Six Montreal Angels have been named to Team Canada’s Aussie Rules Football squad (called the Northern Lights) to compete against the United States for the 49th Parallel Cup in Dublin, Ohio on August 4th, 2012. The Cup takes its name from the circle latitude that delineates the international borders between Canada and the USA and has fast become the annual North American grudge match. Although the first game played for the cup was in 1999, it would take 11 years before the 49th Parallel Cup introduced a women’s competition in 2010.
The inaugural women’s 49th Parallel Cup in Toronto saw two Montreal Angels represent Quebec in national colours. Building on that success the following year, three Angels travelled to Australia to participate in the first ever women’s International Cup. Angel Aimee Legault was bestowed with the honour of captaining Team Canada and was eventually named to the World team for her standout efforts during the tournament.
The Angels are proud to announce that Lindsay Belzie, Mirabel Eboka, Tara Cools-Lartigue, Aimee Legault, Kelsey Martin and Margo Legault have all been chosen to represent Canada in Dublin, Ohio. These players will be accompanied by Angels head coach Ronan Shaughnessy who has been selected as one of Team Canada’s assistant coaches. Never travelling without an entourage, the girls will be well supported as many players from the Quebec Saints have also been named to the Team Canada’s Under 23 squad and will be on hand cheering the girls on to victory.
Despite being a relatively unfamiliar sport to most Canadians, Aussie Rules is an exciting, up-and-coming fast paced game that offers everything to the prospective player, even the chance to wear their countries guernsey on the national stage. The Montreal Angels have been able to build on these experiences and harness the interest that is created abroad to develop locally. The combination of playing in a weekly co-ed league in Montreal and also travelling to Boston, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Toronto to compete, means that the Angels have gained valuable game experience throughout the season. Having forged bonds with teams in the East and in Ontario, the Angels will already know many of their Team Canada teammates, but will also face the prospect of competing against players from New York and Boston with which the team has formed a close bond with this year.
The Montreal Angels would like to wish all of the players good luck for the 49th Parallel Cup.