(ST. LOUIS, MO) Stage Two of Arch Rival Roller Derby’s “End of the World Redraft” held Thursday night resulted in fifteen area skaters collectively being added to the League’s quartet of local franchises.
ARCH’s 2018-19 intraleague campaign makes a return to a four-team format on Saturday, December 15 at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park in Ballwin. Returning to a presentation that was last featured four seasons ago, each evening of ARCH’s seven event schedule contains a pair of full-length Arch Rival games.
Of the fifteen rollers chosen at the ceremony held at Stacked STL Burger Bar, four were former ARCH skaters that returned to play, seven were transfers from other leagues sanctioned by Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and four were rookies that had progressed through ARCH developmental system and had surpassed WFTDA minimum requirements.
Rebel Skate Alliance, who returns to the ARCH fold this December after a four-season absence, selected blocker/pivot Party Foul, who previously skated with Arch Rival that included a stint with RSA in their first incarnation. Foul has also competed multiple seasons with the Arch Rival All-Stars.
Current ARCH defending League champions the Stunt Devils selected jammer Doom Raider, who competed last season for the aforementioned SCDC, and rookie Randsome Note, a newcomer to the sport that displayed the skill sets that makes for a coveted acquisition.
The red-flanneled M-80s snared five selections that collectively contain plenty of firepower. Former ARCH blocker Warpath O’ Jen returns to the League after a small absence and returns fully-healed and re-invigorated.
The quintet also includes jammers Sinister Minister, a transfer from the Nashville Rollergirls that had competed and succeeded this past summer in games with ARCH’s Fleur De Linquents C-team, and Spider Monkey, a transfer from St. Chux Derby Chix that had also competed locally with ARCH’s RSA in the 2013-14 season.
Veteran Jill ‘Em All, a multi-positional transfer from Toronto Roller Derby, and newcomer Shia LaBUFF completes the M-80s‘ docket.
Last year’s ARCH local runner-ups, the Smashinistas, stacked the deck at Stacked with six additions. Veteran blocker Party RockHer, who competed with the Smashies for multiple seasons and also skated with ARCH’s Saint Lunachix B-team, rejoined the League after a two-year retirement.
A trio of transfers is projected to make an immediate impact. Jammer Leggs Benedict, who previously played for Tucson Roller Derby, skated a triple-digit performance in a ARCH Fluer De Linquents’ win during the summer. Blocker Gnarley Quinn from the Nashville Rollergirls assisted in her squads’ appearance at the WFTDA Division 2 playoffs in 2016. Blocker Wyldesyde previously competed with Topeka, Kansas-based Capital City Crushers and won MVB awards at local games in the process.
Finally, a pair of ARCH newcomers, Regrets and R’hllor Girl, completed the combative collective.
Overall, Thursday’s supplemental draft of newcomers successfully completed the League parity that was the intended by the ARCH Coaching Committee.
The end result is four equally-balanced rosters that will display their competitive edges when the new season launches.
ARCH’s Saturday, December 15 twin bill features a re-match of last year’s championship as the Stunts and Smashies meet in the lead-off game while the M-80s and the returning RSA tangle in the nightcap.
A discounted seven-event, season ticket package that includes a free ARCH t-shirt will go on sale in mid-November.
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