Participated in: '13, '14, '20, '21
2020 Season Stats
Bout Totals: 5W -15L
Points For: 82
Points Against: 146
Avg. Team PDPB: -3.41
Regular Season Overall Record: 0-5 (0.00 winning %)
Overall Record Including Playoffs: 0-5
Standings Position: 6th
The Rock Hards and their fans hope last year was an awful aberration. The team’s return from a six-year IFL hiatus didn’t go as planned as they opened the season with a sweep loss and struggled from there. On the plus side, only a 10-9 bout score (Week 4, Gatito vs. Maggie) prevented The Rock Hards from getting a match win and surely such bad luck can’t continue. Other team captains would be wise not to underestimate this team or dismiss them because of last season.
Perhaps surprisingly, Kruger made no roster adjustments or free agent acquisitions, which is unexpected given most teams turn over at least one roster spot from year to year and especially given the team was at the bottom end of nearly every statistical category in 2020. However, that was then and this is now. Kruger’s tasted success in the past, having reached the IFL Finals back in 2014 and it’s possible that he’s executing a longer-term plan to guide his team back to the postseason.
This year, The Rock Hards open the season with 3 FlyWeights, 2 MiddleWeights and 1 HeavyWeight. Last year’s standout and Rookie of the Year, Haru Jeong (3-1. 2.25 PDPB), must replicate that success and it won’t be surprising if Kruger keeps deploying him in the Iron Fist bout, as happened 3 times last season. The rest of the team mostly spent 2020 rotating around the lower bouts where only Amaris (1-2, -2.33 PDPB) and Doran (1-2, -3.67 PDPB) found the win column.
Statistically, it’s not likely that Kruger (0-3, -6.00 PDPB), Maggie (0-4, -4.75 PDPB) or Rachael (0-3, -6.00 PDPB) will all go winless again this season. If Haru can reclaim his hot streak and some of the others can find even a modicum of success, this team truly ought to notch at least one or two match wins. While that might not in and of itself be enough to escape the standings basement, it’ll be a step up from last season.
2021 Season Prediction: 1-4, 6th place regular season