Birmingham and GB Lions stand-out playmaker and EP Elite athlete Ruth Matta has kicked off her career with the Boston Renegades in the Women’s Football Alliance.
One of the most successful teams in American Women’s Football, the Renegades are defending their inaugural WFA title and two games in are certainly looking like they’re in great shape to make it back-to-back National Championships!
Opening their season against the Tamba Bay Inferno on 6 August, the Renegades got off to a hot start with a 7-61 victory!
Despite it being Matta’s debut appearance in the top women’s league in the world, the Renegades wasted no time in putting their new recruit to work – Matta punched in Boston’s third score of the day early in the second quarter, on her way to an impressive first outing: averaging 10.5 yards a carry off of 4 rushes, including two touchdowns, and tacked on a reception for 13 yards!
Roll forwards a week, and the Renegades continued their impressive form on Saturday evening, racking up another one-sided scoreline by defeating the New York Wolves 68-14!
The game was broadcast live via the Renegades Facebook Page, with Matta receiving a wealth of cross-Atlantic support from Britball teammates and fans.
Boston needed all of two plays to open up the scoring, and only a single play on the following drive after recovering a fumble deep in New York territory.
Matta made her first appearance of the day in the third drive, but had to wait until a bit later in the quarter to get her first touch of the football – the diminutive speedster taking a hand-off straight up the middle for a seven-yard gain. She followed this up with a darting outside run to the right for 4, frustratingly wiped out by a penalty.
With the score 41-0 to the Renegades at the half, Matta’s made an impact on special teams as she took a bouncing kick return almost to the half-way mark, and a second strong return that almost broke free towards the end of the third quarter.
Taking her third and final hand-off of the day as the Renegades approached the redzone, Matta did her signature cut-on-a-dime and weaved between defenders for a twelve yard gain that set up first-and-goal.
Despite their significant lead, the Renegades continued to work their passing game, extending their lead even further, allowing the Wolves no reprieve.
Though she wasn’t able to add to her touchdown tally, it’s clear Matta’s already been recognised as a dynamic weapon by her new hosts and we’ll continue to follow her throughout the Renegades season!
Launching in 2019, our Britball Abroad blog series will seek to track British ballers as they take exciting steps in their Football Journeys – choosing to play abroad, both in the various semi-pro European leagues, or stateside, perhaps with their sights set on the pinnacle of the sport: a career in the NFL!