Articles by: Mark Staffieri

Matwyczuk (#98) in action with Team Canada at the 2013 IFAF Women's Worlds

Alexa Matwyczuk majestic with second stint on Canada’s team

February 16, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

One of Manitoba’s most inspiring female athletes, Alexa Matwyczuk continues to carve an admirable sporting legacy. Known in the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWFL) as a world-class football player, that chapter in her athletic endeavors has run parallel to another formative time. A prominent competitor in track and fieldRead More

Hogg-Turski (#64) in action with the Fearless. Photo by Kris Scoran

Lori Hogg-Turski among inspiring group of moms gracing the gridiron for Manitoba Fearless

February 13, 2018 at 5:48 amby 0 comments

As the impact of women’s football continues to make its mark in Manitoba, there are no shortage of remarkable competitors contributing to this mythos. Ranging in numerous ages, this sorority of gridiron ambition also includes wondrous women balancing family life with their sporting endeavors. Such a competitor includes Lori Hogg,Read More

Mubo Ilelaboye leaves a lasting impact in sensational year of football

Mubo Ilelaboye leaves a lasting impact in sensational year of football

December 4, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Embodying strong values such as friendship, a positive attitude and respect for the game and the athletes that play, Mubo Ilelaboye has become more than just a model teammate and a key piece to the Winnipeg Wolfpack’s postseason puzzle. With just one season under her belt, this graceful and assiduousRead More

Laura Dacey all smiles in the Winnipeg Wolfpack jersey (Image supplied by Dacey)

STAFFIERI: Feeling of family adds luster to Laura Dacey’s dazzling time with Wolfpack

December 3, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Having added the gridiron game to an already solid sporting resume, the experience has proven to be a labour of love for Laura Dacey. Part of the Winnipeg Wolfpack’s offensive line unit, the concerted and consistent Dacey arrived to the club with superlative competitive credentials. The vast expanse of theRead More

Claire Dore (wearing #65) with her fellow members of the Riot proudly wearing the Canadian jersey (Image supplied by Claire Dore)

STAFFIERI: Vancouver fulfills gridiron destiny for commendable Claire Dore

December 2, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

As the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championships in Vancouver represented an opportunity for Claire Dore to achieve a dream that elevated her prominence in both Saskatchewan and Canadian, football lore, it simultaneously served as a storybook fashion. With Dore making the visceral decision to hang up her helmet following theRead More

With the number 5 adorning her jersey, Alyssa Buckland in the Team Canada jersey (Image supplied by Buckland)

STAFFIERI: Perseverance and commitment provide Allyssa Buckland with place on Team Canada

December 1, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Part of an exciting time for the Winnipeg Wolfpack, which sees the club continue to rise in prominence, Allyssa Buckland was among four fantastic women that added a significant sense of history in team lore. Along with Breanne Ward, Mubo Christine Ilelaboye and Christine O’Donnell, who previously appeared in aRead More

Amery Deren, Aly Bell and Karlie Jackson, all Valkyries alums that captured a 2017 WWCFL title with the Regina Riot (Credit: Roshelle Montgomery)

STAFFIERI: Aly Bell part of amazing time in Saskatchewan female football history

November 30, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

In a fascinating age for female football, Aly Bell has made a unique contribution to its mythology. A multi-sport star that has balanced a love of athletic competition while giving back through admirable work as a coach in youth sports, Bell is part of a unique sorority in Saskatchewan footballRead More

In action against the Saskatoon Valkyries (Image supplied by Clark)

STAFFIERI: Rebecka Clark relishes role of quarterback with Winnipeg Wolfpack

November 18, 2017 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

Serving as the field general for the Winnipeg Wolfpack, Rebecka Clark headlines a group of talented, yet determined players keen to bring about a golden age for women’s football in Manitoba. Bringing a strong love of competition, Clark is just as prominent on the ice, gracing the frozen perimeter ofRead More

STAFFIERI: Sonia Brodeur among new generation of Blitz stars stepping onto world stage

STAFFIERI: Sonia Brodeur among new generation of Blitz stars stepping onto world stage

October 22, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

In just her third season with the Montreal Blitz, Sonia Brodeur has emerged as one of the nation’s premier competitors on the offensive line. Raised in Brownsburg-Chatham, her first experiences on the gridiron took place at the high school level. Playing with the boys at the Inuk de la PolyvalenteRead More

Chevrier in action with the Blitz during their IWFL years (Image supplied by Annabelle Chevrier)

Annabelle Chevrier shows sensational display of teamwork on game’s biggest stage

October 21, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Part of a Montreal Blitz whose offensive attack ranked seventh overall during their first season in the Women’s Football Alliance, Annabelle Chevrier was an integral component to such sterling success. With five seasons of experience, Chevrier is also one of the game’s rising stars. Raised in the suburb of St.Read More

Grisafe (left) and Jeannette Gray with the IFAF Women's World Championship Trophy (Image obtained from:

Samantha Grisafe sets historic gold standard with victory in Vancouver

October 16, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Already one of the immortals in female football, Samantha Grisafe is more than a cult hero, whose achievements in the game shall be passed to future generations so they can appreciate her brilliance. With 2017 representing a memorable year in which many significant milestones were attained, it was the idealRead More

