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An update on past news

Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Women’s football is still
kicking in the islands

Question: Whatever happened to the women's professional football team being organized in Hawaii.

Answer: Tryouts for the Hawaii Wave last summer attracted more than 75 women but the team never joined the Women's Professional Football League.

"They wanted too much money -- $10,000 to join the league and $20,000 to buy uniforms and equipment from them," said "Father John" Frederick, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Waipio, who organized the Hawaii team.

"And travel was going to be a big expense. We just couldn't do it without a big sponsor."

Many women trying out for the Wave formed their own team, the Hawaii Storm.

Coach Ben Morn's team played some intrasquad scrimmages last fall before taking a trip to Kauai, where the Storm defeated the Kauai Thunder, 61-0, before about 600 people last Thanksgiving weekend.

The Storm suited up 35 players and the Thunder 19 players.

"We've asked to join a new pro league, the Women's American Football League," said Kauai Thunder owner Nancy McMahon, who also plays for the team.

Sixteen Kauai residents and 10 women from Oahu play for the Thunder, which will be playing the Storm at Kaiser High School stadium Saturday at 3 p.m. Admission is $8.

"Our players get a percentage of whatever the gate is," McMahon said. "Mostly they're playing for the love of the game and maybe make enough for gas to come to practice."

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