Highlights: Champion Matildas hit Brazil for six

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    The Matildas have blitzed their way to Tournament of Nations glory by defeating Brazil 6-1 to claim the inaugural four-team competition in stunning style.

    Doubles from record-breaker Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Foord helped Australia overturn an early deficit in Carson, with Katrina Gorry also adding her name to the scoresheet.

    Sam Kerr was irrepressible, winning a first-half penalty to earn an equaliser before providing two assists and icing the match with Australia’s sixth goal.

    The comprehensive win was the Matildas’ third in a week and delivered their first piece of silverware since the 2010 Asian Cup.

    While this tournament is only a friendly series, a first-ever win over world champions USA and victories over highly-ranked Japan and Brazil make it arguably the Matildas’ greatest success.

    The triumph over Brazil came despite an early setback.

    Skipper Elise Kellond-Knight conceded a free kick in the opening minute, which Tamires rolled across the box for Camila to score from.

    The replay made for excruciating viewing, as the ball trickled home within the reach of three defenders and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

    Five minutes later, Kerr helped Alen Stajcic’s team get back on level terms.

    The in-form striker was hauled down in the box by Bia Zaneratto, allowing De Vanna to equalise from close range after her initial spot kick was saved.

    Arnold’s fine save and quick release allowed Australia to take the lead, with Foord finishing an end-to-end move just after the half hour.

    Having provided Foord’s assist from the right, minutes later Kerr played in De Vanna from the left and the veteran made no mistake to make the score 3-1.

    De Vanna’s brace moved her ahead of Kate Gill as the Matildas’ all-time leading goalscorer, with 42.

    Australia maintained the rage, with star midfielder Gorry beating two defenders and striking a sweet individual goal.

    After the break, Foord made it five by latching onto substitute Tameka Butt’s fine through ball and rounding the keeper.

    With 10 minutes remaining, Kerr then bustled her way through a bruised Brazilian defence, poking home past Dani Neuhaus.

    The only negative for Australia was an ankle injury to Chloe Logarzo, who was taken off in agony in the first half.

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    • August 4th 2017 @ 12:04pm
      Chris said | August 4th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      Wow what a result! Even federal pollies (Bill Shorten Craig Laundy and Greg Hunt) have tweeted their congratulations. How times have changed.

      • August 4th 2017 @ 2:30pm
        c said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

        would expect about 6 hours media saturation for the world game following this result

      • August 4th 2017 @ 2:31pm
        hogdriller said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

        Don’t know about “how times have changed” Chris……Just watched Sky News Sports report just before 2pm (aest).
        Talked about Richmond Tigers,
        Then Brisbane Broncos
        And even the poncy cricket pay dispute,
        …..before finally mentioning the Matilda’s win over Brazil at the very end of the Sports segment.
        What do these amazing girls, some who still have regular jobs…..have to do to get the respect they deserve from the media?

        • August 4th 2017 @ 3:03pm
          chris said | August 4th 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

          Sky News/Sports is the Daily Terror of the networks. Anyone that gives Peta Credlin a regular gig can’t be taken seriously.

          • August 4th 2017 @ 4:41pm
            hogdriller said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

            Lol, what’s Peta Credlin got to do with this?

            Then again, you did seem to heap praise on blatant point scoring from some self indulgent, untrustworthy, political public servants.

            • August 4th 2017 @ 9:48pm
              chris said | August 4th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

              lol…i thought it was a perfect segway πŸ™‚

    • August 4th 2017 @ 12:31pm
      ajg said | August 4th 2017 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

      great result

    • August 4th 2017 @ 12:34pm
      Markfromcroydon said | August 4th 2017 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

      How good are the Matilda’s? On current form, they could give the World Cup a shake.

    • August 4th 2017 @ 12:56pm
      BES said | August 4th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      Very, very impressive. Some have mentioned the quality of the assist for the 5th goal (totally agree) but what about Kerr’s shoulder control for the 6th while at full sprint. That was world class.

    • Roar Guru

      August 4th 2017 @ 1:09pm
      Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

      Great stuff ladies.

