LFL360.com, Christian Ganaban
The state of Victoria heated up last Thursday night and not because of the weather (36°C/97°F) but because Victoria’s very own women of the gridiron took center stage!
In a night that will go down in the history books as the birth of a new era, the Victoria Maidens, surrounded by family, friends and supporters, officially revealed their team name, logo and colours. The reception from both the crowd and our future LFL stars was one of sheer excitement over a great team logo and the purple & gold team colours.
Prior to the unveiling, fans and family got to mingle with the players in the VIP section of the launch party venue, Silk Road. The new Australian stars got their first real taste of being in the limelight. Dressed in plain white singlets and black shorts, the Maidens looked ravishing as they dashed across the room entertaining guests.
As the night progressed and the crowd started to roll in, the buzz in the air was enveloping each person as they eagerly anticipated the team name announcement. Shortly after the presentation, the Maidens rushed backstage to change clothes. Moments later they emerged wearing team emblazoned singlets and strutted through the crowd for photo ops with fans, friends and family.
A good time was had by all, and the night was a big success for organiser Meriah Stack, who also doubles as the face of the Maidens and is considered the team’s fearless leader.
Meriah was asked about her thoughts on the Maidens name, logo and colours. “I am so happy with it all. The logo is so different from the others, and that’s how I feel about our team. We all come from so many different sporting backgrounds, and we each bring something new to training.”
The quick and agile receiver was also asked about what drew her to the sport and how her friends and family feel about her playing. “I love the culture of the empowered women that have created the sisterhood of the LFL. My friends are all super excited to see me play, but my family are more reticent in terms of seeing the tackles!”
When asked what she is looking forward to the most in the lead up to the inaugural game, Meriah replied, “Training harder than I ever have in my life. Victoria’s first tryouts [came after] those in Queensland (Brigade) and New South Wales (Surge), so we have a lot to conquer and prove!”
Speaking of the competition, she had this to say to the fellow LFL Australia teams, “Beware of the underdogs!” She also urged the fans to “get excited! The bigger the buzz, the more amazing game day will be!”
After a short break from the long weekend, the ladies were back at it Tuesday night with the Maidens’ first strength and conditioning class at Woodford Sport Science Consulting. This Maidens team is prepared to do whatever it takes to become the best that Australia has to offer.
Interested in joining the LFL? Meriah has this message for LFL hopefuls:
“Don’t underestimate the commitment it will take to be ready for December or how full contact this game is.”
If you think you have what it takes to be a Maiden, the Victoria Maidens are holding open tryouts on Saturday, March 9 2013.
For more information about the Maidens or if you would like to see what goes on behind the scenes as they train for the upcoming season, like the official Victoria Maidens page on www.facebook.com/MyVictoriaMaidens
You can also follow Meriah’s journey by liking her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MeriahStackLFLAustralia