Arch Rival Roller Derby’s B-team of travelers, the Saint Lunachix, launches their 2018 campaign with a trip to the Udder Chaos Invitational this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.
The inaugural event, hosted by the Mad Rollin’ Dolls, begins Friday on the polished concrete at Hartmeyer Ice Arena. The three-day event features 17 contests overall and spotlights primary interleague sanctioned play for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and highly-competitive B-team match-ups.
Friday at 6 p.m., the Saint Lunachix faces the hostesses’ b-team, the Dairlyand Dolls. Then on Saturday at 2 p.m., ARCH has an inaugural meeting with the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Bruising Company.
The Chix finished last season 6-4 and netted a seventh place finish at last October’s “Hostile TACOover” post-season b-team tournament. No doubt, they’re primed for their dual docket in the dairy land.
“We are very much excited for our first invitational of the season!” said co-captain Aggie Wartooth. “The Lunas and coaches have been working very hard on and off the track. We have been attending 2-plus practices a week to get a feel for each other. In addition to practices, we’ve work on our fitness off-skates.”
The 2018 charter contains numerous skaters that competed at last year’s post-season tournament as well as surging newcomers set to make initial splashes. Alongside the aforementioned Wartooth, jamming responsibilities will be carried this year by Flash, Bloody GaGa and Ultraviolet.
Blocking will be paced by Lunachix returnees Girl Fawkes, JJ, Trigger Happy Jackie, Nox, Rock Slobster, Sue Bob Fight, Carmina Piranha and Holliver Fist. Newcomers to the Chix charter are blockers Lethal Dose, Bruise Almighty, Pixie Dust-Ruction, Joan of Spark and Splatter. Veteran SheKill O’Neill is also on the charter for future use.
“Each of the Lunas has outlined their personal goals at the beginning of the season,” assessed Wartooth. “We have been working together to hold each other accountable. Nox was calling it ‘accountabilabuddies’ which is too cute not to share.”
The Dairyland Dolls B-team (2-0) already have a pair of victories recorded at March’s Clover Cup Invitational. They were 5-3 last season.
“Unfortunately in the world of developmental teams, the video history can be challenging to acquire,” said second-year Lunachix bench coach Gil Tiemann. “Madison plays solid, fundamental braced-wall derby and their league history indicates that they are well-coached and prepared for their opponents.”
Conversely, Ann Arbor has displayed the traits of an extremely active franchise that has achieved steady growth and success over the past three seasons. The Bruising Company finished 2017 with an 11-4 mark and are already 2-0 this season with dominating victories over Ohio Roller Derby’s Gang Green (342-79) and Queen City Roller Girls’ Subzero Sirens (370-149).
“Last year, Ann Arbor was very strong at the B-Cup Tournament,” said Tiemann of the A2D2’s fifth place finish at the annual Indiana event held last May. “They have some eye opening results this season already. We are expecting both teams to be very challenging opponents.”
The goal for the Lunachix in Madison this weekend is simple.
“With a new mix of skaters on the team from last year, the confidence from a sweep would be an incredible boost to start the season,” said Tiemann. “Keeping our ranking on Flat Track Stats to qualify for B-Champs is very important to the entire team, but an early chance for people to believe in themselves and each other is priceless. “
ARCH’s Official FaceBook Page will have updates throughout the weekend.
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