This weekend, the Arch Rival Roller Derby All-Stars, currently ranked ninth internationally by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), are ready for an annual checkpoint on its yearly travel team ledger and looks to keep its current spotless record intact.
ARCH (3-0) competes at Midwest BrewHaHa 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and faces #28 Detroit Friday at 8:30 p.m. and #19 Team United Women’s Roller Derby Saturday at 3 p.m.
The three-day, two-track event, held at UW-Milwaukee Panther Area, features 43 games that showcases women’s, men’s and junior derby.
ARCH launched its 2016 campaign with a three-game sweep at The Big O invitational four weeks ago and the team’s fast start has resulted in high intensity preparations for the upcoming Wisconsin trip.
“Our practices heading into BrewHaHa have been focused on proper execution of our offensive and defensive strategy,” said ARCH co-captain Bricktator of the squad’s recent scrimmages. “While we performed well at Big O, we saw there were certain areas we could tighten up to make us an even better team.”
The squad sports a four-jammer rotation of the aforementioned Bricktator alongside veterans Annie Swanson, Harmony Killerbruise and travel team addition CupQuake.
Imperative to a potential dual win achievement will be the solid blocking provided by veterans Party Foul, Chewblocka, Shear-Ra Powers, Shimmy Hoffa, Jamheiser Bush, Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Kayla Woodward, Smarty McFly, Salty and Molotov that helped ARCH collectively outscore its opponents, 662-411, at the Big O Invitational.
“Our success so far can be attributed to our smart game play and positive team attitude,” assessed ARCH’s Bricktator. “Of course, we cannot forget our incredible coaches, The Saint and Percy Controll, who are so good at what they do.”
Arch Rival’s BrewHaHa opponents have made impressive strides within the WFTDA hierarchy early in the season and look to post rankings’ upsets against the locals. Des Moines, Iowa-based Team United (7-1) swept its three-game ledger at its self-hosted “80/35 Invitational” in mid-May while stubborn Detroit (3-3) possesses a two-game winning streak heading into the weekend.
“Both Detroit and Des Moines have different rosters since the last time we played them,” said Bricktator. ”I expect both teams to show us things we haven’t seen from them before. We will need to dictate the game and not let any surprises throw us off.”
The ARCH All-Stars have competed annually at Midwest BrewHaha since its 2010 inception. In the event’s prior six cycles, St. Louis has recorded an overall record of 11-3 that includes a three-game sweep last year.
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