Desperate Housewives off to Masters in Italy

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The Desperate Housewives are heading to Italy.

No, not the popular TV show, but the Grande Prairie ladies soccer team who are competing in the 2013 World Masters Games in Torino, Italy.

When the Opening Ceremonies take place on Friday, the team will be proudly brandishing both the Canadian flag and their team name.

“We represent Canada, Alberta, Grande Prairie,” said Desperate Housewives team manager Corrine Kerik. “We’ve got our little banner of Grande Prairie and our Alberta and Canada flags.”

She added: “The team name is all over our jerseys.”

“We’re proud to be that and some of us are more desperate than others,” Kerik joked.

In many ways, the World Masters Games closely resembles the Olympics, in fact Kerik described it as “the Olympics for those who are 35 (years old) and over.”

The competition takes place every four years and there are 30 different sports at the Games, such as badminton, field hockey and sailing. The main difference between the Masters Games and the Olympics is that the Masters Games are open to anyone to compete, while athletes have to qualify to attend the Olympics.

“It’s a great opportunity to go out and do the sport you love and not have to worry about having to qualify, it’s open to everyone,” Kerik said. “It makes it so much easier to get into your sport.”

Over the nine-day soccer event, the Desperate Housewives will be playing a total of six games in the 45-plus age category with the possibility of two more games if they make the playoffs.

This is the third trip to the World Masters Games for the Housewives. In 2009, the squad attended the Games in Sydney, Australia and they attended their first Games in Edmonton in 2005.

“Everyone but one player is the same from the (Edmonton) Games,” said Kerik of the 17 players on the squad. “(In Edmonton) we figured let’s just go and try this thing. We were enrolled in the 35-plus category – at the time we were much younger – and we just had a lot of interest in going and we bonded as a team.

“When it was announced that it would be in Australia, we brought it to the team and everyone thought that would be an awesome idea and now (with Torino), here we go again. We definitely all wanted to do this one.”

While playing competitive, the journey has always been about enjoying the experience of the competition.

“We’ve won some, we’ve lost some; we’ve never made it into the finals or anything,” Kerik said. “However, I don’t believe that’s why we go. Sure we go to win, we all love to win, but we go there and do our best and have a ton of fun.”

The 2013 World Masters Games wrap up on Aug. 11 with the Closing Ceremonies.