As many of you know, the Great British Lions held their flag football trials on Saturday! 🏈 The event saw women from all over the UK attend to develop and try for a spot on the two GB teams, the GB Gold Lions and the GB Silver Lions.
It’s with our great pleasure to announce another Cardiff Valkyrie has made it onto the GB squad, receiver/corner Ruth Lewis! Ruth had this to say about the day and her selection:
“The day was fantastic. The level of talent on display was awe-inspiring. We were mid-game and I just had to stop so I could watch players take on the whole defense and score completely untouched. With skill like that on display I was so surprised to be selected. I can see that I have a lot to learn and I can’t wait to get started! The coaches were so helpful and in the short time I spent with them I already had so much to take away. I hope I can step up to the plate and encourage more women, especially in Wales, to step into the sport.”
Ruth is the second Valkyrie to be selected into a GB squad, the first being Emma Underwood last year. Unfortunately Emma was unable to trial this year, but she still attended the event:
“I really enjoyed being there and seeing all the new trialists and helping out with drills. It felt really odd being on the other side of it but circumstances involving an injury meant I could not trial. Although it was frustrating not being able to partake I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a lot of new talent this year. More and more talent are just appearing from nowhere and it’s fantastic to see.”
There is no doubt that things are progressing for both forms of football in the UK! Cardiff Valkyries’ head coach, Simon Browning, was invited to assist on the trials, and as he reviews the day it’s clear just how high the sport and standard is growing:
“The standard was very high. Many of the coaches remarked on how the base level of the players was higher this year than last. This led to a really competitive day where coaches and players alike continuously pushed each other.
The day was organised around different drills in the morning followed by game scrimmages in the afternoon. In these players took the lead in creating their own playbooks with coaches there to help rather than lead.
It was extremely positive to see how women from all over the country were able to come together at short notice and perform as a unit with such effectiveness.
The ability to read what was going on and adapt their play accordingly was extremely evident and made for tough decisions at the end!”
We hope to see the continuing development of the women’s games, and eventually to see more and more Valkyries’ take on the standard as GB players!
A big well done to all of the other successful players on the roster! We can’t wait to see how the year unfolds for you all. To see comments from the Head coach of the GB Lions, Andrew Gambrill, and the full list of the roster here>> http://dblcoverage.com/bafa-national-teams-announce-gb-lions-womens-flag-roster/