Kerr sets goal for fear­less Matil­das

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TOM SMITHIES

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.”

Sam Kerr.

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