Westfield Matildas squad riding wave of success

When you’re on the crest of a wave, there’s really only one thing to do. Just keep on riding it.

And what a ride it’s been for the Westfield Matildas in 2017.

Australia’s finest female footballers have produced a fabulous year, capturing the imagination of a generation of new fans and delighting everyone who has watched them strut their stuff this year.

And that wonderful journey continues this week with two internationals against China and the chance to place an exclamation point at the end of what has been a remarkable twelve months.

The high water mark came at July’s Tournament of Nations in the United States.

Australia began with a history-making 1-0 win over hosts, followed by a Sam-Kerr inspired 4-2 victory over Japan.

In their final match, the Westfield Matildas did a demolition job on Brazil, winning 6-1 and claiming the silverware.

More was to follow, with back-to-back home wins over Brazil in September.

Five matches for five wins; sixteen goals scored and just six conceded.

Australia is now sixth in the world.

And with the excitement of the Caltex Socceroos’ qualification for the 2018 World Cup still palpable, the week ahead gives football fans even more to cheer about.

The gang is all back together – Sam Kerr and Lisa De Vanna, Tameka Butt and Steph Catley, Clare Polkinghorne and Elise Kellond-Knight and many more who are now household names.

 

Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr will be the star attraction for fans in Victoria this week

 

For those who need further introduction: here's the squad. 

Westfield Matildas Squad Information:

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

49 (2)

Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK)

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

14 (0)

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

61 (8)

Eliza CAMPBELL (GK)

Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

0 (0)

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, AUSTRALIA

12 (1)

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

62 (2)

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

13 (2)

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

126 (43)

Caitlin FOORD

Vegalta Sendai, JAPAN

58 (11)

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

57 (14)

Amy HARRISON

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

5 (0)

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, AUSTRALIA

53 (20)

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, GERMANY

85 (1)

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

57 (3)

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, AUSTRALIA

55 (15)

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

18 (0)

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

97 (7)

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

21 (1)

Kyah SIMON

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

76 (21)

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

63 (14)

Lydia WILLIAMS (GK)

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

62 (0)

They can flex their muscles again against international opposition on home soil in front of adoring fans.

What a time for the women’s game in Australia. What a chance for them to put the seal on a simply sensational year. What an opportunity to ride the wave a little bit further.

Surf’s up!

 

Lisa De Vanna
Lisa De Vanna, at her awesome best

 

Match Details:

Westfield Matildas v China

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kick-Off: 7:30pm (AEDT)

Westfield Matildas v China

GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Sunday 26 November 2017

Kick-Off: 4.30pm (AEDT)

Both of the Westfield Matildas’ matches against China PR will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and SBS VICELAND.

Tickets to see the Westfield Matildas play in Melbourne (Wednesday 22 November) and Geelong (Sunday 26 November) are available at: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/