FULL BEVY OF BOUTS & USO FUNDRAISER HIGHLIGHT JULY!
by the Grand Poobah
A very active summer continues for the Arch Rival Roller Girls in July, which includes bouts for all three ARRG teams as well as an late-month Jeerleader fundraiser that will benefit the Missouri USO.
The ARRG All-Stars – currently ranked tenth the WFTDA North Central region – return to the flat-track for a pair of sanctioned bouts in their quest to move up the rankings ladder prior to a potential post-season invite.
ARRG (6-1) faces #9 Chicago Outfit Syndicate (6-3) on Saturday, July 9 at the Windy City Fieldhouse in Chicago. ARRG surprised skeptics with a 129-72 win over the Syndicate back in May. Another dominating ARRG win will validate the victory.
The All-Stars then return home to Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin for a Saturday, July 16 battle against #14 Grand Raggidy (5-3). The squad from Grand Rapids, MI has won two straight and four out of their last five WFTDA-sanctioned bouts.
The undercard for both those bouts will feature the Saint Lunachix – ARRG’s developmental squad. On July 9, the Chix (6-1) face the Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade followed by a July 16 home match-up against the Southern Illinois Roller Girls, one of the newest apprentice teams of the WFTDA.
Tickets for the Saturday, July 16 doubleheader – featuring ARRG vs. Grand Raggidy and Saint Lunachix vs. Southern Illinois are on sale right now at BROWN PAPER TICKETS. Save $3 per ticket when purchasing in advance online!
The ARRG Rookie Rivals – a squad consisting of unrostered league skaters – will have a pair of road trips in July. The Rookie Rivals face the Dark River Derby Coalition on Saturday, July 2 in Quincy, IL. This will be Dark River’s inaugural bout. The Rookie Rivals then face the Chicago Outfit’s C-team on Sunday, July 10 in Summitt Argo, IL.
As if this wasn’t enough, ARRG will once again participate in a mash-up exhibition bout at the next intraleague home game of the STLGateKeepers men’s roller derby league on Saturday, July 23 at Midwest Sport Hockey. Two teams of ARRG skaters – utilizing the theme of “Stars vs. Stripes” – will face off prior to the men’s match-up between the Dogtown Rockets and South Grand Slammers. You never know which roller girl will be teammates until bout night!
Finally, the ARRG Jeerleaders present “Cheers to the Troops” on Saturday, July 30 at the South Broadway Athletic Club in St. Louis. This night of entertainment – featuring a wide variety of entertainment acts – will raise proceeds for the USO of Missouri. Along with variety acts, there will be food and drink, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and more!
As July progresses, will bring you more on all these ARRG activities in-depth.
Indeed, the summer is just warming up.
ARRG SHOWS OFF ITS PRIDE IN PARADE!
(ST. LOUIS, MO) This past weekend, ARRG modified its traditional “pink and black” color scheme and donned the colors of the rainbow.
Alongside the STLGatekeepers, ARRG skated, handed out rare collectible logo stickers and spread the good gospel of roller derby to the masses, who were often four rows deep along both sides of the two mile-stretch down Grand Avenue.
The 31st annual PrideFest – held Saturday and Sunday at Tower Grove Park – was projected to draw a weekend attendance of 80,000.
WRASTLIN’ FUNDRAISER HELPS ARRG!
This past weekend, ARRG held a unique fundraiser that will support with the costs of the travel team squads.
Friday night at FUBAR in St. Louis, ARRG presented a night of WWE-style jello wrestling.
While there is photographic documentation of the event, we here at the ARRG Newscenter thought some of the pictures might not be suitable for viewing at our all-ages website.
This does not imply that there was anything risqué about the fundraiser. Far from it, it was designed with good, clean fund in mind…or at least as good and clean as 800 gallons of non-edible gelatin can get.
So we offer an alternative. We’ve taken some of the images photographed from the evening and have asked 9-year old Jimmy Natchez from the “Beginning Freehand Art” class from the Hattiesburg, Mississippi YMCA to give his illustrative reconstruction of the event.
These images are safe for work and we thank Little Jimmy for his efforts. I’m sure he’ll get an extra “blow pop” for his efforts.
And in all sincerity, we do thank those who came out and supported the ARRG fundraising event last Friday.
NEXT WEEK IN THE NEWSCENTER: The ARRG All-Stars and the Saint Lunachix travel to Chi-town for a doubleheader against Chicago Outfit. We’ll preview a pair of important bouts!
The Grand Poobah and Hells LaBelle are bout announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news/information.