      This is what happens when talent isn’t spread across four dominant football codes: Australia smashes every other country soon enough.

      USA has been doing it for decades now. Imagine if we had 15 times the population like them β€” no other country would ever win.

      Imagine if the USA didn’t have NFL … it would be frightening for the men’s game in Europe.

      • August 4th 2017 @ 1:35pm
        punter said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        Last time I looked, we have netball & Basketball gets a lion share of women together with football, plus cricket, the Rugby 7s, not to mention there is a AFLW competition & I think League also as something.

        But Rick don’t let facts get in your way.

        • August 4th 2017 @ 1:37pm
          Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

          It’s really pointless discussing football with people, like Disnick, who are just clueless about life outside their little Crash Carry Ball bubble.

          The more they try to talk football, the more their ignorance is exposed.

          • August 4th 2017 @ 1:51pm
            punter said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

            Nem, I don’t mind Rick, he seems to have some love of football & does have a sense of humour.

            But today his agenda stands out more then usual.

            • August 4th 2017 @ 2:00pm
              Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

              Punter, you’re a far more generous man than I am.

              Disnick actually proudly admits to coming to football discussions to annoy people & troll. If he’s an adult, that’s pathetic behaviour. If he’s not an adult, fair enough. But it means he has a lonely life if he’s a kid & this is how he spends his free time

              • August 4th 2017 @ 2:08pm
                punter said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

                Yes true Nem, but does show the fear!!!! Even a women’s team.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 2:41pm
                AdelaideDocker said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

                You really despise Disnick, hey Nem?

                He’s definitely an adult, though. Working through a degree that needs a ridiculous amount of intelligence and forethought. Unless he’s been lying to everyone the whole time πŸ˜‰

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 2:46pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

                I might be an unemployed bum. You know … the kind of person who makes 1000 comments a day on this site like Fuss does.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 2:48pm
                AdelaideDocker said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

                You’d be an unemployed bum who’d blew $$$ on Freo gear πŸ˜‰

        • Roar Guru

          August 4th 2017 @ 4:13pm
          Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:13pm | ! Report

          @punter

          Last time I checked: basketball, netball & cricket weren’t football codes.

          I doubt AFLW is draining too much talent at this stage, nor Rugby 7s (boys aren’t even playing thugby anymore)…despite their success.

          You have missed my point completely though.

          • August 5th 2017 @ 5:44am
            punter said | August 5th 2017 @ 5:44am | ! Report

            The point being other football codes a drain on talent pool for Soccoeroos.

            Yes women don’t have the issues with other football codes, but the netball, Basketball & cricket (Elleyse Perry) are a drain on the talent pool to the Matildas. Not hard to follow Rick.

        • August 4th 2017 @ 4:39pm
          Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

          Recently on social media, there was bit of stuff going back and forth about the myth that the best sporting talent is drawn towards NRL & AFL.

          As one person pointed out:

          Does anyone think the next potential Andrew Bogut is thinking: “I’d rather be playing 2nd ruck for Gold Coast Suns than aiming for the NBA”?

          That simple observation sums up the sporting landscape in Australia.

          The best athletes are super competitive. No one athlete settles for being the best in Australia when they can aim to be the best in the world. That’s why even in AFL they try to give their best players “All Australian” badges. A meaningless tag to be part of a team that will never play a game.

          • Roar Guru

            August 4th 2017 @ 4:55pm
            Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

            Many here β€” including you β€” keep claiming that AFL players wouldn’t make great footballers. They’re probably right. But would they have made good footballers had they never played AFL?

            Do you know who Sam Kerr’s brother is by any chance, Fuss? Had AFLW been around 15 years ago, there’s a good chance Sam may not be known as one of the world’s best footballers; yet here we are discussing the possibility of her being just that.

            If Sam is considered β€”by someβ€” as possibly the best current footballer, it stands to reason her brother may well have been also had he played the game. He was, after all, one of the best players for the WC Eagles β€” a very powerful club.

            Keep it civil and to the point if you want to continue discussing this. Your silly last paragraph is wasted on someone like me.

