International City: City’s Matildas named for Rio


Melbourne City Women’s Lisa De Vanna, Larissa Crummer, Steph Catley and Laura Alleway have been named in the 18-player squad for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After a successful qualifying campaign, City’s Matildas will head to Brazil to take on the world’s best in the world’s showpiece sporting event.

De Vanna, who is the only player that remains from the Women’s side’s last outing at the Olympic Games, says the squad has only one thing on their mind.

“We want to win a medal,” De vanna said.

“Obviously gold is what everyone is fighting for and dreams about buti fi we come back with any medal, it would be a massive boost for women’s football in Australia.

“The coaching staff has a massive influence on the success of the team instilling a sense of family and belief that we go out and play with.

“Along with the skill of the players in this side, it is what sets this team apart from those of the past.”

The side will be the first Australian team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games when they take on Canada in Sao Paulo two days before the opening ceremony. They will then face Germany and Zimbabwe in the final group matches.

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