INDY SHUTOUT: ARRG DROPS TWO TO NAPTOWN!
by Muckety Muck, ARRG Bout Co-Announcer - Photos by Bob Dunnell
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) In a city that’s synonymous with fast-moving, wheeled objects moving in counter-clockwise fashion, the hostesses lapped St. Louis squads on Saturday and took home the checkered flag.
The travel teams of the Arch Rival Roller Girls dropped two bouts to the Naptown Roller Girls at the Indiana Convention Center in front of 1,300.
In the main event, the Naptown Tornado Sirens, ranked nineteenth in the WFTDA, overpowered #13 Arch Rival 167-108 in sanctioned action. Meanwhile in the b-team undercard, a late-sprint off of penalties helped the Naptown Warning Belles notch a 204-154 over ARRG’s Saint Lunachix.
The pair of setbacks dropped the respective records of the ARRG All-Stars and the Lunachix to 5-2.
#19 NAPTOWN 167 #13 ARCH RIVAL 108
Naptown's 59-point trip to the winner’s circle over ARRG’s A-team boosted its sanctioned bout record to 5-0.
“I would have loved to have won by more,” said Naptown jammer Maiden America after the triumph. “I don’t care if we’re up by 15 points or if we’re up by 150 points, we want to win by more, no matter what we’re up against. It was nice that we won over a team that was ranked higher (in the WFTDA) than us. I’ll take it as a win and it will ultimately improve our ranking.”
The task was not easy as Arch Rival was game from the onset and provided plenty of hassles in the first period. Following a bout-opening trey from America, a 2-1 jam from Pushy Cat stretched Naptown’s lead to 5-1.
Then following a scoreless jam, ARRG’s Mighty Mighty Boston notched a five-pointer, resulting in a 6-5 scoreboard flip for St. Louis four minutes deep. South City Shiner added three on the next rotation to stretch the ARRG margin to 9-5 with 24:20 left in the period.
After Pushy Cat posted four to tie the score at 9-9, Arch Rival’s May Require Stitches reciprocated with four that gave St. Louis a 13-9 lead at the 21:50 mark.
Naptown surged on the next rotation as America collected a natural 14-pointer that gave the Tornado Sirens a 23-13 lead with 20:10 left in the period.
In jam nine, Arch Rival regained the lead after Pushy Cat was sent off for a track cut. A 15-point power jam for Shiner ensued and the visitors regained the advantage, 28-23 with 18:40 left in the period.
Naptown posted back-to-back four pointers from G-Rocket and America that resulted in the bout’s fourth lead change and a 31-28 advantage.
The tension, and the impact hits, was perpetually building. ARRG’s blocking schema of Stitches, Mayor Francis Slayer, Chewblocka, Science Friction, Grave Danger, The Educator, Shimmy Hoffa and Smarty McFly went toe-stop-to-toe-stop with Circle City’s finest.
A 0-0 stalemate in jam 12 was followed by a five-pointer from Arch Rival’s Brickyard. Another strike, another lead change. ARRG sported a 33-31 edge with 13:55 left.
Naptown responded with a methodical 17-0 rally spread across the next five jams. A lead-changing trey from America was followed by five from G-Rocket scored at 11:40 that extended the NRG lead to 39-33. A solo point from America was followed by a pair of four-pointers from Willa Hoeflinch and G-Rocket. The conclusion of the 17-point uncontested run gave Indianapolis a 48-33 lead with 8:50 left in the period.
A 7-2 strike for America in jam 19 pushed the Naptown lead to 55-35. The Tornado Sirens widened the gap to 73-35 following G-Rocket’s 18-pointer with 4:00 left in the first.
Arch Rival countered with a 23-0 rally in the waning stages of the frame thanks to Naptown penalties. A Pushy Cat track cut led to an 18-point power jam for Brickyard in the period’s penultimate jam. Boston’s five on the final rotation to whittled Naptown’s margin to 73-58 at intermission.
