Matildas 2015 Matches

Matildas Internationals for 2015

Written by Thomas Esamie.


Australia participated in a tri-series in Auckjland against New Zealand (ranked 18) and North Korea (ranked 7) in preparation for their World Cup campaign... and the Cyprus Cup where they got even more matches under their belt. This was a Friendly match.
Played : February 10 Venue : Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Australia
Brianna Davey, Servet Uzunlar, Hayley Crawford (Danielle Brogan), Clare Polkinghorne, Stephanie Catley (Caitlin Foord), Elise Kellond-Knight (Teresa Polias), Katrina Gorry (Alanna Kennedy), Nicola Bolger, Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon), Ashleigh Sykes (Lisa De Vanna), Larissa Crummer
Goals : Polkinghorne 11, Heyman 37
2 - 1 North Korea

Goal : Kim Yun Mi 14
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (North Korea)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Australia won this match but in a cruel event for a debutant (and it's hard to think of a national player who has worked harder for this opportunity) Casey Dumont is set to be sidelined for up to 12 months after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in this match. This was a Friendly match.
Played : February 12 Venue : Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand

Goals : Gregorius x2
2 - 3 Australia
Casey Dumont (Brianna Davey), Hayley Raso, Clare Polkinghorne, Danielle Brogan, Elise Kellond-Knight, Tersa Polias, Emily van Egmond (Aivi Luik), Katrina Gorry (Alanna Kennedy), Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord (Amy Harrison), Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon)
Goals : van Egmond, Heyman, Foord
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (New Zealand)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Australia participated in the Cyprus Cup alongside Canada, Italy, South Korea, Scotland, England, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico and South Africa having these teams split into 3 groups of 4 with a finals day based on final group standings. This was a Friendly match.
Played : March 4 Venue : GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus
Australia
Brianna Davey, Steph Catley, Lisa De Vanna (Kate Gill 88), Katrina Gorry (Alanna Kennedy 69), Michelle Heyman (Ashleigh Sykes 81), Elise Kellond-Knight, Teresa Polias, Clare Polkinghorne, Kyah Simon (Larissa Crummer 63), Servet Uzunlar, Emily van-Egmond
Goal : Crummer 73
1 - 0 Netherlands
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Netherlands)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Australia lost this match to eventual tournament winners England but the reprehensible conduct of members of the British Armed Forces who were in attendance was what brought headlines to this match. It is sad that men still feel it is OK to behave this way towards what in many cases are girls not yet 18. The Official Match report does not mention this incident, so some of the related newspaper articles are linked below. This was a Friendly match.
Played : March 6 Venue : GSP Nicosia, Cyprus
Australia
Brianna Davey (Mackenzie Arnold 74), Servet Uzunlar (Hayley Raso 71), Clare Polkinghorne, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy (Nicola Bolger 61), Katrina Gorry (Emily van-Egmond 61), Larissa Crummer (Caitlin Foord 71), Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 85), Lisa De Vanna
0 - 3 England

Goals : Taylor 8, 17, 84
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (England)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA
Report by BBC
Report by SBS
Report by SMH
Report by Mirror
Report by Telegraph


Australia bounced back against Finland to end up contesting 5th place in the final round. Had they scored one more goal (or conceded one less) they would have played off for 3rd instead of Italy. This was a Friendly match.
Played : March 9 Venue : GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus
Australia
Mackenzie Arnold, Servet Uzunlar (Hayley Raso 52), Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight (Gema Simon 52), Teresa Polias, Nicola Bolger (Collette McCallum 79), Emily van-Egmond, Kyah Simon (Ashleigh Sykes 77), Kate Gill (Michelle Heyman 63), Caitlin Foord (Lisa De Vanna 63)
Goals : Gill 28, Sykes 78, van Egmond 90pk
3 - 0 Finland

Goals :
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Finland)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Australia handily defeated the Czech Republic to finish the tournament in 5th place before heading off to their training camp in Italy. This was a Friendly match.
Played : March 11 Venue : Tasos Marko, Paralimni, Cyprus
Australia
Mackenzie Arnold, Servet Uzunlar (Hayley Raso 55), Alanna Kennedy (Clare Polkinghorne 63), Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight (Gema Simon 46), Teresa Polias, Katrina Gorry (Collette McCallum 83’), Emily van-Egmond, Lisa De Vanna, Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 55’), Caitlin Foord (Ashleigh Sykes 72’)
Goals : Gorry 8, van Egmond 16, De Vanna 34, Heyman 53, Polkinghorne 85, Sykes 86
6 - 2 Czech Republic

