- Young Australian of the Year and football superstar Sam Kerr to feature
- Match against Thailand, the Matildas' last before 2018 Asian Cup
- McGowan Government urges local support; tickets available at https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au
The McGowan Government has encouraged Western Australians to get behind Sam Kerr's Matildas in their historic first-ever WA match against Thailand at nib Stadium on Monday evening (March 26).
Young Australian of the Year and international football superstar Sam Kerr will feature for the world number four Matildas in what will be their farewell match before the 2018 Asian Cup.
The McGowan Government recently led the successful campaign to secure the biggest-ever crowd for a women's sporting match in Australia - 41,975 at the Fremantle-Collingwood AFLW game at Optus Stadium.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk have urged WA sports fans to turn out to nib Stadium in support of the Matildas.
Fans are encouraged to meet the team at Saturday's open training session at nib Stadium from 6.30pm. Entry is free.
The McGowan Government also sought and secured a week-long training camp following the friendly, where local juniors will be able to meet and rub shoulders with their heroes.
Tickets to the Matildas-Thailand match are on sale at https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The Matildas-Thailand match is a historic day for WA sport and I encourage everyone to show their support.
"We not only have Australia's best female footballers on our shores for the first time, but they will be led by current Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr.
"The Matildas are a genuine chance to win the 2018 Asian Cup - so let's send them off with the strongest local support we can."
Comments attributed to Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"Following the record-breaking AFLW match, Western Australians can now proudly claim to be the biggest supporters of women's sport in the country.
"The Australia-Thailand match is another chance to get out and support some of the country's best athletes - and the Matildas training camp will provide a terrific opportunity for youngsters to get up close with their heroes."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Women's Interests Minister's office - 6552 6600