            • August 4th 2017 @ 5:25pm
              Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:25pm | ! Report

              From what I’ve read of Sam Kerr’s brother, he wouldn’t have the mental strength to make it in a global sport. Part of a subculture in AFL that gained bravado from narcotic abuse.

              http://www.smh.com.au/afl/west-coast-eagles/exeagle-daniel-kerr-feared-he-would-spend-a-year-behind-bars-20160525-gp3uq6.html?deviceType=text

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 5:34pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

                What’s that got to do with playing football?

                Next you’re going to tell me George Best was actually a @#@$ player because he went to prison.

                Awesome argument.

              • August 5th 2017 @ 1:43am
                13th Man said | August 5th 2017 @ 1:43am | ! Report

                Nemesis why do you just hate people that like AFL?
                This is an article about congratulating an Aussie team for winning a tournament and just because people who are usually on the AFL thread come over and comment a congratulatory comment, you attack them over liking AFL.
                AFL and Cricket are my favourite sports but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate others.

          • Roar Guru

            August 4th 2017 @ 4:58pm
            AdelaideDocker said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

            That’s a huge generalisation, Nem. If somebody is that talented at basketball to be the next Andrew Bogut, they’re obviously not going to be aspiring to play footy. But it’s not as simple as that. There’s a young player at Freo – Harley Balic – was playing both basketball and footy as a youngster, and chose AFL as the path he wanted to take. It’s all up to the individual.

            I’m also not understanding your last sentence. Feels like it’s some sort of not-so-subtle attack at AFL, which doesn’t seem surprising.

            • August 4th 2017 @ 5:22pm
              Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

              So, let’s be clear.

              Harley Balic thinks he’d be good enough to play NBA, or good enough to play AFL.

              He’s choosing AFL.

              Fair enough. Good luck to him. It takes mental strength to work in another country & compete against the best in the world. From what I’ve read, many AFL players get homesick when they move interstate.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 5:36pm
                AdelaideDocker said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

                I’m not exactly clear on your comment. The first part repeats to me what I told you, and the second part is another one of your subtle digs at AFL players, or perhaps a dig at Balic’s situation itself, depending on whether or not you’re knowledgeable about that.

                Anyway, if you wanted some excellent reading for the weekend, you’d enjoy this: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-11-16/going-places-talented-junior-harley-balic-faces-up-to-his-biggest-decision

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 5:53pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

                @AD

                “I’m not exactly clear on your comment. The first part repeats to me what I told you,”

                Fuss is the master of pleonasm. It’s part of his charm.

            • Roar Guru

              August 4th 2017 @ 5:29pm
              Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:29pm | ! Report

              It’s not even a generalisation, it just doesn’t make sense.

              To ‘procure’ world class football talent, children need to be leaning the basics before 10 β€” so the experts say. I believe Sam started football around this age too.

              Therefore, if we use Fuss’ logic, kids at age 10 need to be deciding on their footballing future, rather than deciding on what game they enjoy best. Let’s not even bring in other variables such as: parents, opportunity, facilities etc.

              Or…we could use my logic. That being: if AFL never existed, more kids would play football, resulting in a far greater talent pool to choose from, leading to a stronger Socceroos. It’s actually quite simple.

              It’s also why many here hate AFL β€” they know it’s primarily the reason we’re average at football.

              Once again, the success of out women’s football team tells me I’m right.

              • August 4th 2017 @ 5:36pm
                Nemesis said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

                The Australian men’s team has had just as much success as the Australian women’s teams.

                If anything, the Australian men’s teams at youth level & at Olympic level have probably edged the women’s teams for success in official tournaments.

                But, our Aussie women are catching up.

                PS: If many here hated AFL we would be interrupting AFL discussions every day. The majority of football people don’t give a stuff about AFL. I watch more NFL than AFL. The technical qualities of catching, tackling & running with the ball are far higher in NFL than AFL. I only want to watch the best Catch & Carry Ball athletes.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 5:48pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

                Remind us all again what our highest men’s ranking achieved is compared to our women’s.

                “If many here hated AFL we would be interrupting AFL discussions every day.”

                Many do. Their interruptions are ignored though. Something you should learn from.