Goals : Benyrova 5, 63
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Czech Republic)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Having gone into a Training camp in Italy after the Cyprus Cup the Matildas rounded out their preparations with 2 matches against Austria and Scotland. This was a Friendly match.
Played : April 7 Venue : Stadion Villach Lind, Villach, Austria
Austria

Goals : Schiechtl 25, Makas 28
2 - 1 Australia
(subs were Tameka Butt 70, Kate Gill and Ashleigh Sykes)
Goal : Gorry 85
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Austria)
Australian squad


This match marks the retirement of Collette McCallum, the Glaswegian born player has served Australia for 80 A-Matches and was one of the most influential and solid players for the team over many years. Couldn't quite score the winning goal though... This was a Friendly match.
Played : April 9 Venue : Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk, Scotland
Scotland

Goal : Ross 59
1 - 1 Australia
Brianna Davey, Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Laura Alleway, Servet Uzunlar (Elise Kellond-Knight 70), Teresa Polias, Katrina Gorry (Kyah Simon 84), Emily van Egmond (Collette McCallum 86), Caitlin Foord (Samantha Kerr 63), Michelle Heyman (Ashleigh Sykes 70), Lisa De Vanna
Goal : Alleway 26
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Scotland)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA



Australia's final 2 matches before heading off to Canada were against Vietnam. This first one a closed door match at the Training Complex. This was a Friendly match.
Played : May 19 Venue : Valentine Sports Park, Parklea, Sydney
Australia
Lydia Williams (Melissa Barbieri), Larissa Crummer (Lisa De Vanna), Clare Polkinghorne, Servet Uzunlar (Hayley Raso 61), Steph Catley (Elise Kellond-Knight 46), Caitlin Foord (Ashleigh Sykes), Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Kyah Simon, Nicola Bolger, Michelle Heyman (Leena Khamis 61)
Goals : Catley 17, Foord 29, Simon 47, Heyman 48
4 - 0 Vietnam
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Vietnam)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


And then this one as an official farewell match which yielded quite a few goals. This was a Friendly match.
Played : May 21 Venue : Kogarah Stadium, Sydney
Australia
Lydia Williams (Mackenzie Arnold 59), Laura Alleway, Servet Uzunlar, Stephanie Catley (Tameka Butt 46), Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, Lisa De Vanna (Ashleigh Sykes 70), Alanna Kennedy (Leena Khamis 78), Katrina Gorry, Samantha Kerr (Caitlin Foord 59), Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 59)
Goals : Gorry 7, Heyman 12, 19, 31, Alleway 14, De Vanna 15, 61, Kerr 18,48, van Egmond 21, Foord 85
11 - 0 Vietnam
Dang Kieu Trinh, Chuong Kieu, Tran Hong Nhung (Bui Thuy An 46), Nguyen Tuyet Dung, Nguyen Lieu, Tran Thuy Trang, Nguyen Nguyet, Nguyen Hai Hoa, Nguyen Minh Nguyet, Huynh Nhu, Do Thi Yen
Referee :
Attendance : 4277
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), (Vietnam)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA
Australia qualified for the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup and started their tournament against the USA. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 8 Venue : Winnipeg Stadium, Canada
Australia
Melissa Barbieri, Laura Alleway (Ashleigh Sykes 83), Servet Uzunlar, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Lisa de Vanna, Katrina Gorry (Alanna Kennedy 80), Samantha Kerr, Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 69)
Goal : de Vanna 27
1 - 3 United States of America
Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan 79), Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger, Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe (Morgan Brian 86), Julie Johnston, Abby Wambach, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press (Tobin Heath 68)
Goals : Rapinoe 12, 78, Press 61
Referee : Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
Attendance : 31148
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Jill Ellis (USA)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Staying in Winnipeg they faced Nigeria next in a match they pretty much needed to win to remain in contention for the knockout stages. The match ended in some confusion when the referee called an end to the match with only just over 1 of the 3 injury time minutes elapsed. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 12 Venue : Winnipeg Stadium, Canada
Australia
Lydia Williams, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily van Egmond, Lisa de Vanna, Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon (Michelle Heyman 87), Katrina Gorry (Tameka Butt 62), Samantha Kerr
Goals : Simon 29, 68
2 - 0 Nigeria
Previous Dede, Osinachi Ohale (Ugo Njoku 52), Onome Ebi, Josephine Chukwunonye, Asisat Oshoala (Courtney Dike 84), Desire Oparanozie (Perpetua Nkwocha 54), Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Francisca Ordega, Ngozi Ebere
Referee : Stephanie Frappart (France)
Attendance : 32716
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Edwin Okon (Nigeria)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


