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06/01/13 - BrewHaHa


The (20) Ohio Roller Girls travelled to Milwaukee (WI) this past weekend to take part in the fourth annual Midwest BrewHaHa tournament hosted by the Brewcity Bruisers.  The OHRG have participated at BrewHaHa all four years and, including this year, have amassed a 5-3 at the annual event.  This year, Ohio split their weekend with a convincing defeat of Pikes Peak 387-64 but lost to the Minnesota RollerGirls 340-102.



Photo by: MrMcWheely
Ohio’s first opponent this past weekend was the Pikes Peak Derby Dames from Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Along with Ohio (and their next opponent Minnesota), Pikes Peak were original WFTDA members back in 2005.  Entering their bout with Ohio, PPDD had a 1-3 record including a non-sanctioned bout against Rocky Mountain.  Their lone victory was against Ark Valley and their three setbacks were to teams all ranked considerably higher than them (Rocky Mountain, No coast, and Arch Rival).  Pikes Peak added another defeat at BrewHaHa courtesy of the Ohio Roller Girls.  The loss to both Arch Rival and Ohio at BrewHaHa could potentially knock PPDD out of the Division II playoffs as only the teams ranked 40-60 make the playoffs.  Entering the tournament, PPDD was ranked #59 with only the bouts against Arch and Ohio remaining on their schedule. 


Ohio opened the bout fast and never took their collective foot off the gas.  Ohio was able to obtain lead jammer for the first nine jams of the contest, and forced three track cuts to Pikes Peak jammers in the process.  During the first nine jams, which covered nearly thirteen minutes, Ohio jammers were able to post jam totals of 25 and 35 by The Smacktivist, 14 by Phoenix Bunz, 12 by Kitty Liquorbottom, and 19 by HellionBOI.  After the initial nine jams, the Ohio Roller Girls had amassed a commanding 120-1 lead over their competitors.  Talk around the arena quickly turned from whether Pikes Peak could hang with Ohio to exactly how many points the OHRG could possibly score.  In their bout against Arch Rival the day before, Pikes Peak was outscored 441-95, and many at the venue began to wonder if Ohio could outscore Arch versus a mutual opponent.  Three jams later, fantastic pack play lead to a 30-0 jam by HellionBOI in which the Pikes Peak jammer Cherri Springer was held on her initial pass for the entire two minutes.  With 12:00 remaining in the first half, Ohio lead 152-3.  One bright spot for Pikes Peak came during the fifteenth jam as Bigg Rigg became stuck behind a three wall of blockers and eventually had to pass the jammer star to Bratislava Bruiser.  During that jam, PPDD jammer Kamilla Bloodspilla tallied 24 of the 31 points scored by PPDD for the entire half of play.  The final six minutes of the period saw Ohio outscore PPDD 43-4 as they entered the locker room ahead 217-31. 


Pikes Peak jammers went to the penalty box four times during the first half.  If they were going to get back into the bout, they would need to stay out of the box.  Unfortunately for PPDD, they added six more Ohio power jams during the second half of play.  Pikes Peak never seemed to find a rhythm as they were only able to score 33 additional points over the remaining thirty minutes.  Meanwhile, Ohio jammers found so much success that two OHRG jammers eclipsed the century mark.  Kitty Liquorbottom’s 25 pointer during the half’s third jam was matched one jam later by Outa My Wayman’s 25-0 powerjam.  Ohio was able to insert Bigg Rigg, Paige Bleed and Burnadeath into the jammer rotation for the majority of the second half, all of whom were able to score for Ohio.  While OHRG jammers were able to rest up for their game against Minnesota the following day, Ohio blockers were content to play strong during the second half.  Loraine Acid, AvaTarr, Pippi RipYourStockings, and Amy Spears continually sent PPDD jammers to the box while delivering vicious hits on their blockers.  In a game where double-digit jams are becoming the norm due to the frequency of penalties being called, Ohio’s pack was able to only allow two jams in which PPDD scored double-digits.  Kitty Liquorbottom and Outa My Wayman’s 20 and 10 point jams in the final 8:00 minutes took Ohio over the 350 point mark.  On cruise control the rest of the way, Ohio rolled to a 387-64 victory.  The win took Ohio’s record to 10-3. 


Jamming for the Ohio Roller Girls was:  Kitty Liquorbottom (6-9, 110 points), The Smacktivist (7-9, 104 points), HellionBOI (2-3, 49 points), Outa My Wayman (2-0, 35 points), Paige Bleed (2-3, 29 points), Burnadeath (0-2, 25 points), Phoenix Bunz (3-5, 22 points), Loraine Acid (2-3, 7 points), Bigg Rigg (1-3, 6 points) and Bratislava Bruiser (0-2, 0 points).  Ohio obtained lead jammer twenty-five times and benefitted from ten power jams. 

