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Fast proud to attend first Challenge Cup 0

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

Jill Fast (left), seen here with the Winnipeg Nomads Wolf Pack, went 1-3 with Team Manitoba at the Women’s Challenge Cup in Laval over the weekend. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency)

Jill Fast (left), seen here with the Winnipeg Nomads Wolf Pack, went 1-3 with Team Manitoba at the Women’s Challenge Cup in Laval over the weekend. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency)

Jill Fast was thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Women's Challenge Cup.

The local wide receiver suited up with Team Manitoba at the event in Laval, Que over the weekend.

Fast said she and her teammates were honoured to be a part of the first running of the tournament, saying it marks a special time for the sport.

"It was exciting for all of us because we knew it was a huge step in women's football moving forward," said Fast. "They're saying hopefully there will be another national tournament in two years. It was really exciting to be a part of that, for sure, and hopefully the sport keeps growing."

Team Manitoba posted a 1-3 record at the tournament. Manitoba was 0-2 Saturday after falling 21-0 to eventual champion Quebec and 20-3 to runners-up Saskatchewan.

Sunday started better for the team after eking out a 14-13 victory over Alberta, but the club wrapped the weekend with a 21-7 loss to Team Atlantic.

The 'Tobans were in tough to begin, as the Quebec club, based out of Montreal, were the Independent Women's Football League champions this past season after edging the Sacramento Sirens in the championship game.

"They're a pretty good team," said Fast. "They're a pretty competitive team, so we did okay against them, considering.

"Team Saskatchewan's still pretty strong, but we competed well against them, too. They won our league."

For more, please see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

dan.falloon@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: PDGdfalloon

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