After months of preparation, Americaâ€™s favorite team of badass shazzas is finally infiltrating Australia. The US Freedom squadâ€™s first Australian tournament began last week, starting a grand footy tour across Oz. Two years in the making, the ladies, including several Lady Magpie favorites, will face womenâ€™s clubs in various cities, finding time to sightsee and enjoy some infamous Aussie hospitality between bruises.
Though no victories so far for the Freedom Squad, the games have been competitive. The Magpiesâ€™ own Siobhan McHale scored the first goal of the tour, against the Sydney Womenâ€™s League, though the team fell (4.9.33 to 2.6.18). Lady Pie Monica Robbins snagged a Best on Ground.Â The ladies were treated to a private tour of the Sydney Swans facility, and some time with the muscly men.Â Then off to Cairns, where scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef may have eased the loss to the Cairns Womenâ€™s League (3.11.29 to 1.8.14) at Cazaly Stadium.
Freedom will face Dev Squad in Bendigo August 13, followed by Latrobe Uni on August 15.
And the reaction from Australians? The headline in the Sun Herald summed it up, â€œYou must be Yankin our chain,â€ though appreciation of the teamâ€™sÂ hard-hitting skills follows the initial disbelief.
The article relies heavily on quotations from Pie Christina Licata. Though sidelined with a torn ACL, the petite Pie, known for her disproportionate lung power on the field, has apparently settled for making herself heard in the national media.Â Â Her fellow Lady PiesÂ remain unsurprised.
Check out Christinaâ€™s blog of the tour on the USfooty website.
Freedom tour by the numbers:
length in days: 11