“Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!”
That is right, Midwest BrewHaHa kicks off in less than three days this Friday May 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and not only are the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ Black Sheep playing two games over the weekend, but the Cincinnati Battering Rams (Men’s Team) will be seeing action on Sunday afternoon.
The Battering Rams will be playing in their first tournament, and they are taking on the biggest dogs of the yard, the St. Louis Gatekeepers, who are ranked #2 in the Men’s Roller Derby Association ( MRDA). The Gatekeepers are coming off a very strong showing at Spring Roll defeating Mass Maelstrom by 148 points, Rock City Riot by 366 points and Race City by 378 points.
The Rams will have their hands full, but with the swift feet of Creeper and Spyder and the pulverizing hits from Tink, this could be a close game, and in close games anything can happen.The Rams will need to be careful of penalties, because to beat the Gatekeepers it will take a village.
The Black Sheep will take to the track for the first time this weekend on Saturday at 11:45 A.M on track #2 against the Arizona Roller Derby Tent City Terrors. Arizona has been on a downward spiral since September of last year, losing their last 9 bouts. Their most recent game was a loss to Victorian Roller Derby from Melbourne, Australia a loss of 88 points at the “Big O” in Eugene, Oregon two weeks ago.
The second game of the weekend for the Black Sheep will come with a familiar opponent in the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls All Stars, the time and track on Sunday are the same as the game on Saturday, 11:45 A.M on track #2. Cincinnati has faced no other team as much as they have Grand Raggidy over the years, with six meetings since 2008.
Cincinnati is undefeated against Grand Raggidy, and they carry an average margin of 54.5 points in those victories. That statistic factors in an outlying victory in May of 2009 by 118 points, the other bouts were much closer with margins ranging from 24-72 points.
Grand Raggidy’s is coming into BrewHaHa 2-4 in 2013, and 4-6 over their last ten games. Their most recent bout was a victory over the Lansing Derby Vixens a WFTDA Apprentice League by a score of 182-97.
One match-up which may offer some insight is Grand Raggidy’s loss to Bleeding Heartland on April 13, 215-176. You may remember that Cincinnati played Bleeding Heartland twice this year; game one was in Bloomington where the Sheep lost by 3 points 221-218. The second meeting however ended with the Sheep ripping apart the Flatliners 358-173 in Cincinnati on April 6.
This year the Cincinnati all-star team are the Black Sheep of old, riding high on a six game winning streak. The last sanctioned loss for the Black Sheep was that 3 point edging by Bleeding Heartland on April 13, and there is little reason the Sheep should not continue their derby domination this weekend in Milwaukee.
I will be in Milwaukee covering the tournament and of course these three bouts, so keep an eye on my Twitter Feed for score updates.