Helen Mondia-Harvey - Pioneer of Women's Footy in the US & Sacramento Suns Star


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In this weeks episode, we are going to be focussing on non-Australians that have taken up our great game, not just in the Philippines, but around the world.
Firstly we will take a look at all the non-Aussies that have ever played with PAFL which will culminate in us naming the best non-Aussie PAFL team. Some of the nationalities that have played PAFL over the years include Filipino, British, New Zealanders, American, Irish, Zimbabwean, Danish, Swiss, French, Papua New Guinean, Russian, Fijian and Polish. From all of these nationalities, we pick out the best 13 players to form our best non-Aussie PAFL team.
Then we catch up with one of the most unique guests we have had the pleasure of hosting on the PAFL chat podcast, Helen Mondia-Harvey. Helen is a Philippines born, American raised female Aussie Rules player based in Sacramento, California.
Helen's Aussie Rules journey began in the early 2000s when she was first exposed to the game in Southern California which led to her playing a few ladies exhibition games at the USAFL nationals.
From there, as women's football gained in popularity, she ended up being a founding member of the Sacramento Suns women's team in 2010 and then ultimately, played in the 2014 International Cup in Melbourne for the USA Liberty Team.
Then to top it all off, Helen was the assistant coach for the Lady Suns when they won the Division II title in the 2018 USAFL tournament!
This is a truly fascinating story of a Philippines born, American raised female playing our great game halfway around the world. This is one of the best episodes we have ever done on the PAFL chat podcast, so sit back and enjoy!
Please also be reminded that over the coming weeks, we will have a number of great topics including the top PAFL code switchers, best PAFL nicknames, the best forwards, mids and backs to have ever played for PAFL and much more, so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out on all the fun and the banter.
Do you you agree with our team selections? Have we missed anyone? Send us a message and have your say. We want you to be involved. If you have any requests, suggestions or feedback for the podcast, lets us know by visiting our website or email us at podcast@pafl.com.ph
Also, check out Dezza's Top Non-Aussie PAFL Team by visiting our website
Thanks also to our sponsor Mr Clean for their continued support of this podcast and the PAFL.

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