Cahill next on list for lethal Matil­das as­sas­sin

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM SMITHIES

LISA De Vanna ad­mits that she is in the twi­light of her ca­reer but says it has given her 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 Satur- day, her threat undi­min­ished at 31 as Aus­tralia il­lus­trated 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 be­hind only Cahill as both pur­sue a half-cen­tury of goals in the na­tional shirt.

De Vanna said reel­ing in

Soc­ceroo 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. “I feel like that’s prob­a­bly why I’m hav­ing a pretty con­sis­tent game, be­cause I’m just hav­ing fun.”

Lisa De Vanna against Brazil.

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