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Cincinnati Battering Rams prepare for first Men's Roller Derby Association Bout

A new chapter begins for the Cincinnati Battering Rams this Saturday, when the Rams play their first Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) sanctioned bout against the Chicago Bruise Brothers.

Cincinnati Battering Rams taking on Chicago Bruise Brothers
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Taking a ride in the ‘Way Back’ machine to September 22, 2012, in Chicago, the Cincinnati Battering Rams played their first bout against the Bruise Brothers. While the outcome was not in the Rams favor, losing by 10 points 140-130 it was the genesis of what has become some of the most exciting roller derby in Cincinnati.

It seems only fitting that Cincinnati’s first sanctioned MRDA bout would be against the same team they began their journey with - the aforementioned Bruise Brothers. The difference this time will be the 500 fans screaming in support of their hometown Rams.

Creeper, a jammer for the Cincinnati Battering Rams talks about the journey, and achieving MRDA certification.

“I am very very excited. It seems like it was not long ago that achieving MRDA membership was just a far off distant dream. Timing could not be better. As we are putting together our 2014 home and away schedules, our MRDA membership will acknowledge our seriousness to the rest of the world, as a derby force to be reckoned with.”

Captain, Quad Almighty weighs in on what being a part of MRDA now means for the Rams.

“Becoming a member of MRDA has been the Rams goal literally since day one. We talked about MRDA at our very first practice. We've worked really hard as a team to realize this dream. We couldn't be more proud or excited….and work towards our next goal of making it to MRDA Championships. It also means that we will do our part as members to help promote and grow the exciting sport of men's roller derby.”

Becoming a member of the Men’s Roller Derby Association, means competing at the highest level of the sport, taking on the greatest teams in the world.

Opening the evening will be the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls skating against the Bruiser Hoosiers of Anderson, Ind. If you have never seen a junior roller derby bout - be sure to get there and see it first hand. Junior roller derby is designed to empower young girls, and allows them to build self-confidence, develop character and to grow as leaders of their community.

Doors for the double-header open at 5 pm at Sports Plus Cincinnati, located at 10765 Reading Rd, Evendale, Ohio 45241.

For $11.00 you get a ticket for both bouts, with kids 10 and under free. One dollar from each ticket will go to a local women’s shelter dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence.