GOIN’ GREEN, GUIDIN’ GUARDIANS AND GROOVIN’ GEARS
by Muckety Muck, Derby News Network Contributing Writer
After two back-to-back weekend’s of Saturday night doubleheaders, the Arch Rival Roller Girls finally took a much-needed break this past weekend.
Actually, they didn’t…and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Even when the league is not competing against others on the flat-track, the hard-working ladies keep the work ethic strong by participating in numerous events.
Such was the case this past Saturday as ARRG assisted with a volunteer program implemented by the St. Louis Cardinals, skated in an exhibition for the STLGateKeepers men’s derby franchise and participated in a community event featuring hot rods and hotter pinups.
ARRG participated in the St. Louis Cardinals’ “4 A Greener Game” program during the Cards/Cubs game Saturday night at Busch Stadium.
The program, established in 2008, allows volunteers from local colleges, community organizations, church groups as well as the general public to help collect recyclables from fans throughout the game. This is done by patrolling the aisles in between innings and during pitching changes.
According to the Cardinals’ website – “Since its inception, the program has diverted over 1,836 tons of recycling and over 575 tons of yard waste from the stadium trash disposal and local landfills. The program’s success can be partially credited to 550 conveniently placed recycling bins around the stadium, making it easy for fans to recycle when they come to a baseball game. Success is also due in large part to volunteers who collect recyclables during games, and the maintenance staff who separate additional recyclables from the trash after a game.”
ARRG’s EnYa Nightmare, Ginny Beastley, PolkaDot Yr’Eyeout, The Forecloser, O_O and Ari Gotcha collected recyclables on Saturday while the Redbirds thumped the Cubbies 12-0.
To find out more about how ARRG “gives back” to the community, click on the CHARITY tab at the top of the page.
Also on Saturday night, an ARRG tradition continued during an event of the 2012 local season of the STL GateKeepers men’s roller derby franchise.
Since the launch of their interleague last summer, the GateKeepers have hosted an “expo scrimmage” featuring skaters from the Arch Rival Roller Girls.
What’s always fun about the scrimmages is that the skaters adopt new names and personalities depending on the “theme” of the evening.
This weekend at Midwest Sport Hockey, and keeping with the tradition of recent theatrical releases featuring comic book characters, the theme of the bout featured “Superheroes vs. Villains.”
Even though the rolling reprobates threw numerous hindrances at the derby defenders, truth and justice prevailed as the Superheroes powered their way to victory.
The final differential was inconsequential, for good conquered evil.
The GateKeepers‘ 2012 Turf Wars Championship series continues at Midwest Sport Hockey on Saturday, August 18 as the Riverfront Crimes face the Dogtown Rockets.
Although those two events resulted in a busy Saturday night for ARRG, there was also activity involving the league earlier in the day.
Members of ARRG participated at “Grease, Gears and Grooves” in Sunset Hills.
The event, presented by Full Throttle Midwest magazine, featured a day-long bike and hot rod show, music by the Tripdaddies and the finals of Doc’s Harley Davidson’s Pin-Up Pageant.
ARRG had its own table, where spectators could “arm wrestle a roller girl” as well as other fun games.
To those who support the league, thanks for coming out to the event, and for those who got to meet the Arch Rival Roller Girls for their first time, we hope to see you soon at Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin.
Speaking of which, online ticket sales for the Saturday, August 4 doubleheader featuring the ARRG All-Stars vs. Naptown Tornado Sirens and the Saint Lunachix vs. Twin City Derby Girls are up and rolling.
Save $3 on individual tickets purchased in advance at by going to Brown Paper Tickets at THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.
Groups of 15 and more can save up to $5 on each ticket purchased in advance by going to THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.
It’s highly recommended that you purchase your tickets for this event as early as possible. Naptown, the Indianapolis flat-track league currently ranked third in the WFTDA North Central region, historically brings a healthy contingent of fans to their away bouts. The Twin City Derby Girls of Champaign, IL also have a faithful following that travels with the newest addition to the North Central.
Get your tickets now to support ARRG in what’s the most anticipated local doubleheader of the season.
NEXT WEEK IN THE ARRG NEWSCENTER: The battle that has many in the derby world very curious is right around the corner. The ARRG All-Stars look for its fourth upset win in a row over a higher-ranked WFTDA team. The region’s third-ranked team, a qualifier for last year’s WFTDA national championship, comes to Midwest Sport Hockey with the mission of halting the All-Stars’ summertime streak. Plus, ARRG’s b-team looks for an impressive win over a hard-charging Central Illinoisan league. Next week, we’ll preview the Saturday, August 4 doubleheader of Arch Rival vs. Naptown and the Saint Lunachix vs. Twin City Derby Girls.
Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news/information.