While these monsters look nothing like “monsterly” figures, they certainly have the fierce attitude. These ladies played in the Swamp for the second year in a row, and won, again. “I am very happy with the way the team played,” stated Jenna Nales, a UF senior and Lochvanessa Monster team member.
The overall experience was great and the team had a lot of fun, despite the rather “old age” of some of the team members (they have two staff members on the team). It’s all about being young at heart! But the old age did not keep them from playing well, throwing some great catches and pitches. A bad highlight of the game occurred when Kayla Ficarrotta took an elbow to the forehead leaving her with a “golf ball” above her eye…
Their secret morale booster? “We like to joke around and goof off with the team before the game. It loosens everyone up and gets us laughing,” said Nales.
They may have been the underdogs coming into the final game but they kept fighting and came out with the win. Throw It Up B consists of former members of The Company and some new members. Just like the other teams, they don’t practice very often but stand by their motto: “Just throw it up!” A strategy that worked well on Monday night!
“The overall experience was amazing, the atmosphere was great and it felt really good to win this game. The players considered this game a rematch because we played in the Swamp Bowl tournament last October and faced The Company. They walked away with the victory that time but we were ready to play them tonight!” exclaimed Emil Kanji.
What is their secret? Their morale booster! Here are the lyrics to the chant:
“The grass is green
The sky is blue
I’m ready for football
How ‘bout YOU!”
After a grueling game that went into four overtimes, ZETA came out victorious in the sorority pool, beating XXX. The team may only train once a week together but they did really well for their debut in the Swamp. ZETA was undefeated all season long and could not have asked for a better ending of the season. “We worked hard and our coaches were helpful too,” said Ellen Pautler, a senior at UF and the team’s captain. “We had to tweak our game a little bit because we have been dealing with harder offenses. It was difficult but we improved our defense and it paid off!”
When we asked Ellen about the most inspiring moment, she mentioned the sportsmanship and intensity of her teammate Brittany Lear. “She always gives 100 percent on the field; she is so intense and is a great person to look up to.”
What will they work on for next year? “We will definitely continue working hard, and we don’t really have a chant. We usually build off of the improvisations of our coaches. So I guess that’s something that we will be working on for next year!”
It wasn’t their first time in the Swamp and it clearly showed in the way they played. Risky Business, the co-rec competitive flag football team, won their final game. “We played well, had fun with it, but I am sure we can always play better,” said Kelsey Viars, a UF senior and long-term member of the team (since her freshman year). “We play together but don’t really train together. Most of us played some some flag football in high school.”
As she is graduating in a few days, this final game meant a lot more to Kelsey. “I will really miss playing Intramurals. Ryan and James have been like big brothers to me since my freshman year. They know I am a good player and always push me to be better,” Kelsey said.
The most memorable time of the final? “When the guys threw a nice pass and caught the ball overhead. It was beautiful. The worst moment was when I was in the end zone and missed the pass. But getting to play in the Swamp is such a great experience. It’s something that I would not trade for anything. I will really miss the team!”
And to finish the night off right, two opponents from the Fraternity division played. The TEP team was very excited about their victory: “It was unreal; we have always wanted to play in the Swamp!” shouted Gavin, the team’s MVP. “The experience was unreal…We fought and battled so hard and took nothing for granted.”
Their favorite moment? Winning the game was definitely the highlight of their night and leading before halftime.
Good job, guys!