De Vanna in the twilight zone
EVEN Lisa De Vanna admits that she is in “the twilight” of her career - but credits that for a sense of freedom as she closes in on Tim Cahill’s goalscoring record for Australia.
De Vanna’s stunning volley gave the Matildas a deserved lead against Brazil on Saturday, her threat undiminished at 32 as Australia proved again their world-class credentials with a 2-1 victory.
The goal was her 43rd for her country, adding to her record haul for the Matildas and putting her four behind Cahill as both pursue a half-century of goals in the national shirt.
De Vanna admitted overhauling the Socceroos talisman had crossed her mind, but said her overriding aim was just “to have fun” after a career chequered with moments where she had been “sick and stressed”.
She is unlikely to play a significant role in the second game with Brazil tomorrow, but with the Asian Cup and World Cup looming in the next two years De Vanna has every incentive to keep going.
“I’m chasing that (Cahill’s record), that’s my next thing,” she said.
“But if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I feel like that’s probably why I’m having a pretty consistent game because I’m just having fun.
“I think about it but it’s not my main goal. I just want to have fun.”
HAVING FUN: Australia’s Lisa De Vanna.