Future Matilda celebrates football win
LIKE most aspiring Matilda players Claire Farrington was asleep when the women's soccer team became the first Australian football side to win a knockout match at a FIFA World Cup.
The Woodlawn student has since caught up on the match highlights which included Kyah Simon scoring against favourites Brazil, sealing a 1-0 win which put the Matildas into the quarter finals.
The 14-year-old said she aspired to one day become a Matilda, but was more focused on next week when she will compete at the National Youth Championships.
She will join Dunoon FC's Breanna Gatt at a pre-tournament training camp on Thursday before driving to Coffs Harbour for the big under-15s tournament where they will represent Northern NSW.
The Matildas' win was one for women's soccer, said the Modanville teenager.
"The publicity has to be good for the sport. I'm sure we will see more girls participating in soccer after this," she said.
"For me soccer is about getting out and getting active. I've made heaps of friends through soccer."
Claire trains with the local women's premier league.
"It's a challenge, but it keeps me on top of my game," she said.
The Matildas have qualified for the World Cup quarter finals on two previous occasions, in 2007 and 2011, but this morning's game was their first knockout victory.
Australia, ranked 10th in the world, is now preparing for a quarter final clash against either fourth-ranked Japan or the 12th-ranked Netherlands, who will face each other today.