High-octane action is on the docket as Arch Rival Roller Derby (ARCH) competes this Saturday at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO). Doors are at 6 p.m. and the first whistle blows at 6:30 p.m.
The evening reaches Stage 5 of ARCH’s six-event local season campaign and features a battle between the Smashinisats (2-0) and the M-80s (0-3).
The Smashies returns to Ballwin following an idle February. The flat-track faction topped the defending ARCH champion Stunt Devils (249-222) in late-January to keep their record unblemished.
Five different Smashie jammers scored over 30 points in the triumph, paced by Bolt Action’s 69 and Harmony Killerbruise’s 59. Flash, Salty and Smarty McFly also had huge rotations during the evening while donning the star.
Alongside Salty and McFly, blocking will be anchored by blockers Shimmy Hoffa, Cloak N’Drag-Her, Rock Slobster, Rumbledore, Holliver Fist and Birdsong.
The Smashies added two skaters to their roster via a supplemental draft held last month: returning ARCH skater VanDetta VanGo and newcomer Wicked Witch of the Midwest.
Meanwhile, the M-80s have yet to record a win this season but have certainly displayed firepower. Look at it this way. Through three games, the red-flannels have collectively scored 558 points for their 186 point-per-game average. That should suffice enough for a winning record, right? Not in this high-octane sport.
The M-80s fell last month to the Stunt Devils (253-230) but looked really impressive offensively in the setback. Jammer Shoulder, CO notched 104 points in the contest and BEECH, PLEASE!! added 87 while Megabirch and Branch Devereaux also contributed to the offensive rotation.
The key to a M-80s’ victory this Saturday should be a stubborn blocking battalion, paced by Fir Serious?!?, Rhino, Lumberjam , Snoop Dogwood, Pine as Buck, Jenny Loggins, Sequoia Destro-ya, Chop It Like It’s Hot, Fionna Crabapple, Twig E Smalls and Ginger.
The two-game event also features Stage 5 of GateKeepers Roller Derby (GKRD) local season as the Turf Wars defending champs, the Raiders of Forest Park (1-1) face the Creve Coroners (1-2).
The evening also have an exhibition by Minor Threat Junior Derby, a newly-christened league with skaters aged 16 and under.
Tickets for the event are $10 at the door while children 10 and under are free.
(Photography by Bob Dunnell)
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