Kerr sets goal for fearless Matildas
STAR striker Sam Kerr has underlined the Matildas’ confidence, setting Australia the target of becoming “the powerhouse of women’s football”.
Kerr’s second- half header proved to be the winner in Saturday’s friendly with Brazil, giving the Matildas their second win over the South Americans in six weeks.
Coming in the wake of Australia’s triumph at the recent Tournament of Nations in the US, the result reinforced the aim of Kerr and her teammates to be one of the world’s leading sides and target silverware in the next few years.
More than 15,000 fans packed out Pepper Stadium at Penrith to see Lisa De Vanna give the hosts the lead with a superb volley, before Kerr’s header sealed the 2- 1 win.
“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.
“We feel confident every game, but more so now after the recent results we’ve had.
“It’s a bit more pressure, but we love going into a game knowing Marta is worrying about Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley, rather than us just worrying about her.
“Even our team talks from when we played them at the World Cup ( in 2015) are completely different, it’s about us and what we can do – which is really cool for the girls.”