#IDLIKETOSEETHAT: TAMPA BAY WOMEN LOOK TO REPEAT ’16 SUCCESS

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St. Pete Swans’ Holly Wenrich applies the pressure to Orlando’s Basil Benjamin in 2016 action.

I’D LIKE TO SEE THAT: TAMPA BAY WOMEN LOOK TO REPEAT ’16 SUCCESS

As an American footy club that has featured co-ed and women’s football from its start, it’s not surprising that the St. Pete Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) experienced success in their first USAFL season.

Having contributed to a combined team including players from Portland, Seattle, Arizona and Tampa Bay – and seeing that team come from nowhere to run out with the 2016 USAFL Women’s D2 National Championship – the club is looking for more as the 2017 season approaches.

Returning with former USAFL Women’s National Team members Dionne Jones, Holly Wenrich and Annie Weaver – along with 2016 Nationals standout Sharon Gam – the Swans W-footy future is built on a foundation of veteran players, all of whom train and compete in a co-ed series of trainings, practices and metro rules (tackle) regimen as members of the Red & White.

All four have been participating in the club’s Major League Footy Florida Winter League, with Jones also serving as the captain of the co-ed Clearwater Kangas side. Although that squad is still looking for their first winter season win, they’ve demonstrated ‘Shinboner Spirit’ during the 2016-’17 off-season league.

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2016 USAFL WOMEN’S D2 NATI’L CHAMPIONS (L-R): Tampa Bay’s Dionne Jones, Heather van der Hoop, Holly Wenrich, Sharon Gam, Judah Lieblich, Annie Weaver celebrate Portland/Seattle/Phoenix/Tampa Bay win

While none of the St. Pete / Tampa Bay women are expected to return to the USA Liberty National Team in 2017, all will continue to train and compete with the Bloods throughout the club’s metro rules action, where they frequently rank as the most skilled technicians on the ground.

And, while it’s also expected that the Swans will again participate in a combined women’s team at the 2017 USAFL Nationals, their goal remains to continue bringing home the Premiership hardware, while building a competitive W-footy club in Florida.

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