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Matildas on a high for league kick-off
« on: October 21, 2008, 09:21:52 PM »
AUSTRALIA'S elite women soccer players will return home buoyant for the kick-off of the new W-League at the weekend after the Matildas enhanced their growing regional reputation by winning the ASEAN championship in Vietnam, beating the host 1-0.

The Matildas become the second Australian team to win an ASEAN championship in 10 days, with the Young Socceroos defeating Korea in the men's under-19 championship this month.

Australia and Vietnam were separated only by an 80th-minute own goal.

"I thought we were well in control for most of the game," Matildas' coach Tom Sermanni said. "But all credit to the Vietnam team. They had numbers behind the ball, defended well and were lively on the counterattack.

"They certainly kept Lydia (Williams, the keeper) busy.

"Despite the tactics of the opposition, I was pleased with the way we kept our shape and our cool. We're delighted to have the win in what is an important regional tournament."

The Matildas are set to play in a four-team tournament, with some games likely to be staged in regional areas, early next year. The opposition could include powerhouse the US and regional rival Japan.

Melbourne Victory's women's team plays its first match against the Central Coast Mariners as the warm-up for the Melbourne-Sydney FC clash at Telstra Dome on Saturday.

The W-League is sponsored by Westfield, the company owned by Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy, and will be shown on ABC television.

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Re: Matildas on a high for league kick-off
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 01:13:56 AM »
Its a really exciting time downunder. So proud of the Matildas win in Vietnam, great championship and it was good to see many young girls step up into the senior squd and make thier claim. Cant wait for the league to kick off this weekend :). I live in Qld so my team is the Qld Roar Women, who are one of the favs to take out the title. Its also great that one game per round will be broadcast on free to air tv every saturday, that way more people can watch the womens game and hopefully come and support them at the stadiums.

Go Roar lol :)