(Photo Credit: Bob Dunnell)
Can you feel it? It’s almost here!
The 2017-18 ARCH local launch at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO) begins at 6:30 pm and features a re-match of last season’s trophy tilt as the defending League queenpins – the Smashinistas – collide with the high-scoring Stunt Devils.
Tickets for Saturday’s event, which includes a GateKeepers Roller Derby duel featuring the Central West Friends versus the Raiders of Forest Park, are $12 at the door while children 10 and under get in free.
Adult tickets purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets are $10 while groups of six and more can get a ticket for $8. A seven-game season pass that includes a free ARCH t-shirt is available for $70. VISIT THIS LINK for online discounts.
Per custom, a six-event ARCH regular season will find the League’s three local squads competing in head-to-head battles and, with its conclusion, the top two teams in the ARCH standings will face off in a championship game held in late-April 2018.
That being said, numerous components that were vital to last season’s winning campaign return to the fold, especially in the blocking schema. Veterans Cloak N’ Drag-Her, Smarty McFly, Professor Rumbledore, Girl Fawkes, Rock Slobster, Holliver Fist, Birdsong and Wicked Witch of the Midwest are primed to build and support the walls needed for success.
The Smashies replenished their line-up with a solid draft held last month that immediately results in additional firepower. Dual threat Vicious VanGoGo hoisted WFTDA international hardware with legacy franchise Gotham Rollergirls while Northern Illinoisans Lola Blow and Hero-Shima have performed on the playoff level with the Chicago Outfit.
Newcomers Spock N’ Roll, Poison Ivy and Outlaw Josie Wheels will be making their ARCH local debuts this Saturday night.
Conversely, last year’s runner-up, the Stunt Devils, only lost a pair of skaters from last season’s packed charter. The main addition during the aforementioned draft was highly-coveted blocker Lethal Dose, a transfer from the Chicago Outfit.
She will compliment an already seasoned blocking battalion that includes returnees Cruella Belle-ville, Hardcore Parkour, Fletch-A-Sketch, Pegasass, Nox, Hakuna Renata, Bruise Almighty, Joan of Spark and Wonder Thighs.
Subsequently, these daredevils will lay down the foundation for jammers Psychokid D’ Freakout, Aggie Wartooth and Ultraviolet.
Numerous games last season were determined in the final rotations. Due to team parity, expect the same in this cycle.
Hope springs eternal for all the teams this weekend. One will claim an early edge in the hierarchy after the final whistle blows.
We’ll see you this Saturday night and after the game join us at our free post-game AfterParty at the Fortune Teller Bar (2635 Cherokee, St. Louis, MO).
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