ALL-STARS & LUNACHIX BATTLE NORTH CENTRAL FOES!
by the Grand Poobah, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer – Photos by Bob Dunnell (mrmcwheely.com)
WFTDA-sanctioned interleague action returns this weekend for the Arch Rival Roller Girls – and the locals have formidable foes at home to begin its 2012 campaign.
This Saturday night, it’s the Show-Me State vs. the Badger State as ARRG hosts the squads of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls from Madison, WI. In the main event, North Central Region action is featured as the #6 ARRG All-Stars face the #10 Dairyland Dolls in a war of perennial top tens. Prior to that match-up, ARRG’s Saint Lunachix battle MRD’s Team Unicorn.
The action takes place at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO.) Doors open at 6:30 pm. The double-header action begins at 7 pm.
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For those of you already familiar with the local action of ARRG, get ready for the speed, power and intensity to be cranked up to a whole new level.
This is particularly true of the marquee bout, where both squads are hoping to solidify their placement in the North Central Region rankings with a season opening victory.
The Arch Rival All-Stars return to the flat-track this Saturday after a breakthrough travel season last year. After starting the 2011 travel season ranked tenth in the North Central, ARRG methodically worked its way up the region’s ladder and finished sixth overall with a 10-5 record – six wins and four ranking spots higher than 2010′s output.
The turnabout in the win/loss column was attributed to numerous factors. Much could be said of a more-balanced schedule in 2011. ARRG found against itself against more comparable competition, which gave them the chance to further develop what was working. The boost in confidence also helped.
Repositioning within the line-up was also instrumental. Mighty Mighty Boston and Downtown Dallis found themselves with more responsibility at the jammer position. That, along with the steady work of South City Shiner and help down the stretch by Black Market Baby, resulted in a very stable quartet to pull from.
With the changes at jammer, both Artemischief and the Educator moved to the blocking schematic, which proved to be one of ARRG’s strongest yet. Returning All-Stars Chewblocka, Eli Wallop, Mayor Francis Slayer, Grave Danger, Science Friction, Smarty McFly and Party Foul were joined by newcomers Shimmy Hoffa and May Require Stitches.
The good news? With the exception of the still-healing Hoffa, all of the aforementioned players return to the 2012 roster. Plus the addition of jammer Morgan LeFaetal and blocker PolkaDot YrEyeout adds further depth to the travel team charter.
It’s an impressive line-up…one with stability. And the All-Stars look to carry over the momentum experienced in 2011 into a brand new travel season.
Right out of the gates, the process will be challenging because their opponents will look to make a hard charge in the North Central themselves.
The Diaryland Dolls – an original member of the WFTDA who advanced to Nationals in 2009 – has experienced two straight seasons of rebuilding. This is a squad that has experienced perpetual makeovers and that has reflected the totals in the win/loss column.
In 2011, after finishing the regular season 1-6 and entering the post-season as a sixth seed, the Dolls went winless at the North Central Regional tourney and finished tenth. In hindsight, it was the complete opposite of how ARRG fared.
They weren’t happy about that – not one bit. With several hard-charging veterans returning to the fold and a crop of youngsters that impressed at last year’s tourney, the Dolls look to rebound to winning ways and advance up the rungs of the North Central ladder.
At last year’s playoff tourney, the Dairyland Dolls went with a jammer by committee line of attack. In numerous bouts, they went five deep to don the star. Standouts include veterans Mack the Knife and Mouse, who both were a part of the 2009 squad that went to Nationals. They’ll be joined by Wildberry Punch and Twisted Halo in the jammer rotation.
After rolling through a few seasons of turnover, there now seems to be some stability in the blocking schematic. Return starters in the 2012 line-up include Busta Crimes, Magic Missile, Shenanaguns and Gene Lane.
Historically, the two squads have had only one prior meeting. The Dairyland Dolls defeated ARRG 109-74 in Madison on July 25, 2009.
With two teams that look to make an early impression in the WFTDA North Central from the onset, expect the action to be at a fever pitch. In short, a fast Dairyland Dolls’ start could lead to a case of the sour belches for ARRG.
In the opener featuring developmentals, the Saint Lunachix face MRD’s Team Unicorn to continue their rivalry.
Last May, the two faced each other at Midwest Brewhaha, which saw the Chix harness the Unicorn 200-92.
The Lunachix continued to show in 2011 why the term “B-team” is somewhat of a misnomer, racking up a record of 10-1 while outscoring its opponents by a ratio of 2-1.
Just like the All-Stars, numerous familiar faces line the 2012 Saint Lunachix charter. Jammers EnYa Nightmare, Boom Boom Pow and Munchausen by Foxy return to the fold. Also look for newcomer Brickyard (who scored 40 in her ARRG local debut last month) to also don the star for the Chix.
Familiar faces also work the front line. Look for returnees Deathica Steele, Ginny Beastly, Bareknuckle Smack, Rhino Might, Shell Shoxx, PolkaDot YrEyeout and the Forecloser to hit long stretches of clock time. Newcomers to the 2012 Chix include The Oregon Betrayal, Sly Davinita, Biohazard Betty, Beaster Bunny and Eveready.
In short, the Saint Lunachix want to set a high benchmark – an undefeated season, perhaps? A win this Saturday begins that quest.
That’s also the goal for MRD’s Team Unicorn, who also begins its season at Queeny. Look for Hello Sailor, who spent time in the post-season with the Dairyland Dolls in 2011, to lead the charge.
Altogether, you’re going to witness the drive, determination and desire that make travel team competition so great.
While you’re at Midwest Sport Hockey, we encourage you participate in our charity raffle drawing that benefits Safe Connections, ARRG’s charity partner for the 2011-12 season. ARRG is rapidly approaching its goal of raising $3,000 for the local non-for-profit. We’ll be having a raffle for a pair of baskets containing plenty of items, ranging from gift certificates from local merchants to tickets to upcoming bouts. Stop by the raffle table to see what you can win. Tickets are $1 apiece and six for $5.
After Saturday’s doubleheader, join ARRG at its official post-bout after party, held at Iggy’s Mexican Cantina in Valley Park (13645 Big Bend Road.) There are drink specials to be found and it’s a chance for you to catch-up and meet your favorite ARRG athlete. Remember, there’s no cover charge to participate!
In all, it’s going to be another high-octane night of ARRG derby. Come out and join us this Saturday night!
NEXT WEEK IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: Find out how the All-Stars and the Lunachix fared in their bouts against the Mad Rollin’ Dolls. We’ll have full recaps of both bouts. Plus, the ARRG squads gear up for a roadtrip to the Buckeye State to battle more North Central rivals. We’ll preview the March 10 ARRG match-ups against Cincinnati.
The Grand Poobah and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section for the latest in ARRG news/information.