Kerr’s spe­cial trick to get back in fo­cus

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

IF you spot Sam Kerr stick­ing her head into her shirt mid­match in Pen­rith to­day, you’ll have wit­nessed the Aus­tralian for­ward ground­ing her­self.

Then, if the mind­ful­ness trick works, she might fol­low it with one of those Kerr mo­ments that shot her into the strato­sphere.

“I have a spe­cial thing,” Kerr says. “We have a sports psy­chol­o­gist who works with us (Matil­das) and my thing is that when­ever I’m think­ing about some­thing else and I catch my­self, I put my head in my top.

“It’s just about bring­ing my­self back to where I am and feel­ing my feet on the ground.”

A lot has changed in the year since Kerr, 25, and the Matil­das last played in Pen­rith and New­cas­tle, when she scored three times across two wins over Brazil.

With the ac­co­lades has come a taste of global fame.

“You al­ways want that as a kid. To be, I guess, known as a sports star,” Kerr said.

“But it can be a lit­tle bit con­fronting some­times. I still haven’t got my head around peo­ple turn­ing and al­most star­ing at you. I can’t imag­ine be­ing to­tally hugely fa­mous.”

Kerr has an agent now to man­age the de­mands that come with be­ing one of the world’s best play­ers so Perth Glory W-League mar­quee player can con­cen­trate on the pitch in a World Cup year. Her fo­cus is now on beat­ing Chile.

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