The Wisconsin Warriors, southeastern Wisconsin’s full-contact women’s football team, is California-bound for its second play-off game on July 10.
Team owner Jodi von Spreckelsen said the team ended its season with a 5-3 record, making it first in the Independent Women’s Football League’s Tier 2 Midwest division.
The Warriors, who play on Ameche Field at Tremper High School in Kenosha, is a relatively new team. This is only its third season. Despite their youth, however, the Warriors was the 2009 North American Champions - a title team members hope to hold on to this year. To help the team get to California and meet that goal, the Warriors has been fundraising. In addition to a raffle and several bar events, the team’s Web site at www.wiwarriors.com has a “Sponsor a Player” page that accepts donations through PayPal. Von Spreckelsen said the cost to send the entire team to the playoff game is “hefty,” and some players are paying their own way. Once they’ve returned, the fundraising will continue with a spaghetti dinner, where if all has gone their way, Warriors’ fans can celebrate victory with team members.
For those who want to follow the team’s progress, the Warriors has a Facebook page as well as e-mail updates available through the Web site. The games are not televised, but the final North American championship game on July 24 will be broadcast via the internet.
See www.iwflsports.com for broadcast details and more information about the IWFL.