HAVE ADELAIDE GOT THE ARSENAL
There is a new team in town!
This year the Adelaide Arsenal will join the Australia Legends Football League (LFL) as the competitions fifth franchise.
For the uninitiated the LFL (initially called the Lingerie Football League – before being rebranded in 2013) is a women’s 7-on-7 tackle American Gridiron match, with the concept starting in 2009. Competitions are currently run in the United States, Canada and Australia.
The Arsenal kicked off their LFL campaign with an inaugural try out and training session on Saturday, May 3 at Victoria Park. Head coach Darryl Scaife is excited about the talent available however he understands the enormity of the assignment. “We have a massive task, we have five months to select, cut and teach,” Scaife said. “It’s quite a task, but we have great coaches who have enormous experience”.
Among the group of potential players who were there to put their best foot forward, showing why they would like to create history and become part of Adelaide’s first Legends Football League squad, was a cross section of sporting talent from several different fields including current Adelaide City soccer player Susan Bassett and former state rugby junior Tarsh Eli.
“I’m open to everything – if they fit the bill – they fit the bill,” Head Coach Scaife continued.
“We are looking for something specific from all of them some athletes don’t actually know what they have – what we are looking for”. “Someone looking to try out might have the ability to run a 20 metre shuttle in good time, change direction at fast speed or block an opponent from running past them, everyone has something to offer.”
The Adelaide Arsenal has until October to be prepared for a first outing, with opponents including the inaugural Champions New South Wales Surge, along with the Victoria Maidens, Western Australia Angels and Queensland Brigade, who will all have a season’s experience under their belt.
Players will travel interstate and have their games broadcasted on free to air TV channel 7mate.
The majority of these players had never met before the first training session on Saturday however this proved to be no road block. Support was overwhelming as each player pushed one another to the limit through a testing group running and skills drill session with the squad displaying the willingness to be a part of the newest team in Adelaide.
“I’m a team player, I prefer the team sports and my message to anyone looking to tryout is if you want to come and play in a great team environment, come for a challenge,” former state rugby junior Tarsh Eli said.
Soccer convert, with an athletics background, Susan Bassett was also looking forward to the challenge. “I discussed the idea of trying out with a couple of friends and I thought, why not let’s see what it is like,” Bassett explained. “This is also a good way to keep fit, with a free gym membership available to squad members.”
Adelaide Arsenal is still inviting prospective talent to be a part of this fantastic new sport.
Players are advised to visit the Adelaide Arsenal page on Facebook to confirm details of each training session and venue.