Articles by: Mark Staffieri

Laurence Pontbriand at a football combine (Image obtained from Facebook)

Female football great Laurence Pontbriand an empowering presence in CFL

June 8, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Having played for the Canadian national women’s football team, including the Team MVP nod at the 2017 IFAF Women’s Football Worlds, one of the finest at the wide receiver position in the celebrated lore of the Montreal Blitz, Laurence Pontbriand’s football odyssey has taken an exciting direction. Employed with theRead More

Schnoor embracing the Legends Cup after an emotional win versus the Los Angeles Temptation (Image supplied by Stevi Schnoor)

Last hurrah for BC’s Stevi Schnoor; A true legend in Legends Cup lore

January 16, 2020 at 5:00 amby 0 comments

Setting a standard of excellence, and accumulating numbers that are Hall of Fame worthy. British Columbia native Stevi Schnoor constantly brought a combination of perseverance, commitment and work ethic to the gregarious gridiron of Legends Football League, propelling her teams into perpetual contention for a championship.

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Building a team: Island Demons represent PEI in Maritime League

April 23, 2019 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

As the Prince Edward Island Demons prepare to be the fifth team in the history of the Maritime Women’s Football League, the feeling of teamwork has extended to all facets. Assembling a roster is only part of a much grander project, involving the establishment of both, an administrative structure andRead More

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Advent of PEI Island Demons brings with it strong leadership

April 11, 2019 at 5:55 amby 0 comments

Island Demons co-founder Meagan Ferguson in action with the Lady Gladiators (Photo credit: Jason Quackenbush) With another season of MWFL football looming on the horizon, it heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Marking an exciting first in its unfolding history, the league welcomes the province of Prince EdwardRead More

Dianne Ikeda with the number 5 adorning her Xplosion jersey (Credit: Jason Quackenbush Photography)

Dianne Ikeda a portrait of courageous determination

April 5, 2019 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

In the football narrative of Dianne Ikeda, the date of May 14, 2016 shall stand as a turning point. Sullenly shelved for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus in a contest that pitted the rising Halifax Xplosion against the Saint John Storm, the ominousRead More

Reina Iizuka ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside her USPORTS gridiron contemporaries

Reina Iizuka ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside her USPORTS gridiron contemporaries

March 1, 2019 at 6:05 amby 0 comments

In a year that has seen Kendall Coyne become the first woman to compete in the National Hockey League All-Star Skills Competition, the momentum for women shattering the glass ceiling in sport continues with an unparalleled revelation from the University of Manitoba.

Return to Riot a tremendous triumph for Rae Lyn Shaffer

Return to Riot a tremendous triumph for Rae Lyn Shaffer

October 27, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

As the 2018 WWCFL championship allowed the Regina Riot to enter dynasty status, one of its significant hallmarks involves the ability to replenish the roster with a remarkable number of young, promising players who hold the potential to constitute an even more prosperous future. Among such players, Rae-Lyn Shaffer isRead More

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Hope Jordens joins sensational sorority of receivers with pair of championship rings

October 20, 2018 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Hailing from Regina, Hope Jordens has emerged as a local hero for the Regina Riot. With TJ ATM proudly serving as her season sponsor, she has blossomed into one of the key components of the Riot’s passing game, simultaneously extending a fascinating, yet empowering journey in the game. Played flagRead More

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Sarah Wright soars towards bigger role in Saskatoon Valkyries backfield

October 14, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Returning for a second season of Saskatoon Valkyries football, Sarah Wright took on a greater sense of confidence. With a breadth of experience that included both flag and touch versions of the game, the chance for the native of Saskatoon to graduate to tackle football, brought with it a veryRead More

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Rookie sensation Julianna Keys jubilant in championship season for Regina Riot

October 7, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Part of a superlative rookie class for the Regina Riot, Julianna Keys was hardly a novice player when she donned the club’s iconic colors. Akin to many young players eager to make their mark in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL), Keys brought a competitive background to her gridironRead More

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Jenna Koller a jubilant contributor in Regina’s run to the championship

September 30, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Among a new generation of enthusiastic competitors that are extending the proud legacy of the Regina Riot, while shaping a new chapter in club lore, Jenna Koller combines a willingness to learn with a fervent approach to the game. Donning number 85, Koller, who majored in Philosophy at the UniversityRead More

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Delayne Aiken part of Saskatoon Valkyries bright rookie class

September 21, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

With an influence that grows with each successive season, another aspect that has experienced growth in the lore of the Saskatoon Valkyries has involved the number of millennials gracing the gridiron. The 2018 Valkyries season brought with it a number of highly enthusiastic young women eager to build on theRead More

Schnoor in the Canada Ravens rugby attire (Nigel Hallett Photography)

Sensational achievements accentuate Stevi Schnoor’s two-sport star status

June 24, 2018 at 5:55 amby 0 comments

One of the most accomplished female footballers of the decade, Stevi Schnoor is a marvel. Having captured gridiron championships on both sides of the border, her legacy in the game is assured. Continuously gaining newfound admiration, the last several months have resulted in a fascinating time for Schnoor.

