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Hey <<First Name>>,

So how about those Matildas, hey? Quite the turnaround from the game on Saturday… in the second half anyway! That was just something else.

There were no goals conceded this time but the defence, it’s agreed, is still an area that needs work. The problem won’t be easily solved and it’s not just the Matildas but the Socceroos too. According to Joey Peters, former Matildas midfielder and now coach:

It is the cultural thing that we don’t value defending. Look at someone like Belgium or even Holland who play with a back three. The thing about the back three is, especially if the other team is playing with the front three, you’re basically defending one-v-one. It’s a bigger challenge and you can’t hide.
I’ve done a bit when I’m coaching the youth is playing with a back three and you know what? You get beaten and you get scored on, well that’s your feedback. We don’t want people to score on us because it looks bad as coaches. We’ve got to win games. So it is all wrapped up in this culture and we could actually fix it by saying we’re going to play back threes now.

Joey had a lot more to say. Like, is it right to bring 15 year olds into the senior team? And is it’s time for the media to switch from cheerleading to intelligent criticism?  The full 40 minute conversation is available to my patrons.

It’s time for my next women in sport meetup in Brisbane. If you would like to come along, please RSVP, there are limited tickets.

If you’re feeling a bit academic, you’ll want to get along to this.

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Have you read Unbreakable yet? If you haven’t, please do. There’s so much more to the story than you think you know. Jessica Halloran has done a wonderful job with a harrowing subject. I’ve nothing but respect for Jelena Dokic and her amazing resilience. I’m giving away my much-loved copy. Who wants it? Let me know by 3pm Friday and I’ll draw names out of a hat then.

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Have a good week sports fans!

Danielle Warby
Advocate for Women in Sport

Twitter: @daniellewarby

0405 386 792


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