Roller derby action returns to Buffalo Riverworks this Friday night as the home team Alley Kats hold their rematch against the Saucies followed by the travel team Lake Effect Furies taking on the Orangeville Roller Girls Misfit Militia. Fans will be treated to two games for the price of one, and response so far has been great with the Queen City Roller Girls (QCRG) selling out front row seats and VIP tables a week in advance.
In the first match up, the Alley Kats are up against the Saucies for the first time since their 174-158 loss to them at the start of February. It remains the only loss of the season for the ascendent Alley Kats who are top of the league at 2-1 this season after three previous winless seasons. If the Kats can pull out a win they move to 3-1 and increase the chances they end up the 1st seed and grab the bye into the Championship.
If the Saucies can hold out for another win against the Kats then all home teams will be square at 2-2 with 3 bouts left (2 per team). The match up will be tough for the Saucies who will be without their main jammer Rosi who has scored 49.3% of their points this season (the highest percentage of any jammer in the home leagues). They have struggled with injuries throughout the start of the season and they will need to keep being creative with their line ups to be effective.
The second match up will see the Lake Effect Furies take on the Orangeville Roller Girls Misfit Militia in unsanctioned play. The Furies are coming off of a red hot month of March where their efforts should rocket them back up the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rankings. This game won't effect those rankings, but it is a great test for the Furies and may be their toughest opponent this year until they play Steel City in Pittsburgh in June.
Orangeville just received their WFTDA status this month, but their team is made up of long time veterans and many former CN Power skaters. They will be hungry to prove themselves against the Furies and although they are currently unranked within WFTDA other rankings see this match up as a close one.
General admission tickets are still available at qcrg.net/tickets. Doors open at 6pm with First Whistle at 7pm.