Spring fever will burn through the air during QCRG’s annual Hell on Wheels double-header as the Lake Effect Furies rumble with downstate’s Long Island Roller Rebels and in the second bout of the night the Suicidal Saucies will take on the Devil Dollies at the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda on Saturday, April 20. The derby action starts at 7 p.m.
This year is particularly special because the Lake Effect Furies are on home turf. The travel team has been working hard to earn a spot at the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 2 playoffs this summer. Recently, they played in round robin style tournament during Quad City Chaos in Toronto. Even though the Furies lost all three games, they had an excellent showing against CN Power and Ohio Roller Girls and the close games boosted their rankings.
The Long Island Roller Rebels are ranked 98th, according to the current WFTDA rankings. The Furies sit at 68th. The Roller Rebels played their first game of the season a few weeks ago against Garden State and lost by a slim margin in an incredibly close match.
This will be the seventh annual Dollies vs. Saucies Hell on Wheels. The Dollies have won the last two years but the Saucies are primed for this one with the new shakeup in coaching staff and a couple of adjustments on the bench. They are coming off their first home win in three years against the Kats and are aiming to make it two in a row.
The Dollies however, have consistency on the bench and coaching in their favor and made an excellent showing against the Knockouts in their last home game. The Dollies’ last game was on March 23rd against the Toronto Bay Street Bruisers. It was a bruising game and the Dollies lost in a landslide. However, the loss may have allowed them to reevaluate their strategies for the upcoming bout.
A portion of the proceeds of the doubleheader will benefit Crisis Services. Al Cohen’s rye bread toss will be held between the bouts instead of at halftime. Bring your butter.
Get your tickets at www.qcrg.net.