With the common thread of having both suited up for the Capital Area Lady Gladiators, Stephanie Bosse and Robyn Neill are more than just gridiron heroes. Having both won the Judy Upward Trophy during the 2013 Maritime Women’s Football League season, Bosse and Neill are focused on the bright future ahead.
As the next edition of the IFAF Women’s World Championships looms quickly, the first rung in the ladder towards a berth with Team Canada is participation in the National Cup Challenge. With the event being held in the football hotbed of Saskatchewan, Bosse and Neill are making off-field efforts in the hopes of assisting Team New Brunswick.
Quite possibly the greatest offensive lineman in MWFL history, Neill was part of the Canadian contingent that earend the silver medal at the 2013 IFAF Women’s Worlds. In addition, she competed for Team Atlantic during the inaugural National Challenge Cup, back in 2012. This season, Neill shall not only be an offensive line coach for the Lady Gladiators, but she will be sharing her expertise with the New Brunswick squad in a similar capacity.
Bosse represents the new generation of stars making her mark on the fields of the MWFL. From earning an All-Star nod in 2012, Bosse has also attended the first two editions of the Women’s World Football Games (joined by Lady Glads teammate Alex Black), respectively. Establishing herself as a remarkable leader off the field, Bosse elaborates on her various initiatives, which also includes providing assistance for other elements of the game,
“I am also doing a practicum with Football NB and acting as the fundraising coordinator. I am currently working on the Women’s online auction which will take place shortly and am also preparing fundraising opportunities for the U18 boys’ team.
For the Lady Gladiators I am also the fundraising coordinator and am working on a fundraising barbecue at the Victory Meat Market.”
Together, the two are now assisting Football NB with a special fundraising event. News concerning the Social and Auction is shared through various methods, most notably via social media outlets such as facebook. Of note, the Social event is hosted by the Lady Gladiators trying out for Team New Brunswick.
Taking place on May 13, 2015, at the Blue Door club (located at 100 Regent Street in Fredericton), tickets are $40 per person, with the doors opening at 6pm. Wine and appetizers shall be served while attendees shall also gain the opportunity to meet two professional football players. Former CFL player Dan McCullough, along with player Jake Thomas shall be in attendance as a gesture of support.
Of note, those who cannot attend but would still like to contribute are encouraged to contact Bosse (more information on the facebook page). In addition, the Auction shall take place online and the event is geared towards helping to raise funds for Women’s Team New Brunswick.
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”