2011 Playoffs Preview
The Cincinnati Rollergirls will head to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's North Central Region Playoffs for the fourth straight year from Oct. 7-9 in Indianapolis, facing many familiar opponents with a few new faces on their roster.
With a 4-9 record this season, Cincinnati's Black Sheep enter the playoffs, called Monumental Mayhem, as the No. 5 seed. Their first matchup is against playoff hosts the Naptown Roller Girls at 7:30 p.m. Friday. No. 4 seed Naptown defeated Cincinnati for the first time ever in April at the Cincinnati Gardens, and both teams are hungry for a rematch.
The Black Sheep will enter the playoffs with roster that's slightly different from the one they played with for most of this season. The departure of blockers Sk8 Crime and Trauma and jammer Hop Devil from Cincinnati opened the door for new skaters on the team's charter of its top 20 players, including Kitten Kicker, Pistol Whippin' Wendy and Polly Rocket from Cincinnati's B team, the Silent Lambs. The charter 20 also includes Kansas City Roller Warriors transfer Penn Tupanga. All are making the trip to the playoffs and could see playing time except for Polly Rocket, who is sidelined with an injury. (The roster for any sanctioned game includes a maximum of 14 skaters out of the 20.)
Here's CRG's roster for the playoffs:
19 Barracuda // 33 Buckhead Betty // 32 candyKICKass // 0 Cherry Choke // 85 Hannah Ouchocinco // 21 June with a Cleaver // 83 Jungle Lacy // 19 K. Lethal // 3 Karma Krash // 4 Killian Destroy // 30 Kitten Kicker // 13 Maime // 44 Mirderher // 86 Nuk'em // 77 Penn Tupanga // 38 Pistol Whippin' Wendy // 63 Polly Rocket // 29 Ruff'n the Passer // 11 Sk8r-Kinney // 43 Wheezy
For a closer look at CRG's Black Sheep heading into the playoffs, check out this video produced by the Naptown Roller Girls:
The top three finishers of each of WFTDA's four regional playoff tournaments will go on to the WFTDA Championships, Nov. 11-13 in Denver. For a complete list of the 10 teams competing in the North Central Playoffs and a tournament bracket, visit the Monumental Mayhem website.
2012 Season Tickets Drawing
The Cincinnati Rollergirls want to a see a big group of cheering CRG fans in the crowd at Monumental Mayhem! To make the trip worth your while, we're giving away a pair of 2012 season tickets to one lucky fan through a random drawing. To enter, find CRG's Miss Print at any time over the weekend (she'll be with a group of non-skating members of the team). Monumental Mayhem tickets are $30 per day or $75 for all three days. The playoffs will be held at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225. For more information, visit the Monumental Mayhem website.
Playoffs Viewing Party
Can't make the trip to Indy? The Cincinnati Rollergirls are hosting a playoffs viewing party for fans at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Molly Malone's Irish Pub at 6111 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213, in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Pleasant Ridge. Molly Malone's is a proud sponsor of the Cincinnati Rollergirls and our official after-party location, and they've generously offered up space for the viewing party for CRG and our fans. The viewing party is free, and great food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. All ages are welcome. Molly Malone's is located at 6111 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213. Parking is available in a free lot next to the pub and on the street.
Watch Live Online
You can also watch the playoffs from your home computer all weekend at http://derbyaccess.com/. The low-quality stream is free and the high-quality stream is $10 per day or $20 for all three days. The Cincinnati Rollergirls appreciate your cheers, wherever they're coming from!