Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Ivonne, Valerie, Blue, Alyssa, Dandy, Patty, Amanda, Kim, Tiff, Giselle, Jess, Chels, Jenny, Maria, Shirin, And Pam.
This is a huge list of people and we really need to pull together as a team on this ladies.
Football Manitoba puts on free every year for new players aged 11-14.
It is basically an introduction to football and it walks the players
through each position on the field. The program is meant to help kids
that start football a bit later "catch up" to the kids that have been
playing for awhile.
They are looking for people to help out coaching these kids. This is a
perfect opportunity for us to get out there an help the football
community and learn a bit more ourselves.
JPD runs mon-thur starting June 7th. You are not required to commit to
the entire three weeks but if you could commit to 1-2 days each week
that would be awesome. We are off the first week so even a couple of
days that week would be great.
Let's show them that women are playing football in Manitoba and we are
here to stay out there and in the meantime help Football Manitoba with
one of there flagship programs.
FYI, Footbal Manitoba supplies us with our game pants socks and pays
for our coaches insurance and coaches clothing. They help us out, now
let's help them (and learn a lot while we are at it).
Breaking stereotypes: one tackle, one yard, one touchdown at a time.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Tannis Wilson has dreamt of playing tackle football all her life.
Now, after playing only one home game, her career is over.
Four years ago Wilson began building the Manitoba Fearless women's tackle football team. Although the Fearless have played numerous games outside Manitoba, Wilson and her team had never played in Winnipeg, until Saturday, when they took the field in front of a moderate gathering of rain-soaked home-town fans at the East Side Eagles Field.
Ironically, the game, a 26-8 loss to the Edmonton Storm, was Wilson's first home game and last game as a player.
"I have dreamt of playing tackle football all my life, but I truly never believed that I would have the opportunity to play the game I love in front of my friends and family," Wilson, 42, said Saturday.
"After three years of regular practice and a few games, I have decided to hang up my cleats, but I will continue with the team as general manager."
Christina Goulet scored three times for the Storm on runs of 25, 20 and 30 yards while Kora-Lea Hooker returned a punt for the other Edmonton major.
Charlene Mash-Hadlow scored Manitoba's lone touchdown with a one-handed grab of a 20-yard pass from Jana Taylor. Manitoba got two points on a conceded safety touch.
The score was not indicative of the Fearless' calibre of play said Wilson, who pointed to nine teammates who will be part of Team Canada at the World championship tournament this June in Stockholm. "Defensive lineman Katherine Calancia broke her leg at the tryout camp, but she still made the team, but eventually ended up getting a blood clot in her leg after that, and that took her out of the running."
Fearless players who will join Wilson with the national team in Sweden are: Mash-Hadlow, receiver; Amy Mohr, receiver; Andrea Weichel, linebacker; Jessica McCreary, offensive line; Carol Whitman, defensive line; Taylor, quarterback; Christine O'Donnell, offensive line.
"I will be coaching the defensive line for the national team in Sweden," said Wilson, who coached minor football for six years with the St. Vital Mustangs.
"This wasn't the outcome that we wanted," Wilson said of their loss, "but we went out there, we played hard, and we had an injury in the first quarter which had a direct impact on the game. This is only the beginning for women's football in Manitoba."
Wilson said that the tournament in Sweden is the World Championship of Women's Tackle Football, and is part of the International Federation of American Football.
"Sweden and Finland often play each other, but Sweden is the stronger of the teams," she said. "Austria and Germany play against each other too, and then there is the U.S."
Wilson said Team Canada will spend four days in St. John's, Nfld, at a training camp so that they can get used to American football rules, which will be in effect.
"We're ranked No. 2 going into the tournament, but the way that they rank it is they go by the number of people in the country playing football," she explained. "The Americans have, like, 51 semi pro-teams.
"We play our first game against Sweden, then Germany on Canada Day, and when we win our pool, we will play the United States on Independence Day."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2010 C8
Talk about a long road home. Finally, in its third year of existence, the Manitoba Fearless women’s tackle football team will play a game in their home province.
The Fearless, which includes 29 players from Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie ranging in age from 16 to 47, will host the Edmonton Storm at East Side Eagles Field on May 29 at 2 p.m.
For a team that only played a three-game tournament in Edmonton in its first year and an exhibition game in Duluth, Minn., in its second season, having a bona fide home game is a major deal.
First and foremost, Fearless players are hoping the local contest will raise the club’s profile.
"Some high school coaches don’t even know we exist when we call to see if there might be some girls interested in playing," said Lisa Cummings, the team’s 35-year-old centre from Garden City.
"With people actually being able to see that the game is no different than when guys are playing — it’s just as intense, hard-hitting and fast — we’ll hopefully get the word out that we are around."
Like the vast majority of the players on the inaugural Fearless squad in 2008, the closest Cummings had previously come to football was as a spectator.
She took up the sport at the same time as her eight-year-old son and quickly fell in love. Even showing up at her financial workplace with bruises up and down her arms or on crutches hasn’t slowed Cummings down.
"I had a little bit of apprehension," she said. "I wasn’t 19 anymore, but getting the opportunity to try it… it would have been giving up a lot to not give it a go."
Charlene Mash-Hadlow, 42, was no stranger to intense competition, having played basketball for the University of Manitoba. The idea of full-fledged tackle football immediately struck her fancy.
"I generally like aggressive sports, so tackle football was quite appealing," said the wide receiver from St. Vital.
At first, the focus was on the basics. As Cummings put it, "it was like coaching eight-year-olds" for coach Craig Bachynski, who has since been succeeded by first-year head coach Dan Washnuk.
"They had to tell us what a thigh pad was, or a tail pad. We had no idea," Cummings recalled.
With most of the team now consisting of veterans, the Fearless have turned their attention to expanding the team’s playbook and running more complicated schemes.
The players are also committed to expanding the sport locally as well as globally. Nine members of the team, including Mash-Hadlow, were selected to play for Team Canada at the inaugural World Women’s Tackle Football Championship in Stockholm in July.
"It’s a huge honour to be part of the (national team) program," Mash-Hadlow said. "When I heard there was an opportunity to try out for Team Canada, I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait."
Meanwhile, on the home front, Cummings and her teammates would like to see more options for young girls to play tackle football. The local clubs all have female players, but most drop out around age 11 or 12 when the size gap between the boys and girls becomes too big.
"We’re trying to promote a six-man league for girls 11 to 15 to play in," Cummings said. "We’re hoping to get some of the major clubs involved.
"There should be no sports out there that should be only one sex. Anyone can do anything they put their mind to."
Tickets for the Fearless vs. the Storm are $5 each, and free for children under 12.