In our first bout of the evening, Atlanta’s All-Star Dirty South Derby Girls are taking on the Arch Rival Rollergirls’ All-Stars . Coming off a dramatic, so-close-you-could-taste-it almost-win to the Minnesota Rollergirls last month, the Dirty South is laying it all out on the track.
The Dirty South Derby Girls are ready to WORK. Last month, they were all but out in their game against Minnesota, but rallied at halftime and almost overcame a 100-point deficit. They’re ready to continue the rampage against St. Louis’ Arch Rival Rollergirls, ranked 21 in the WFTDA. To refresh your memory, the Dirty South is ranked at 13, and this bout is gonna be a barn burner. Led by Captain Wild Cherri, the Dirty South jammers Jammunition and Belle of the Brawl are bringing the fancy feet, and blockers Queen Loseyateefa and Rebel Yellow are planning to lay the fiercest hits St. Louis has ever seen. Arch Rival wants to move up in the rankings, so these ladies are bringing the pain. Keep your eyes on ARRG players, Mighty Mighty Boston and Brickyard on the jammer line and Tupac ShankHer and Mayor Francis Slayer in the pack. DSDG Co-Captain, Rebel Yellow, gives us the skinny on Atlanta’s plan of attack.
We’ve played Arch Rival before, four years ago in a DSDG home bout at Shriner’s. It was a great game, but both teams have grown a lot over the years, so we’re very excited to see how this match-up plays out!
For DSDG, besides the challenge of Arch Rival, this game is very important tournament prep as we go to the East Coast Derby Extravaganza the very next week! We’ve also got quite a few new (and returned) skaters in both our blocker and jammer line-ups – they’re working hard and fitting in great, but every chance to play together helps us play stronger as a unit. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Arch Rival’s jammer line-up is both strong and agile – and their endurance is kind of incredible. You’ll see some of their jammers go almost every other jam, which is really impressive considering how physical roller derby is these days. But I think our biggest challenge will be capitalizing on our strengths and playing our game, regardless of the strengths of our opponents – so we’ll be focusing on setting the pace and doing what we do best.
Get ready to cheer for top-level roller derby, right here in your own city!
The Sake Tuyas and Toxic Shocks are gonna fight it out on the track in our second bout of the evening– who will come out victorious? The Sakes are 1 and 1 for the season, looking to tip the scales with a win. The Toxic Shocks are undefeated and want to stay on top.
The last time the Sakes took on the Shocks, the ladies in green took home a solid 45-point win. The Sakes are in no mood to let history repeat itself and will be bringing everything they’ve got to this one. The Shocks will look to their deep jammer bench led by Jammunition and Jean-Juke Picard, along with dynamite blocking by Desi Scarnaz and Nattie Long Legs. The Sakes have faced some lineup changes this season, and are using this opportunity to show the world what playing as a real team can do. With stalwart blockers ICU Dead and rookie superstar Woah Nellie, and jammers Wheelin’ Jennings and Feral Brady, the Sakes are ready for whatever the day brings.
Who will dominate in this battle between ninjas and electrifyingly tough Shocks? We asked Toxic Shocks captain Nattie Longlegs for her thoughts on this weekend’s bout.
The Sakes play a fast game and we prefer to keep things slow out there! They also play effective offense and we anticipate that they’ll give us a hard time with unexpected hits and blocks. In the past we’ve struggled to “play our game” when we meet up with the Sakes; our biggest challenge this weekend will be making sure that we stay focused and play the way we train.
The bouts this weekend means a lot to us because we’re losing two key players after this game: Alassin Sane and Elle A. Drive-By. Lass has been a Shock since the league “shake-up” in 2009. She’s been a leader to us on and off the track, and can land giant sweeping hit like few skaters in the league. We are going to miss her so so much when she moves back to her home state of Michigan. Elle A. is also leaving us for Kentucky and having watched her grow so much in her time with us it’s going to be hard to let her go too. Playing an awesome game against the Sakes is the best send off for two incredible teammates.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, there’s still a little time left. You can buy tickets either online or in person at Powerhouse Skates. Hurry! They are sure to go even faster one of our DSDG jammers!