- Jess Lyon
- Westside Wombats
[Originally published: 23 Oct 2016]
A stalwart of Australian Fistball, Jess ‘Lyon Heart’ Lyon is the only member of the team to have been involved in Australian Fistball since it’s inception, almost 4 long years ago.
Making her debut at the inaugural Fistivus – “Fistival of Fistball” – Lyon Heart has been a rock in the Westside Wombats defensive unit ever since (disregarding a productive 9 month period where she turned her attention towards incubating the next wave of Australian fistballers). With a nickname inspired by her favourite Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Lyon Heart will similarly stop at nothing to ensure she fists her way to victory against the odds. In fact, if the Possums claim victory at these World Championships, she has promised to do the splits between two moving semi-trailers while punching personally-signed fistballs into the hysterial throng of adoring fans.
Another member of the team with a strong sporting pedigree, she has the lethal combination of the attacking prowess of Garry Lyon, the defensive nous of Ross Lyon and the ball control of Nathan Lyon, all mixing together to make Lyon Heart a valuable asset anywhere on the field.
Elected Captain of the Australian Women’s Team by her peers, Lyon Heart joins a long list of inspiration Australian sporting captains such as Steve Waugh, John Eales, Liz Ellis, Malcolm Donnellon, Andrew Gaze, Cameron Smith and Michael Clarke… ok well maybe not so much Michael Clarke, but they do both share the love of a crisp Sauv Blanc. However, the Australian captain she is most expected to resemble is Kim Hughes, after being voted ‘most likely to be found sobbing in a corner’ due to being away from her child for 2 weeks.
Name: Jessie Lyon
Nickname: Lyon Heart
Club Team: Westside Wombats Fistball Club
Jersey #: 1
Fist #: 1
Dominant Hand: Right
Birthplace: Melbourne, VIC
Birth Year: 1986
Sporting Hero: Brent Harvey
Favourite Non-Fistball Sports Team: North Melbourne Kangaroos
Best “Fire Up” Song Before Hitting The Fistball Field: “Everybody” by Backstreet Boys