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Lake Effect Furies Host New Hampshire in Tune Up Before Playoffs

Photo Cred: Joe Mac

Photo Cred: Joe Mac

The New Hampshire Roller Derby All Stars will be making the trek down the I-90 W for a bout against the Lake Effect Furies at Riverworks in Buffalo on Saturday. The bout will be the final sanctioned bout of the season for the Furies who are hoping to make their first ever Division 1 WFTDA playoff appearance.

New Hampshire, on the other hand, is just one recent example of how fleeting success can be in competitive women’s flat track roller derby. New Hampshire made Division 1 playoffs last year, but retiring skaters and skaters leaving for larger markets has seen their ranking drop all the way down to 107 (they were 30th this time last year).

Scheduling bouts is an art and after a year of solid scheduling that saw the Furies play a good mix of competition that all saw their rating climb, they will be in tough in this game to crush New Hampshire as the rankings will expect them to.

The sanctioned bout is still a good lead up to playoffs though, as teams like New Hampshire force a killer instinct to develop and can be a good reminder that every jam counts. New Hampshire is also a cautionary tale for the Furies who have fought for years to reach a goal that they are now so close to. What is next? What are the future plans and what contingency is in place to retain skaters and develop others behind them. 

New Hampshire will be dangerous as they will be getting close to their basement in the rankings and ready to turn that anger and frustration into moving back up. They have nothing to lose in this bout – they will be watching Division 1 and 2 playoffs from home this year – and a strong showing against the Furies would be a positive end that they could build off of. The Furies will have to keep their focus, play disciplined and play a team game for a full 60 minutes. 

Doors open at 5:30pm on Saturday. For those who haven’t seen Riverworks lately (or at all), there are lots of great new upgrades to check out as well. You can find tickets here –