Australia Women 2 x 0 New Zealand Women

A goal in each half from winger Caitlin Foord has continued the Westfield Matildas’ dominance over the Football Ferns in a 2-0 result at Ballarat’s Morshead Park Stadium this afternoon. Foord was the standout as the Westfield Matildas delighted the 4,371 strong crowd in the regional Victorian city to ensure they would extend their unbeaten streak against their Trans-Tasman rivals which goes back to October 1994. Head Coach Alen Stajcic was full of compliments for Foord who always looked a threat when she was in possession. “She’s an unbelievable player. You just see how she runs at people, causes problems for opposition defences and if she can add goal scoring to her list of attributes there’s no reason she can’t be one of the best players in the world,” said Stajcic. While impressed by patches of the performance, Stajcic said there were still plenty of areas that could be improved on. “I think our good spells and good passages of play showed that fluency and cohesion that we had in the qualifiers in Japan but I thought we had too many spells where we were a bit sloppy on the ball and gave the ball away too cheaply,” said Stajcic. “I think the difference between our good play and our bad play were too great but that can come with not being together for three months and hopefully we improve again on Tuesday. Overall I’m happy but I know we can still improve.” In their first match since their successful Olympic qualifying tournament back in March, the Westfield Matildas flew out of the blocks, Foord giving the home sides a 5th minute lead as her strike from outside the penalty area managed to bamboozle Erin Nayler in the New Zealand goal. In a scintillating opening 15 minutes, the Westfield Matildas could have been further in front if not for some superb shot stopping from Nayler. First Lisa De Vanna stung Nayler’s gloves with Michelle Heyman almost capitalising on the follow up in the 8th minute before Chloe Logarzo unleashed a cracking shot from distance heading for the top corner that was expertly saved by the Football Ferns keeper. The New Zealanders slowly worked their way back into the contest and managed to stem the Westfield Matildas’ momentum, Katie Bowen with the Football Ferns’ best chance of the half when she flicked an attempt over the bar on the half hour. Heymand fired narrowly wide in the 36th minute as the Westfield Matildas began to wrestle back the ascendancy and just before half time she was again unlucky not to score when her quick fire shot from a mad goalmouth scramble in the New Zealand penalty area crashed into the crossbar. Less than six minutes into the second half Foord sent the Westfield Matildas two goals ahead when she pounced to shrug off her defender and produce a quality clinical finish to beat Nayler. Stajcic went to his bench throughout the second 45 minutes to give his squad some valuable game time, goalkeeper Casey Dumont making her second appearance and first since recovering from a knee reconstruction when she replaced Mackenzie Arnold who had been reliable throughout. Stajcic was full of praise for the town of people and council of Ballart for their support of the team during their week long stay. “Ballarat has been so good to us and the whole town should acknowledge what a great effort they’ve done in welcoming us the way they did, the wonderful facility they’ve got here and for the great crowd that came out and supported a great bunch of young Australian athletes,” said Stajcic. The Westfield Matildas and Football Ferns will now head to Melbourne where they will meet again on Tuesday at Etihad Stadium for the double header with the Caltex Socceroos taking on Greece. Click here for ticketing details. The match will be shown LIVE on FOX SPORTS (Channel 505) and ABC TV. Match Details Westfield Matildas 2 (Foord 5’/51’) Football Ferns 0 Crowd: 4,371 @ Morshead Park Stadium, Ballarat Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) Westfield Matildas starting line-up: 18.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk) (12.Casey DUMONT (gk) 88’), 3.Caitlin COOPER, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c) (15.Teigen ALLEN 88’), 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 7.Steph CATLEY, 8.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT (20.Ellie CARPENTER 64’), 9.Caitlin FOORD, 11.Lisa DE VANNA (2.Larissa CRUMMER 81’), 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 16.Michelle HEYMAN (17.Kyah SIMON 64’), 19.Katrina GORRY (13.Tameka BUTT 64’) Substitutes not used: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil Football Ferns starting line-up: 1.Erin NAYLER (gk), 2.Ria PERCIVAL, 4.Katie DUNCAN (27.Paige SATCHELL 85’), 5.Abby ERCEG (c), 7.Ali RILEY (3.Anna GREEN 70’), 9.Amber HEARN (13.Rosie WHITE 89’), 12.Betsy HASSETT (11.Kirsty YALLOP 70’), 14.Katie BOWEN (8.Jasmine PEREIRA 76’), 15.Meikayla MOORE, 16.Annalie LONGO, 17.Hannah WILKINSON (10.Sarah GREGORIUS 46’) Substitutes not used: 18.Catherine BOTT, 23.Cushla LICHTWARK (gk), 26.Jane BARNETT Yellow cards: Moore 3’ Red cards: Nil


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Not tonight, Napoleon: why I’m not mad about make-up

October 25, 2013 – 4:11PM

Karen Hardy


Beautiful Women.

