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How I Got This Body: Getting a kick out of life

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.


Footy a natural fit for Heil

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.”


New York Australian Football League Season Kicks Off

Andrea Casillas and Christina Licata play for the New York Magpies competitive women's team, the Lady Pies. (Facebook/New York Magpies)

MANHATTAN — Brooklyn resident and longtime athlete Andrea Casillas attended her first Australian football game seven years ago in her home state of Arizona. Right away, she was hooked.

"I tried it just one day and I loved it," she said. "It's really active and you get to a point where you've played enough basketball and volleyball and want something new."


Vita.Mn @work: Sport from Down Under isn't just for men

Photo by John Noltner
The Minnesota Freeze Australian Rules Football Club practiced at Lake Calhoun | By Todd Nelson | Aug 25, 2011

Kathryn Hogg is giving Australian Rules Football a kick in this country and in its homeland Down Under.

Hogg is a founding member of the women's team of the Minnesota Freeze Australian Rules Football Club and helped organize the first women's exhibition match in this country.


International women's AFL action at Rouse Hill

Aug 18, 2011 | Isabella Lettini

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:

Game Day 5 - Canada's Northern Lights top the US Freedom

As the traditional USA vs Canada footy rivalry continued, the Canadian women came out trumps at Auburn yesterday, the Northern Lights defeating the USA Freedom by 18 points.

Bendigo's Andrew Hickey puts girls' footy on the map in Ireland

19 Aug, 2011 03:48 PM

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.

American girls play by Aussie rules

AMERICA’S female Aussie Rules players couldn’t wait to swim at Manly Beach today, despite the cold.

The USA Freedom team, here for the International Cup, have been impressive on the field, beating an Australian Indigenous Multicultural team and PNG Flames. This afternoon they play Canada, at Auburn.

Two women named to Aussie rules team

Iain Colpitts | Jul 21, 2011

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.


Women take Aussie Rules international

Derek Van Diest  | Edmonton Sun | July 11, 2011

Neda Dalili had never heard of Australian Rules Football before she was asked to take up the sport.

Lucy Nolan, a native Australian, knew the game existed, but was unfamiliar with the rules and had never played prior to moving to Canada.

Now, both are members of a national team heading off to Australia this August to participate in an international tournament.