I mentioned earlier that there will be some differences between LFL US and LFL Australia and the big one is that all games will be played outdoors on grass in some magnificent stadiums.
Let us now meet the teams:
I heard about the LFL a few years ago but at that stage it was only in the US and I thought that if I wanted to ever play gridiron I would have to make the move. Thankfully try outs were posted on the internet and I just went. Although I hadn't been training or playing sport in years, the first tryouts gave me an idea on where I needed to improve so that the second time I tried out I was more successful. I guess I decided to play because it was new and I wanted a challenge, plus I just wanted to play.
I started seeing games on TV a few years ago, but had no idea what was going on and slowly learnt. A friend put me onto nfl network, so that's pretty much the only TV I watch. I watch it on a break at work, when I wake up and stretching out after a run, yeah I’m obsessed. I decided during last season I would jump on the Packers bandwagon but have since learnt they're a good organisation.
I've been training with the team since Coach Brett Chambers took over and we have 3 compulsory trainings with optional extra sessions but with me being a night shift worker it’s hard to get to the optional. I currently train on Saturdays with about only 1 hours sleep. We of course all hit the gym and parks as often as possible and often train with team mates.
As always we start with warm up and stretching then we move onto specific drills usually to either improve on technique or just to get reps so we don't get sloppy. After that we scrimmage which of course is the best, I can’t get enough. We also do a night with the Quarterback going over coaches’ notes, training film and LFL film. I personally like the fact that it’s just the team as it gives Penny the chance to really take control of the team and for us to bond with her because at the end of the day coach won’t be on that field in the huddle, he'll be communicating through her and the captains. Our optional training session is usually more relaxed but allows us to have more one on one time with coach for feedback, technique changes and it lets us really work on what we personally want to improve on.
For me learning to run and run fast, haha, I was a born and bred swimmer so running was really hard to work on but in all honesty it hasn't been hard to learn, maybe it’s because I love the challenge. The rules really confuse you at first but I think coach puts us in positions we are naturally built for so it’s made learning easier. Actually the hardest thing has been changing my diet, I am a sweets fiend.
I watched a few of the games at the start of the season but due to my study load on top of work and LFL I had to stop but lately it’s been the footage coach wants me to watch, that and NFL. They’re all incredible athletes.
1. Because I’m playing and I’m pretty awesome, hahaha but in all seriousness the women in our league are incredible sportswomen and they’re on incredible journeys. There is so much exceptional talent.
2. It’s a great sport that's fast paced and truly hard hitting, just because we wear padding, doesn't mean it doesn't hurt but we suck it up, stand back up and hit even harder the next time.
3. How often are you going to actually see a gridiron game in a massive stadium? Although people can go see local games, the atmosphere of the crowd, the touchdown and sack celebrations, the aggression of the athletes, will be incredible!! I’m not a fan of AFL but put me in a stadium with fans and I’ll go nuts with them and have a great time.
I can't wait to snap the wings of the Angels. I’m a West Aussie and have no loyalty to the state!
NEW SOUTH WALES SURGE
WESTERN AUSTRALIA ANGELS
Victoria Maidens – Penny Reid
NEW SOUTH WALES SURGE - JACINDA BARCLAY
WESTERN AUSTRALIA ANGELS - LEAH TURNBULL
QUEENSLAND BRIGADE - JAYNE CALDWELL
I hope you all enjoy this season as much as I know that I will! Until next time ladies and gents, take care, stay safe and ‘Thanks for Stopping By’.