2018 ARCH Year In Review

2018 was a monumental year for Arch Rival Roller Derby, both on and off-the-track. In game play, the competition was at a fever pitch on a local level and new rankings’ benchmarks were reached on a global platform. Later in the year, the League returned to a familiar format found four years prior.

Off-track, ARCH became first-time participants at numerous events and kept perpetually active with community outreach efforts.

In short, it was a really busy year for ARCH…and we wouldn’t have had it any other way!

A month-by-month recap of 2018:

JANUARY

1.6.18 – In ARCH’s first local game of the calendar year, the Stunts Devils claimed their first victory of the 2017-18 local campaign with a 222-157 win over the M-80s.

1.27.18 – ARCH held their 10th annual Trivia Night at the German Cultural Society of St. Louis. Over 25 tables competed at the event.

1.28.18 – Alongside Central Aussie Rescue and Support, ARCH volunteered at the Pooch Playdate at Purina Farms in Grey Summit, Missouri.

FEBRUARY

2.3.18 – Continuing ARCH’s local campaign, the Smashinistas kept their record spotless at 2-0 following a 242-191 victory over the M-80s. Smashies’ jammer Vicious VanGoGo notched 113 points in the win while M-80s’ jammer Shoulder, CO collected the inevitable highest individual point total scored for the season – 146 points!

2.10.18 – Alongside their derby siblings, GateKeepers Roller Derby, ARCH skated in the annual Mardi Gras Parade held in Soulard St. Louis.

2.23.18 – ARCH made their inaugural appearance at the St. Louis Working Women’s Survival Show held at the St. Charles Convention Center. During the three-day event, which drew over 45,000 participants, ARCH performed on the Fun, Fit and Feminine stage and maintained a booth that drew praise from event organizers. ARCH claimed the benchmark of the first sports franchise that had participated at the 33-year-old event.

2.24.18 – ARCH’s evening of roller derby at Queeny Park marked the second installment of Girl Scout Night, held in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. That promotion, supplemented with a demonstration by newly-minted St. Louis Junior Derby, resulted in a Midwest Sport Hockey record of 1,100 attendees. In the evening’s headliner, the Stunt Devils topped the Smashinistas, 216-191, that evened each squad’s record to 2-1.

MARCH

3.17.18 – In the fifth cycle of the ARCH six-game regular season, the M-80s claimed their first win of the season with a 201-199 come-from-behind win over the Stunt Devils that was claimed in the final jam. Newcomer Jedi Knight-N-Gale paced the M-80s with 68 points.

3.24.18 – Alongside Central Aussie Rescue and Support, ARCH presented baby animals to spectators at the Springtime Village held at Purina Farms.

3.25.18 – Continuing their participation in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s “Adopt A Highway” program, ARCH cleaned their stretch of I-55 near the Germania exit.

APRIL

4.7.18 – At the final regular season game of ARCH’s local structure, the M-80s opened eyes with their 272-218 victory over the Smashinistas that resulted in all three squads finishing the season with identical 2-2 records. Based on point differential, the Smashies and the Stunts claimed bids for the trophy game to be held later that month.

4.21.18 – ARCH skaters participated in the 2018 St. Louis Earth Day held at Forest Park in St. Louis.

4.28.18 – At the ARCH local championships, the Stunt Devils claimed their fifth local trophy with a 215-198 victory over the Smashinistas. The Smashies utilized a 35-1 late rally en route to the title triumph. The Stunts’ Psychokid D’ Freakout paced all jammers with 78 points.

MAY

5.1.18 – ARCH revealed their brand-new league logo to the public, which marked the first logo change in franchise history.

5.4.18 – The Arch Rival All-Stars, then-ranked seventh internationally by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, competed at the Big O invitational in Eugene, Oregon and collected an impressive 227-110 victory over #8 Montreal. They also battled the top two teams in the world and stayed competitive in setbacks to defending WFTDA Champion Victorian (211-157) and #2 Rose City (240-126) to finish the weekend 1-2.

5.18.18 – ARCH’s travelling B-team, the Saint Lunachix, competed at the Udder Chaos invitational in Madison, Wisconsin and finished the weekend 0-2 with setbacks to the b-teams from Ann Arbor (232-204) and Madison (232-130).

5.19.18 – ARCH’s traveling C-team, the Fleur-De-Linquents, galloped to a 215-176 home victory over the West Kentucky Rockin’ Rollers at Midwest Sport Hockey. Jammer Blink recorded 111 points for the FDLs’ season-launching win.

JUNE

6.1.18 – Due to their aforementioned performances at Big O against higher leagues, the Arch Rival All-Stars advanced to fifth internationally in the WFTDA international rankings.

6.9.18 – ARCH held their second-annual “Be Your Own Hero 5K Run/Skate/Walk” at Carondolet Park in St. Louis.

6.16.18 – The Arch Rival All-Stars competed at the Golden Bowl invitational, held at the practice facility of Bay Area Roller Derby of Oakland, California, and earned a split with their setback against #4 Denver (178-153) and their win over #13 Bay Area (298-13). The weekend result pushed their record to 2-3.

6.23.18 – ARCH were exhibitors at the Tower Grove Pridefest held at Tower Grove Park.

6.30.18 – ARCH’s Saint Luncahix and Fleur-De-Linquents picked up a pair of home victories at Midwest Sport Hockey over squads from the Chicago Outfit. In the opener, the Chix collected a 315-125 win over the Chicago Outfit Syndicate while in the night cap, the FDL’s claimed a 185-168 come-from-behind triumph over the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade.

