May 21, 2013

No fear for these women


Brook Jones, The Selkirk Journal
They tackle like men and catch the football just like their male counterparts.
But it’s the ponytails that hang down from below their helmets that give the biggest clue to spectators in the stands that these players are women playing football, not men.
A Winnipeg based women’s football team called Manitoba Fearless draws a handful of players from outside the city’s perimeter highway. These four women come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share the same passion for a game that has been dominated over the years by male players until now.
Ashley Sharpe is a Winnipeg resident, but an elementary school teacher at West St. Paul School. Kelly-Lee Smith lives in Lockport and runs an employment agency. Cynthia Gibson moved to the RM of St. Clements in 2010 and graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of Manitoba in 2000. Pauline Olynik lives in Oakville and is a message therapist.

May 15, 2013

Regina Riot rise to the occasion against football juggernaut Saskatoon Valkyries

By Jeff MackeyMetro Regina

The Regina Riot overthrew the reigning queens of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League on Sunday, becoming the first team since the WWCFL’s inception to beat the Saskatoon Valkyries.

Hundreds of spectators were at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Mother’s Day to see the provincial rivals go head to head.

Until this point, however, the rivalry had been a decidedly one-sided affair. And that made the 15-7 victory all the sweeter for the home team.

“It is like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” Riot quarterback Aimee Kowalski said after the game. “It has finally given this league a competitive edge. It isn’t just the Valkyries anymore. It could be any team at any time.”

May 14, 2013

Regina Riot savours big first win over Saskatoon Valkyries

BY MURRAY MCCORMICK, LEADER-POST MAY 13, 2013

The post-game celebration by the Regina Riot on Sunday was unlike any other in the short history of the Western Women's Canadian Football League.

The Riot defeated the Saskatoon Valkyries 15-7 before a franchise-high 535 spectators at Mosaic Stadium. The win was the first by the Riot over the Valkyries since the women's full-contact tackle football league opened in 2011. It was also the first loss ever for the Valkyries, who are the two-time defending league champions and had won 12 straight regular season and playoff games prior to Sunday's defeat.

"It means a lot,'' quarterback Aimee Kowalski said after the Riot improved its record to 2-0 and the Valkyries fell to 1-1. "It has been three years now that we have been going after them. Every time we've tried to get a little bit closer to them, but now we've finally reached our goal.


Megan Jalbert a Remarkable Competitor for Improving Regina Riot


BY   ON MAY 13, 2013


Competing at the wider receiver position in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League, Megan Jalbert is a picture of determination, perseverance and great athletic ability. Her drive at the position makes her a remarkable competitor for a Regina Riot franchise with championship aspirations.

Having grown up in Saskatchewan, the interest in football was similar to many of her counterparts. Following the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League served as the starting point. In rooting for Saskatchewan’s most popular sports team, Jalbert became devoted to the sport. An accomplished volleyball player and all-around athlete, Jalbert wanted to expand her athletic scope and take to the gridiron. 

May 13, 2013

Six players heading for world championship

By Doyle Fox, For The Leader-Post May 11, 2013

With the Regina Riot set to continue its 2013 Western Women's Canadian Football League season this weekend, the players' focus will be on taking a run at the championship in mid-June.

But for six members, their journey won't end there. They'll be joining Team Canada in Vantaa, Finland, for the International Federation of American Football Women's World Football championship from June 28 to July 6.

"It's going to be hard and it's going to be tiring, but it's going to be an amazing experience," said third-year linebacker Ciara Bray, whose squad is to face the defending WWCFL-champion Saskatoon Valkyries on Sunday, 1 p.m., at Mosaic Stadium.


May 10, 2013

Having a Riot behind the mic

By Mike Abou-mechrek, Special to the Leader Post May 8, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, the Regina Riot kicked off its third season in the Western Women's Canadian Football League against the Manitoba Fearless.

The Riot is looking to improve on its second-place finish in 2012 and spent the off-season cleaning house. There's a new man in charge (head coach Darren Fisher), a new offensive coordinator (Jack Upshall), a new defensive co-ordinator (Chunky Adams) and, least importantly, a new stadium announcer (me).

When I accepted the role, I never realized how much went into being a head stadium announcer. The toughest part was announcing the play immediately after the play ended. I'd barely know who had the ball let alone who made the tackle and how many yards were gained or lost.

I've played in a lot of big games over my career - two Vanier Cups, two Grey Cups and even a Toronto High School B final - and I can honestly say that in 20 years of playing and more than 25 years of watching Super Bowls on TV, I have never, ever paid more attention to any game than I did to that game on Sunday afternoon.


May 8, 2013

Regina Riot kicks off new season with win

BY GREG HARDER, LEADER-POST MAY 6, 2013

The third time is the charm for the Regina Riot.

The Western Women's Canadian Football League team has come a long way since its debut in 2011. The progress was evident Sunday when Regina hit the ground running in its 2013 season-opener - a dominant 35-0 win over the Manitoba Fearless at Leibel Field.

"This was probably the strongest game we've played," said new head coach Darren Fisher, who was the defensive co-ordinator last season after serving as offensive line coach in the team's inaugural campaign.

"We have lots of veterans who know what they need to do. It has been great to see the improvement that everybody has been making. It's night and day."


Apr 30, 2013

Lady Outlawz gearing up for inaugural campaign

Football: Western Women's CFL play begins in May

By: By Remy Greer, Okotoks Western Wheel
Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013

If you build it, they will come.

In need of a training facility to meet the needs of its players in advance of a rapidly approaching inaugural season, the Okotoks Lady Outlawz constructed their own gym on the acreage of right tackle Tammy Holunga and offensive line coordinator Greg Holunga.

“At our training sessions in the library we were always looking for a place to workout and were approaching gyms in town and it wasn’t really working out,” Tammy said. “Greg and I have no animals so we thought why not turn our barn into a gym.”

Thanks to the generous support of several sponsors, the gym equipped with weight training and cardiovascular machines was quickly constructed and made available to the team at a grand opening on April 6.

The facility will be open at any hour of any day of the week. It should greatly help prepare the Outlawz for their first season of play in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL), starting in May.