Australia travelled to Edmonton needing a draw (or better) against Sweden to go through to the next stage. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 16 Venue : Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada
Australia
Lydia Williams, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Lisa De Vanna (Larissa Crummer 63), Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon (Michelle Heyman 72), Katrina Gorry (Tameka Butt 85), Samantha Kerr
Goal : de Vanna 5
1 - 1 Sweden
Hedvig Lindahl, Nilla Fischer, Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Sofia Jakobsson, Amanda Ilestedt, Therese Sjogran, Lina Nilsson (Kosovare Asslani 74), Caroline Seger, Jessica Samuelsson, Elin Rubensson (Sara Thunebro 76)
Goal : Jakobsson 15
Referee : Lucila Venegas (Mexico)
Attendance : 10177
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Pia Sundhage (Sweden)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


For the first time in a (senior) World Cup Knockout match (male or female) Australia progressed through to the next stage and set up a a QuarterFinal showdown with fellow Asian side Japan. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 21 Venue : Moncton Stadium, Moncton, Canada
Australia
Lydia Williams, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Lisa De Vanna, Tameka Butt (Katrina Gorry 72), Alanna Kennedy, Samantha Kerr, Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 64)
Goal : Simon 80
1 - 0 Brazil
Luciana Maria Dionizio, Fabiana da Silva Simoes, Monica Hickmann Alves, Andressa Alves da Silva, Tamires Cassia Dias Gomes (Raquel Fernandes dos Santos 83), Thaisa de Moraes Rosa Moreno (Beatriz Zaneratto Joao 83), Andressa Cavalari Machry, Marta Vieira da Silva, Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, Rafaelle Leone Carvalho de Souza, Miraildes Maciel Mota
Referee : Teodora Albon (Romania)
Attendance : 12054
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Oswaldo Fumeiro Alvarez (aka Vadao) (Brazil)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


It was heartbreak for the Matildas at the Quarterfinals stage against the reigning World Champions, though they would hold that title for only a few days more. This was a World Cup Finals match.
Played : June 27 Venue : Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada
Australia
Lydia Williams, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van Egmond, Lisa De Vanna (Larissa Crummer 67), Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon (Ashleigh Sykes 89), Katrina Gorry (Michelle Heyman 76), Samantha Kerr
0 - 1 Japan
Ayumi Kaihori, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Kumagai, Aya Sameshima, Mizuho Sakaguchi (Homare Sawa 90), Aya Miyama, Nahomi Kawasumi, Shinobu Ohno (Mana Iwabuchi 72), Rumi Utsugi, Yuki Ogimi, Saori Ariyoshi
Goal : Iwabuchi 87
Referee : Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
Attendance : 19814
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Norio Sasaki (Japan)
Australian squad Match Report by FFA


On the 22nd of July the FFA announced that the Matildas would play a 2-match series against the United States (September 17 and 20) meaning they would play the reigning World Champions 3 times in succession. However on the 10th of September the series was cancelled due to ongoing actions by the Professional Footballers Association. This would have been two Friendly matches held at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan followed by another at Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama.


This was a Friendly match.
Played : October 25 Venue : China
China

Goal : Li Dongna pk
1 - 1 Australia
(starting 11) Lydia Williams, Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Amy Harrison, Michelle Heyman, Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Cooper, Elise Kellond-Knight, Katrina Gorry, Stephanie Catley, Tameka Butt, Kyah Simon
Goal : Butt 12
Referee :
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Bruno Bini (China)
Australian squad


This was a Friendly match.
Played : October 27 Venue : Yongchuan, China
Australia
Lydia WIlliams, Georgia Yeoman-Dale (Alanna Kennedy 72), Laura Alleway, Stephanie Catley, Cailtin Foord, Katrina Gorry (Kyah Simon 60), Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, Samantha Kerr, Larissa Crummer (Tameka Butt 60), Lisa de Vanna
0 - 1 England
Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Claire Rafferty, Alex Scott, Jill Scott, Jo Potter, Demi Stokes, Isobel Christiansen (Laura Coombs 90), Eniola Aluko (Jodie Taylor 57)
Goal : Christiansen 51
Referee : Liang Qin (China)
Attendance :
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Mark Sampson (England)
Australian squad


Australia started the year playing against the North Koreans and bookends the season with a match against their southern neighbours. This was a Friendly match.
Played : November 29 Venue : Incheon Stadium
South Korea
0 - 1 Australia
Lydia Williams, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord, Emily van Egmond (Tara Andrews 90), Lisa De Vanna (Chloe Logarzo 82), Amy Harrison, Tameka Butt (Katrina Gorry 60) , Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Munoz, Kyah Simon (Larissa Crummer 77)
Goal : Simon 68
Referee : Thein Thein Aye (Myanmar)
Attendance : 3222
Coaches : Alen Stajcic (Australia), Yoon Deok-yeo (South Korea)
Australian squad