Some of the most fearsome, rugged football players in South Jersey get in the action every Saturday in the spring and early summer at Lawrence Kern Football Field in Somers Point.
They run well-designed plays and try to dip and dodge opponents as they go after the flags that hang from each of their hips. These are some of the most intense flag football games you're going to find.
Oh, and it's ladies only.
More than 100 women from Somers Point and the surrounding towns compete in the Jersey Shore Powder Puff League. Some of the players come from as far away as Hammonton.
"I am happy I am able to be here for a third season," JSPPL president Barbie Carney said. "I never thought it would get here, but it got real competitive. Teams got better each year."
The JSPPL started three years ago with a group of friends sitting in Gregory's, a bar in Somers Point, talking about the powder-puff football games they played at Mainland Regional High School. It was junior vs. seniors.
Carney won both years she played, and she thought it would be fun to try to bring that back.
She put a message up on Facebook to test interest.
"There was a really great response," Carney said. "So we created a (Facebook) page, then looked into a non-profit and I wanted to incorporate something with it."
The league included six teams its first year. But Carney wanted it to be more than a flag football league. One of the main goals of the league is to raise money for charity. The foremost charity is the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis. Carney's father, Randy, died from pulmonary fibrosis.
She did this for him.
The name of her team is Randy's Girls. Local businesses sponsor the other seven teams in this year.
This year, along with the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, the JSPPL also raised money for a $2,500 scholarship for a female Mainland Regional High School student.
"I joined to play football. It was two weeks before I realized what the charity was," said Megan Rodden, 28, who works for Longport Media and serves as the league's director of fundraising."It was so providential because my dad had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis about four years ago. It was really strange how it worked."
But the league is still about fun and camaraderie. As the women slowly trickle in for their games - each team plays four - at the Somers Point field, they joke with each other about the week they had and the fun they are going to have that weekend.
Many have become friends with their new teammates and even some opponents. The social aspect of the league is one of the main draws.
Rachelle Armbruster went to college and law school and spent eight years away from the area, losing touch with many of her childhood friends.
The JSPPL gave her a way to connect with people again and make new friends.
"The people I made here will friends for life," Armbruster said. "I was pleasantly surprised that everyone was so welcoming."
But Armbruster is also in it for the competition. As a soccer and softball player at Holy Spirit High School, she played sports all the time. But never football.
However, the Linwood resident picked it up right away and now plays safety and wide receiver.
"I might have watched a game or two of football in my life," Armbruster said. "I just found my natural athleticism translated over to football. It's easy when you have knowledgeable coaches to teach you how the game works."
Many of the player are, like Armbruster, former high and college athletes. Players have to be at least 18 to play, but most of the women are 21 or older.
Not everyone has a sports background.
The closest Stephanie Richey had ever gotten to sports was coaching cheerleaders.
But the 58-year-old decided to try out flag football last year when a friend told her about the league.
Richey said she was nervous when she first stepped on the field, not knowing what to expect or what she should be doing. But the coaches and players made her feel welcome and eased the transition.
"Being older, I just wanted to see if I could do it," Richey said. "And I wanted a football shirt with my name on the back. It was a little scary and intimidating at first, but it is a lot of fun."
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