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All Out Brawl: DC Rollergirls Coming to Riverworks This Saturday

Lake Effect Furies Librawlian. Credit: Chris Kalisiak

Lake Effect Furies Librawlian. Credit: Chris Kalisiak

A lot can change in 7 months of roller derby, the span of time since the Lake Effect Furies beat the DC Rollergirls 226 to 144 at WFTDA Division 2 playoffs in Waterloo, On (Canada). The Furies have a new home, a track built specifically for women’s flat track roller derby at Riverworks and DC will be just the second visiting team to try out that track. Both rosters have also seen some turnover  since they last met – DC rostering eight new skaters this year and the Furies with four fresh new faces for DC. Not everything will be new though, as the Brawl v. Brawl battle of Librawlian (Furies) v Rocky Brawlboa (DC) is set to renew this Saturday. Expect these two to face off head to head as DC will look for revenge for last years Division 2 playoff loss. Doors open at Riverworks (359 Ganson St. Buffalo) at 5:30 and the bout starts at 6pm. Front row seating is $20, general admission is $15 and kids under 12 are $10 (at the door only). You can purchase tickets at http://www.qcrg.net/event/dc-rollergirls-vs-lake-effect-furies/

Storylines to Watch

New Jammers: DC lost an important jammer in Viva Violence, but has gained two new jammers in Byers Remorse (formerly of Gotham’s “Queens of Pain”) and Dottie Deathwish (Team Maryland, formerly Lehigh Valley). For the Furies, Miss Fire and Abercrombie and Fists are out as jammers and Murphy (formerly Niagara Roller Girls) is in. How new players, and these new jammers, fit into their rosters early in this season should have a major impact on this game.

Comeback from Injury: Both Librawlian (Furies) and Byers Remorse (DC) are coming back from injuries in 2014 and for Byers this will be her first bout back. Librawlian was outstanding the last time these teams played – scoring 143 points to just 9 against – and the Furies will need her to return to that form if they are going to have the same kind of success.

Rankings Battle: The Furies have moved up the WFTDA rankings 2 spots to 34, one off of their highest ranking ever, while the DC Rollergirls have slipped 3 spots to 54. Both of these teams have spent years hovering around the Division I/II cut off and these teams may be more closely matched than those rankings currently suggest. The Furies will have to win soundly to hold their ranking, while an upset by DC would catapult them up the rankings. 

 

Lake Effect Furies v DC Rollergirls Bout Program. Credit: Gelia

Lake Effect Furies v DC Rollergirls Bout Program. Credit: Gelia