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BLISS UPGRADE BEFORE THEIR OPENER WITH SIGNING OF LFL AUSTRALIA QUARTERBACK JACINDA BARCLAY

(Chicago, IL- Thursday, May 12th)

The ladies of the Chicago Bliss are ready to set flight to Seattle and officially start their 2016 season with a shot at redemption against the Mist who defeated the Bliss in the 2015 Legends Cup. There will be a lot of familiar faces on the Saturday for the Bliss, but there will be many new faces in the blue and orange.

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Most noticeably, will be the recent signing of quarterback Jacinda Barclay from Australia. Barclay has experience as she has played in LFL Australia where she won the offensive player of the year for the New South Wales Surge in 2014. Barclay will be a great addition to the Bliss featuring a strong arm and great mechanics.

Barclay was signed to replace rookie Sara Finn who was sent to the practice squad as her progression during the preseason wasn’t moving along as quickly as hoped. Coach Keith Hac said he “he’s extremely confident in Jacinda”.

Though Barclay hasn’t played a game in the United States, she should be capable of playing this sport at the high level expected in Saturday’s match-up. LFL Australia does not have the strength of competition as compared to the US, but she was at the pinnacle of the Australian league, leading her Surge to victory over the WA Angels in the Legends Cup Grand Final just over two years ago in February of 2014.

Finn is not the only member of the squad missing the flight to Seattle. Veteran defensive-end Yashi Rice won’t be suiting up for their first game and Jazmin Calep (Pictured Right) will be taking her place in the starting role on defense.

No matter who’s out there, Coach Hac seems very confident in his team entering Saturday’s championship rematch. “The veterans are looking for payback, the new girls are aching to get at it. From an athletic standpoint we think we’re way better than Seattle”, said coach.

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When asked what his biggest concern of playing against the Mist, Hac explained that the experience Seattle has playing together was definitely what he is most concerned about.

Saturday’s game is a battle of two teams who could potentially be taking the field again in the Legends Cup later this season, as they both are among the top teams in each conference. Will the Bliss get their revenge Saturday in Seattle or will the Mist continue the season unblemished?