Alabama Slammers

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This article is about the Women's football team. For the WHA2 hockey team, see Alabama Slammers (hockey).
Alabama Slammers
Sport Football
League Women's American Football League
Active 2001–2002
Home field Guy Tucker Field
Record 2-7
Coach Brian Watson
Web site Uncertain

The Alabama Slammers were a professional women's football team playing as a part of the Women's American Football League during the 20012002 season. The team played its home games at Guy Tucker Field and at Max Luther Field in Huntsville, and was owned by Lloyd Leslie with Brian Watson serving as head coach. The team and league folded at the conclusion of the inaugural season.

History

The Slammers were born on August 15, 2001 after the Women's American Football League granted a team license to the Alabama Slammers. On August 25, open tryouts for the team were held at McClendon Park. The team consisted of a 25 women roster with players coming from throughout Alabama. Although this was a professional league, all players were responsible for selling T-shirts and sponsorships to cover costs.

The initial home games were played in Huntsville before Guy Tucker Field was secured as a venue later that season. The championship World Bowl was held on February 9, 2002, with the California Quakes winning the league championship.

The team would play their lone season in the Central Division of the Atlantic Conference. Other teams in the conference included:

Central Division: Alabama Slammers, Indianapolis Vipers, New Orleans Voodoo Dolls
South Division: Jacksonville Dixie Blues, Orlando/Daytona Beach, Tampa Bay Force [1]

Partial roster

  • Kelly Hardy, middle linebacker
  • Kathy Palmer, running back
  • Melody Studdard, halfback

2001-02 record (2-7)

  • October 27: Lost 6-0 vs. New Orleans Voodoo Dolls (in Huntsville).
  • November 10: Lost 14-0 at New Orleans Voodoo Dolls.
  • November 17: Lost 52-6 at Indianapolis Vipers.
  • December 1: Won 12-6 vs. New Orleans Voodoo Dolls (in Huntsville).
  • December 8: Lost 36-0 at Orlando Fire.
  • December 15: Lost 44-8 at Indianapolis Vipers.
  • December 22: Lost 43-8 vs. Jacksonville Dixie Blues.
  • January 12: Won 2-0 vs. Tampa Bay Force in a forfeit.
  • January 17: Lost 36-0 vs. Indianapolis Vipers.

References

  • Staff Reports (August 16, 2001) "Sports digest." Birmingham News.
  • Wolf, Jason (October 25, 2001) "Women at work, city's newest team playing for experience, but no money." Birmingham News.

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