(BALLWIN, MO) St. Louis-based GateKeepers Roller Derby is currently the most-decorated men’s team within the flat-track sport and a successful feast this past weekend at home re-affirmed their dominance while putting a smile on their quad-wheeled plates.
The GateKeepers stacked a four-game sweep en route to winning their hosted “International House of Derby” tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park.
With the quartet of victories, the five-champions of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) finished the calendar year 8-0 and pushed their current undefeated streak to ten games.
The GateKeepers claimed the IHOD crown with a 171-90 triumph over Orlando, Florida-based Magic City Misfits in Sunday’s flapjack finale.
Consider the collective effort by the locals “Thick N’ Fluffy” as the GateKeepers outscored their four opponents 1076-269. In the six-team tourney that featured three countries, St. Louis flipped Toronto Men’s Roller Derby Outrage (413-42), Mexico Roller Derby’s Disorder (201-59) and Oregon’s Lane County Concussion (291-78) in the qualification rounds.
This was the direct result of the stellar blocking efforts of Hulk, Monster Jam, Spin Diesel, Sir Nixalot, Yoshi, Olson, Evee, Jar Jar Bwinks, Adam Midwest, Badger and Arty Panimal while jammers Magnum, Sole, Shred Astaire, Loki, Cat Daddy, Blindt, Static and Jammy posted the points that widened each margin of victory.
In Sunday’s Gold Spatula game, the GateKeepers griddled a 39-4 lead seven minutes deep and possessed an 81-42 lead at intermission. Defensive dominance continued in the second half and St. Louis poured the maple on top with a 90-48 drizzle that resulted in the syrupy 81-point success.
Full of both victories and pride from the IHOD weekend, GKRD looks to maintain their winning ways as their play resumes in 2023.
Magic City finished the event 3-1 and the 2019 MRDA Championships runner-up concluded their 2022 return to play with a 5-2 overall record.
Ciudad Mexico’s Disorder claimed victory in the IHOD’s third-place game with a 143-74 victory over Lane County, finishing the weekend 2-2 and the season 4-2.
Pittsburgh Roller Derby’s Undead topped Toronto 212-167 to snare fifth place during the IHOD weekend and finish 2-2.
For the event, Lane County’s Tommy Gun was awarded Most Valuable Blocker while Disorder’s Kevinator was awarded Most Valuable Jammer.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF DERBY RESULTS
Mexico 253 Toronto 80
Lane County 260 Pittsburgh 85
STL GATEKEEPERS 413 Toronto 42
Magic City 349 Pittsburgh 32
STL GATEKEEPERS 201 Mexico 59
Magic City 209 Lane County 57
Pittsburgh 216 Toronto 117
STL GATEKEEPERS 291 Lane County 78
Magic City 189 Mexico 108
FIFTH PLACE GAME: Pittsburgh 211 Toronto 167
THIRD PLACE GAME: Mexico 143 Lane County 72
FIRST PLACE GAME: STL GATEKEEPERS 171 Magic City 90
By trade, he is a six-time, regional Emmy Award-winning news videographer/editor for KTVI/KPLR-TV. By hobby, he is an announcer and digital content producer for St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Derby. Also a webcast announcer for post-season roller derby tournaments on wftda.tv. Yep, this Illinoisan primarily writes about derby, covering Arch Rival, the St. Chux Derby Chix and the STL GateKeepers men's league. He also writes about St. Louis SLAM Women's Football, St. Louis Lions women's soccer and other sports topics.