The Manitoba Fearless may have found their quarterback of the future.
Late last month, the Western Women’s Canadian Football League squad added Madison Siwicki of St. Laurent to its roster for the upcoming season.
Siwicki, 17, played four seasons with the Manitoba Girls Football Association’s Interlake Thunder, while being named the team’s most outstanding player and garnering a pair of MGA all-star nods, before joining the Thunder bantam squad this past year.
The Grade 11 École Communautaire Aurèle-Lemoine student is stoked about the opportunity to play in the eight-team women’s league, which spans the Prairie provinces.
“I’m really excited. It’s a completely different level than MGFA,” Siwicki told The Interlake Spectator. “I loved MGFA, but I’m just being introduced to so many new things and the 12-man play is very different, so I decided to try it.”
The five-foot-five pocket passer has enjoyed tremendous success on the gridiron with the MGFA, but that previous experience was in a six-on-six atmosphere. With the Fearless, Siwicki is learning all about the nuances of the traditional 12-on-12 Canadian brand of football.
“I’m definitely expecting a lot more action, but I’m not sure what to expect yet,” she said. “I think it’s going to be fun and different and I’m really excited to be trying it out.”
With not as much open space for receivers to get open in the 12-man game as compared to six-man play, Siwicki noted her vision will need to be more precise when she looks for open pass-catchers down the field.
“It has to come naturally because you don’t have much time to adapt; you’ve got to do it right away,” she added. “It’s a thing of just being able to see things and be able to adapt to them as soon as you see them.”
Siwicki also explained part of her reasoning for joining the Fearless was that he has friends that play on the Winnipeg-based team. She went to rookie camp earlier this year and attended a few practices, eventually deciding to commit to the Fearless this season.
She isn’t sure exactly how she will fit into her new team’s plans this year, but admitted it wouldn’t be the worst thing to watch returning starting quarterback Marta Breul lead the Fearless offence, while learning from the sidelines.
“I think it would help a ton,” Siwicki said. “Even during practices they have so many experienced coaches and I’m just learning so many new things already. Even when I am taking reps and watching the other quarterback do some work, I can learn from her, too.”
This year’s schedule has yet to be unveiled but the WWCFL tends to open up regular-season play in May.