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March 21, 2013

A league of their own

Women shift gears from family life to floor hockey


”Our girls cheer us on and hold up home-made signs,” she said. “We go to watch our kids do their things, so why not have them cheer us on?”

Joanne MacKeen, 36, of Haverhill plays forward for the What were we Thinking team.

”At first, I was reluctant to join,” MacKeen said. “I like team sports, but I hadn’t played on a team since I played field hockey at Haverhill High School.”

After her first game, she was hooked, too.

”It was so much fun. I was instantly addicted to floor hockey,” MacKeen said. “It’s been nice getting to know women who have the same interests. And I like aggressive sports.”

MacKeen is in the YMCA building quite a bit. She has two daughters, ages 5 and 7 who participate in gymnastics there, a 4-year-old son who plays on a youth floor hockey league there, and a 17-year-old daughter who volunteers at the YMCA.

”I wanted to do something for me and get some exercise,” MacKeen said. “You always hear about men’s leagues such as basketball, but when I saw the flyer for the women’s floor hockey league, it got my attention.

”We’re not trying to kill anyone out there, but we do play to win,” she said. “I’m definitely going to do it the next time.”

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