Jamming for Pikes Peak was:  Kamilla Bloodspilla (5-13, 40 points), Pepper Slay (6-14, 20 points), Audi Myway (1-3, 4 points), Ms. Stress (1-9, 0 points), and Mickey Torque (0-2, 0 points).  The Derby Dames obtained lead jammer thirteen times and had three power jams.   


(20) OHIO FALLS TO (10) MINNESOTA 102-340
photo by: Dave Schrader

During their Sunday bout, the Ohio Roller Girls took on the #10 Minnesota RollerGirls from St. Paul (MN).  Minnesota is the highest ranked team that the OHRG will play during the regular season this year.  Ohio will play #11 Philly later this season as well.  Although they trailed at halftime, the Ohio Roller Girls looked good against a much faster, bigger Minnesota team early and much through the first half.  Ohio’s Phoenix Bunz started things off by securing a 9-0 against MNRG’s Harmony Killerbruise.  L’exi Cuter tied the bout on the second jam for Minnesota.  Two jams later, a cut to Fannie Tanner appeared to give Ohio the opportunity to score big points, but The Smacktivist was also called for cutting the track.  Once released from the box, Fannie Tanner skated to a 13-4 jam and provided Minnesota with the bout’s first lead change 23-15.  Minnesota’s Harmony Killerbruise was called for a cut on the subsequent jam and allowed Phoenix Bunz to score 17 points off of a star pass from Kitty Liquorbottom.  With 21:30 remaining, Ohio regained the lead and found themselves ahead 32-24.  Ohio’s lead was short-lived as a Bunz track cut opened the door for Minnesota’s Medusa to tally 25.  Medusa’s powerjam shifted the score for the third (and final) lead change back to the MNRG 53-32.  Another cut by Bunz two jams later rendered another 19 points for Minnesota.  Halfway through the first period, Minnesota lead 77-41.  Ohio jammers found it tough obtaining lead status for the remainder of the half, only being awarded that distinction two more times.  A power jam to Minnesota saw Fannie Tanner score a 20-0 before calling the jam.  Harmony Killerbruise then scored 15 and called the jam while Ohio’s jammer, Loraine Acid, stood in the box.  An unopposed start for the MNRG allowed L’exi Cuter to get lead and score 15 additional points.  Minnesota would nickel-and-dime points for the remaining 4:15 of the half and lead 145-61 at the intermission.


Minnesota showed why they are ranked tenth in the world during the final thirty minutes of the bout.  MNRG pack players Buzz Tightrear, Diamond Rough, Scarmen Hellectra, Second Hand Smoke, and Juke Boxx consistently held Ohio jammers at bay and capitalized on Ohio penalties.  Ohio’s pack of Bratislava Bruiser, Pippi RipYourStockings, and Loraine Acid were able to hold Minnesota to minimal points for two or three jams in a row several times during the second half, but jammer penalties provided enough power jams to Minnesota to make the score lopsided.  Minnesota obtained lead 13 of the 18 jams in the second half to outscore Ohio 195-41.  As the final whistle blew, it was Ohio falling to 10-4 in their 2013 campaign.  Minnesota notched its first victory of the season to update their record to 1-4. 


Jamming for Ohio was:  Phoenix Bunz (8-15, 67 points), Outa My Wayman (1-5, 16 points), Kitty Liquorbottom (0-9, 11 points), The Smacktivist (0-6, 4 points), Burnadeath (0-1, 4 points), Bratislava Bruiser (0-1, 0 points), Loraine Acid (0-3, 0 points), and HellionBOI (0-3, 0 points).  Ohio obtained lead nine times and found themselves on the power jam five times.

Jamming for Minnesota was:  L’exi Cuter (9-10, 113 points), Harmony Killerbruise (3-9, 86 points), Fannie Tanner (5-9, 74 points), and Medusa (7-9, 67 points).  The Minnesota RollerGirls obtained lead jammer twenty-four times and benefitted from eight power jams.


Coming off of a 304-90 victory over the Blue Ridge French Broads on May 11th, Gang Green’s next challenges came at the 4th annual Midwest BrewHaHa tournament in Milwaukee (WI).  They had their work cut out for them as they were slated to take on one of the best reserve squads in the country, and an up and coming apprentice all-star team.  By the tournament’s conclusion, Gang Green fell to the Windy City Second Wind 115-269 and lost on the final jam to the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes 207-222 in one of the most exciting bouts of the weekend. 



