Dale Selection Gets Women’s Football Trending

By Ben Hamill - October 06 2020
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Dale Selection Gets Women’s Football Trending

Football is a sport enjoyed by many Canadians. And to some, it’s a sport enjoyed by entire families, and in many cases, families made up of mostly women. One example of a family of female football players and enthusiasts is WWCFL star Sam Matheson’s family. So passionate is Matheson’s family about football, that one season even saw Matheson, her sisters Makenna and Kendal, and her mother Crystal all play for Western Woman’s Canadian Football League club the Saskatoon Valkyries.

Since football is a game of bonding, said Matheson, the family playing together and spending time together outside of their home created the perfect opportunity for them to bond as a family over the sport they love and enjoy.

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About the WWCFL

The WWCFL was established in the spring of 2011 and consists of seven teams being part of the league. The rules played are “12-woman tackle football” – which rules are actually very similar to the rules followed by the Canadian Football League.

Aside from team Saskatoon, there also exists Calgary Rage, Regina Riot, Lethbridge Steel, Edmonton Storm, the Wolfpack, and Manitoba Fearless. The last-mentioned two teams are both stationed in Winnipeg.

Football Is For Everyone

Women’s football attracted a whole lot of attention last month when Valkyries linebacker Emmarae Dale became the first woman to be chosen to join a traditionally male Saskatoon Hilltops CJFL (Canadian Junior Football League) side. And according to WWCFL President and Valkyries defensive lineman Jamie Lammerding, Dale’s selection is proof yet again that women are talented players and can play football with the best of them.

Former wrestler and current acute care nurse Adrienne Zuck agrees. Zuck, who has been playing for the Regina Riot ever since the team first formed in 2011, believes that there exists a strong connection between winning football games and saving the lives of others in a hospital emergency scenario. The linebacker says both scenarios require communication and trusting one’s colleagues (or teammates, in football’s case).

Once a team dynamic has been established, says Zuck, it becomes easy to support one another. A team atmosphere makes it possible to foretell who will be likely to handle something like an emergency in the right way – and also who may need a little help pulling off a successful procedure. Again, explains Zuck, not at all unlike the dynamic at play on the football field. Here too, it’s important to know one another’s strengths and weaknesses.

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