Finland’s Running Backs Have a Fearsome Reputation

The Blue Lions have announced their running backs, a unit that was so utterly dominant when Finland smashed their way to a first-ever Women’s European Championship back in 2015.

This player group includes 2018 Women’s Maple League MVP, Tytti Kuusinen, who’s been a dominant force in the Finnish women’s game in recent years, and showed her mettle at the World Championships in Canada in 2017 as well.

A dangerous combination of pace, hard-hitting, and incredible tenacity, Kuusinen is the first of a number of players that are expected to shine in Finland’s ground game.

As Running Backs Coach Mikko Rissanen shared,

“The group is experienced, explosive, strong and will also surprise opponents with their speed.

He emphasised that as a unit, they’re a danger both carrying the football, but in the passing game as well:

“Our running backs have a lot of different features and skills. Whether it’s rushing, catching,  or potentially even throwing the ball!

Tytti Kuusinen offers north-south strength and speed, Mari Jaaskela’s can catch as well as any of the wideouts and is good at short yardage gains, Aino has the pace to break big plays to the outside, while Emilia Kemppl is a great blocker, able to support the offensive line in creating room to run for her fellow Running Backs.”


📸: Linda Mustakari

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