With nothing to lose, Ohio’s Gang Green came out quickly against the Second Wind and took advantage of costly jammer penalties from their opponent.  Shocking everyone in the arena, including the Second Wind, Gang Green had amassed a 30 point lead sixteen minutes into the contest.  Ohio’s Bigg Rigg started the scoring for Gang Green as she posted a 12-0 jam due to a track cut penalty that was assessed to Windy City’s Zombea Arthur.  Zombea Arthur got the Second Wind on the board during the second jam as she scored four points after being released from the box.  Jammers were content to hit and quit over the next five jams, and Gang Green led 23-20 with 22:00 remaining in the first period.  Three consecutive track cuts to Second Wind jammers Sunshine N Painbows, Mo Vengeance, and Zombea Arthur allowed Gang Green to post double-digit jams on three of the following four plays.  HellionBOI, a recent addition to Gang Green, started the run by scoring a 16-4 jam.  She was followed by Elektra Magneto, who also posted a 16-4 jam.  After scoring 20, Zombea Arthur was sent to the box for the aforementioned tri-fecta of penalties and gave Bigg Rigg time to score 17 for Gang Green.  With 14:00 remaining, Gang Green led 78-48.  The tables then turned in Windy City’s favor as their jammers remained penalty free for the remainder of the period.  Including jams of 15 and 12 by Zoe Trocious and Mo Vengeance respectively, the Second Wind outscored Ohio 45-6 to close the half.  What had started out good for Gang Green had quickly become an 84-93 halftime deficit.  Gang Green held tough during the first thirty minutes of play considering they only obtained lead jammer four times to Windy’s fourteen.


The second half played out much like the end of the first for the Second Wind.  Of the second period’s first ten jams, Windy City jammers were able to post double-digit jams seven of those ten jams.  Sunshine N Painbows secured jams of 10, 11, and 19.  Zombea Arthur added jams of 19 and 20, while Zoe Trocious posted scores of 15 and 30.  In the first sixteen minutes of the period, Windy City was able to outscore Gang Green 124-20.  Good pack play by Gang Green’s Angla Vyle, Pearl Rogi, Blitz Lemon, and KloverKill were able to hold Windy City to only 52 points for the remainder of the contest, but the damage had already been done.  Gang Green would fall in their opening bout at BrewHaha to the Windy City Second Wind 115-269. 


Jamming for Gang Green was:  Bigg Rigg (4-9, 35 points), HellionBOI (1-10, 35 points), Elektra Magneto (1-6, 21 points), Shred Head (2-9, 19 points), KloverKill (1-2, 5 points), Pearl Rogi (0-1, 0 points), and Paige Bleed (0-7, 0 points).  Gang Green only obtained lead jammer nine times but were on six power jams. 

Jamming for the Second Wind was:  Zoe Trocious (6-8, 79 points), Zombea Arthur (7-11, 77 points), Sunshine N Painbows (6-9, 61 points), Mo Vengeance (4-9, 22 points), Ada Hatelace (1-1, 20 points), Abita Down (2-2, 6 points), and Bloody Elle (1-1, 4 points).  The Second Wind obtained lead jammer twenty-seven times and were on three power jams. 



In a prequel to the Gang Green versus Ann Arbor bout in Columbus on August 17th, the one that took place at the Midwest BrewHaHa tournament was one of the most exciting bouts of the weekend.  The bout featured six lead changes, sixteen power jams, a 62 point lead squandered late, a unique rule application, and a final two minutes that you almost had to see to believe.  Ann Arbor started the bout quickly as Helen Killer posted a 4-0 to score first.  Jammers for both squads were content to nickel-and-dime points over the next eight jams, but the Derby Dimes continued to lead 28-26 with 19:45 remaining in the first half.  A multiplayer block to Gang Green’s Burnadeath allowed Ann Arbor’s Battlecat to secure a 20-0 jam, which increased the Dimes’ lead to 48-26.  Helen Killer returned the favor after she committed a back block that allowed Burnadeath to escape the box and score 19 unanswered points.  The eleventh jam saw one of the most amazing derby moves of the weekend as Gang Green’s Shred Head took a wide approach into turn one, jumped the apex around the entire pack, and landed inbounds in the middle of turn two.  The athletic move provided the bout’s first lead change and gave Ohio a one point advantage (49-48) with 15:30 remaining.  Gang Green’s lead would not last, as on the very next jam Lezzie Arnez would recapture the lead for Ann Arbor 50-49.  The lead would then change again on the third consecutive jam as a track cut to Lezzie Arnez at the end of the previous jam allowed Paige Bleed to score a 14-0 jam.  Bleed’s unopposed track time gave Gang Green the lead 63-50.  Ohio held the lead for the next two jams until stout pack play by Ann Arbor’s Courtnasty, Jacky O’Bashes, and Boon Jock Saint held Elektra Magneto on her initial pass.  Michelle O’BombYa was able to post 20-0 and provide the Derby Dimes the lead once again, 73-70.  Shred Head would again work her jammer magic as she scored ten with an assist from Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker.  Shred’s ten pointer gave Ohio the lead for the bout’s fifth lead change with 8:00 remaining in the period.  A 25 pointer by HellionBOI was the only other double-digit jam of the half, and Gang Green entered halftime with a 117-80 lead.


