Green and Gold Greatness

Channel 7 reporter and football fanatic, Mel McLaughlin, previews the big double header at Marvel Stadium:

To watch your national team in action on home soil is always a special moment but for fans but to watch the Socceroos and the Matildas in one night will be a truly memorable event.

The announcement that the Matildas will share the centre stage with their male counterparts is an important moment for women’s sport and its increasing popularity in this country. The team will not only get the chance to play in a world-class stadium but in front of thousands of adoring fans before they head off to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Currently ranked fifth in the world, the players led by coach Alen Stajic aren’t just dreaming when they say they want gold at Rio. As one of the best female squads in the world, they have every chance of topping the podium. They are a young, confident side and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about August and the future. Fellow Olympic qualifiers New Zealand will also want a big win to kick-start their campaign which should make for a heated contest as both countries want to head into Rio in top form. The fact that the Matildas beat the Kiwis in Ballarat just days ago only adds fuel to this clash.

Despite the recent loss against Euro 2016 Qualifiers England, the Socceroos were impressive against such a big side who had some points to prove of their own. In fact we dominated the first half. The second match with Greece following that late winner from Matthew Leckie from the last kick of the game, will once again be a great test for the team.

Since moving from Oceania to Asia, the Socceroos have been exposed much sterner tests but in order to be a force on the world stage, the Socceroos must be able to regularly challenge themselves against the big nations. Having missed out on qualifying for the 2016 Euro, Greece will have a point to prove and are sure to come out firing in front of not only Socceroos fans, but the huge contingent of Greek fans that will no doubt be out in full force.

June 7 will not only be a great celebration of where football is at in this country but a preview of what’s to come from both national sides.

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