Boston’s second-period 4-0 launch for ARRG made the bout a nine-point affair, 73-62. The Tornado Sirens countered with a 20-0 run on the next two jams. Hoeflinch scored a 15-point power jam and America tacked a five-pointer that widened the Naptown lead to 93-62 with 25:30 remaining in the bout. A 9-9 push over the next two jams put the score at 102-71.
The Tornado Sirens posted a 28-0 rally over the next five jams to create comfort. Four from Hoeflinch was followed by a 7-0 jam from G-Rocket that extended Naptown’s lead to 113-71 with 18:30 left. America posted 10 points on the next rotation to widen the gap to 123-71.
Meanwhile Naptown’s blocking schema - paced by Asian Sinsation, Dora the Destroyer, R.I.P. Tide, Cereal Killer and a host of others - put the clamp down on any Arch Rival comeback. In the process, Hoeflinch and G-Rocket added four and three, respectively, to conclude the 28-point uncontested steak and push Naptown’s lead to 130-71 with 14:30 left.
Arch Rival tried to chip away at the deficit as the period progressed but kept finding itself stymied by Naptown’s solid defense. The Tornado Sirens put the nail in the coffin with Pushy Cat’s natural 24-pointer scored with 6:00 left that widened the lead to 165-83.
Despite a late ARRG surge that tightened the final differential, the Tornado Sirens outscored Arch Rival 94-50 in the second period to earn the 167-108 win over the squad that currently sits six positions higher in the WFTDA hierarchy.
“I think it was the teamwork,” said Naptown’s Sinsation of the win. “Arch Rival is an insanely strong team. They’re very fast on their feet, so we knew we just had to stay together.”
G-Rocket led the Tornado Sirens’ scoring ledger with 47 points.
Arch Rival, who dropped to 5-2 with the setback, was paced by Brickyard’s 33 points. Naptown chose Boston and Stitches as “MVP Jammer” and “MVP Blocker,” respectively.
NAPTOWN TORNADO SIRENS (167): G-Rocket 47, Pushy Cat 39, Maiden America 37, Willa Hoeflinch 34.
ARCH RIVAL ALL-STARS (108): Brickyard 33, Mighty Mighty Boston 30, South City Shiner 28, May Require Stitches 13, Smarty McFly 4.
NRG WARNING BELLES 204 ARRG SAINT LUNACHIX 154
The final differential of the b-team undercard replicated the main event, yet both teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch. A sprint by the Warning Belles late in the second period was pivotal in the 50-point win.
Lunachix jammer EnYa Nightmare began the bout with a 5-0 jam. Naptown’s Traumalina countered with a nine-point strike that gave the Warning Belles a 9-5 edge. A 3-2 jam for Honey Badger stretched the Naptown lead to 12-7 with 26:40 left in the period.
Nightmare posted a trey at 25:33 to make the bout a two-point affair, 12-10.
The Warning Belles went on a 17-0 roll with four consecutive lead jams. Eve Anne Hellical started with a nine-point strike for Naptown, extending the lead to 21-10. Then after Traumalina tacked on two, Badger added four, and Itsy Gitsi tacked on a pair of points to finish the run and extend the Naptown advantage to 29-10 with 20:45 left in the period.
Killer Painguin stopped the Chix drought by scoring seven at 20:00 to whittle the deficit to a dozen points, 29-17.
An 8-8 push on jam 10 raised the score to 37-25 in favor of Naptown.
Following Pink Diamond’s solo point at 17:40, the Warning Belles scored 20 straight. Gitsi posted eight to stretch the lead to 45-26. Hellical added 10 in jam 13 to widen the margin to 55-26. Traumalina added a pair of non-lead points with 12:00 left in the period to run the Warning Belles’ lead to 57-26.
The Lunachix powered its way back into contention with a 29-0 rally. The St. Louis blocking schema, led by Morgan LeFaetal, The Siege, The Ginger Assassin, Ginny Beastly, Megalodominator,Sp!ce Rack, Hydrogen Bombshell and a host of others, spearheaded the charge. By capitalizing on Honey Badger’s track cut penalty, Diamond shined a 14-point power jam and pulled ARRG to 57-40 with 10:58 left in the period. Nightmare added eight on the next rotation to narrow the gap to 57-48.
