CAN SHINBONERS TURN THE TIDE?
Coming out of the 2016 Winter Footy Draft, the Clearwater Kangas were expected to be one of the strongest sides in the Major League Footy Florida winter competition.
Since that fateful night back in November, the Shinboners have found projections – and strength on paper – often don’t translate to success on the ground.
With four current or former USAFL National Team players – plus the St. Petersburg Swans 2016 ‘Spirit of the Club Awardee Janni Mirosevich, Clearwater was clearly expected to make a serious run for the February 25 Championship Final.
Instead, they’re reduced to fighting to avoid the Wooden Spoon.
Currently at the bottom of the winter metro league ladder, and also with the greatest deficit in scoring (-57), the Kangas have been beset by injuries to Mirosevich, as well as the absence of their expected stalwarts.
That has winter captain Dionne Jones – who’ll be replaced this Saturday by fellow 2016 Women’s D2 Championship player Annie Weaver – looking for answers as the side attempts to wrap up their winter campaign Saturday.
Saturday’s Winter metro match vs Orlando begins immediately follow the combined club’s weekly training. Training begins at 10 AM, on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.