From Justice Feelgood Marshall:
(9) Charm City Hosts (24) Harrisburg & Atlanta
BALTIMORE, MD – This Saturday, March 14, the Charm City Roller Girls host the second of three all-star doubleheaders in their unique and ambitious home format. Last month, the great majority of their all-star crew played two hours in back to back games against a Dutchland A/B team and the Providence all-star team; this month, they up the ante a notch in back-to-back WFTDA sanctioned bouts against the all-star crews from Harrisburg, PA and Atlanta, GA.
Action takes place at DuBurns Arena in Canton, with doors at 6pm and the first bout at 7pm. General admission tickets are $10, with kids under 12 getting in for $5 and VIP seating for $20. Beer will be sold at the event.
Charm City (currently ranked #4 in the East Region by WFTDA, #9 nationally by Derby News Network) rolled to overwhelming victories in both of their February matches, 187-41 against the Dutchland mixed group and 171-76 over Providence.
The 2009 edition of the yellow & black attack sports both a very solid core and extremely promising new blood — in the Dutchland bout, Charm City was able to effectively run a very balanced four-jammer rotation that featured three skaters playing their first all-star bouts (Just Carol, Bambi’s Revenge and Minnie Piledriver.)
There’s plenty more weaponry in the jamming department, with Joy Collision, Dolly Rocket, Flo Shizzle, Rosie the Rioter, Reckless Ndangerment, Duchess of Torque and Lady Quebeaum all capable of running up multiple passes behind a tenacious and aggressive defense.
Harrisburg and Charm City have battled once before, way back in February of 2007, before Harrisburg became a WFTDA league; that one went 141-59 for Charm City, but both teams have changed personnel and improved considerably since then. The Nuclear Knockouts are currently unranked by WFTDA, but debuted this month at #24 in DNN’s national top 25.
While Harrisburg has been putting up some very impressive scores over the last six months, most of them have been against relatively low ranked teams. Most recently, they went 173-72 over last-in-the-East DC, and notched a 244-56 win over perennially hapless Long Island last September — but also got a fat 174-86 win over #25 Steel City in November, a team that looks quite promising after taking out Atlanta last month.
Atlanta’s Dirty South Derby Girls (South Central region; currently unranked by WFTDA or DNN) have stepped out to a 1-2 record thus far in 2009. Atlanta is a team certainly looking to step up their game as the year progresses, as they’re playing host to the WFTDA South Central Regionals this September and will want to make a big showing in their own house. They just missed the cut for the 2008 Eastern Regionals.
This bout is a bit of a homecoming for one Atlanta skater — Rebel Yellow started her career on Charm City and captained its B-team Female Trouble for a short while, a stint that included leading FemTrou to a May 2008 win in Canada for Baltimore’s first and only international bout in Montreal.