Game Preview: CRG vs. Charm City

Game Preview: CRG vs. Charm City

A long time ago, in a venue far, far away, the Cincinnati Rollergirls and Baltimore’s Charm City Roller Girls faced off for the first time at a 2008 tournament in Madison, Wisconsin called Derby in Dairyland.

Charm City took the win in that game, 158-83, and the teams haven’t played since. But on Saturday, April 27, they’ll finally meet again at the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ annual Star Wars Night at Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse at Xavier University — and even Yoda himself might have trouble predicting the outcome of this game.

Although Charm City is currently higher-ranked than Cincinnati — 58th in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s official rankings, compared to Cincinnati’s 92 — those rankings don’t yet take into account games played this month. That’s worth noting because Charm City was defeated by Brandywine Roller Derby, 264-143, on April 13 — and Cincinnati beat Brandywine in March, 128-104.

Still, Flat Track Stats, which updates its own rankings as soon as it gets official scores, gives Charm City a 68% chance of winning this game. And Charm City, which has made multiple post-season playoff appearances throughout their history, isn’t a team that anyone should ever underestimate. Brandywine was only their first sanctioned game of this season, and they’ve no doubt already made adjustments since then.

By comparison, Cincinnati’s Black Sheep are now 1-4 on the season, after a heartbreaking 4-point loss to Steel City Roller Derby on April 6. The Sheep are hungry for a decisive win, and you can bet they’ll looking for it to come at the expense of Charm City.  

In the B-team game, Cincinnati’s Violent Lambs likely will face a tough opponent in Charm City’s Female Trouble, who pulled off a monster 208-point win over the Brandywine Brawlers earlier this month (the Lambs beat the Brawlers by 112). But the Force has been strong with the 2-0 Lambs, so this is another matchup you won’t want to miss.

Need more reasons to attend? CRG’s fifth annual Star Wars Night also features free inflatable light sabers at the door for kids (while supplies last); appearances by official Star Wars fan groups, including the Ohio Garrison of The 501st Legion and the Midwest R2 Builders Club; a Star Wars costume contest with chances to win free CRG swag at halftime of the first game; a demo by the Ohio Charter of The Saber Legion at intermission; and limited edition Star Wars Night T-shirts. This is the roller derby event you’ve been looking for.

Game info

What: Cincinnati Rollergirls Star Wars Night
Who: CRG vs. Charm City Roller Girls
Where: Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse at Xavier University, 3900 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45229
When: Doors open at 5 p.m. CRG’s Black Sheep play the Charm City All-Stars at 6 p.m. and CRG’s Violent Lambs play the Charm City Female Trouble at approximately 8 p.m.
Tickets: Discounted presale tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Watch live: CRG YouTube

Rosters

CRG Black Sheep

13 – Little Bull // 135 – Jas Hubbard // 15 – Mae Murder // 16 – Garden of Beatin’ // 27 – Poppy Chulo // 34 – Jillian Dollaz // 4 – Loko // 43 – Wheezy // 533 – Royal T // 6313 – Ellie Stab’er // 713 – The Slayer // 79 – Train N Pain // 8 – Doom // 86 – Nuk’em // 89 – Hustle // Alternates: 21 – Ada Burnlace // 154 – Crystal Whip

Charm City All-Stars

136 – Ginger RAGE // 17 – Tara Boom Dee // 2222 – Major Major Major Major // 24 – Bourbon Bruiser // 29 – Case-A-Diva // 30 – Cannon Doll-X // 40 – Anataze-ya // 410 – Fatal Faux Pas // 433 – Shiba Hitu // 502 – ReXXy Dangerfield // 666 – Beelzebruise // 7 – Marv E. Lust // 77 – Bad Tempeh // 8 – Copa KaBANGya // 92 – Alaska Massacre // 927 – L. Muffin

CRG Violent Lambs

116 – Ursa Maimher // 15 – Mae Murder // 154 – Crystal Whip // 16 – Garden of Beatin’ // 21 – Ada Burnlace // 27 – Poppy Chulo // 32 – Big Red // 34 – Jillian Dollaz  // 36 – Motley Crouton // 4 – Loko // 49 – Gnarly Manson // 51 – Lady MacDeath // 626 – Noah Pologies // 713 – The Slayer // 79 – Train N Pain // Alternates: 89 – Hustle // 6313 – Ellie Stab’er

Charm City Female Trouble

0 – Zero Fox // 112 – Ruthie Ruthless // 136 – Ginger RAGE // 24 – Bourbon Bruiser // 2222 – Major Major Major Major // 30 – Cannon Doll-X // 5 – Punky // 69 – Jimmy // 77 – Bad Tempeh // 777 – Kat Atonic // 88 – Knocktopus // 92 – Alaska Massacre 

Officials

Non-Skating Officials

Big Tasty // Em Seven // Killateen // Question Mark // Rabid Derby Fan // Scar-leg O’hara (Charm City) // Sod Off // Stabby McNeedles // Wicked Widget

Referees

bmd (Cincinnati Rollergirls) // Dmaan (Cincinnati Battering Rams) // Dr. Funkenstein (Cincinnati Rollergirls) // Geoknitter (Lansing Derby Vixens) // Mos Ref (Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls) // Nellie Flyby (Cornfed Derby Dames) // Wil Tweeton (Gem City Roller Derby)

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