Ryan Bartz (left) with AUG Melbourne University Captain, Lucy Puls
Ryan Bartz, an exchange student from New York, was selected in the Green & Gold Australian Women's football team at the Australian University Games late last month. Although selection is honorary as there is no international competition to play in, it is a major achievement for Bartz who had only played two games of Australian Rules football prior to the Australian University Games.
Bartz, a theatre student, arrived in Melbourne in July to complete a semester on exchange at the University of Melbourne. A college ice hockey player in New York and in her home state of California, Bartz thought to try her hand at the Australian game to complete her Aussie experience. She called the Melbourne University Women's Football Club, who was nearing the end of the home and away season. With only 2 regular games left in the season, Bartz took hold of the opportunity to have a kick and took to the field in the famous black and blue colours of Melbourne University. She immediately made an impact on debut for the Melbourne University Girls' Aussie Rules Squad (MUGARS) Division 3 side, leaving Coach, Deb 'Henry' Lawson, pleading with her to stay on permanently.
The United States Australian Football League will be hosting the inagural Women's Championship in Milwaukee, WI on Oct 1-2. We are planning on having at least 4 teams in the women's division. All women footy players are encouraged to play in this tournament even if you don't have enough women for a full team. We will find a team for you to play with!
Following on the success of the 2004 movie, Dodgeball, starring Ben Stiller, Dodgeball leagues have been cropping up all over the country. The Game Show Network has capitalized on this and created a show called Extreme Dodgeball. While preparing for their 2005 season, the producers put the call out for Women's Footy players to try their stuff in the Dodgeball arena.
Kelly Lovato of the Bombshells took on the challenge and tried out. Her footy and softball skills came in mighty handy and she made the cut!
The Milwaukee Bombers women's team kicked off their first practice in 2005 on Sunday at Kletzsch Park in Milwaukee. The women participated jointly with the men in various kicking and hand passing drills to start off the season.
The inaugural Wild West Shootout Australian Football Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2005, at the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This is a one day, 9-A-SIDE Australian Rules Football tournament and includes a women's division. All women's teams and individuals are invited to Las Vegas for this exciting event! If you or your team are interested in playing, drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.