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Halifax Xplosion recruiting players ahead of upcoming season

Halifax's only women's tackle football team will play their first game of 2019 on May 4
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The Halifax Xplosion is busy preparing for the upcoming Maritime Women's Football League season.

Halifax's only women's tackle football team will play their first game of 2019 on May 4, and anyone interested in trying out the sport is invited to come out to their next practice.

"Right now we have about 35 registered [players], we'd really like to see that over 40, so the more the merrier," offensive linesman Natasha McMaster told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show.

McMaster, who played rugby in high school, has been with the Xplosion for a decade.

"When I moved out here to Halifax and I didn't find rugby the right fit for me anymore," she explained. "I just happened to be in the gym one day and saw a poster for women's football and I thought 'this can't be true.' This is something I had always wanted to try and the next thing I knew, I was on the field."

"As soon as I went out, the first practice, I knew this was for me. This is a fantastic group of women. This was something totally different I'd never done before."

She said the team has a great family atmosphere and it's a true team sport where everyone's contribution is valued.

"It's an inclusive sport, any size, any athletic ability, this is for you, there's a spot for you," she said. 

Prince Edward Island is the newest addition to the Maritime Women's Football League, which now has five teams. The Xplosion also play against Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John.

The championships are scheduled to be held here in Halifax on June 22, and McMaster hopes to be on the field for the game.

"I have high hopes for this season. We've got a really great team of returning players so we've got a good foundation to build on," she said. 

The team's next practice will take place Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at Newbridge Academy in Burnside.

Anyone wanting more information can get in touch with the Xplosion through Facebook, or can email xplosionfootball@gmail.com.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana & lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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