Playing for the Matildas has been Alanna Kennedy’s dream since she was ten years old. Alanna joins host Sam Squiers to discuss the changes she’s noticed in the women’s game since she joined the Matildas as a teenager, missing the game-deciding penalty at the Rio Olympics and playing for the Tottenham Hotspurs in the UK Super League.
Breaking her back in an on-field collision has left Hayley Raso physically and mentally stronger than ever. Hayley joins host Sam Squiers to discuss being the only girl on her soccer team growing up, missing out on the 2016 Olympic team and how it felt to make the most awesome of comebacks to the Matildas after her broken back to now be on the road to the Tokyo Games.
Matildas and Arsenal goalkeeper Lydia Williams’ jetsetting life as a professional athlete is a far call from the barefoot young Lydia from the outback who played in the red dirt, had pet kangaroos and a close connection to her indigenous culture. Lydia talks to Sam Squiers about her fascinating upbringing, racism and discrimination, the heartbreaking loss of her father and the massive shift in the women’s game.
Brisbane Roar defender Carson Pickett joins Sam Squiers on “On Her Game” to chat about growing up with a “uniqueness”, playing football around the world and the heart-warming photo of her and a young fan that went viral.
The Matildas this past week have put their game, reputation and futures on the line. Sportette’s message to the FFA and the PFA is, please don’t let it be all for nothing.
Tameka Butt is a midfielder for the Australian Women’s National Soccer Team, The Matildas.
When Melissa Barbieri became a mother, she had no idea she’d have to fight a system just to play again. Now, at 35, she’s headed for her 4th World Cup.
Katrina Gorry is Asia’s best footballer but leads very different lives back home to abroad. When overseas she can live every female footballer’s dream.
Wally Lewis believes a female will coach in the NRL. As sport’s glass ceiling begins to break, Sportette investigates how far the female coach can rise.
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