Articles by: Mark Staffieri

In action against the Saskatoon Valkyries (Image supplied by Clark)

STAFFIERI: Rebecka Clark relishes role of quarterback with Winnipeg Wolfpack

November 18, 2017 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Serving as the field general for the Winnipeg Wolfpack, Rebecka Clark headlines a group of talented, yet determined players keen to bring about a golden age for women’s football in Manitoba. Bringing a strong love of competition, Clark is just as prominent on the ice, gracing the frozen perimeter ofRead More

STAFFIERI: Sonia Brodeur among new generation of Blitz stars stepping onto world stage

STAFFIERI: Sonia Brodeur among new generation of Blitz stars stepping onto world stage

October 22, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

In just her third season with the Montreal Blitz, Sonia Brodeur has emerged as one of the nation’s premier competitors on the offensive line. Raised in Brownsburg-Chatham, her first experiences on the gridiron took place at the high school level. Playing with the boys at the Inuk de la PolyvalenteRead More

Chevrier in action with the Blitz during their IWFL years (Image supplied by Annabelle Chevrier)

Annabelle Chevrier shows sensational display of teamwork on game’s biggest stage

October 21, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Part of a Montreal Blitz whose offensive attack ranked seventh overall during their first season in the Women’s Football Alliance, Annabelle Chevrier was an integral component to such sterling success. With five seasons of experience, Chevrier is also one of the game’s rising stars. Raised in the suburb of St.Read More

Grisafe (left) and Jeannette Gray with the IFAF Women's World Championship Trophy (Image obtained from:

Samantha Grisafe sets historic gold standard with victory in Vancouver

October 16, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Already one of the immortals in female football, Samantha Grisafe is more than a cult hero, whose achievements in the game shall be passed to future generations so they can appreciate her brilliance. With 2017 representing a memorable year in which many significant milestones were attained, it was the idealRead More

Brunet all smiles in the Blitz colours (Image obtained from:

Rose Amelie Brunet revels in occasion to compete for Team Canada

October 15, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Bringing a breadth of athletic achievement, Rose Amelie Brunet is blossoming into an integral component of the future for the Montreal Blitz. With the club having relocated to the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) in 2017, it introduced the prodigious Brunet to a remarkable spectrum of gridiron talent, which would foreshadowRead More

In action with the Capital Area Lady Gladiators (Image supplied by Caputo)

Ascension to MWFL All-Star status a point of pride for Kathleen Caputo

October 14, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Going from a comfort zone to a growing zone, Kathleen Caputo was one of the feel-good stories during an exciting 2017 campaign for the Capital Area Lady Gladiators. Representing the potential of the Maritime Women’s Football League (MWFL) to serve as a beacon for female sport in Canada’s Atlantic Region,Read More

In action against Team Great Britain at the 2017 IFAF Women's Worlds (Credit: Jes Quesada, Game On Photo)

Laurence Thivierge leading the way for new generation of Blitz superstars in Vancouver

October 13, 2017 at 5:42 amby 0 comments

As one of the signature teams in Canadian female football, the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vancouver served as one of the defining moments for the Montreal Blitz. With the host city serving as an intersection, where numerous generations of Blitz talent collided, it heralded a coming of age forRead More

Stevi Schnoor kissing the Legends Cup with Seattle's iconic Ferris Wheel at Pier 57 in the backdrop (Image obtained from:

Stevi Schnoor sensational in championship season for Seattle Mist

October 8, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Possessing a keen sense of competitiveness, Stevi Schnoor is motivated by a desire for excellence. “The Bull”, as she is affectionately known, experienced a definitive season in 2017. Powering the Seattle Mist to its second championship in three seasons, she has firmly established herself as the greatest Canadian player inRead More

Competing against Team Great Britain in Canada's second game of the IFAF Worlds (Credit: Debra Carlson, Diz Ruptive Photography)

Regina Riot mainstay Ashley Viklund brings victorious presence to Vancouver

October 7, 2017 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Part of an amazing legacy of exceptional female football in the province of Saskatchewan, Ashley Viklund’s status as one of the game’s greats reached its apex with the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Football Championships in Vancouver. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest competitors in the history of the remarkable Regina Riot,Read More

Funk (#62) lining up against Team Australia (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Alyssa Funk poised to become fixture on Canada’s offensive line

October 2, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

On any football team, the foundation upon which the effectiveness of the offensive attack is built upon is its offensive line. With host country Canada featuring several offensive linemen making their international debuts at the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds, the seeds for the future were planted, as the potential forRead More