In action with the Regina Riot (Photo credit: Living Light Photography)

Series of achievements adds to Adrienne Zuck’s legacy with Regina Riot

May 19, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Back for her eighth season of Regina Riot football, Adrienne Zuck returns with an amazing sense of momentum. Donning a new number in 2017, adopting 36 over the 24 that she made familiar in Riot red, she is a multi-talented individual whose glories on the gridiron have made her oneRead More

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Juliette Legault jubilant over opportunity to bolster offensive attack

May 11, 2018 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Part of a new generation of gridiron heroines donning the colors of the Montreal Blitz, Juliette Legault is contributing towards the blazing of an exciting path forward. As the 2017 campaign marked the first for Legault, which was also the first for the Blitz in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA),Read More

Iwaasa with Calgary Rage veteran Erin Walton (left) at the IFAF Women's Worlds in Vancouver (Image supplied by Wendy Iwaasa)

Calgary Rage welcome Wendy Iwaasa to their ranks

February 26, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

As the defense of their first-ever Western Conference title approaches, the Calgary Rage have added another essential piece to their postseason puzzle for 2018. The acquisition of Wendy Iwaasa, formerly of the archrival Lethbridge Steel, may signify the start of a dominant era for the proud franchise.

Sprague in action with the Manitoba Fearless (Photo credit: Carmen Matthews)

Julie Sprague jubilant over gridiron milestones

February 23, 2018 at 6:05 amby 0 comments

Belonging to an empowering generation of young female football talent in the province of Manitoba, Julie Sprague is a highly revered competitor boldly contributing towards the establishment of a new legacy. Having first made her mark in the Manitoba Girls Football Association (MGFA), Sprague graduated to the Manitoba Fearless inRead More

Duchesneau (#95) in action with the Blitz (Credit: Kevin J. Raftery)

Former ice hockey goaltender Joanie Duchesneau dominant on the gridiron

February 20, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

Possessing a tremendous athletic background, the Montreal Blitz have a gem in Joanne Duchesneau. Towering at 6’1”, her youth was spent excelling on both the soccer pitch and the hockey rink. It was during soccer that Duchesneau would cultivate her desire to play football. Observing football teams practice on aRead More

Auger (#55) returns to Molson Stadium in a halftime exhibition with the Blitz

Myriam Auger ascends into key contributor with Montreal Blitz

February 18, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

Having first played football at the tender age of 13, the experience would prove to be the springboard for Myriam Auger’s stellar career with the Montreal Blitz. Beginning in 2010 with the Kodiaks du College Mont-Saint-Louis, she would grace the gridiron with the club until graduation in 2014. Joining theRead More

Matwyczuk (#98) in action with Team Canada at the 2013 IFAF Women's Worlds

Alexa Matwyczuk majestic with second stint on Canada’s team

February 16, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

One of Manitoba’s most inspiring female athletes, Alexa Matwyczuk continues to carve an admirable sporting legacy. Known in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWFL) as a world-class football player, that chapter in her athletic endeavors has run parallel to another formative time. A prominent competitor in track and fieldRead More

Hogg-Turski (#64) in action with the Fearless. Photo by Kris Scoran

Lori Hogg-Turski among inspiring group of moms

February 13, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

As the impact of women’s football continues to make its mark in Manitoba, there are no shortage of remarkable competitors contributing to this mythos. Ranging in numerous ages, this sorority of gridiron ambition also includes wondrous women balancing family life with their sporting endeavors.

Mubo Ilelaboye leaves a lasting impact in sensational year of football

Mubo Ilelaboye leaves a lasting impact in sensational year of football

December 4, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Embodying strong values such as friendship, a positive attitude and respect for the game and the athletes that play, Mubo Ilelaboye has become more than just a model teammate and a key piece to the Winnipeg Wolfpack’s postseason puzzle. With just one season under her belt, this graceful and assiduousRead More

Laura Dacey all smiles in the Winnipeg Wolfpack jersey (Image supplied by Dacey)

STAFFIERI: Feeling of family adds luster to Laura Dacey’s dazzling time with Wolfpack

December 3, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Having added the gridiron game to an already solid sporting resume, the experience has proven to be a labour of love for Laura Dacey. Part of the Winnipeg Wolfpack’s offensive line unit, the concerted and consistent Dacey arrived to the club with superlative competitive credentials. The vast expanse of theRead More

Claire Dore (wearing #65) with her fellow members of the Riot proudly wearing the Canadian jersey (Image supplied by Claire Dore)

STAFFIERI: Vancouver fulfills gridiron destiny for commendable Claire Dore

December 2, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

As the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships in Vancouver represented an opportunity for Claire Dore to achieve a dream that elevated her prominence in both Saskatchewan and Canadian, football lore, it simultaneously served as a storybook fashion. With Dore making the visceral decision to hang up her helmet following theRead More

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