Prior to the 2010 loss, ARRG bested Naptown 93-61 on March 21, 2009 in Indianapolis.
The ARRG All-Stars would like to start the new season with a big victory. The trip is not that far for ARRG Nation. And with the STLGatekeepers in the evening’s opener against the Race City Rebels, the time is oh so right for a Gateway City sweep….
…and if a few arrows get broken in the process, then so be it.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL TRAVEL….
A fixture of last year’s bout previews for the ARRG All-Star’s travel bouts was to feature the forecast of a local meteorologist from the city ARRG is visiting. In this setup, I didn’t necessarily go with the chief meteorologist of a visiting station.
Instead, I wanted to find a “doppler-ganger” who was….well, interesting to me. So for this article, we feature the forecast of WRTV-6 meteorologist Julia Sandstrom, who on her spare time is a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor and has a German Shepherd named Barron Von Barken, that I’m sure chews the ashtanga outta any nearby coffee table. Congrats Julia, your station gets a few extra clicks from us because you’re honest! GO HERE FOR THE LATEST CIRCLE CITY WEATHER FORECAST.
Full coverage of this weekend’s bout will be featured in the news section next Monday.
The Grand Poobah and Hells LaBelle are bout announcers for the 2011 Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news and information.