Sky’s the limit for Matil­das

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STAR striker Sam Kerr has un­der­lined the Matil­das’ grow­ing con­fi­dence, set­ting Aus­tralia the tar­get of be­com­ing “the pow­er­house of women’s foot­ball”.

Kerr’s sec­ond-half header proved the win­ner in Satur­day’s 2-1 win over Brazil in their friendly, the Matil­das’ sec­ond win over the South Amer­i­cans in six weeks.

More than 15,000 fans packed out Pep­per Sta­dium in Pen­rith to see Lisa De Vanna give the hosts the lead with a su­perb vol­ley, be­fore Kerr’s header sealed the win.

The US-based WA striker said it was an­other re­sult that would be noted around the world.

“That’s what we want, we want to win con­sis­tently against top five or top six na­tions,” she said.

“Brazil is a great team no matter where they’re ranked, they’re a top side and they’ve got Marta who’s one of the best to ever play the game.

“So we’ve got a lot of re­spect for them but now we’re want­ing to be the pow­er­house of women’s foot­ball.”

De Vanna’s stun­ning opener lifted the vet­eran’s in­ter­na­tional goal tally to 43.

Hav­ing al­ready eclipsed Kate Gill as the Matil­das’ record scorer, she’s now got Soc­ceroos leg­end Tim Cahill watch­ing his back.

Six more mo­ments of magic and the 32-year-old will bet­ter Cahill’s men’s record of 48 and be­come Aus­tralia’s high­est-ever scorer of ei­ther gen­der.

“I’m chas­ing that, that’s my next thing,” De Vanna said. “But if it hap­pens, it hap­pens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

“I think about it, but it’s not my main goal. It’s time for me to ac­tu­ally en­joy the twi­light of my ca­reer.”

SPECIAL: Sam Kerr cel­e­brates her goal that gave Aus­tralia vic­tory over Brazil.

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