Last Thursday the LFL Australia history introduced the New South Wales Surge as the first team to receive its name.
NSW team attended a Fuel TV (LFL’s Australia broadcaster) function
where everyone gathered to watch the recent All Fantasy Games between
the Western and Eastern conferences. During the evening each team member
the game had finished the squads were called onto the stage as the MC
for the night Jimmy White read out a statement from LFL Founder and
Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza.
we could not join you on this incredible and historic evening as we
formally launch our New South Wales team of LFL Australia.
could not be more proud of the excitement and enthusiasm you ladies
have shown already in preparation of the 2013 inaugural season.
Sydney has already proven how much it loves LFL Football, now its time for you to win the love of all of New South Wales!
is now with great pleasure and honour that we formally announce the
name of the team and kickoff a new era in Sport throughout New South
Wales…….history will be named tonight as you ladies are the first-ever
roster of the……… NEW SOUTH WALES SURGE.
The ‘Surge’ was chosen for the power and determination of the Ocean that each you will possess on the football field”.
players and supporters were all in agreement that this was a great name
and would see the girls using it as a reminder of the relentless drive
and force required to over power and dominate the opposing team.
present there is a squad of 30 girls that will eventually be cut down
to a roster of 20 who will go on to play in the 2013/14 season. The
girls are currently training together as a squad every Sunday as well as
doing their own personal fitness during the week. They plan to increase
training to two sessions a week in the near future. These girls are
willing to sacrifice for this sport. Just look at Courtney ‘cork’
Tildsley to see how serious they are. She drives a ten hour 460 mile
round trip every Sunday to train with her team mates.
thing is for sure, these girls are committed and determined to be
ready. It is not just about wanting to play in the Australian LFL for
these girls. They want to win it and own it.
girls owe a lot of thanks to their two coaches who have been putting in
a lot of hours to get them to where they are in such a short period of
time. Jason Gaffey is the defence coach while Teren Tan watches over the
offensive plays. Both coaches bring their extensive knowledge of the
game to the table. Jason has represented Australia in Gridiron as both a
player and coach.
was present on the night of 7th June when the LFL held the trials for
the NSW squad. To see how far these girls have come in such a short
period of time is simply unbelievable. They have really embraced the LFL
and to see the talk between themselves both at training and on social
networking sites like facebook and twitter is very encouraging.
girls all have back grounds in other competitive sports which has seen
them all climb to great heights in those fields. It is because of this
experience that they are all so committed and passionate about the game
and one another. They bring that level of professionalism to LFL which
can only be a huge positive.
can teach the game of Gridiron however you can not teach athleticism
and this NSW Surge team has that in abundance. A quick look at a few of
the girl’s sporting bios shows just how good they are and what they can
offer both the team and game.
‘the assassin’ Straumietis. Played in three baseball World Cups for
Australia as a pitcher and had the fastest pitch in the country at 76
mph. She could be the next Ashley Salerno.
‘lil nug’ Gillespie. Originally from New Zealand she was a fantastic
track cyclist who won a gold medal for her country. Has a real cheeky
side. Will be a crowd favourite.
‘AJ’ Janes. Played competitive basketball for NSW and used to play with
Lauren Jackson. Was also in the Sydney Flames squad.
Jess ‘the flash’ Hamilton. Came from a surf lifesaving background where she won 5 national gold medals in beach sprinting.
‘amazon’ Onley. Out and out athlete who used to be Amazon on the TV
show Gladiators. Will be the Liz Gorman of the Australian LFL. One
highly motivated and inspirational player who will lead by example both
on the field and off.
This is just a small sample of what the NSW Surge team have to offer.