Brunet all smiles in the Blitz colours (Image obtained from:

Rose Amelie Brunet revels in occasion to compete for Team Canada

October 15, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Bringing a breadth of athletic achievement, Rose Amelie Brunet is blossoming into an integral component of the future for the Montreal Blitz. With the club having relocated to the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) in 2017, it introduced the prodigious Brunet to a remarkable spectrum of gridiron talent, which would foreshadowRead More

In action with the Capital Area Lady Gladiators (Image supplied by Caputo)

Ascension to MWFL All-Star status a point of pride for Kathleen Caputo

October 14, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Going from a comfort zone to a growing zone, Kathleen Caputo was one of the feel-good stories during an exciting 2017 campaign for the Capital Area Lady Gladiators. Representing the potential of the Maritime Women’s Football League (MWFL) to serve as a beacon for female sport in Canada’s Atlantic Region,Read More

In action against Team Great Britain at the 2017 IFAF Women's Worlds (Credit: Jes Quesada, Game On Photo)

Laurence Thivierge leading the way for new generation of Blitz superstars in Vancouver

October 13, 2017 at 5:42 amby 0 comments

As one of the signature teams in Canadian female football, the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vancouver served as one of the defining moments for the Montreal Blitz. With the host city serving as an intersection, where numerous generations of Blitz talent collided, it heralded a coming of age forRead More

Stevi Schnoor kissing the Legends Cup with Seattle's iconic Ferris Wheel at Pier 57 in the backdrop (Image obtained from:

Stevi Schnoor sensational in championship season for Seattle Mist

October 8, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Possessing a keen sense of competitiveness, Stevi Schnoor is motivated by a desire for excellence. “The Bull”, as she is affectionately known, experienced a definitive season in 2017. Powering the Seattle Mist to its second championship in three seasons, she has firmly established herself as the greatest Canadian player inRead More

Competing against Team Great Britain in Canada's second game of the IFAF Worlds (Credit: Debra Carlson, Diz Ruptive Photography)

Regina Riot mainstay Ashley Viklund brings victorious presence to Vancouver

October 7, 2017 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

Part of an amazing legacy of exceptional female football in the province of Saskatchewan, Ashley Viklund’s status as one of the game’s greats reached its apex with the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Football Championships in Vancouver. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest competitors in the history of the remarkable Regina Riot,Read More

Funk (#62) lining up against Team Australia (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Alyssa Funk poised to become fixture on Canada’s offensive line

October 2, 2017 at 5:40 amby 0 comments

On any football team, the foundation upon which the effectiveness of the offensive attack is built upon is its offensive line. With host country Canada featuring several offensive linemen making their international debuts at the 2017 IFAF Women’s Worlds, the seeds for the future were planted, as the potential forRead More

Ward (#71) running out onto the field with her fellow Canadian competitors in Vancouver (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Breanne Ward part of marvelous group of gridiron talent from Manitoba

October 1, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

In discussing the WWCFL’s Prairie Conference, one of the first aspects that comes to mind is the shared dynasty between Regina and Saskatoon. Working towards adding a new element to this perception are an admirable group of prominent players from Prairie neighbor Manitoba. With the 2017 IFAF Women’s World ChampionshipsRead More

Roussel (#31) in action against Team Australia (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography, Debra Carlson)

STAFFIERI: Sense of vindication for Virginie Roussel with strong showing in Vancouver

September 30, 2017 at 6:00 amby 0 comments

As every member of Canada’s roster brought their own stories in the gridiron journey that culminated with the coveted milestone of competing at the IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vancouver, one of the most compelling belonged to linebacker Virginie Roussel. A member of the Montreal Blitz since 2013, the odyssey ofRead More

Wearing number 58, O'Driscoll positions herself against Australia's offensive line (Credit: Diz Ruptive Photography)

Brigitte O’Driscoll bolsters Canada’s defensive presence at IFAF Worlds in Vancouver

September 20, 2017 at 5:50 amby 0 comments

Experiencing a milestone shaped around a memorable time that saw gridiron goddesses descend upon Vancouver, a city whose sporting legacy also involves the 2010 Winter Games, Brigitte O’Driscoll was part of an exciting new generation of Canadian stars that competed in the IFAF Women’s Worlds. Competing on the defensive sideRead More

Credit: Jes Quesada

Blitz legend Laurence Pontbriand provides series of peerless performances for Canada

September 17, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

Enjoyable to coach with an ability to excel in pressure type situations, Laurence Pontbriand is the epitome of what a football player should be. With precise footwork and an on-field vision, bringing a strong innate attention to details, Pontbriand possesses an amazing self-confidence that made her an ideal choice toRead More

A beaming Gomes with her mother proudly on-hand (Image obtained from Facebook)

Friendship and family adds luster to gridiron pinnacle of Lisa Gomes

September 15, 2017 at 5:45 amby 0 comments

The privilege of competing on home soil for Canada represented the culmination of a grand gridiron dream for Lisa Gomes. Having long established herself as a fixture for the Calgary Rage’s running game, simultaneously adding to an admirable legacy as one of Canada’s most admirable ambassadors at the Women’s WorldRead More