The Australian women’s football team, the Matildas, kick off the final stage of their Olympic Qualifying tonight.
The tournament, due to be played in Wuhan, China was rescheduled in Campbelltown west of Sydney after the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Despite the disruption to their schedule, Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne says, “we’re ready.”
“We always love playing at home and to be playing games that have such significance on home soil is probably going to be a bit of an advantage for us.”
Chinese Taipei are a bit of an unknown to the Matildas and their fans, we haven’t played against them since 2012. They had a good streak in the 2018 Asian Games, finishing 4th but since then, they’ve lost their last 4 games. There are 7 teams in this Olympic Qualifying tournament, Chinese Taipei are ranked 6th so it’s reasonable to expect the Matildas to get a win here. If we could repeat the 7-0 result of 2012, that would be an added bonus.
“I’m really excited about the year and what it holds but our priority at the moment is making sure come the Olympics, we’re there,” Polkinghorne said. “The Olympics is the pinnacle of sport worldwide and you speak to any of the Matildas and they’ve dreamt of being an Olympian. It’s a dream that everyone’s had and what we’ve worked hard for.”
Matildas v Chinese Taipei
When: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30pm AEDT
Where: Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah
What: Olympic qualifiers
Broadcast: Live on Fox Sports | Delayed on ABC TV
Stream: Kayo and My Football App