De Vanna in the twi­light zone

The Advertiser - - SPORT - TOM SMITHIES

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.

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