Emerging from the visions of former Tuggeranong Tornadoes Womens’ co-ordinator, Kerrin Hinds, the Tuggeranong Tornadoes established the first ACT-based womens’ gridiron team during the 2012 season. With the hopes of developing the team into the basis of a women-only league in Canberra, they competed in their first tournament match against Victoria’s Western Foxes in March 2013. As the first to see a bright future for women’s gridiron in the nation’s capital it has led to some key milestones for the sport:
- – competing in the very first interstate women’s gridiron game against the Western Foxes Women’s Gridiron Team in Melbourne.
- – dominating in two scrimmage matches with NSW’s Raiders Women’s Gridiron and Newcastle Cobras Gridiron prior to the inaugural NSW season in 2013.
- – supporting the eventual champions, North Western Phoenix, with 10 players in the inaugural NSW competition in 2013.
- – representing the Tornadoes in the state team, ACT Monarchs, with 16 players and competing in the inaugural women’s Australian Gridiron League in 2014 and placing 2nd against Queensland Sun Devils.
The Tornadoes’ Women gridiron play full-contact, full-kit sport consisting of women of all shapes, experience and backgrounds.
With the 2015 Women’s season not running this year, the Tuggeranong Tornadoes are looking to continue to build their female presence on the gridiron grass and are always seeking more women to join the team, so if you’re interested be sure to email us.