As the first half went back and forth, the second period was dominated by Ann Arbor, but with timely jammer penalties that kept Gang Green in the lead.  Ann Arbor jammers were able to obtain lead each of the first nine jams of the half.  With 20:30 remaining, Gang Green continued to lead 138-118.  A high block to Derby Dimes Helen Killer provided a power jam for Paige Bleed.  Bleed scored 20 unanswered and increased Ohio’s lead to 158-118.  Starting unopposed, Shred Head added an additional 22 points as Helen Killer was released from the box but quickly returned after cutting the track on an attempted apex jump.  The track cut was Killer’s seventh trip to the box, which meant she had fouled out.  Shred Head also committed a track cut and was also sent to the box.  The aforementioned unique rule application then came into play.  The referees stopped the jam because since Helen Killer fouled out, no jammer was able to return to the track after Shred Head was sent to the box.  The jam was ended, and Ohio held their biggest lead of the bout (180-118) with 16:45 remaining.  Starting unopposed, Battlecat scored ten for Ann Arbor.  Four jams later, Battlecat outscored HellionBOI 18-8 after both skaters were sent to the box.  With 10:30 remaining, Ohio continued to lead 192-149.  Gang Green still led by 56 points with 8:00 remaining in the contest. 


It appeared the bout was in the bag for Gang Green, and then the proverbial wheels fell off for Ohio.  A track cut to Bigg Rigg allowed Lezzie Arnez to score 25-0, which took the score to 205-174 (Ohio) with 5:45 left.  Five points on the following jam to Ann Arbor cut the lead to 205-179 with 4:45 remaining.  A track cut to HellionBOI gave Lezzie Arnez the chance to skate on a power jam.  She took full advantage and scored 19, and cut the deficit to 205-198 with 3:00 left.  On the second to last jam, Gang Green’s Shred Head knocked Battlecat out of bounds at the jammer line, but Battlecat reentered the track in front of Shred and was sent to the box for a cut.  Just needing to run clock, Shred Head jujmped into the back of Ann Arbor’s Courtnasty.  The odd move was deemed to be a misconduct penalty, and Shred Head was sent to the box, which released Battlecat.  Having only to serve as much time as Battlecat, Shred Head was quickly released but picked up a second penalty as she was returned to the penalty box for a low block.  At the end of the two minute jam, Shred Head was seated in the box and the score was tied 207-207.  The final jam started with approximately thirty seconds left in the bout.  Ann Arbor’s Lezzie Arnez was able to get around Ohio’s pack and obtain lead.  She scored fifteen points before the jam clock expired.  Ann Arbor had outscored Gang Green 73-15 over the final seven jams to steal the victory 222-207.  As previously mentioned, Ann Arbor will travel to Columbus for a rematch with Gang Green on August 17th as the Ohio Roller Girls welcome the Carolina Rollergirls from Raleigh (NC). 


Jamming for Gang Green was:  HellionBOI (5-10, 53 points), Shred Head (5-10, 46 points), Paige Bleed (4-6, 42 points), Burnadeath (4-8, 37 points), Bigg Rigg (1-10, 15 points), Elektra Magneto (0-2, 9 points), TactiGal (0-1, 5 points), and Pearl Rogi (0-1, 0 points).  Gang Green obtained lead jammer nineteen times and benefitted from nine power jams. 

Jamming for Ann Arbor was:  Lezzie Arnez (9-16, 95 points), Battlecat (12-17, 89 points), Michelle O’BombYa (1-2, 20 points), Helen Killer (4-10, 18 points), Bex (0-1, 0 points), and Heavy Petting Zoo (0-1, 0 points).  The Derby Dimes obtained lead twenty-six times and were on seven power jams.