Law joins the Lions pride
Lions are delighted to announce the signing of GB Linebacker Afia Vicki Law.
Law, who this year graduated from Portsmouth University, and having now returned home to the Midlands (Bromsgrove) following completion of her studies, has joined the Lions off the back of a very successful summer.
Picked for GB honors in the highly competitive position of linebacker, this former Portsmouth Destroyer, managed to finish the game with the third best tackle stats courtesy of a superb display of physicality and prowess, but her football-journey starts not here, but some three years ago, and some 150miles away.
“I started playing football in 2011 when I was a student at Portsmouth Uni” offered Law “…the men’s team started recruiting for a women’s section and right from the off I loved it – being a part of the Women’s team was awesome!” Law, was in fact an integral part of the Destroyers team, she was their captain throughout her tenure, featured heavily across the pitch (as a running back, receiver and safety) and off the field too she was more than busy behind the scenes, this effort suitably recognized when she was elected the team’s President in her final season.
“It was difficult to leave the team as I’d been with them right from the start” admits Law, “…but I’ve moved home now and whilst I’m really excited about being a Lion I also still want to help my old team where possible” so much so that Law is looking to continue working with them, “I’d like to help promote the sport in Portsmouth and help the team build their numbers.”
Such an attitude is happily praised by the Lions “it’s important that those of us who are in a position to help grow and promote the sport do so” commented Lions’ club captain Jo Kilby, “I think we all have a responsibility to help develop the game, to pass on the opportunities and the experiences we’ve gained so far to others, and so for Afia to help give back to the team that helped get her to where she is today is a pretty decent thing to do.”
But for now its all about the Lions and Law is most definitely ready for the challenge ahead: “I know a lot of the girls already from BAFA’s Diamond Series and from GB now too so I’m really looking forward to playing alongside them, the high level of coaching will be great too as I really want to improve my game.”
A great addition to the team we think you’ll all agree – welcome Afia – we look forward to seeing you in action in the white and royal blue soon.
Image courtesy and with thanks to MyLonelyTreeMedia and Garry Charles Photography.