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Photograph By: Joshua Santos
Women’s Football Banquet: Alex Down (left), Josh Guest (centre) and Shannon Galea (right) at the women’s football banquet.

Successful women’s football season

By: Joshua Santos

Tears of joy, laughter and cheers filled the room as The Durham College/UOIT women’s flag football team celebrated their
accomplishments, at this year’s team banquet.
With the season just wrapping up, they were successful both on the field and off.
While participating in several tournaments throughout the season, the team still managed to give back to the community, and raise funds for the local non-profit cancer charity, Hearth Place. Their goal was to raise $1,000 and it was successfully met through several events such as celebrity serves at Boston Pizza in Oshawa, pub nights, bake sales and a rookie night.
President of UOIT-DC women’s flag football, Shannon Galea says, “We chose Hearth Place because their charity is focused on helping those with breast cancer, kids, youth and families.”
Accepting the donation on behalf of Hearth Place was executive director Andrea Shaw. She showed her gratitude saying, “Thank you everyone for your hard work. This generous donation will go towards providing emotional support for children and families dealing with all types of cancer.”
Shaw also said, “Hearth place started 15 years ago and we’ve received many private donations, but this is the first we’ve received from the women’s football team. It’s greatly appreciated.”
During the banquet, coaches announced this year’s award winners.
From team TMTD, Shelia King won the award for MVP Defense, Melissa Linton won MVP offence, Kelsey Sargent won most improved offence, Daria Ruginis won most improved Defence and Rachel Armstrong won rookie of the year.
For team KMP, Katie Chesson was award MVP
defence, Cat Cheng won MVP offence, Heather Kavelaar won most improved defence, Chelsea Cane won most improved offence and lastly, Kailee Demoe won rookie of the year.
This season, the team played games at the University of Toronto, McMaster University and at Wilfred Laurier University. They won one game at York and one at Laurier.
The highlight of the season came during the tournaments.
“For both teams, I feel that the most memorable highlight of the season was the McMaster tournament as the players and coaches really came together with the plays that they had worked hard on at practice.
Team TMTD was able to come out of the tournament with two wins, but lost in the quarterfinals. Team KMP had some good rushes up the field. KMP really came together and began to see how important it was the work together both on and off the field,” said Galea.
With the season over, Galea was happy with the team’s performance and said there’s always room for improvement.
“I am happy with how this season went in terms of the number of girls we had committed to playing. The coaches were extremely helpful in making this program successful, as their dedication was absolutely outstanding. They were definitely the backbone to this program as they really showed the girls why they love the sport so much and made it fun for them to learn.
With a successful year both on and off the field, Galea admitted it wasn’t easy.
“Being both a player and president last year was extremely tough to juggle along with commitments in school and as an athlete. I’m happy with how the season turned out and I can walk away knowing that the players and coaches had a lot of fun together as we worked together towards a common goal. It’s just a great feeling to know that we are helping people and showing support in the communiy”

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