Sport Matildas to play first international against Thailand in Perth

09:53  14 february  2018
09:53  14 february  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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All eyes were on super striker Sam Kerr yesterday as the Matildas went through their paces in preparation for Monday’s international soccer match against Thailand at nib Stadium. The Perth Glory forward, who will play in front of her home crowd as a Matilda for the first time

The Westfield Matildas will play their first ever international in Perth on Monday night when they tackle Thailand in a friendly at nib Stadium. With the AFC Women’s Asian Cup just around the corner, the Westfield Matildas play a crucial pre-tournament friendly against Thailand at nib Stadium

The Matildas will play their first international in Perth at NIB Stadium on March 26.

Soccer superstar and Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr was front and centre to announce the friendly match with Thailand next month.

"I am excited to bring the Matildas to Perth. I've been nagging everyone at FFA for a while now to bring a game to Perth," Sam Kerr said.

They hope to play in front of a full house with more than 20,000 fans expected to fill NIB Stadium.

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+ With the AFC Women’s Asian Cup just around the corner, the Westfield Matildas play a crucial pre-tournament friendly against Thailand at nib Stadium on Monday. In their first -ever international fixture in Perth , a huge crowd is expected to be on hand to give Alen Stajcic’s side a huge

With 1 ,108 international caps between them at an average of 48 caps per player , the Matildas head to the Asian Cup as experienced campaigners. “We are also all looking forward to playing our first ever match in Perth against Thailand which should be a good challenge and will allow us to see how

"I am proud that I can be a part of it because I though it would never happen," the midfielder said.

The Matildas will play their first international in Perth at NIB Stadium on March 26. © Robert Cianflone/Getty Images The Matildas will play their first international in Perth at NIB Stadium on March 26. The match will be the Matilda's final game on home soil before jetting off to Jordan for the 2018 Asian Cup.

The team will also spend a week in Perth for a training camp.

"I want to show my team mates what I have been raving on about, I have been saying 'west coast, best coast' forever now and half of them only come here for the two hour game, so I am really excited." she said.

Local junior players will also have the chance to meet and rub shoulders with the players.

Tickets for the friendly on March 26 will go on sale tomorrow at 9am.

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