Kerr, De Vanna proud of Westfield Matildas' nationwide appeal
Westfield Matildas stars Lisa De Vanna and Sam Kerr were in a euphoric mood after spearheading a 5-0 win over Thailand in their hometown of Perth.
Co-captain De Vanna scored twice while Kerr grabbed a pair of assists as the team turned in a polished performance in their maiden appearance in Western Australia.
Kerr, who captains Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League, spoke positively of taking the much-loved Westfield Matildas to their widespread supporters.
"To play in front of family and friends is amazing and it's awesome to see the crowd get behind us," the 24-year-old forward told Fox Sports.
"It's a proud moment for me, Lisa and 'Lyds' (Lydia Williams), who is originally from WA, we'll claim her.
"It's a proud moment for not only us but the team to finally come out and play in front of the whole of Australia, not just Sydney and Melbourne."
The match came 14 years after De Vanna's international debut and she marked the occasion by netting a well-deserved brace.
"It would have been nice to score a third but to score two goals, it's nice to do it at home and great to do it in front of friends and family," the explosive 33-year-old said.
With attention now turning to the AFC Women's Asian Cup in Jordan, De Vanna - who lifted the silverware in 2010 - is confident the Westfield Matildas have developed the right kind of depth to go all the way.
"We're going there to win it. I truly believe we're a team that can do it, and hopefully we go out and play the style of football we can and come back with the trophy," she said.
"There are a few players who are injured that need to get into the team and they have to fight for it now, which is what we always wanted."