NORTHERN LIGHTS SELECT SQUAD FOR 2017 INTERNATIONAL CUP

AFL Canada are pleased to announce the selection of 30 of Canada’s leading female footballers to the Northern Lights, who will represent Canada at the International Cup to be held in Melbourne in August 2017. 

The squad has a blend of experience and new talent. IC14 World Team selections Aimee Legault, Kendra Heil, Lara Hilmi, Hilary Perry and Danah Arnold return along with 10 exciting new faces who have made a strong case for selection.

In 2014, Canada’s Northern Lights won the women’s cup, defeating Ireland in the final to avenge their second place finish in 2011. The Northern Lights look forward to facing new challenges from Europe, as well as facing old rivals in 2017. 

Selection of the team followed a national team selection camp held from September 3-4, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. The camp brought together over 50 players from across Canada participate in team orientation, theory sessions on game plan strategy, skills and fitness testing and three hotly contested and entertaining selection matches.

“Selection camp was a fantastic weekend. We challenged the group physically and mentally and they responded magnificently. Their commitment to raise the bar on our 2014 achievements is inspiring. The weekend also gave us the opportunity to gel as a group in preparation for the hard work that is needed over the upcoming months leading into IC17,” said Head Coach Jason Arnold. “The coaching staff faced many very difficult decisions in selecting this squad, which is a testament to the high calibre of football being played in competitions across Canada.”

In addition to the players who attended camp, an additional 18 players were available for selection to the Northern Lights, including ten Canadian players currently residing in Australia and developing their skills in local women’s footy competitions.

The camp was a major milestone in the development of women’s football in Canada, capping off a strong year of development that began with the Canadian National Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia in May 2016 and continued through league competitions in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec through summer 2016.

“With the high calibre of Northern Lights players and the strength of our coaching staff, the Northern Lights are well-positioned to defend their International Cup championship. With the launch of the AFL women’s competition next year, 2017 will be a very exciting year for women’s football and the Lights will be a major part of that excitement,” said Arnold.

 

First Name

Last Name

Home Club

Anna

Brancati

Vancouver Vixens

Marlena

Ginocchio

Vancouver Vixens

Erin

Regan

Vancouver Vixens

Jaya

Aulakh

Westcoast Wildcats

Danah

Arnold

Edmonton Emus

Charnelle

Willis

Edmonton Emus / UTS Shamrocks

Rachelle

Chabot

Calgary Kookaburras

Leslie

Gurba

Calgary Kookaburras

Caroline

Ireland

Calgary Kookaburras

Patricia

Jaworski

Calgary Kookaburras

Kirsti

Oja

Calgary Kookaburras

Hilary

Perry

Calgary Kookaburras

Alanna

Robertson

Calgary Kookaburras

Tricia

Rolfe

Calgary Kookaburras

Lyndsay

Smith

Calgary Kookaburras

Renee

Tong

Central Blues

Nicola

Kirwan

Etobicoke Kangaroos

Sarah

Ennor

High Park Demons

Jaclyn

Halliday

Hamilton Wildcats

Kendra

Heil

Hamilton Wildcats / Eastern Devils

Candace

Kwan

Hamilton Wildcats

Lia

Vansevenant

Hamilton Wildcats

Rebecca

Gomez

Ottawa Swans

Vivian

Nguyen

Ottawa Swans

Caroline

Leduc

Montreal Angels

Aimee

Legault

Montreal Angels

Margo

Legault

Montreal Angels

Valerie

Moreau

Montreal Angels

Chantal

Beaudin

University of Queensland

Lara

Hilmi

UTS Shamrocks

Alternates

 

 

Brandie

Corrigan

Edmonton Emus

Ashley

Gazley

Edmonton Emus

Jen

Nicholls

Edmonton Emus

Britta

Jorgenson

Calgary Kookaburras

Nicole

Robertson

Calgary Kookaburras

Vera

Santillana

Central Blues

Danielle

Comolli

Hamilton Wildcats

Dora

Bartulovic

Ottawa Swans

Holly

Vachon

Ottawa Swans

Alisa

Dafoe

Morphettville Park

 

 




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