Articles by: Mark Staffieri

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

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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

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Valkyries heroes proud to be part of “Play Like a Girl” event

September 1, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

As the city of Saskatoon hosts the 2017 edition of “Play Like A Girl” for aspiring female athletes aged 10-14, the presence of world class athletes is only matched by the fact that they are also world class people. In addition to the presence of speed skater Anastasia Bucsis andRead More

Phoebe Schecter donning the Great Britain jersey (Image obtained from Twitter: @buffalobills)

IFAF Women’s Worlds part of phenomenal time for Phoebe Schecter

August 28, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Assembling a sensational body of work as one of Great Britain’s most influential women in American football, Phoebe Schecter has risen to unprecedented heights. The calendar year of 2017 may prove to be the time that the rest of the sporting world catches up to her greatness. Such impact hasRead More

(L-R) Iwaasa, Wilson and Henderson donning Canada's colors. (Wilson image obtained from Facebook, Other images by Diz Ruptive Photography)

Superstars from WWCFL’s Western Conference clubs shine in Vancouver

August 26, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

As the decade has represented the formative years for the game in Canada, a remarkable contribution for such an unforgettable era involves the empowering women from Alberta. Over the course of the last year, a tremendous triptych of women such as Tanya Henderson, Wendy Iwaasa and Alicia Wilson have helpedRead More

In action with Team Great Britain (Photo credits: http://gw-images.com/)

Jo Kilby brings jolt of leadership to British squad at IFAF Worlds in Vancouver

August 22, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

One of the greatest players to don the colors of the Birmingham Lions, Johannah (Jo) Kilby represents everything that is good about the growth of American female football in Great Britain. With a nation of notable female sporting heroes, Kilby, who spent over a decade competing on the rugby pitch,Read More

Alex (left) and Aimee share a selfie in their Team Canada jerseys (Image supplied by Alex Kowalski)

Kowalski sisters set offensive tone for soaring Canada at IFAF Worlds

August 18, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Akin to the Lamoureux twins and the Potomak sisters in women’s ice hockey, Aimee and Alex Kowalski represent a dazzling duo of sisterly teammates whose heroic performances have elevated them into the colors at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships in Vancouver, BC. Complemented by the fact that this yearRead More

In action against Great Britain (Photo credit: Game On Photo)

Jaime Lammerding adds to growing Valkyries legacy at 2017 IFAF Worlds

August 17, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

Perhaps one of the most underappreciated positions in all of sport, the dedicated players who dutifully stand guard on the offensive line comprise the foundation for any potent scoring attack. From basic fundamentals as footwork to the precision required to successfully execute a key offensive play, such stoic warriors bringRead More

Alex Black leaping for the ball (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Alex Black beaming with national pride in historic third stint with Team Canada

August 14, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Donning Canada’s colors for the third time in her accomplished career, the captivating Alex Black reached an apex that only two other women, Trina Graves and Christine O’Donnell of the WWCFL’s Winnipeg Wolf Pack can lay claim to. Although Black is not even 30 years young, her amazing gridiron legacyRead More

In action against Team Canada at the 2017 IFAF Women's Worlds (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Aimee Cottingham anchors defensive unit for Great Britain at IFAF Worlds

August 12, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

With Great Britain rising in the ranks of international female football, a plethora of new faces ensures that the future holds the potential to be highly prosperous. Among the talented competitors making their debut in Vancouver, British Columbia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships included Aimee Cottingham. Fascinated withRead More

Team USA’s Odessa Jenkins a remarkable builder for the game

Team USA’s Odessa Jenkins a remarkable builder for the game

August 6, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

Having reinvented football in Dallas through her pioneering work as the President of the WFA’s Elite (formerly known by the sobriquet Diamonds) franchise, Odessa Jenkins has added an incredible new facet to the city’s fond connection for the game. A multi-talented individual who has seamlessly blended entrepreneurial skills and primeRead More

In action vs. Team Australia (Credit: DS Photo)

Pia Kosonen part of bright future for female football in Finland

August 2, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Among a new generation of talent with Finland’s national women’s football team, Pia Kosonen is essential towards propelling the future of the sport there. As the Nordic country served as host for the 2013 edition of the IFAF Women’s World Championships, it was more than just another chapter in theRead More

Momentous series of milestones part of captivating time for Courtney Dawson

Momentous series of milestones part of captivating time for Courtney Dawson

August 1, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

From a football perspective, 2017 may be the most monumental year that Courtney Dawson has experienced. From the outset, Dawson contributed towards the Calgary Rage reaching a series of elusive pinnacles. Not only did the Rage post an undefeated regular season, which saw Dawson honoured as the Special Teams PlayerRead More

Becky Heninger brings big game ability to Canada’s roster

Becky Heninger brings big game ability to Canada’s roster

July 31, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

A multi-talented athlete with a driven passion for the game, Rebekkah (Becky) Heninger is a reliable and dedicated competitor, whose efficient efforts and willingness to go the extra mile established her as one of the WWCFL’s hardest-working heroes of the gridiron. Such hard work paid positive dividends, as Heninger’s heroics,Read More

 
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