15 Facts about the Matildas

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  1. The first two women to score for Australia in International competition both came from Western Australia. Sandra Brentnall scored the opener against New Zealand on 06 October 1979. Sharon Mateljan scored the second in the 2-2 draw.
  2. Sandra Brentnall also scored the first hat trick in an international for the Matildas when she scored all three in a 3-2 victory over New Zealand in Christchurch on 08 May 1980.
  3. The first recorded goal in an international is credited to Sharpe (no Christian name available) who put through her own goal in a 3-2 loss to New Zealand after extra time in New Caledonia on December 04 1983.
  4. When the women’s team first started playing internationally they too were known as the Socceroos.
  5. Bridgette Starr was the first indigenous woman to play in a World Cup Finals in 1999.
  6. Kyah Simon was the Matildas’ first indigenous goal scorer.
  7. Lydia Williams was the first indigenous goal keeper to represent Australia.
  8. Jade North and Travis Dodd were the first two indigenous players to play together in a senior male Australian team in 2007.
  9. Lydia Williams and Kyah Simon are the first two indigenous women to play for a senior Australian Women’s team at the same time.
  10. Australia’s opening world cup game in a World Cup Finals saw a first sending off that helped Denmark to a 5-0 win. World Cup records show that Michelle Watson was shown a red card but the Australian records say Sonia Gegenhuber was the player sent off. Unluckily for Michele the game is judged by FIFA’s records.
  11. In just their second game at a World Cup Finals the Matildas scored their first goal. The Socceroos had to wait until their fourth game and 32 years! Angela Iannotta scored in the 25th minute against China on June 8th and Sunni Hughes scored a second in the 89th minute.
  12. Cheryl Salisbury is Australia’s highest female international goal scorer with 38 goals in representative fixtures. She also has the record number of appearances at 151.
  13. The Matildas were the first Australian team to qualify for a major tournament after Australia Joined the Asia Football Confederation. Their win over Japan to take them to the final of the 2006 Asian Women’s Championship gave them an automatic qualification for the 2007 World Cup. (For Germany 2006 the Socceroos qualified through Oceania).
  14. The Matildas became the first Australian side to make a final of an AFC tournament when they reached the final of the 2006 Asian Women’s Championship, only to lose on penalties to China.
  15. The Matildas were the first Australian team to win an AFC tournament when they won the 2010 Asian Women’s Championship when they defeated DPR Korea on penalties.