After a scoreless stalemate on jam 17, the Chix gained another power jam. The tandem of Diamond and Nightmare notched five and four points, respectively. The 9-0 power jam combo finished the 29-point Lunachix rally and tied the score, 57-57 with 6:03 left in the frame.
The tie was broken after a scoreless jam as Diamond collected a 4-3 non-lead strike with 4:15 left in the period that gave ARRG a 61-60 advantage. Badger scored four for the Belles on the next jam to flip the scoreboard back in favor of Naptown, 64-61. Bitsi added a 4-2 strike with 2:10 left to widen the lead to 68-63.
On the period’s penultimate jam, Pink Diamond snatched a five-pointer for the Lunachix, resulting in another tie, 68-68 with 1:00 left on the period clock.
Nightmare’s solo point for the Chix concluded first half play and ARRG held a 69-68 edge at intermission.
Naptown’s Traumalina started the second period with a four-pointer that gave the Belles’ a 72-69 lead.
The Lunachix then rolled 15 points straight. Diamond’s power jam netted 10 and Painguin followed with five to give ARRG an 84-72 advantage with 26:40 left.
Once again, tables overturned in jam four, which resulted in another lead change. Gitsi gotsi 27-pointsi via a power jamski. The 27-3 momentum shifter gave Naptown a 97-87 lead with 24:00 remaining.
A 9-8 power jam for ARRG on the next rotation narrowed the margin to 105-96. Back-to-back four-pointers from Traumalina and Badger extended the Naptown lead to 17 points, 113-96 with 19:45 left.
In jam eight, Badger gained lead jammer for Naptown and scored three, but then was sent to the box for a track cut. With the non-lead power jam, Diamond posted 20…and viola!...the bout was tied 116-116 with 16:55 left.
Painguin posted a trey on the next rotation to push the Lunachix lead to 119-116. After Badger’s solo tally narrowed the bout to two points, Gitsi followed with a four-point jam for Naptown, resulting in the bout’s ninth lead change and a 121-119 edge for the Warning Belles with 14:08 left in regulation.
An 11-3 run for Naptown over the next four extended the Belles’ lead to 132-122 with 10 minutes left.
The Warning Belles then capitalized on ARRG penalties and posted a 57-5 rally over the next four jams to pull away. Anchored by a pair of Traumalina power jams that netted 20 and 25 points, respectively, Naptown stretched the lead to 189-127 with 2:30 remaining.
The Warning Belles outscored the Lunachix 132-85 in the second period to pick up the 204-154 victory and improve to 6-3. Traumalina paced the Warning Belles with 96 points.
The Lunachix, who dropped to 5-2 with the loss, was led by Diamond’s 83 points. Naptown selected Nightmare and The Siege as “MVP Jammer” and “MVP Blocker,” respectively. The Lunachix play next at Midwest Brewhaha 2013 in Milwaukee, WI in two weeks.
NRG WARNING BELLES (204): Traumalina 96, Itsy Gitsi 46, Eve Anne Hellical 35, Honey Badger 39, Eve Anne Hellical 35
ARRG SAINT LUNACHIX (154): Pink Diamond 83, EnYa Nightmare 52, Killer Painguin 17, Molecular Mayhem 2
At halftime of the b-team bout, Saint Lunachix skater Stray Touhell received a special surprise from members of her family at trackside. Touhell had missed her commencement ceremony from a St. Louis university earlier in the day in order to travel with the Saint Lunachix to Indianapolis.
Think about that for a second. Bypassing an academic achievement in order to participate in something that one holds true to their heart.
Some people would have stayed at home and took the walk in order to grab the sheepskin, but not Touhell. She didn’t give it a second thought. She wanted to compete with her team.
In what could be best described, in ARRG Newscenter speak, as a “pretty damn cool moment,” Touhell’s family presented her with a special display congratulating her on receiving her undergraduate degree.
Touhell’s teammates and the 1,300 at the Indiana Convention Center deservedly gave the skater a rousing ovation.
Congratulations Touhell on your graduation and thank you for your personal sacrifice in order to support the league!
