Matildas stars appointed Asian Cup ambassadors

Matildas Stars Ellyse Perry and Kyah Simon.

Matildas Stars Ellyse Perry and Kyah Simon.


Four of Australia’s best known Matildas have been appointed domestic football ambassadors for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.

Kyah Simon, Sally Shipard, Ellyse Perry and Sarah Walsh will help promote Australia’s biggest ever football tournament, especially among the rapidly expanding numbers of girls and women who play and watch the world game.

“We are fortunate to have these outstanding women on our ambassador team,” said Michael Brown, CEO of the Asian Cup Local Organising Committee.

“They helped put Australian women’s football on the map, and we hope they can help us to embrace an audience that will make this the biggest, most inclusive Asian Cup ever.”

Kyah Simon scored the penalty that clinched Australia’s victory in the 2010 Asian Cup final and scored both goals in Australia’s 2-1 win over Norway that earned the Matildas a quarter-final berth at the 2011 World Cup.

The Sydney FC striker was first ever Indigenous Australian to score a goal in a World Cup tournament.

Sally Shipard was another member of the victorious Asian Cup team in 2010, and played in two World Cups during a 10-year international career that earned her over 50 caps.

She played for Canberra United in the W-League and for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga in 2012.

Ellyse Perry is a dual football and cricket international who made her debut for both the Australian cricket and football teams at the age of 16.

She is the first Australian woman to have appeared in both cricket and football World Cups.

The Sydney FC defender, who previously played for both Central Coast Mariners and Canberra United in the W-League, represented Australia at the 2008 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the 2011 World Cup.

Sarah Walsh scored 38 goals in 75 appearances for Australia.

The former Western Sydney Wanderers captain resented Australia at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 Asian Cup and the 2007 World Cup.

Simon, Shipard, Perry and Walsh join a star-studded Asian Cup ambassadors team that includes Socceroos legends Brett Emerton, Paul Okon, Craig Moore, Harry Kewell, Alan Davidson, Matt McKay and Rale Rasic, and 2007 Asian Cup winner Ali Abbas of Sydney FC.

The AFC Asian Cup is Asia’s biggest football competition and was established in 1956.

The 16 nations to qualify for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 are Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners DPR Korea, along with Bahrain, China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Palestine.

The 16 finalists will take part in a 23-day festival of football in five cities which the Socceroos will kick off against Kuwait on January 9, 2015, in Melbourne, with the final set for Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31, 2015.


Source : Football Federation Australia

Ellyse Perry to miss one-day cricket final for W-League Sydney FC semi-final

February 13, 2014 – 2:18PM

Football has won the battle for Ellyse Perry’s services this weekend, with the dual international opting to play in a W-League semi-final ahead of the national women’s one-day cricket final.

Perry will line up for Sydney FC in their semi-final clash with Melbourne Victory at Sydney’s WIN Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah on Sunday.

Across town at North Sydney Oval, NSW Breakers will be striving for a ninth successful Women’s National Cricket League title when they play Victoria at North Sydney Oval.

Code of choice: Ellyse Perry will play for Sydney FC this weekend.

Code of choice: Ellyse Perry will play for Sydney FC this weekend. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Perry spent a month out of the W-League at the start of the year to play in the recent Ashes matches against England and was named player of the series.


She was subsequently named in the Australian side to defend the Twenty20 world title in Bangladesh next month.

Perry returned to the W-League last weekend, setting up Sydney’s goal in a 2-1 final round loss to Canberra.

In high demand: Ellyse Perry.

In high demand: Ellyse Perry. Photo: Brett Hemmings

She averages 40 with the bat in the WNCL this season and is the joint second highest wicket taker and has the fifth best economy rate.

‘‘That’s obviously a big spearhead to lose out of our bowling attack,’’ Breakers vice-captain Rachael Haynes said.

‘‘She’s a great player and has bowled really well for us this year, so there’s no doubt that she will be a little bit of a loss for us.

‘‘She’s in a rich vein of form with the bat as well at the moment.

‘‘But in saying that one of the strengths of NSW and being a part of this team is the depth of our group.

‘‘She hasn’t been involved at certain stages throughout our season, and also in the past for finals and we’ve been able to absorb that within the team.

’So this weekend is no difference for us.’

Medium pace allrounder Sarah Coyte returns to the Breakers team after missing the national T20 semi-finals and latter part of the Ashes series with a quadriceps injury.

Victoria are at full strength for the final.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Lisa De Vanna denies there is a rivalry with Ellyse Perry

November 27, 2013

Michael Chammas

Rugby league reporter

??No rivalry??: Lisa De Vanna's controversial tackle on Ellyse Perry.

“No rivalry”: Lisa De Vanna’s controversial tackle on Ellyse Perry. Photo: Getty Images

There are few tougher in women’s football than Lisa De Vanna, but the Matildas striker’s on-field aggression is often misinterpreted.

A self-confessed ”problem child”, who left school and her home in Perth as a 16-year-old to chase her football dreams, De Vanna’s hard-nosed approach to the game has earned her a reputation as one of the most intimidating players in the sport.

Last week, she made the shortlist for FIFA’s Puskas Award for the best goal of 2013, with Antonio Di Natale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Nemanja Matic and Neymar, but a confrontation with dual international Ellyse Perry has taken the gloss off the achievement.

Standing tall: Matildas soccer star Lisa de Vanna.

Standing tall: Matildas soccer star Lisa de Vanna.Photo: Peter Rae

Melbourne Victory’s De Vanna, the two-goal hero from Sunday’s 2-0 win against China in Wollongong, injured Sydney FC’s Perry in a tackle during the round one W-League game. She has also been accused of kicking and punching Perry during the clash in Melbourne; accusations De Vanna has strongly denied.


The Herald understands Perry didn’t hold back expressing her thoughts about De Vanna during the game at Lakeside Stadium on November 10, however De Vanna insists she never intended to injure her former Matildas teammate, nor does she hold a grudge against her given her profile as the face of female sport in Australia.

”There’s no catfight, there’s no rivalry between us, it’s just a game of football,” De Vanna said before Wednesday night’s second friendly against China at Pirtek Stadium.

”I play aggressively, I go in hard,” she said. ”It’s no different to any game you seen in the Premier League. Tackles happen and words are exchanged. I still would have went into that tackle the same, regardless of whether it was Ellyse Perry or not.

”I understand as an athlete you have to do things on the side to make money in whatever sport you do. But I’m more of a person who strives on doing stuff on the field and being the best I can. If you asked me if I was jealous of any player in the world, I’d say America’s Alex Morgan. Not because of how she looks, but because she’s got medals to show for all her great skills on the field.”

This month, De Vanna was made Football Federation Australia’s female player of the year. The recent portrayal of her as the thug of women’s football created a public backlash, and she was under fire on social media.

”It more affected me that it was a step backwards in women’s football if that’s the only thing that can be written about,” she said. ”Who I am as a footballer is quite different to who I am off the field. I’m actually quite boring. How I play is how I express myself. Being so aggressive and feisty and determined has taken me to the best leagues in the world against the best players.”

De Vanna is working with FFA to become a social worker after football. The 29-year-old, who lost her father before the 2007 World Cup, has earned everything she has achieved in the sport. While she admits she was far from role-model material as a teenager, she believes she can have a positive influence on those who lead similar lives to what she did.

”I was 16 years old chasing a dream when I moved to Adelaide, with nothing in my pocket, to play in the old W-League and I didn’t get one cent for that,” she said. ”Moving out of home at a young age, I missed a lot of big milestones. I never finished school. I was a problem child, because all I really wanted to do was play football.

”But I’m trying to make up for that now and for some reason I’ve always had a connection with kids and adults who aren’t as privileged as others.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

Aussie female footballers recognised

Monday, 19 August 2013 3:25 PM

Aussie female footballers recognised

Australia’s women footballers have been recognised for their achievements on the pitch after receiving four nominations in the I Support Women In Sport awards.

Stephanie Catley, Kyah Simon and Ellyse Perry were all nominated for individual awards while the Matildas were nominated for the A-Team of the Year.

The awards are determined by an online vote which is open until September 15 and can be accessed at

Catley was nominated in the One’s to Watch category having already won the W-League Young Player of the Year award after a stellar 2012-13 season with the Melbourne Victory. She had already claimed the competition’s overall footballer of the year award the year earlier and made her debut for the Matildas in 2012.

Simon was nominated for Leadership Legend award after taking Sydney FC to the 2012-13 W-League title before the 22-year-old continued her strong form playing for the Matildas.

Dual Australian international Ellyse Perry is up for the fair fighter award that recognises both the skill of the athlete and the level of fairness they play with.

The Matildas were nominated for team of the year and will come up against the Diamonds (netball), Hockeyroos (hockey), Jillaroos (rugby league) and the Southern Stars (cricket).

The nominations highlight the growing recognition of Australia’s female footballers and are great achievements in themselves. We wish Catley, Simon, Perry and the Matildas the best of luck.

Be sure to get your votes in for Australia’s female footballers.


Football Federation Australia