The last five weekends of action from the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) saw squads within the governing body’s rankings hierarchy make surges with impressive victories.
May featured the eight-team Battle of Bunker Hill invitational, held May 21-22 in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where current MRDA #4 New York Shock Exchange launched its sanctioned season with powerful wins over #11 Mass Maelstrom (279-92) and #26 Capital District Trauma Authority (494-30).
Also finishing the weekend spotless were #32 Philly Hooligans with its trifecta over Collision (337-72), Casco Bay (418-47), and Capital District (288-177); as well as #16 Mont Royals with its Bunker Hill wins over Casco Bay (402-95) and Collision (277-78). As a result of their respective results, the Canadians pushed its current record to 6-0 while Philly improved to 5-1.
The event’s host, Mass Maelstrom, finished 2-1 for the weekend with toppers over Collision (356-64) and Casco Bay (484-55) and improved its mark to 3-1. Collision netted its lone win out of four games competed with a 240-182 victory over Capital District. Both Casco Bay, who are in their first season of recording MRDA-sanctioned games, and the Trauma Authority, currently 1-3 on the year, competed mightily during the invitational but failed to record a win.
Team MVP jammers and blockers for the event went to the following skaters. New York: I A M Havoc and Malcolm Sex. Mass Maelstrom: Conlin and Stryker. Montreal: El Tannant and The Rev 71. Philly: General Tso Fine & Nurse Ratchet. Collision: Black N Wild & Slingin’ Gritz. Casco Bay: Dark eVader and Dottie Danger. Capital District: Unwired and Alex Herzog.
Collision’s Black N Wild got MVP at Battle of Bunker Hill, and this may have been why… Photo credit: Lightsaver Photography.
In other sanctioned games held last month, the aforementioned Mont Royals netted a 180-71 win over fellow Canadians Ottawa on May 7 while unranked Cleveland netted its first-ever MRDA-sanctioned win over #41 Harm City (190-129) that same day.
#36 Toronto collected a sanctioned split in May via a 190-153 setback to Capital District on May 14 followed by 271-69 victory over #22 Quadfathers the next day.
#39 Austin Anarchy pushed its undefeated streak to four games, and 5-1 overall, with its 237-89 triumph over New Orleans May 21 and a 214-187 topper over #25 Carolina the ensuing afternoon. In the three teams’ series of games held in the Crescent City that weekend, the Wreckingballs topped New Orleans 191-122 to pick up its first sanctioned win of the season.
Finally last month, the latest round of the British Roller Derby Championships – Tier I Premier was held in the United Kingdom on May 28. In the three-game cycle, #6 Southern Discomfort notched wins over #9 Tyne and Fear(393-65) and#10 South Wales Silures (410-57) to improve its sanctioned record to 3-0 while #17 Lincolnshire picked up its first on 2016 with its 168-100 topper over #19 Manchester.
Moving on to June, the seventh installment of Midwest BrewHaHa took place this past weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the defending MRDA kingpin tapped its keg via a trio of triumphs to keep its record perfect. (Hit up our BrewHaHa Central page for scores and links to pictures and recaps from each day.)
At the three-day, two-track event that featured six teams in ten MRDA-sanctioned match-ups. GateKeepers Roller Derby, the top-ranked team internationally, collected wins over #3 Texas Men’s (298-98), #12 Twin Cities (425-58) and #21 Drive-By (526-14) and advanced its record to 6-0.
TXMRD finished BrewHaHa 3-1 with overwhelming victories over Twin Cities (405-52), Drive-By (443-27) and #29 Rock City Riot (462-60) to raise its record to 8-1. The Terrors, currently 4-4, topped Milwaukee Blitzdkrieg, 215-119, for its lone weekend win while surging Drive-By split its four-game Wisconsin docket via dukes over Rock City (222-139) and Blitzdkreig (216-155).
Rock City’s 270-121 victory over Blitzdkreig at BrewHaHa netted the North Dakotans its first sanctioned victory of the year. Milwaukee finished the weekend without a win and fell to 1-3.
As the current month continues, the intensity picks up with a trio of invitationals, two established and one inaugural.
The sixth installment of Mayday Mayhem takes place in Greeley, Colorado this upcoming weekend. Five men’s teams will compete within the event’s MRDA-sanctioned docket of six games. Local faves #30 Denver Ground Control (1-2) looks to push its record into the positive side with games against Collision (1-5) and #24 Sioux City. Meanwhile, the Kornstalkers (3-1) aim to shuck Denver and Collision.
Three Mayhem reps start their respective sanctioned campaigns this Saturday. Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir Dogs, currently ranked #28 internationally, have weekend games scheduled against #35 BisMan Bomberz and Uinta. North Dakota’s BisMan and Salt Lake City’s Uinta meet late-morning with the objective of claiming an important weekend win.
The ninth annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza, held June 17-19 in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, contains four MRDA-sanctioned games and the must-watch on the ledger is the opening night donnybrook between undefeated #16 Mont Royals and #11 Mass Maelstrom, who both look to potentially push themselves into the MRDA post-season complexion. In two prior meetings historically, the Maelstrom claimed victory, but this year’s meeting is arguably a coin-flip.
Also during the weekend, Mass Maelstrom meets upward trending Philly (5-1), Montreal tussles with improving #20 Jersey Boys (1-0) and Philly and Jersey face head-to-head.
Meanwhile, a new entry splashes late in the month with the inaugural Sibling Rivalry invitational held June 24-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. In the single-track event that also features WFTDA action, six men’s leagues will compete within the event’s eight MRDA-sanctioned games.
The main men’s attraction finds co-host GateKeepers Roller Derby tangling with #4 New York Shock Exchange in the opening night line-up. GKRD edged NYSE during last year’s MRDA Champs semifinals and the New Yorkers seek revenge. This will also be a pivotal contest for future post-season placement, considering the St. Louis/Texas BrewHaHa result. If NYSE gets a sweep in St. Louis, they’ll be back into the black and will definitely trend up heading into the ensuing set of MRDA rankings.
Also looking for playoff traction at Sibling Rivalry are the always dangerous #5 Puget Sound Outcasts and #8 Magic City Misfits, who meet head-to-head on opening day to launch their respective busy weekends. Puget Sound (1-2) has New York and relentless Twin Cities as the weekend progresses while the Misfits have St. Louis and Twin Cities in its portfolio. The aforementioned Denver Ground Control has tough challenges with games against St. Louis, New York and Twin Cities scheduled.
Other MRDA-sanctioned games in June finds British action back into play as Sheffield’s The Inhuman League (1-0) meets Milton Keynes’ Quads of War (0-0) on June 18 while #37 Chicago Bruise Brothers (0-2) host a re-match against Milwaukee on June 25 and look to avenge a March setback.
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