For the Lady Magpies, the 2016 season proved to be a tough one with a silver lining. We knew it would be a rebuilding year with former players moving across the coast, exploring the wonders of Africa, recovering from injuries, and working on the next generation of Magpies to come. However, despite the loss of many veterans players, the Pies continued to gain momentum and players as the season went on. A younger and eager squad took the field in 2016 with 12 first year players making their debut for the Pies.
The season wasn’t without its ups and downs. The Pies faltered early in the season with 2 losses in the AFL Canada Cup where we brought home the trophy in 2015. However, the Lady Pies bounced back to take away wins against Baltimore, Boston, and Columbus throughout the season. The East/West Showdown and Nationals didn’t end on our side with losses to all teams, but for a fairly new New York side, we walked away with much needed experience on the field.
But regardless of some rocky moments, this season also wasn’t without some big wins. Nine Lady Magpies earned the honor of representing their country in Australia as part of the Freedom and Liberty squads in 2017. For the second season in a row, over 30 women strapped on their boots for the club and the Lady Pies managed to put on their biggest and best NYCAFL season in the club’s history. As we look to 2017, I am hopeful that with the return of our veterans and talented group of new players, we will develop in our ability to play together as a team cohesively and become a force to be reckoned with in 2017.