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West Cork woman makes debut in Australian legends football league

Linda Holland made her bow for Western Australia Angels last weekend.

Linda Holland.
Linda Holland.
Image: Brodie Butler

A WEST CORK native was part of the Western Australian Angels side that played in their first ever game in the Australian Legends Football League last weekend.

Linda Holland, a 28 year-old from Glengarriff, was in action in the Australian LFL, which is an expansion of the American competition formerly known as the Lingerie Football League. The sport is a women’s seven-on-seven tackle American football league.

Holland and her teammates suffered defeated by six points in their clash against the Victoria Maidens in Melbourne. They face New South Wales Surge this weekend and the Cork woman was delighted to have finally been involved.

“It’s amazing what hard work, dedication and perseverance can get you,’ she told the West-Cork based newspaper ‘The Southern Star’ this week.

“It’s been such an emotional rollercoaster for these last 13 months, between trials, training, team cuts, injuries, being named on the final panel of 20 to then the starting 14.

“Then, three days before the big kick off, to be named as the defensive captain for last Saturday’s game. I honestly have to say it has been one heck of a journey.

“We were very unlucky last weekend, but we’ll take what we’ve learnt and apply it to our first home game this Saturdaynight where we’ll play with our crowd, our black and gold army.”

H/T: @KieranMcC_SS

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