3 Westfield Matildas set to dazzle in Victoria this month
Melbourne’s AAMI Park and GMHBA Stadium in Geelong are set to be the scenes of more Westfield Matildas magic against China PR this month.
Here are just three stars who will command the spotlight come November 22 and 26.
Four show-stopping goals at the ultra-competitive Tournament of Nations. Three more in September’s twin friendly wins over Brazil. How many beckon against China PR?
It’s hard to put a limit on a striker who, having found her best position as a genuine centre-forward, won the Golden Boot and the Most Valuable Player award in the NWSL.
The 24-year-old is incredibly quick, possesses a sublime leap and has sharpened her instincts around goal.
And with Kyah Simon and Michelle Heyman keeping Kerr on her toes, the Westfield Matildas’ scoring options run deep.
EMILY VAN EGMOND
The heartbeat in midfield.
Most commonly utilised in a holding role, the vastly-experienced Van Egmond can also be influential going box-to-box or even in behind the strikers.
Over 66 caps, the 24-year-old has become a supremely calm and creative presence on the ball and is just as capable of finding the net from distance as the penalty spot.
The Westfield W-League is certainly the better for having her back pulling the strings for unbeaten Newcastle Jets.
Having accrued 57 international caps, World Cup and Asian Cup appearances, and a Westfield W-League championship over seven seasons, it’s incredible to think Kennedy is still only 22.
The Melbourne City star’s ball-playing ability has become a feature of Alen Stajcic’s tactical set-up as the likes of Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna and Hayley Raso relish the raking passes in behind.
But it’s her defensive understanding with centre-back partner Laura Alleway which truly enables Australia’s attacking stars to shine, the pair having teamed up for much of their international careers.