Portrait of a happy young female shopping for fruits in market.

Earlier this week I was searching for a photograph to run with the beauty story in  Sunday’s Relax magazine. The story was about the latest beauty products that promise to ‘‘take years off your face’’ – you’re going to read it now, aren’t you? – and I needed a hero shot to accompany it.

When I put ‘‘beautiful woman’’ into the search parameters of our stock photo library it turned up 899,381 photographs. There were women of all shapes and sizes and colours, in supermarkets, in hammocks, in fields surrounded by flowers. There were  photographs of women eating oysters and doing handstands. There was even one photograph of a woman in her underwear standing behind a dinner table with a plate full of seafood in the foreground and a marlin and a deer mounted on the wall behind her. Beauty can be a very subjective thing.

To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed. All I wanted was a photograph of a woman who looked nice. I think I found one – and you’ll have to  check Sunday’s edition to see, won’t you? She wasn’t too made up, she had a few wrinkles, her hair just was and her smile was a smile, not some pouty princess pout.

But then my definition of looking nice  might well be different to yours.  I thought this woman was much prettier than the models on the cover shot of Relax, with all due respect to them, gathered around the feet of make-up tsar Napoleon Perdis, as they were (you’ll definitely need to get the edition now to see what I’m talking about) but that’s just me.


I probably spent too much time thinking about beauty this week thanks to Perdis himself in a roundabout way. The Relax desk received a lovely little package of his products, lip gloss, contouring powder, fake eyelashes galore. My favourite, however – and I put this one straight into my handbag – was the ‘‘Minimergency Kit’’, ‘‘for a gal’s tiny troubles’’, containing, among other things, earring backs, lip balm, deodorant towelette, a tampon and some dental floss. A terribly practical little gold purse of goodies. For a terribly practical girl. But fake eyelashes? Nothing practical about them, if you ask me.

But who I am to pass any judgment on Perdis and his business, me with my stubby little eyelashes. He’s a millionaire, an astute businessman, and he seems to have an uncanny ability to know what women want. Read  Sunday’s story and you’ll probably agree.

Some colleagues and I were discussing the false eyelashes,  beauty in general,  our make-up regimes and the efforts we go to to get ‘‘turned out’’, as my mother liked to say.

After I’ve showered, my beauty regime consists of combing my hair, cleaning my teeth and slapping on a little moisturiser. Occasionally I’ll dab on a little concealer. If I’m going out maybe a little mascara.

We were talking about what lengths women go to in their quest for beauty.  Costly skin treatments, regular hair and nail salon visits, surgery even.  I mentioned a book I once reviewed, Helena Frith Powell’s To Hell in High Heels: How to Age Gracefully, Disgracefully or Not At All, (Arrow, $19.95), a hilarious account of her investigation into all the anti-ageing tricks out there,  during which she tried many, many procedures herself. If you’re thinking about trying anything, read this book first. It might help you to decide, or change your mind. It will definitely make you laugh.

Then I had a ‘‘do’’ – as my mother liked to say – last weekend and one of these colleagues, who is always turned out immaculately, offered to do my make-up using the Perdis products.  One of my dreams is to have someone such as Carson Kressley or Gok give me the whole ‘‘how to look good naked’’ makeover, so I jumped at the chance.

Well, that was on the Friday. Come Saturday, once I’d done the chores and ducked about here and there with the kids, I wasn’t really in the mood to go out, let alone  have my make-up done. That, and I’d left the products at work.  Still, she convinced me  and I popped around to her place.

The first question she asked  was ‘‘Is your face clean?’’ and I faltered, thinking, ‘‘Well, I had a shower this morning, doesn’t that count?’’

And for the next 20 minutes or so she made me over. I’m not even sure what some of the products were she put on but I trusted her completely.  By the end of it I looked pretty good. And it had put me more in the mood for a night out.  I even had a few compliments that evening, too, which was nice. But the next morning, up early, too early for I was up too late, I headed off to my son’s cricket with nothing but clean teeth, combed hair and a little moisturiser.

I’ve gotten through life this way. I’d rather spend my money on holidays or books, I’d rather spend my time of a morning in bed.

It’s not that I don’t care about the way I look, I just don’t care that much. If people judge me because my hair’s just there, or I’m wearing tracksuit pants, or I have a spot on my cheek, then they’re people I don’t really want in my life. I am who I am and no amount of concealer is going to hide that.

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