LFL360.com, Christian Ganaban
With a nine-month head start, the Queenland Brigade and New South Wales Surge have the advantage when it comes to the inaugural season of LFL here in Australia. Nine months is a long time sporting wise. All those extra sessions, team bonding and up-skilling taking place in Queensland and NSW will be of serious value to those teams, which makes the Victoria Maidens a huge underdog.
Before you write them off however, Aussies love an underdog, and this mentality only enforces the will for our fair Maidens to achieve glory and success on the gridiron.
With multiple sessions a week, focusing on strength and conditioning, position specific skills, and tactics, the Victoria Maidens training squad is determined as hell to get the job done. Even searing 35°C (95°F) heat can’t hold them down as the Maidens were seen tearing up the ground during last Saturday’s skill session.
As mentioned in a previous article, Melbourne is the sports capital of Australia, and the varied disciplines are all starting to shine through our squad of future LFL stars. Whilst each and every member of the training squad is super impressive, Julz Parker stood out due to her fierce attitude when attacking the ball. She is like a ravenous pit bull terrier when she launches herself to tackle or chase the ball down the field. She is a dancer by trade, and it was her love for the TV show “Friday Night Lights” that inspired her to try out. She has explosive power and an unrelenting attack that will have the other QB’s in the LFL running for cover while questioning their decision to play this game.
Equally explosive and impressive is Briody Walker. She can generate so much brutal power when taking off that she will be near impossible to stop. The rest of the squad are no slouches either. Meriah Stack and Tara Silberbauer are two of the most physically imposing women you will ever come across on the gridiron. With the perfect combination of strength, agility and speed matched to the aura that they project, these two athletes could walk onto the field and start for any other LFL franchise anywhere in the world.
When it comes to throwing the ball the Maidens are spoiled with choices. There are three potential candidates for the starting QB position. Kara Jayne, Kristen Lambrecht and Flic Harrison are all skilled at throwing the pigskin. Each of them has different strengths, so I wouldn’t be surprised if all three of them spend some time under center or line up in a combination to throw off the opposition. Kara has the act of QB down pat. She can read the defense well as the play unfolds before firing a quick completed pass. Kristen has the uncanny ability to let go the perfect spiral, giving her teammates the best chance of making the catch down field. Last, but not least, we have Flic. A background in competitive javelin, Flic can throw long bombs that would make plenty of male QB’s envious.
Two of the smaller Maidens, Cherie Bloomer and Emmalisa Lloyd, make up for their stature by displaying vast amounts of courage and toughness. Don’t let their size fool you. Tenacious by nature, they can hit as hard as the rest of the squad, and their speed will help them run circles around the opposition.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the twin towers of Goldy Floyd and Heidi Maree. The two of them have a commanding presence but are always found smiling. It’s as though the harder the training, the bigger their grin becomes. These girls are the friendliest pair of ladies off the field, but get them into a competitive setting, and you will need more than 300 Spartans to save you when they come after you.
Finally, we have Jayme Hall & Bianca Carroll. The two blonde bombshells are the perfect all-around players that can mix it up at any position on the field. Whether they are receiving, tackling, or blocking, they add superior depth to the squad.
The Maidens have the perfect mix of talent, and any addition from the open tryouts being held on March 9th will only complement this team as they continue to build momentum.
So yes, on paper, you can consider our Maidens the underdogs because of their late start compared to the other Australian teams. However take a look at their training video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_hBNGi4zRM) and you will soon realize that these women should not be overlooked by the other teams.
If you can’t get enough of the Maidens, they have also launched MaidenCAM. This will give you a first-hand perspective of what it’s like to be a Victoria Maiden.
View MaidenCAM here www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ3w_aj7Dy8 and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/MyVictoriaMaidens
Think you have what it takes to be a Maiden? Come to the Open Tryout on Saturday March 9th at Sydney Pargeter Reserve, Power Road, Endeavour Hills from 10am – 1pm.