When Australia’s world-class football team the Matildas won their match against Chinese Taipei in Perth, I, like the rest of Australia, should have been ecstatic. Instead, I was disappointed.
To set the scene, the Matildas are in the middle of their series of olympic qualifier matches and yesterday’s match against Chinese Taipei proved that I am a walking cliche because I was quite literally on the edge of my seat.
(Now bear with me as I navigate the world of professional athletes because I am not a sports reporter — just a huge fan.) Right up until the 62nd minute, the game was tied 0-0 until Mary Fowler scored what the sporting world calls “a long-range strike”, meaning she scored the first goal of the match putting Australia in the lead and it was very impressive because she was very far away.
I, like you — I assume — if you're reading this story, have so much love for our Matildas. Like my colleague Holly Wainwright said, they’ve “made an entire nation understand that there is nothing second-rate about the work women do.”
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