Northern Anarchy seeking players for women’s football team

The Northern Anarchy are back for another year of action in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League, and are looking for players to join them for the 2019 season. 

The Anarchy are a regional team based out of Grande Prairie, and currently have two players from Dawson Creek — Selah Schmaltz and Sylvia Antle. If you haven’t heard of the WWCFL or the Anarchy, that’s OK, the Anarchy are used to that. 

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The league has been around since 2011, and the Anarchy since 2013, though the team was unable to field a roster in 2017. This year’s team currently 26 players, and is coming off a Week 1 loss on May 4 in Calgary to the Rage.  The team has only six returning players, and 11 played in their first ever football game against Calgary. 

“It’s a very rare sport for women, but anyone who has tried it out loves it. If you want to play a sport, and you’re willing to try your hardest, this is the sport for you. You don’t have to be experienced,” said Lori Szmul, president and GM of the Anarchy. Szmul’s daughter Tara plays for the team and is one of the founding members. 

Szmul said the team has no problem adding new players mid-season, and would ideally like to have around 35 rostered players. The Anarchy will be in Edmonton this week to play the Storm on May 11, before hosting home games on May 25 and June 1. 

The Anarchy play in the Western Conference against the Storm, Rage, and Lethbridge Steel. The Eastern Conference includes four teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

For more information, or to inquire about joining the team or attending practice, visit the Northern Anarchy Women’s Tackle Football Team, or email Szmul at northernanarchy@live.com.

Szmul said the team is looking for anyone who wants to have fun, is competitive, and willing to try something new. There are no tryouts to join the team, just a willing attitude. 

 sports@ahnfsj.ca

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