Season Wrap 2023

This season has been exceptionally eventful for the Ottawa Swans, with both the men’s and women’s teams experiencing a rollercoaster of ups and downs in the 2023 season. Throughout this season, we witnessed remarkable comebacks, celebrated the success of several of our players who made it to Team Canada, marked Jacob’s 150th appearance as a Swan, and enjoyed numerous other memorable moments. Although the finals (playoffs) did not unfold as we had hoped, the 2023 season will forever be etched in our memories for its unforgettable moments. Let’s take a closer look at some of these highlights, as shared by our players.


“For me, I had two highlights. The first is our game against the Blue Demons in Ottawa, the comeback we pulled off showed the quality we can produce under a lot of pressure. You can see how excited all the players were after the game and what that win meant to them. The other highlight was our men’s last game of the season. In a game against a bitter rival, facing not making finals for the first time in many years, the players showed up and put up a valiant effort and never gave up. In a year with many ups and downs, that was a very proud moment for myself and the club, showing the Ottawa spirit of never giving up at home or on the road.” – Yaser Abou Elenein


“My most memorable moment is the last home game of the season against High Park/Central Blues, when we came back from a 3-goal deficit to win it by 2 goals! It truly was a team win, no one gave up and everyone gave 110% on the field. Everyone stayed focused, did their job, and worked together to come back from behind and get the win. An incredible way to finish the season. So proud of everyone! I can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish together next season, when everyone will have a bit more experience under their belts as it was the first or second AFLO season for many of our players.” – Caroline Leduc


“In the last game of the men’s season we played the Rebels in Toronto. We went into the game with low attendance numbers and had to borrow a few players to make a competitive side. As the game progressed, we sustained a few injuries and found ourselves short a few guys. That’s when our water girl, Larissa Anastasia, who had already played a full game for the girls earlier that day, stepped forward and offered to put on a jersey to play for us. Unsure as to the rules on a mixed team, we were quick to find out that it was fine, so she grabbed a jersey and joined the Swans men’s team in the forward line giving a stand out performance. Larrisa showed true bravery against a dominant and physically aggressive Rebels team. She held her own and earned ‘Player’s Player’ award for the day.” – Joshua La Porta


While the season for the Ottawa Swans may have had its share of challenges and unpredictable moments, it will be remembered for its resilience, remarkable comebacks, and the indomitable spirit of the players. Success is often measured not just in wins and losses, but in the moments of perseverance, unity, and courage displayed by our players. The Ottawa Swans have faced challenges head-on, and have emerged stronger for it. As the team looks forward to the next season, there is an air of optimism and excitement in the anticipation of what they can achieve together. The experiences gained and the lessons learned will undoubtedly fuel them to continue striving for greatness, both on and off the field. The Ottawa Swans are ready to embrace the future with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, confident that the best is yet to come. 

Ali Boty

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