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Women’s Interhall Football: Farley and Pasquerilla West set for big Sunday shootout

Ben Vincent and Tom Dorwart | Friday, September 16, 2005

A pair of squads hopes to start the season on the right foot Sunday when Pasquerilla West meets Farley on West Quad at 4 p.m.

The game promises to be a shootout, with both captains touting their receivers as among their greatest strengths.

While these dorms aren’t exactly the biggest rivals on campus, it looks like they will match up well against each other, and this game could have a big impact on their hopes of making the playoffs.

Farley’s captain Katie Popik says that her team is replete with veterans, and should have its best season in recent memory.

She said their greatest assets were depth and experience and, as quarterback, expressed greater confidence in her receivers.

Meanwhile, Pasquerilla West looks to build on a successful season last year.

“Having returning coaches will be a big plus, they know us and the intense game that is girls’ flag football,” PW captain Julie Putnam said.

She added she and her defensive line will pressure Farley’s passing game all day.

“We are all-around strong,” receiver Maureen Spring said. “We’ve made improvements in offense and defense and have a lot of junior girls returning.”

This could prove to be one of the greatest matchups of the season, as both teams have something to prove and nothing to lose.

McGlinn vs. Welsh Family

Another great Notre Dame season kicks off Sunday. It’s no varsity sport, but it’s still tradition, still intense and still fun.

Sunday at 3 p.m. at the McGlinn fields the Welsh Family Whirlwinds clash with the Breen-Phillips Babes in the opening Gold League match-up.

In 2004, in a semifinal thriller, the Whirlwinds lost to the Walsh Wild Women. It was the third semifinal loss in a row for the Whirlwinds.

Now, the returnees are back with a vengeance.

The Babes started out the 2004 campaign 3-0 but exited early in the playoffs.

They, too, hope to rid themselves of the bitter taste from last season.