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Indy tries out for Matildas

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Indy, 2, tries out for the Matildas at Morsehead Park with the help of her brother Ethan Read, watching on is Matildas co-captain Lisa Devanna and Karina Gorry who are at training Tuesday for Saturday’s afternoon match against New Zealand.

SINCE their arrival in Ballarat this week the Matildas have been conducting training clinics and visiting schools, as well as holding their own training sessions at the Ballarat Regional Soccer Stadium, ahead of Saturday’s game against New Zealand. The City of Ballarat welcomed the team on Monday with City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson saying, It’s great to welcome the Matildas to Ballarat for their crucial final training camp before the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I know that Ballarat people will welcome the Matildas as well as the NZ team and will come out to show their support at Ballarat Regional Soccer Stadium on Saturday 4 June.”

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic said it was ‘brilliant to be in Ballarat’.

“We came here a couple of weeks ago to inspect the venue and do the launch of coming here, but now that we are here it’s just brilliant, great facility and we have been really welcomed by the local people,” he said. “For us that’s important because it’s the only time we really have our whole team together before we leave for Brazil.

“All our overseas players have flown in so we are all together, which is essential for training.” Stajcic added the support has come from all sides, with the Victorian Government supporting the Etihad match and support from local government in Ballarat and the general community.