Sanctioned games within the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) significantly picked up as the month of June continued, following our recap last month. In a three-week stretch that followed the 2016 Midwest BrewHaHa event, 46 sanctioned games were recorded, which included a plethora of multi-day events.
The sixth annual Mayday Mayhem invitational was held June 10-12 in Greeley, Colorado and featured eight MRDA-sanctioned games involving six leagues. Rapidly-rising Denver Ground Control, currently ranked by MRDA at #30 internationally, collected a four-game sweep during the weekend with dukes over #24 Sioux City (184-97), #28 Glenmore (237-141), #35 BizMan Bombers (356-106) and unranked Collision (266-133).
Despite its aforementioned setback, the Glenmore Reservoir Dogs, who launched its sanctioned season at Mayhem, finished the weekend 3-1 with wins over Bizman (325-98), Collision (204-186) and unranked Uinta (317-131). Both Bizman (1-2) and Collision (2-7) netted a solo win at Mayhem while Sioux City (3-3) and Uinta (0-2) finished the weekend without a triumph. (Check out the video archive of these games on the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls YouTube.)
While those battles were engaged in the Centennial State, similar flat-track donnybrooks also took place that weekend at the inaugural “Wheels of Steel” round robin held in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. In the quartet of sanctioned games competed, #22 Quadfathers collected wins over #41 Harm City (189-126) and unranked Cleveland (184-108) to push its MRDA record to 2-2.
Harm City finished the “Wheels” weekend 2-1 via a pair of dukes over Cleveland. The Buckeye State-based Guardians, who are playing its first set of sanctioned games this year, finished the weekend 0-3.
As June progressed, four sanctioned games were on the docket at the tenth-annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza, held June 17-19 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Current #11 Mass Maelstrom collected a pair of wins over #16 Montreal Mont Royals (214-106) and #32 Philadelphia Hooligans (191-151) to push its record to 5-1 on the season.
Montreal flexed its ECDX muscle over #20 Jersey Boys (569-29), notched a weekend split and pushed its record to 7-1 while Philly also topped the Jersey Boys (501-52) and currently sports a 6-2 mark.
Since ECDX, the Jersey Boys have since decided to disband. After three years as a team, with two as members of MRDA, co-founder Starsky thanks all of the skaters, fans, officials, and all of the other supporters of JBRD. “The experiences, relationships, and memories that we have shared with the derby community will never be forgotten. Both the MRDA and WFTDA are amazing organizations and our skaters will surely continue their involvement in and support of both organizations.”
Also that weekend, MRDA sanctioned games were held across the pond at the British Roller Derby Championships. In Tier 1 play, current #9 Tyne and Fear notched a 140-98 victory over #17 Lincolnshire on June 19 and improved to 3-2 on the season while Lincolnshire fell to 1-3. Also in Tier 1 play that same day, #10 South Wales Silures snagged a 225-150 home victory over #33 Barrow to push its record to 3-2.
New into the MRDA regular season mix this year was the inaugural “Sibling Rivalry” invitational, held June 24-26 at Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin, Missouri. The 18-game event featured nine sanctioned men’s games featuring six solid leagues.
Weekend co-host GateKeepers Roller Derby, the defending MRDA Champion, collected wins over #4 New York (146-111), #8 Magic City (327-36) and the aforementioned Denver (386-45) and maintained its spotless record (9-0). Paced by MVP Blocker Bled Zeppelin, St. Louis collectively outscored their opponents during the weekend 859-192 and arguably secured the top seed heading into the governing body’s international championships held in October.
New York Shock Exchange, anchored by event MVP jammer Jonathan R, gained victories over Puget Sound (246-98) and Denver (339-73) to finish the weekend 2-1 and push their overall record to 4-1. Seattle-based Puget Sound (3-3) also finished 2-1 during the weekend with dukes over Magic City (269-122) and #14 Twin Cities (381-46).
Despite a pair of setbacks against higher-ranked squads, Denver (6-4) notched an eye opening 265-126 victory over higher-ranked Twin Cities on Friday and the team’s yearly output should push the squad significantly upward when the next set of MRDA rankings are released. Magic City (2-2) claimed a 361-31 victory over Twin Cities for its lone triumph of the weekend. Minnesota-based Twin Cities finished the weekend winless and dropped to 4-8 on the year.
The MRDA action in Ballwin was not the only sanctioned games played that weekend in the Show-Me State as the fourth annual Midwest Derbyfest tournament was held in Lebanon, Missouri. The three-day event featured a mind-numbing 14 men’s games featuring eight leagues. In the main event, MRDA #23 Tampa Bay topped #15 Race City, 176-150, to claim the men’s crown. The Floridians swept all its games during the weekend, which launched their MRDA sanctioned season. Combined with toppers over unranked New Orleans (398-28), #39 Austin Anarchy (203-100) and an earlier Derbyfest contest with Race City (174-88), the Gulf Coast Hurricanes pushed its record to 4-0.
Runner-up Race City netted three victories as the event progressed. Dukes over Austin Anarchy (199-111), #41 Harm City (366-42) and unranked OKC Wolfpack (300-67) helped guide the Indianapolis, Indiana-based rollers to its current record of 4-2.
Austin made the most of its weekend by finishing the event 3-2 with wins over #38 Capital City Hooligans, OKC Wolfpack and Tulsa Derby Militia to push its ultra-competitive ledger to 7-3 on the season.
Oklahoma City (2-3) picked up its first pair of victories on the season with dukes over Cap City (220-91) and Tulsa (298-100). Both Tulsa (1-2) and Cap City (1-4) netted a solo win at Derbyfest while Harm City (2-5) and New Orleans (0-4) finished the weekend without a victory in its pair of respective games but played with plenty of intensity and spirit.
In individual June sanctioned games that weren’t associated with an invitational, tournament or tiered play, 2015 MRDA Champs runner-up Your Mom Men’s Roller Derby competed in its first contest of the year, a 365-39 road victory over Twin Cities on June 18. Although the victory was impressive for the Iowans, one now has to speculate if current #2 YMMD will be able to achieve post-season eligibility with only a solo game in its portfolio.
#21 Drive-By City pushed its record to 3-2 following a 228-103 rankings-upset, home victory over #14 Arizona on June 11. The next day, #13 San Diego Aftershocks notched a 449-41 victory over Arizona to improve to 2-3.
Finally, #37 Chicago Bruise Brothers gained revenge over #40 Milwaukee Blitzdkreig, who had handed the Illinoisans a setback earlier this year, with its 192-125 home win on June 25. Chi-Town’s Shutter Down took MVP honors at the event for the Bruise Brothers (1-2).
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