Preview: #23 Carolina @ #9 Charm City


BALTIMORE, MD — Championships-bound Charm City hosts their last home game of the 2010 season this Saturday as they take on Carolina in the third meeting between the all-star crews. Charm City is currently unofficially ranked 9th in the nation by DNN and finished 3rd in the recent East Region Playoffs; Carolina is unofficially ranked 23rd and finished 6th in those playoffs.

This bout will be streamed live on DNN on Saturday, October 23, courtesy of Charm City Roller Girls and Tuffnerd Productions. Charm City local team Junkyard Dolls take on Harrisburg Area Roller derby in a full-length undercard match at 6:30PM Eastern; Charm City vs. Carolina starts at approximately 8PM Eastern.

The Carolina / Charm City history reaches back fairly far; way back in January 2007, Carolina was Charm City’s very first WFTDA opponent in a regulation game. In that meeting, Carolina took down Charm City 140-72. In 2008, Carolina sent their B-team, the Bootleggers, up to DuBurns Arena to take on the Charm City all-stars and Charm City won that one solidly, 131-55. Finally, Charm City headed down to Carolina in May 2009 for a straight-up rematch with their all-star team at sweltering Dorton Arena; Charm City was victorious in a hard-fought 127-100 final.

While Carolina has fallen out of the top levels of the East that they inhabited from 2006 to 2008, they have been enjoying a bit of a resurgence over the course of 2010 that has allowed them to edge back into DNN’s unofficial Top 25. They hit their low point in April of this year when they sent a short roster up against a quickly improving Montreal team and found themselves held to only 29 points in a 135-29 walloping; however, when Carolina and Montreal met up again in the consolation rounds of the East Region Playoffs in September, Carolina pulled out a 127-125 victory in the closest game of the weekend. In the same tournament Carolina also put up a very good first-half performance against highly-regarded Steel City before losing control in the second half and falling 160-121. Overall, they’re 6-8 on the season.

Carolina will be missing two big-name all-stars in this one as neither Celia Fate or Ms. Anthrope the Mordant is rostered. Holly Wanna Crackya and Eris Discordia were very heavily used as jammers at East Region Playoffs and will likely be seeing a similar amount of action with the star, likely supported by Pink Slip.

Over on the home side of the equation, Charm City is currently looking as strong as they ever have, in large part due to testing their skills against the best in the nation all year long. Their record is only one better than Carolina’s at 7-7, but their strength of schedule has been absolutely brutal, with five of those losses coming against top teams from the West in Oly, Rat City, Rose City, Denver and Rocky Mountain; Gotham also beat Charm City twice this year. Charm’s most memorable wins of the year came against Texas and Boston; the win over Boston in the third-place game of East Playoffs qualified them for this year’s Championships. Charm City’s roster looks fairly similar to the crew that will likely be heading to Chicago in two weeks.

Before the main event, there will be a full-length undercard with local Charm City team Junkyard Dolls taking on Harrisburg. While Harrisburg looked like an up-and-coming threat in 2009, they had an exodus of personnel at the end of that season and have had a very rough 2010 season. Their 1-6 season has seen them lose their games by an average of 147 points, although they did get one chance to experience the flip side of that when they went to town on new WFTDA league Garden State 216-99 in August. CCRG’s Junkyard Dolls finished third of four teams in the the Charm City local season.

1 Radar Love // T2 Allie B. Back // 6 Dolly Rocket // 12 ThoroughBled // 26 Just Carol // 34 Lady Quebeaum // 63 Holden Grudges // 100 Rosie The Rioter // 116 Reckless Ndangerment // 247 Flo Shizzle // 415 Holly GoHardly // 666 Deathany // 747 Joy Collision // 1618 I.M. Pain

1.618 Roxxy Slide // 6 Thrashley // 7.63 Minnie Mauser // 12 MC Fyte // 13 Eva Lye // 22 Trudy Struction // 23 Eris Discordia // 83 Bianca O’Blivion  // 110 Jesse “Kitty Crowbar” King // 131 DVS // 224 Pink Slip // 313 JoJo Gadget // 454 Elka Meano // 999 Holly Wanna Crackya 

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