Although the Galileo Girls Flag Football Team is coming off of a championship season, after beating Balboa 13-6, this is a brand new season. The team returns some key faces who are anxious to try and win back to back championships, but the team is also full of new faces, many who are still learning the game, but are enjoying understanding what it means to be a team.
With all the new faces on the Lions squad, the veterans coming back from last year will be looked on to lead the team. So far, this has been exactly the case for senior and captain, Linore R., who has played in another gear with 10 touchdowns already on the season. She said, “I’m really anxious to get back to playoffs and champs, I’m just happy to be playing the sport I love.” Although, she admits, this year has not been without its bumps. She said, “It’s been hard, especially having to carry much of the load at times, but, it’s still going well, we’re facing adversity”
One of the reasons the load has been heavy for Linore is because the team has suffered numerous injuries this season, including some key players. Junor Carrie L. sprained her ankle during the first game, which caused her to miss 8 games. Another injury was sustained by Senior Suzy V., who suffered a fractured pinkie, and hasn’t seen the field since.
The team has been been able to overcome all the injuries on the field because of the close bond they share. The team isn’t just a team, they’ve become a family; becoming closer, and fighting on the field as sisters rather than just a teammate. Although they agree things have been tough, they know that in the end all of this will be worth it.
The players aren’t the only ones who have seen the team strengthened throughout hte season. Head Coach, Mr. Harper has seen some definite changes amongst the team. He said, “We’ve slowly progressed this season probably due to the amount of new players we have, but, I feel that we’re still in a good position, and as we’re coming together, the team has showed their readiness to compete for the long run.”
Coach Harper, along with assistant Coach Blacksher see the girls as something more than just players on their team. Coach Harper says, “They’re family, and having an open door policy allows our relationship to strengthen.”