The Matildas - Player Profiles

THE MATILDAS PROFILES
Dianne ALAGICH
Secure defender; age 24. Since fighting her way into the 1999 World Cup, has been a vital cog in the Matildas team, playing every minute of every game at the 1999 and 2003 World Cups and the 2000 Olympic Games. Competing for San Jose CyberRays, is the only Australian to have played more than one season in the WUSA professional league.

Melissa BARBIERI
Reliable goalkeeper; age 24. Competed in the 2003 World Cup. First selected for the Matildas for the 2002 North American tour 2002, becoming the first Victorian to play for the Matildas since 1995. Was named in the 1997 National Train-On Squad as a midfielder and only took up goalkeeping in 1999.

Leah BLAYNEY
Talented midfielder; age 17. Celebrating her first ever Australian team selection at any age level, and made her international debut a fortnight ago at the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Narrowly missed selection for the 2002 FIFA U19 World Championship, and was a standby player.

Rhian DAVIES
Pacy defender; age 23. Made her international debut in the 2002 Australia Cup and has quickly established herself as a key member of the Matildas outfit. At the 2003 World Cup, was a starting eleven choice for all three matches.

Lisa DE VANNA
Exciting forward; age 19. Celebrating her first Matildas selection, and made her international debut a fortnight ago at the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Played in the 2002 Oceania U19 Qualifiers. In her first two seasons in the WNSL, has won the Rising Star award, joint winner of the Julie Dolan Medal and WNSL Top Goalscorer.

Gill FOSTER
Spirited midfielder; age 27. Made her international debut in the 2002 Australia Cup and has since become a key member of the Australian Team. Considered a potential international when named in the 1996 National Train-On Squad. A starting eleven choice in all three matches at the 2003 World Cup.

Katie GILL
Athletic forward; age 19. Celebrating her first official selection for the Matildas, after making a promotional Matildas tour to Japan in 2001, and made her full international debut a fortnight ago in the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Competed in the U19 Women's World Championship in 2002.

Pam GRANT
Cool defender; 21. Competed at the 2003 Women's World Cup after making her international debut at the 2003 Australia Cup. The hockey player only first took up soccer in 1998 as part of the Queensland Academy of Sport Talent Search Scheme.

Lana HARCH
Probing midfielder; age 19. Celebrating her first Matildas selection, and made her international debut a fortnight ago in the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Played every minute of Australia's four matches at the 2002 U19 Womens' World Championship.

Tal KARP
Resolute midfielder; age 21. First gained selection for the 2002 North American tour and was a starting eleven choice in all five matches, making her the first Western Australian field player for the Matildas since 1996. A starter in all three matches at the 2003 World Cup.

Cassandra KELL
Strong goalkeeper; age 23. Made her international debut off the bench in the 2002 Australia Cup against South Korea, and kept a clean sheet in her first starting eleven appearance against Canada. Starting choice for the first two matches at the 2003 World Cup.

Selin KURALAY
Skilful forward; age 19. A late call-up to this team following the withdrawal of Bryony Duus to injury, and made her international debut a fortnight ago in the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Member of the Young Matildas team which competed at the 2002 U19 Women's World Championship.

April MANN
Industrious forward; age 25. Competed in the 2003 World Cup. Made her debut in the 2001 Australia Cup and scored the series-winning goal against France. Went on to record three goals in her first six internationals. Played in all three of Queensland's national league grandfinal victories, the first in 1996/97.

Kate McSHEA
Intelligent midfielder; age 20. Makes her Matildas comeback after an absence of almost two years. Selected in the 2000 Olympic Team a fortnight after making her debut at age 17, and went on to be a starter in all three matches. Captained Australia at the 2002 U19 Women's World Championship.

Joanne PETERS
Skilful midfielder; age 24. Played for New York Power in the WUSA professional league in season 2003. Made her comeback for the Matildas in the 2002 Australia Cup after an absence of over two years. Member of the 1999 World Cup Team, and was a starting eleven choice in all three games at the 2003 World Cup.

Karla REUTER
Agile defender; age 19. Her first ever Matildas selection was a late call-up to the 2003 World Cup team. Made her international debut enroute to the US, and ended up a starting eleven choice for two World Cup matches. Played every minute of Australia's four games at the 2002 U19 World Championship.

Amy TAYLOR
Tenacious defender; age 24. Makes her comeback for the Matildas after last playing in April 2002. Member of the 1999 World Cup Team. Narrowly missed selection for the 2000 Olympic Games Team and was named as an 'alternate' or standby.

Sarah WALSH
Enterprising forward; age 21. Celebrating her first Matildas selection, and scored on debut a fortnight ago in the Australia Cup against New Zealand. Was a member of the Australian U21 Team in 1999 but withdrew due to injury. Earlier identified as a potential Matilda when named in the 1998 National Train-On Squad.

Adrian SANTRAC - National Coach
Appointed as National Coach in late November 2001. Led the Matildas to victory in the 2001 Australia Cup as Interim Coach against France, and has since won the 2002 Australia Cup over South Korea, finished a best ever second in the 2002 Nike US Cup, and competed at the 2003 World Cup. Was Assistant Coach to the Olyroos at the 2000 Olympics, and a former Manager/Coach with NSL outfit Adelaide Sharks. Playing highlights include the titles of 1986 NSL Champions and the 1989 NSL Cup winners, both with Adelaide City.


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