Ohio Roller Girls ready to build on momentum from last year

Anne Evans Anne Evans Ohio Roller Girls ready to build on momentum from last year
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Your Ohio Roller Girls are getting back in their groove and are ready for action with just under three weeks to go until their triple header opener. Starting as ranked #4 in the North Central league, they have high hopes for this year. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is shifting to an organizational/international rather than regional rankings system in 2013, and some early rankings have them listed as 22 out of 40.

The Ohio Roller Girls during last year's 200Columbus Birthday Bout. Photo by Jennifer René.

“Our goal this year is definitely to make it to championships,” says Amy Spears #1098 and Blocker for Ohio Roller Girls All Stars. “Last season was the closest we’ve ever come — the top 3 from each playoff tournament go to champs, and we ended fourth. In the first round, we narrowly beat Arch Rival. Then in the semifinals, in what may have been the most-exciting game we’ve ever played, we were neck and neck with Windy City Rollers (who have NEVER lost to a team in our region) for most of the game, losing to them by only around 50 points. We unfortunately suffered a few injuries during that game, and were short staffed going into the third place game vs. Naptown (Indianapolis), and Naptown came out on top there and went to champs. Still, it was the highest we’ve ever placed, and the cherry on top was that both tournament MVPs were from our team: Phoenix Bunz as blocker, and The Smacktivist as jammer.”

“We are determined this year to build on that awesome momentum from last year. Last year, we played 25 games, which was a new record in the WFTDA, and we did that with a record of 21-4, which also meant we had more wins than any other team.”

Let’s hope they do it! Get your season tickets ordered to cheer them on. Season Tickets will be at will call for pick-up at our first game.

The Home Bout Schedule:

March 9-Lausche Building-TRIPLE HEADER v. OHRG A team v. Burning River Rollergirls (Cleveland) and OHRG A & B teams v. Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls (Bloomington, IN)
April 6-Lausche Bldg- Double Header v. Steel City Derby Demons (Pittsburgh, PA)
May 11-Ohio Building- Double Header v. Blue Ridge Roller Girls (Asheville, NC)
June 15-Ohio Building- Double Header v. Detroit Derby Girls(Detroit, MI)
August 17-Lausche- Double Header OHRG A team v. Carolina Rollergirls (Raleigh) and OHRG B team v. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes

Away Games:
March 23-24-Quad City Chaos tourney in Toronto v. Toronto Roller Derby, Queen City Rollergirls (Buffalo) and Rideau Valley Roller Girls (Ottawa)
April 27 & 28- v River City Roller Girls, (Richmond, VA) and Charm City Roller Girls, (Baltimore) in Baltimore
May 4- @ Arch Rival Rollergirls, (St. Louis)
May 18- v. Tampa Bay Derby Darlins (Tampa) and Atlanta Rollergirls in Atlanta
May 31-June 2 BREW HAHA tournament in Milwaukee, opponents TBA
July 14- vs. Philly Rollergirls (Philadelphia) in Pittsburgh
July 20- v. The Chicago Outfit (Chicago)
August 10- v. Steel City Derby Demons, (Pittsburgh)
Sept- Playoffs tournament, location and date TBA (one tournament every weekend)
Nov 8-10 Championships, in Milwaukee (if we qualify via playoffs)

Games are played at the Ohio State Fair Grounds, Expo Center. For the triple-header season opener, doors open at 2:30 pm, action begins at 3:30 pm. For the rest of the double-header games, doors open at 3:30 pm, action begins at 5:00 pm.

Beer and concessions are available on site. Parking is $5 per car.

A limited number of Ohio Roller Girl season pass tickets are on sale now at a discounted price of $50.00. (save $35).

Single-night tickets:
General admission tickets are $14 in advance or $17 at the door.
Children 8-12 and Seniors are $10.
Students with ID and SBB cardholders are $12.

Ticket restrictions:
-All sales are final. No Refunds.
-You Must be 18 years old or older to sit in track-side floor seating, which is at your own risk.
-No reserved seating will be offered.
-No outside food or beverage allowed.
-Children 8 yrs old and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Adult is responsible for the supervision and safety of child at all times.

Buy season tickets here. Visit ohiorollergirls.com for more information.

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