Marie LaVictoire practiced with the Minnesota Freeze, an Australian-rules football team. The sport combines elements of soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse and volleyball. Photo: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune
Article by: SHEILA MULROONEY ELDRED, Special to the Star Tribune
Updated: September 15, 2012 - 3:39 PM
From ultimate Frisbee to "footy": Marie LaVictoire plays Australian-rules football with the Minnesota Freeze.
In just one season, Simcoe’s Kendra Heil has been named captain of the Ontario Australian Football League’s Hamilton Wildcats. The 24-year-old also competed with Team Canada against the USA last weekend at the 49th Parallel Cup. (Photo Courtesy of Robert Colburn)
By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 6:38:40 EDT PM
A multi-sport athlete growing up, Kendra Heil had no idea there was one missing piece to her athletic puzzle.
The Simcoe native found it this summer — Australian rules football.
“I think I fell in love with it because it’s a combination of every sport that I’ve ever played — basketball, volleyball, soccer, rugby,” said Heil. “It has something from everything and that made it very challenging but at the same time very pleasant because I got to use all my skills from previous sports.”
THE USA team (red, white and blue jerseys) outplayed hosts Australia 72-0 in their International Cup AFL tournament match at Bruce Purser Reserve, Rouse Hill, on Wednesday, August 17. Five women's teams and 18 men's squads are competing in the tournament, which ends August 27:
AUSSIE Rules for women is thriving in Ireland thanks to the dedication of former White Hills footballer Andrew Hickey. He talks to ADAM BOURKE about his journey from Scott Street Oval to becoming an international coach.
WHEN Andrew Hickey moved to Ireland to marry his partner Marie two years ago he thought his only contact with Aussie Rules would be via the internet.
Australia Bound: Sherelle Kelly-Witt (left) and Lisa Tazzman (right) of Mississauga have been named to Canada's Australian rules football team for the International Cup, taking place in Australia from Aug. 15-17
A pair of Mississauga women have been selected to represent Team Canada at the upcoming International Cup Australian rules football tournament, taking place in Australia from Aug. 15-27.