      • August 4th 2017 @ 2:23pm
        mattq said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

        I know can you imagine the socceroos with plugger and wally lewis. man we would’ve dominated the world cups.

        • Roar Guru

          August 4th 2017 @ 2:45pm
          Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

          First thing I’ve agreed with you on.

          Can just see an invasion of the pitch as Plugger kicks his 100th goal during the 1990 World Cup.

          • August 4th 2017 @ 2:49pm
            punter said | August 4th 2017 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

            Trouble is Plugger’s greatest moment was when he missed!!!

            • Roar Guru

              August 4th 2017 @ 4:33pm
              Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

              Yes, but you do remember it.

              The power of the AFL.

              And right there lies a future problem for our women’s football team. The same problem our men have.

              If these other football codes didn’t exist, I have no doubt we’d either be the best, or close to it, in the men’s game also.

              Our women’s team tells me I’m right.

              • August 4th 2017 @ 5:55pm
                Mattyb said | August 4th 2017 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

                Rick,I tend to agree. I’m surprised people even try and argue that other footballing codes water down the talent pool of the Socceroos. I’d imagine there would be plenty of kids who didn’t even bother playing soccer as they chose something else,and if soccer was the only football code in town would have been pretty good and the talent pool would be far greater.

                I’m a musician though so I’m not sure if that counts as being eligible to post here. Some pretty strict rules on eligibility of being allowed to post for a sport that’s trying to grow.
                By the way,I follow Barnsley in football,not sure if I’m eligible to follow them as I started supporting them by meeting a few of their players while I was playing cricket there many years ago,so my main sports cricket which might cause some here to think I’m anti soccer,even though I follow it.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 6:01pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

                I’d say a vast majority of people here commenting haven’t played much sport or weren’t any good at it.

                Doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion on things.

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 6:06pm
                AdelaideDocker said | August 4th 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

                @MattyB

                Yeah, certain frequent posters here aren’t fans of “non-soccer fans” posting on this part of the forum. They don’t seem to understand that Rick (I think), you and I are all fans of soccer – not the biggest fans, but there’s no rules saying that we can’t be fans of more than one sport!

                Barnsley, hey? I’ll be honest, I haven’t heard of them. They’re British, presumably?

              • Roar Guru

                August 4th 2017 @ 6:13pm
                Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

                I’m a huge EPL fan. In many ways I prefer it to AFL.

                I just don’t like the A-League, for the same reason I prefer thoroughbreds over donkeys.

              • August 4th 2017 @ 6:52pm
                Mattyb said | August 4th 2017 @ 6:52pm | ! Report

                AD,The mighty Tykes play in the Champioship in England,the division below the Premier League.
                I’m not sure if I lose credibility for mentioning a Cricket umpire but Harold ‘Dikie’ Bird is a Famous Barnleyite,but I have already mentioned I enjoy cricket so my credibility must be shot. Oh the shame. IIn England actually many people follow both cricket and football and this is seen as a good thing. Ian Botham actually played lower league football for Scunthorpe.
                Michael Parkinson is also a famous person from the town and surely you can be a football fan and still watch TV right?

                I also enjoy Indian food but have no issues saying I don’t mind Thai,Chinese,Italian etc etc.

              • August 5th 2017 @ 5:33am
                punter said | August 5th 2017 @ 5:33am | ! Report

                Oh dear guys, we all know that if Football was the no 1 code in Australia our talent pool would be greater, but to think that with this greater talent pool , we would be in the top 10 of the world, winning world cups, that is a complete fallacy. That was my point.

                Instead of lying in the 40s, we may get to high 30s.

                Lovely achievement by the Aussie girls, but don’t get caught up, the pool is much smaller then the men’s side.

    • August 4th 2017 @ 1:13pm
      Post_hoc said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

      If we host the Womens World Cup in 2023, the Womens AFL will not be around by 20024

      • Roar Guru

        August 4th 2017 @ 1:27pm
        Rick Disnick said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

        Neither will you.

        • August 4th 2017 @ 1:45pm
          Post_hoc said | August 4th 2017 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

          That makes no sense.

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