Eight-wheeled action returns to Queeny Park this weekend as Arch Rival Roller Derby (ARCH) launches its 2016-17 local campaign Saturday night at Midwest Sport Hockey (510 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO).
At 6:30 pm, the evening opens with a women’s’ re-match of last season’s ARCH finale as the defending champions, the Stunt Devils, tangles with runner-ups, the M-80s. That contest will be followed by GateKeepers Roller Derby’s meeting between the Central West Friends and the Creve Coroners in that league’s “Turf Wars” season opener.
Per custom, a six-event regular season will find ARCH’s three local squads (Stunts, M-80s & Smashinistas) competing in head-to-head battles and, with its conclusion, the top two teams in the standings will face off in a championship game held April 2017.
But let’s go back to the here and now and Saturday’s pairing. The Stunt Devils claimed back-to-back ARCH titles with its win over the M-80s in April and aims to set the tone for a potential “three-peat.”
The intensity that was found in the trophy tussle is expected to return but there’s an added twist as some skaters have adopted new “nom de skates” compared to the season prior.
For the defending queen pin Stunt Devils, jamming will be led by returning veterans Bricktator, Beaver Knievel and Pyschokid D’ Freakout. Blockers Shera-Ra Powers, Cruella Belle-ville, Soundproof, Hardcore Parkour, Fletch, Aggie Wartooth, Pegasass and Violet Opposition are projected to lay down the foundation. Newcomers Nox, Scars and Stripes, Goldie Blocks, Bruise, Ophelia Bottoms and Wonder Thighs are also expected to thrill audiences this season.
For the red-flanneled M-80s’ “lumberjills,” a logjam of new names spills into the charter due to skater re-branding. Jamming will be paced by veteran Shoulder, Colorado as well as Twig E. Smalls, Branch Devereaux and BEECH, PLEASE!!! Setting up the walls for scoring will be anchored by blockers Fir Serious?!, Axe & Kitties, Lumberjam, Ginger, Pine As Buck, Chop Like It’s Hot, Snoop Dogwood, Jenny Loggins, MegaBirch, Fiona Crabapple and Sequoia Destroya.
Whew! One has to refer to a scorecard for all of Saturday’s name changes. Yet, one thing’s for sure, expect the women’s opener to be extremely competitive given the long-tenured rivalry between the pair.
Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 while children 10 and under get in free.
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