Lisa De Vanna

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SHE is con­sid­ered one of the great­est fe­male foot­ballers in the world, but Matil­das co-cap­tain Lisa De Vanna stays out of the spot­light, now liv­ing a “mostly quiet life” in Point Cook. How­ever, next month she is plan­ning on mak­ing plenty of noise when she heads to the Rio Olympics. The striker, 31, who led Mel­bourne City to vic­tory in the W League this sea­son, is ea­ger to add a gold medal to her swag of achieve­ments, which al­ready in­cludes one Olympics, three World Cups and 38 in­ter­na­tional goals.

As­sum­ing we don’t have a game, my Sat­ur­day is pretty re­laxed. I’d nor­mally get up and go to the gym first thing. My sis­ter, her hus­band and I might go to the beach, walk the dog and have a nice break­fast. Just chill and chat. I love Mel­bourne be­cause it’s pretty chilled like that, but I feel like I’m more here for work than any­thing else. I do some­times get recog­nised when I am out and about. I al­ways think it’s so nice for our sport that some­one loves it enough to recog­nise a player. When I think back to when I was a kid, all my foot­ball role mod­els were men.

A pic­ture of my dad, Frank, who died eight years ago. I still miss him ev­ery day. I like to think he would be proud of me and what I have achieved. He def­i­nitely comes to me when I need him. When we were in Ja­pan, at­tempt­ing to qual­ify for Rio, I begged him so much to help, and I am sure he heard me.

I don’t re­ally have one. If I want to cook I just open a cook­book or look some­thing up on the in­ter­net and I’ll at­tempt to make it. That ap­proach can be pretty hit and miss. I’m no bloody Jamie Oliver, that’s for sure.

My sis­ter, brother-in-law and I have a pretty good sys­tem go­ing and share the load around the house. We’ll split up areas and just get the clean­ing done. I do like to an­noy my sis­ter, who is a lit­tle bit OCD, by leav­ing dishes in the sink or a sin­gle knife on the ta­ble.

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