Matil­das prom­ise a Brazil ‘ cracker’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AMANDA LULHAM

FOOT­BALL star Kyah Si­mon has promised the Matil­das will put on a ‘ crack­ing show’ when they take on the team that de­stroyed their dreams of a his­toric medal at last year’s Olympics.

Si­mon says the quar­ter­fi­nal loss to Brazil in Rio was still felt by the team but would be chan­nelled into pos­i­tive mo­ti­va­tion ahead of their two matches against the South Amer­i­can side in Australia next month.

“It’s still a soft spot for us,’’ Si­mon ad­mit­ted.

“It does still hurt. Big losses on big stages don’t es­cape you.

“But I feel as a pro­fes­sional ath­lete th­ese mo­ments can de­fine you. You use the heart­break and emo­tion as new mo­ti­va­tion.

“As a group we felt like it was a missed op­por­tu­nity. But we have high goals and we use the loss as a pos­i­tive.’’

Foot­ball Australia re­cently an­nounced Australia would play Brazil in two in­ter­na­tion­als in Syd­ney in New­cas­tle.

The Matil­das have an ev­er­grow­ing sup­port base with top qual­ity matches hope­fully en­tic­ing new sup­port­ers.

“This is huge and hope­fully it does bring more peo­ple to the game, be­ing able to watch such a high- level game,’’ Si­mon said. “And we will make it a cracker.’’

The Matil­das cre­ated his­tory in late July when they scored their first win over foot­ball su­per power, the US.

The Matil­das and Brazil will meet in a two- match In­ter­na­tional Se­ries in Pen­rith, on Septem­ber 16 and New­cas­tle, on Septem­ber 19.

MO­TI­VATED: Matil­das star Kyah Si­mon and her team have promised to put on a show against pow­er­house Brazil.

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