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Cheryl: 'I Want To Fight On'
« on: March 24, 2008, 08:56:51 PM »
EXCLUSIVE: Matildas' World Cup superstar Cheryl Salisbury has not ruled out playing on after the Asian Cup - and she expects to reach the final.

“We are definitely good enough to get through to the Asian Cup final,” Salisbury told

“As with any major tournament, it is vital to perform not just in one game but to be able to back it up game after game.

“We know as individuals and as a team what we achieved at the World Cup and how much we have improved on the world stage, which has made the other countries around the world stand up and take notice of us and be a little more wary of us."

As part of Tom Sermanni's side's preparation for the Asian Cup this May, the Matildas will travel to the USA in late April for two games against the highly rated Americans.

What's more, the Aussie girls enjoyed a clean sweep over New Zealand in a recent three game series on Australian soil.

That said, Salisbury, 34, sees the side's preparation for the Asian Cup as still requiring some finessing.

“We have had several players from the World Cup team undergo surgery after the Cup, and a few who are still in the process of getting back to full training.

“So in terms of preparation as a team at the moment compared to the World Cup, we arent in the same place as we were leading into the tournament in China.

"We haven't had the team training, due to players being out of the team, nor have we had the same amount of match practise as we did going into the World Cup.”

Australia's quarter final finish in China last September has been hailed as one of the greatest moments in Aussie football history. An Asian Cup trophy would cap it off – and Salisbury is not ruling out playing on after the tournament irrespective of the result.

“If I listened to my body, I probably should have stopped a few years ago, but my heart still loves the game and my mind still loves the challenge, and once I'm out on the field those aches and pain still disappear.”

Salisbury has played in the last four Women's World Cups and has the most national team caps of any Aussie male or female.

“There is no plan to stop after the Asian Cup, she added. “My only focus is staying fit and healthy enough to actually play in it to start with.”

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Re: Cheryl: 'I Want To Fight On'
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 10:59:31 PM »
Here's Salibury being given a helping hand by Norway's two centre-backs after an attempt on goal in their World Cup group 1-1 draw.

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