The Québec Saints were founded as a men’s Aussie rules football team in early 2008 by Luke Anderson and joined the Ontario Australian Football League’s (AFLO) “Rec Footy” league the same year.
In late 2008 the Québec Saints divided into two 9-a-side teams (the Montréal Saints and the Laval Bombers) forming the basis of AFL Quebec (previously known as the Eastern Canadian Australian Football League (ECAFL)).
In 2009 the AFLO relaunched “Rec Footy” as Division 2, wherein the Saints competed in the division for two years before finally withdrawing from the competition due to the travel requirements. From 2011 onwards the Saints focused on playing exhibition matches and participating in tournaments.
After having several women join the Québec Saints training throughout the 2008 season, the league decided pursue the creation of a full-time women’s team for the 2009 season. This new women’s team would be known at the Montreal Angels and at this time wore the same uniform as the Québec Saints.
On July 12th, 2009 the Montreal Angels had their first intra-club match after a successful recruitment and training campaign. The Montreal Angels, and the women’s league as a whole, would continue to steadily grow.
In 2012, after a year hiatus, the Montreal Angels redesigned their uniforms to differentiate themselves from the Saints, going for a purple, black, and white aesthetic instead.
Both the Québec Saints and the Montreal Angels would act as representatives of AFL Quebec until the end of the 2019 season.
From 2020 – 2021 both teams experienced a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, when footy was able to start up again in full both in Canada and the USA, the Québec Saints also made a comeback. This time instead of being exclusively a name for the men’s team, both the AFL Quebec women’s and men’s representative teams operated under the same name, as well as both adopted the same uniform.
The Saints were back in action representing AFL Quebec in both exhibition matches and tournaments. The men’s Saints team took part the 2022 US Nationals, combining with the DC Eagles to fill out numbers. While the women’s Saints team combined with the Ottawa Swans and Hamilton Wildcats to form the “Wild Swaints” and took home the 2022 AFL Canada Cup.
As the league continues to grow in numbers, there’s no telling where the Québec Saints will go next.