(Photos By Bon Dunnell)
Arch Rival Roller Derby’s traveling B-team, the Saint Luncahix, takes a trip to the Sunshine State this weekend and competes at a national, post-season championship tournament.
The Lunachix are the eighth seed at the ten-team “Hostile TACOver,” a three-day event that takes place at The Wrecking Hall in Temple Terrace, Florida.
After starting the season 0-2 following a pair of losses at May’s Big O invitational, the Lunachix rolled out four straight victories. With momentum in tow, the locals are chomping at the bit to compete this weekend.
“The team is thrilled to be returning to B-Champs,” said Lunachix co-captain Psychokid D’ Freakout. “We have worked extremely hard to qualify for the tournament again this year.”
Alongside the co-captain, jamming duties will be primarily handled by veterans Aggie Wartooth and Flash.
The key to weekend success will be blocking, paced by co-captain Pegasass, Cruella Belle-ville, JJ, Birdsong, Nox, SheKill O’ Neal, Sue Bob Fight, Rock Slobster, Carmina Piranha and Hakuna Renata. Thanks to solid wall-work during their four-game winning streak, the Lunachix have collectively outscored their opponents, 818-517.
A pair of recent ARCH transfers, each with WFTDA post-season experience, will supplement the charter: Hero Shima, who logged numerous seasons with the Chicago Outfit, and Pixie Dust-Ruction, a blocking lynch pin with the St. Chux Derby Chix the past four seasons.
“Leading up to this tournament, the team has looked increasingly cohesive,” said D’ Freakout of the charter. “We have a lot of new faces and it is an exciting opportunity to show the depth of, not only this team, but this league.”
Friday morning’s opponent, Minnesota Nice, had three-game sweeps at both May’s B-Cup Challenge and June’s Midwest BrewHaHa and started out the season 7-0.
However, their momentum was halted as the Lunachix topped the Nice, 238-124, at Ballwin’s Midwest Sport Hockey in late-July.
“Playing the Nice earlier in the season gave us a good warm-up for this tournament, as well as providing some insights into their playing style,” assessed D’Freakout. “I think, ultimately, it boosted the confidence of this team going into this tournament, knowing that we have the skills to win high-level games and the type of challenges we will come up against.”
Whoever wins Friday’s play-in game has a tough task ahead as a meeting with top-seeded Rose City Roller’s Axles of Annihilation, the defending national B-Champs, takes place later that day.
As a first-time entrant last season, the Saint Lunachix finished the post-season tournament seventh out of ten teams. The “squad on quads” has aspirations of new benchmarks in final placement this weekend.
“The overall objective is always to place at a higher seed than where we came in at,” said D’Freakout. “Ultimately, I’m already proud of this team and what we’ve accomplished this year. This tournament is the cherry to a successful season! It’s our opportunity to show how far we’ve come in such a small span of time!”
Check with ARCH’s official FACEBOOK PAGE for updates as the weekend progresses and we’ll have a total B-Champs recap for the Saint Lunachix posted on Monday.
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