Ward (#71) running out onto the field with her fellow Canadian competitors in Vancouver (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Breanne Ward part of marvelous group of gridiron talent from Manitoba

October 1, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

In discussing the WWCFL’s Prairie Conference, one of the first aspects that comes to mind is the shared dynasty between Regina and Saskatoon. Working towards adding a new element to this perception are an admirable group of prominent players from Prairie neighbor Manitoba. With the 2017 IFAF Women’s World ChampionshipsRead More

Roussel (#31) in action against Team Australia (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography, Debra Carlson)

STAFFIERI: Sense of vindication for Virginie Roussel with strong showing in Vancouver

September 30, 2017 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

As every member of Canada’s roster brought their own stories in the gridiron journey that culminated with the coveted milestone of competing at the IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vancouver, one of the most compelling belonged to linebacker Virginie Roussel. A member of the Montreal Blitz since 2013, the odyssey ofRead More

Wearing number 58, O'Driscoll positions herself against Australia's offensive line (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Brigitte O’Driscoll bolsters Canada’s defensive presence at IFAF Worlds in Vancouver

September 20, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Experiencing a milestone shaped around a memorable time that saw gridiron goddesses descend upon Vancouver, a city whose sporting legacy also involves the 2010 Winter Games, Brigitte O’Driscoll was part of an exciting new generation of Canadian stars that competed in the IFAF Women’s Worlds. Competing on the defensive sideRead More

Credit: Jes Quesada

Blitz legend Laurence Pontbriand provides series of peerless performances for Canada

September 17, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Enjoyable to coach with an ability to excel in pressure type situations, Laurence Pontbriand is the epitome of what a football player should be. With precise footwork and an on-field vision, bringing a strong innate attention to details, Pontbriand possesses an amazing self-confidence that made her an ideal choice toRead More

A beaming Gomes with her mother proudly on-hand (Image obtained from Facebook)

Friendship and family adds luster to gridiron pinnacle of Lisa Gomes

September 15, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

The privilege of competing on home soil for Canada represented the culmination of a grand gridiron dream for Lisa Gomes. Having long established herself as a fixture for the Calgary Rage’s running game, simultaneously adding to an admirable legacy as one of Canada’s most admirable ambassadors at the Women’s WorldRead More

Carrying the ball in action against Great Britain (Credit: Jes Quesada, Game On Photography)

Carly Dyck dazzles for Canadian contingent at IFAF Women’s Worlds

September 10, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

An integral part of Canada’s presence at the IFAF Women’s Worlds, Carly Dyck brought a constant reliability, extending her growing impact on the gridiron. With Vancouver as host city for this monumental event, it also served as the setting that signified the transition of Carly Dyck into a Canadian footballRead More

Halseth in action with Team Saskatchewan at the 2016 Canadian National Championships (Credit: Living Light Photography)

Valkyries legend Marci Halseth brought charismatic presence to Canada’s coaching staff

September 8, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

With the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds descending on Vancouver, British Columbia, there was no shortage of heartwarming stories. For host country Canada, the most compelling may have belonged to the remarkable Marci Halseth. Having graced the gridiron with Canada’s contingent at the 2013 edition of the Women’s Worlds, complemented byRead More

(L-R) Samantha, Kris and Kendal Matheson during the 2016 Saskatoon Valkyries (Image from the Kendal Matheson Collection)

Sense of family takes on sensational meaning for Samantha Matheson in Vancouver

September 6, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Part of a new generation of exceptional talent suiting up for Canada’s contingent at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Football Championships, Samantha Matheson proudly represented the golden hopes and dreams of an entire nation. With the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, serving as host for this exciting event, itRead More

Warming up with Team Canada prior to a game at the 2017 IFAF Women's Worlds (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Amanda Ruller reaches remarkable stature as member of Team Canada

September 4, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Possessing breathtaking speed, Amanda Ruller has established herself as an impact player on the gridiron. This impact was certainly evident as a member of Canada’s contingent at the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vancouver. Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Ruller is part of a sensational legacy of fantastic football heroes fromRead More

Sara Gray a sensational star for competitive Capital Area Lady Gladiators

Sara Gray a sensational star for competitive Capital Area Lady Gladiators

September 3, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Among the star players on one of the MWFL’s signature franchises, Sara Gray combines heart, skill and leadership for a perpetually competitive Capital Area (Fredericton) Lady Gladiators squad. Having crafted a sensational run in five stellar seasons, Gray embodies what is great about Lady Glads football. Gaining MWFL All-Star nodsRead More