(PHILADELPHIA, PA) St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Derby kept their post-season winning ways moving forward with a 225-82 victory over the London Rollergirls in a quarterfinal qualifier for the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association Division 1 Championships held at the Liacouras Center Friday.
Ranked seventh internationally by the WFTDA, ARCH (7-4) moves to Saturday’s “Elite Eight” and faces two-time defending Hydra Cup champ Rose City at Noon Eastern (11 AM Central).
The win saw St. Louis dominate the game in lead jams obtained (27-13) and spending twenty minutes less than London in the penalty box (19 to 39 in favor of ARCH).
Trailing 3-1 after two jams, Arch Rival flipped the scoreboard to their favor, 21-3, after jammer Bolt Action’s 20-point strike. Harmony Killerbruise added 10 on the next rotation that pushed the score to 31-3 at the 23:00 mark.
A stubborn defense, paced by blockers Salty, Shear-Ra Powers, K. Woodward, Cloak N’ DragHer, Grant, CupQuake, Smarty McFly, Vicious VanGoGo and Shimmy Hoffa, kept the Brits’ scoring low while widening the differential as the period progressed.
St. Louis sported a 68-20 lead after Jam 13 and on the next flight, Annie Swanson scored 14 that pushed the tally to 82-20 with eight minutes left in the half.
St. Louis held a 110-38 at intermission.
London started strong in the second period a collected a 20-4 run. Punctuated by AnDracula’s seven scored in Jam 6, LRG narrowed the score to 114-58.
ARCH responded with a 36-0 game-clinching run over the next five jams. Concluded by Reptar’s 13-pointer scored with left, St. Louis’ lead blossomed to 150-58 with 17:00 left.
An additional 29-0 streak later achieved and finished with five minutes remaining widened the score even more, 185-72. St. Louis outscored London in the second period, 115-44, en route to the 225-82 victory and placement in the bracket’s quarterfinals.
Action topped ARCH scoring with 56 points, followed by Swanson’s 54.
An audio stream of Saturday’s Arch Rival/Rose City game can be heard for free via WFTDA at this LINK.
ARCH RIVAL INDIVIDUAL SCORING Bolt Action 56, Annie Swanson 54, Bricktator 48, Reptar 37, Harmony Killerbruise 21.