A pair of Arch Rival Roller Derby travel teams competed at the La Classique Georgia W Tush 2019 invitational held this past weekend in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The three-day event took place at Arena-St. Louis and the two ARCH representatives, the Arch Rival All-Stars primary travel team and the Nemesis B-team, each finished the event with 1-2 records.
That might seem a bit of a downer on first-look, but considering the caliber of competition the teams faced over the weekend, the result was actually satisfying.
The Arch Rival All-Stars, currently ranked fourth internationally by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), fell to #2 Victorian Roller Derby, 132-115, on Friday. ARCH led by a solo point at intermission, 60-59, but the former WFTDA international champion thwarted the potential upset.
On Saturday, ARCH played third-ranked Gotham Roller Derby and suffered a 156-121 setback. Again, ARCH played tight in the first period and trailed by single digits at the break (81-76). Gotham was able to push past St. Louis en route to the victory.
Sunday found ARCH collecting their sole win of the weekend, a 257-100 victory over #19 Helsinki. The All-Stars possessed a 2-1 ratio at intermission (124-62) and cruised to the duke.
With the weekend output, the All-Stars pushed their sanctioned record to 3-3. They now await the next set of calculated rankings that will be revealed in early-July that will dictate their post-season fate.
Regardless of placement, the team will participate in a sanctioned invitational in California come August as a primer.
Meanwhile, the Nemesis’ weekend found themselves against upper-tiered competition at the event so the 1-2 finish was also considered positive.
On Friday, the ARCH b-team fell to the Gotham Wall Street Traitors 168-142. The Nemesis trailed 103-64 at halftime and was able to claw away at the deficit in the second half but could not overcome the veteran team.
Saturday saw the team claim their solo win of the weekend, a 233-163 win over the Helsinki Queen B’s.
Sunday’s meeting with the host league’s b-team, the Montreal Les Sexpos, resulted in a 198-121 setback.
The 1-2 finish pushed the Nemesis’ record to 2-4 but they certainly made waves within the B-team derby community and a potential push to post-season play is not out of the realm.
The Nemesis face the Nashville Roller Derby Music City All Stars in Tennessee on August 17.
Here are photos from the ARCH All-Stars game vs. Victorian, courtesy of Bob Dunnell.
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