Football Angels arrive in Abbotsford
The team held a mini-practice on Thursday morning at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.
The event was a chance for players to meet with the media and unveil the new uniforms of the controversial Lingerie Football League club.
While most of the girls are B.C. residents, there is one player from Las Vegas (Cassandra Strickland) and two from Washington State (Riki Creger-Zier and Jessica Hopkins).
The remaining 17 players are from B.C., including the only local player, Abbotsford's Darnelle Bernemann, who plays guard and defensive end.
"I'm really excited about playing," said the local mother of two.
She said she has received a lot of support from her family and friends.
Although she has little football experience, Bernemann has been active in sports her entire life, including playing volleyball at the University of the Fraser Valley.
As for the controversy surrounding the league, she says people should "come out and watch us play."
"Don't judge us based on our uniforms," she added.
She said fans can see the girls' athleticism and that the LFL is a "real sport."
LFL commissioner Mitch Mortaza was on hand for the introductions and said the launch of the Canadian league was an "exciting experience" for all involved.
"When people asked me 'why Canada?', honestly I feel the potential here is bigger than it is in the states."
He said there are more distractions in the U.S., more sporting and entertainment options. But he added the LFL is a "good, credible sports product" and is adaptable to a wide demographic.
"What you'll see on Saturday night is that the demographic is not 18-34 year old men. You are going to see a wide range. There are a lot of women that come to these games. It's an overall great atmosphere."
The Angels play the Regina Rage on Saturday night at 8 p.m.