9-1-12 BC at Saskatoon 1008-XL

Saskatoon Sirens Ready For Another Chance To Play For The Title

By Mark Staffieri

Having finished the inaugural LFL Canada campaign as regular season champions, the Saskatoon Sirens are eager for redemption. Looking to avenge their visceral championship game defeat to the BC Angels, the Sirens have had an offseason to absorb what has occurred.

Bringing back several veterans, the Sirens still boast a talented roster looking to bring their loyal fans a much-wanted championship. Leading the pack are the likes of Lindsay Berger and Casey Simpson.

Last season, Berger and Simpson were invaluable role players who did the little things necessary to win games. Berger’s seven tackles ranked fifth on the Sirens, while leading the team in sacks. Simpson showed great versatility as she would finish sixth on the team in tackles, while ranking fifth in rushing, respectively.

Caree Britton, a softball legend in Saskatchewan also returns for a second season with the Sirens. Ranking fifth in receiving, she has the potential for a breakout season. As the only player on the roster over the age of 30, Britton will be counted upon for leadership.

Back for a successive season at the centre position, Candace Friesen will be counted upon to give her quarterbacks time to find veteran receivers Sara Mead and JayLynne McKeen open downfield.

Like all the other franchises in the league, the Sirens possess a veritable number of new faces. The squad has some remarkable talent ready for this season. Among the new faces on the roster, Alexandra Markova is a 5’4” dynamo from Kostroma, Russia that shall contribute as a wide receiver and cornerback.

Head coach Chris Lambiris is very excited about the potential of his team. In discussing the possibility of which new members of the roster may have a breakout season, there are several to consider,

“We had a great recruiting class this year, so there are definitely more than a few I could name on here. A few standouts have been Karrah Stangby and Britni Voshell at the TE/DE position. They bring much needed size and physical play to our team, showing great blocking ability and strong pass rushes.”

Stangby and Voshell are the tallest players on this year’s team. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Voshell is 5’9”, while hometown player Stangby towers in at 5’10”.

“Sarah Pratt and Jamie Foskett bring a ton of athleticism to the team. Both have been battling at the QB position and are making a strong case that a Canadian can start at this position. Both athletes from prior sports, they bring lots of speed and smartness which has also has made them a great fit in our defensive secondary positions.

The above four players, all rookies to the Sirens, are pushing to be two-way starters come September 13 in BC,” said Lambiris.

Of note, Jamie Foskett has a background as a women’s hockey player, while also competing in long distance running. Sarah Pratt competed in track and field as a sprinter in the 800-metre race, and has also excelled as a volleyball player. In 2005, Pratt actually won an essay contest sponsored by Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan as part of the province’s centennial year.

Among the new crop of rookies, the youngest is 19 year-old Rachel Rosette. The 5’6” competitor will line up as a wide receiver while playing the cornerback position on defense. Joining her will be Shelby Guillaume, Teri Hong, Hayley Erbach and Courtney Patterson. Except for Erbach, who will share running back duties with Casey Simpson, all other players are listed as wide receivers.

With the wholesale changes throughout the rosters of LFL Canada, the 2013 season shall likely be one of parity and great competitive spirit. As Lambiris looks to carry the momentum of last season into another run towards playing for the championship, one simple word defines his goal for another postseason.

“Win. With only a 4 game season, you do not leave any room for mistakes. You can really only lose one game at most, so playing mistake free football all year is important. To do this we need to have high execution on our game plans weekly, and do a great job of scouting our opponents.

Our players have done a great job all summer of buying into the systems and our philosophy, so replicating this weekly during the season will win us football games. Of course, staying healthy is important. It is a long physical season, and losing key players can quickly change a season’s outlook.”