ALL-STARS FLATTEN DUTCHLAND ON SUNDAY!
by Muckety Muck - Story constructed from online footage from Hinckley Productions
(FT. WAYNE, IN) Immediately following the setback by the ARRG All-Stars at Naptown, the team immediately carpooled up I-69 North to Fort Wayne to participate in the 2013 Spring Roll Invitational at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
A two-hour commute to reflect on what went right and wrong earlier in the evening. One had a feeling that when the All-Stars faced Dutchland - ranked #43 in the current WFTDA rankings - the next day, that some pent-up frustration may be unleashed.
Oh boy, was it ever!
The ARRG All-Stars flattened Dutchland 386-53 to improve its record to 6-2. Three ARRG skaters scored triple-digits in the 333-point win.
Arch Rival went on a 27-0 rally in the first three jams to begin the onslaught. After Mighty Mighty Boston collected a nine-point bout opening jam, South City Shiner tacked on four to make the score 13-0. Brickyard scored 14 on the third jam to give ARRG a 27-0 lead with 25:55 left in the first period.
A 6-2 jam by Boston in jam four stretched the lead to 33-2 with 24:45 left in the frame.
ARRG then went on a 55-0 run over the next 10 minutes. Highlighted by a 24-point power jam by Boston at 19:50, Arch Rival pulled ahead 88-2 with 14:50 left in the period.
Dutchland made waves in jam 12 by capitalizing on a non-lead power jam. Jammer Russian Bayou notched a 20-pointer and whittled the deficit to 88-22 with 13:00 left in the period.
Then Arch Rival said “no more”…..literally. They did not allow a single Dutchland point for the remainder of the half. It culminated in a 95-0 period-ending rally. Blockers May Require Stitches, Science Friction, Mayor Francis Slayer, Grave Danger, Shimmy Hoffa, Chewblocka, Smarty McFly, The Educator and a host of others gave little to no breathing room for the jammers and blockers from Lancaster , PA.
Boston notched a 10-point power jam at 11:50 to extend the ARRG lead to 98-22. Shiner followed with a 30-point mega jam on the next rotation to push the lead to 128-22.
Meanwhile, the ARRG blocking schema maintained complete control. At halftime, Arch Rival had a 183-22 lead.
Boston kept the momentum rolling with a 25-point power jam with the second period’s opening jam to widen the lead to 208-22.
The beatdown continued as the period progressed. By the time Dutchland scored its next set of points – a two-pointer - with 23:30 left in the period, ARRG had already completed a 150-0 run.
Yeah, a jaw-dropping 150-0 run. It was that kind of a bout. ARRG had a 238-24 lead that sent some to the concession stand for a hot pretzel.
The Arch Rival offense remained hot for the remainder of the bout. Brickyard scored a 35-pointer with 10:10 left extended the lead to 315-45. A 23-pointer from Shiner with 5:45 left pushed the margin to 362-45.
Arch Rival outscored Dutchland 203-31 in the second period to pick up the win and improve to 6-2. Shiner paced ARRG with a personal best of 131 points. Brickyard and Boston added 117 and 105 points, respectively.
ARRG ALL-STARS (386): South City Shiner 131, Brickyard 117, Mighty Mighty Boston 105, Smart McFly 33.
NEXT WEEK IN THE NEWSCENTER: There’s a one-week respite for the league due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but then arguably the busiest weekend for the league occurs one week later. The ARRG All-Stars and the Lunachix compete at a high-tiered event in Milwaukee. The All-Stars compete in two bouts, one of them against a highly-ranked familiar foe from Motown. The Saint Lunachix have three games on the docket, including a first-time meeting with a hard-charging legacy b-team from Chicago. The stakes are high in a whirlwind weekend. We’ll have a preview of all of the ARRG bouts and peek at some of the other high-caliber battles. Next week, it’s our look at Midwest Brewhaha 2013!
Muckety Muck and Magilla Guerilla are bout co-announcers for the Arch Rival Roller Girls. Check back in this section on Mondays for the latest in ARRG news and information.