Venom kicks off new season Saturday

from staff reports

   The Tennessee Venom women's full contact football Team opens its 2004 regular season against the Nashville Dream this Saturday at Blountville Middle School.
   The Venom and Dream are members of the world's largest full contact football organization for women, The National Women's Football Association.
   The Tennessee Venom organization recruited heavily this past fall and has over 13 new rookies from the surrounding areas. The Venom has been practicing since October of last year.
   Venom head coach Jeff Gethers returns for his third season as head coach and co-owner of the team and feels that the Venom should improve its performance over last years win-loss record.
   "The team has worked hard and we have a new defensive coordinator, Heather Wallen, and offensive coordinator, Shannon Simpson, that have made a sudden impact on the intensity of this year's players," Gethers said.
   "The veterans of the Venom are looking very forward to this first game," staid Susan Greenway, co-owner and player of the Venom. "We feel we match up very well with the Dream and we have a very competitive schedule ahead of us this season, with travel to Chattanooga, Asheville, and Atlanta."
   The Venom has changed its home playing venue to Blountville Middle School in Blountville, Tennessee. Kickoff for their first 3 games will be 6:05 p.m., and the last-game kickoff will be at 7:05 p.m.
   The National Women's Football Association kicks off its fourth season on April 3, with 36 teams competing for the 2004 Championship. The league has sold six licenses for 2004.
   Additional teams for 2004 include: Shoals SmasHers (AL), Roanoke Revenge (VA), Evansville Express (IN). Denton Stampede (TX), Dallas (TX) and Austin Outlaws (TX).
   Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.tennesseevenom.com. Gates open at 5 p.m. and game time is 6:05 p.m.
   Tickets: Adults $8, students $3, and 11-under free.