JULY

7.14.18 – The Saint Lunachix and the Fleur-De-Linquents traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska and faced No Coast Roller Derby. After a delay due to venue problems, an exhibition saw both ARCH teams combine to play the Mad Maxines A-team.

7.19.18 – Ranked fifth internationally by the WFTDA, the ARCH All-Stars received the top seed for the WFTDA playoff round that would be held in A Courna, Spain in September.

AUGUST

8.1.18 – Through their 50/50 raffle drawings held during their home events at Midwest Sport Hockey, ARCH presented their charity partner – the NCCJ St. Louis – a check for $1,004, which helped sponsor a local youth delegate for the 2019 Anytown Youth Leadership Institute.

8.5.18 – ARCH’s All-Stars and Saint Lunachix competed at the Sweatfest invitational held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ARCH All-Stars claimed a two-game sweep with victories over #6 Texas (253-78) and #11 Atlanta (219-100) and pushed their record to 4-3. Meanwhile the Saint Lunachix ended the weekend 2-1 with victories over LA Nightmare (324-96) and Houston Knockouts (228-171) while suffering a 193-96 setback to the Texas Chainsaws. The Chix finished 2018 with a record of 3-3.

8.26.18 – Alongside Central Aussie Rescue and Support, ARCH appeared and ran activities at the Pooch Playdate held at Purina Farms.

SEPTEMBER

9.2.18 – ARCH claimed their first-ever gold medal in WFTDA-sanctioned play with a three-game sweep at the governing bodies’ playoff held in A Coruna, Mexico. Entering the 12-tame bracketed tournament as the top seed, victories over Philly (357-58), Rainy City (300-118) and a triumph over #10 Crime City (342-149) completed the trifecta. ARCH co-captain Bricktator was awarded as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

9.8.18 – The Fluer-De-Linquents traveled cross-state to Springfield and fell to Springfield Roller Derby, 210-120.

9.16.18 – ARCH reveals publicly the return of Rebel Skate Alliance after a four-year absence as well as the return to an ARCH double-header format for their 2018-19 local season. In order to provide parity for all local teams, the three pre-existing franchises imploded their rosters and re-drafted skaters that returned from last season.

9.20.18 – ARCH’s “End of the World Re-Draft,” organized at the Skatium, resulted in four squads receiving their team name.

9.22.18 – ARCH appeared and served drinks at Octoberfest held at Das Bevo in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.

9.27.18 – ARCH revealed their local draft selections at Stacked St. Louis. With the top pick, Rebel Skate Alliance selected blocker Endorable!

OCTOBER

10.5.18 – The Arch Rival All-Stars climbed in the WFTDA international rankings to fourth, which set a new benchmark for the squad.

10.6.18 – ARCH hosted a booth at the thirteenth annual GroveFest held in St. Louis’ Grove neighborhood.

10.13.18 – Alongside their friends from Central Aussie Rescue and Support, ARCH participated in the ARCHBARK event at the Gateway Arch.

10.25.18 – The final round of ARCH’s local draft was held at the Skatium and seven skaters were distributed to the four local teams.

NOVEMBER

11.9.18 – The Arch Rival All-Stars competed at WFTDA International Championships held in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the quarterfinal round, ARCH fell to fifth-ranked Denver, 204-134. ARCH rebounded for a 122-92 triumph over #7 Texas in a consolation game.

11.17.18 The 2018 ARCH League Awards were presented at the Heavy Anchor in the Bevo Neighborhood. In the “Fan Favorite Award” that was determined by the voting public online, Arch Rival All-Stars and Stunt Devils’ jammer Bricktator was selected as the recipient. In voting held within the league, M-80s’ blocker Boomeryang won “Rookie of the Year” honors while Stunts’ blocker Joan of Spark was awarded the “Most Improved Player” for 2018.

DECEMBER

12.13.18 – In promotion of the upcoming season, the Riverfront Times marked ARCH’s December 15 double header as a “Pick of the Week.”

12.14.18 – In the day prior to the season opener, ARCH appeared on the 9 AM and 11 AM editions of “Fox 2 News” on KTVI-TV, Channel 2. In the Nielsen ratings that were recorded in the St. Louis market, ARCH’s segments reached over 73,000 television households combined.

12.15.18 – At the League’s 2018-19 local season opener that marked the return of a four-team ARCH doubleheader complexion, Rebel Skate Alliance won their first game in seven years with a 245-145 victory over the M-80s. In the opener contest held at Midwest Sport Hockey in front of 600, the Smashinistas topped defending ARCH local champions, the Stunt Devils, 212-94.

And there you have it!

Arch Rival Roller Derby would like to acknowledge all the skaters for their continued dedication and service to the League, to all the skating and non-skating officials that help our operations on both scrimmages and game nights and to all support personnel (bench coaches, announcers, photographers, volunteers, etc) that are imperative to our League’s execution on numerous levels.

Special thanks to GateKeepers Roller Derby for their continued cooperation and support and we look forward to attending your upcoming your upcoming season that begins 1/25/19 at the Skatium.

Much appreciation to the families, spouses, partners and friends of our skaters for believing in our athletes and keeping their derby dreams alive!

And as always, we thank you – the ARCH fan – for your continued support and patronage!

Believe it or not, 2019 is shaping up to be an even more incredible ride.

We lovingly accept the challenge!

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Muckety Muck

Muckety Muck has been a co-announcer for Arch Rival Roller Derby since 2008. Writes Arch Rival previews and recaps for Arch City Sports, a St. Louis-based sports website.

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