M-80s vs. Smashies Battle This Saturday!

Flat-track action returns to Midwest Sport Hockey (570 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO) this Saturday (1/7/17) as Arch Rival Roller Derby (ARCH) presents its second event of the 2016-17 six-game regular season.

With the first whistle blown at 6:30 pm, the M-80s (0-1) tangle with the Smashinistas (0-0) to see who claims an inaugural victory for the season. Tickets for Saturday’s two-game event, which also features men’s local action from GateKeepers Roller Derby, are $10 at the door while children 10 and under get in free.

1v5a5134The M-80s mightily battled defending ARCH league champion, the Stunt Devils (1-0), at last month’s local season opener but fell 200-188 in a game that was determined in the final two rotations.

Even in defeat, there were plenty of positives found for the M-80s, including a late-game charge that erased a 40-plus-point deficit in the second period.

In the contest, jammer Shoulder, CO paced scoring with 81 points followed by 67 from BEECH, PLEASE!!  Adding to the rotation this weekend will be Branch Devereaux.

On the blocking end, steady work was provided by co-captains Megabirch and Axe N’ Kitties as well as Chop It Like It’s Hot, Ginger, Pine As Buck, Jenny Loggins, Fiona Crabapple, Snoop Dogwood and Twig E Smalls.  Assistance by Fir Serious?! and Sequoia Destro-Ya, both out of the December line-up, is anticipated this weekend.

1v5a5290For the Smashinistas, who make their season debut Saturday, jamming is expected to be paced by returning top scorer Harmony Killerbruise as well as veteran Flash and local-play newcomer Bolt Action. A solid blocking schema returns, featuring Shimmy Hoffa, Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Salty, Holliver Fist and Party McFly. New Smashies additions this season include Birdsong, who gained derby experience while living in Chile, the returning Prof. Rumbledore and Smarty McFly, who now completes the inaugural round-tripper of competing for all four historical ARCH local teams.

With victory, the Smashies force an unblemished tie with the Stunt Devils in the ARCH standings. Conversely, the M-80s aim to solidify its second place status with a duke.

A GateKeepers Roller Derby “Turf Wars” intraleague game featuring defending champions Raiders of Forest Park (0-0) and the Creve Coroners (0-1) follows.

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Muckety Muck

Muckety Muck has been a co-announcer for Arch Rival Roller Derby since 2008. Writes Arch Rival previews and recaps for Arch City Sports, a St. Louis-based sports website.

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