Walsh our tiny dancer
WITH the Australian women's football team spending so much time in Coffs Harbour over the past three months, Matildas forward Sarah Walsh admits that the town now feels like a home away from away for her and the team.
"It feels like such a tight-knit community here," Walsh said yesterday after completing a gruelling fitness session at Pacific Bay.
"When we get an afternoon off and we go to the shops, everyone has always made us feel so welcome here, it's great.
"I wish we could train and live here all the time like the Wallabies do."
Standing at only 162cm in height, it's easy to dismiss Walsh but opposition teams do so at their peril.
What the diminutive 24-year-old lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in ability.
Walsh is one of the more dangerous attacking weapons in international football and was recently nominated as one of the Asian confederation's players of the year.
Not that the award is something that the NSWIS member is concerned about.
She'd rather just go out on the park each week and get the win.
"I didn't even know that there was an award as such because we have just moved into Asia," she admitted.
"I think it had a lot to do with Kate Gill and myself and the games we played against Chinese Taipei.
"No disrespect to them but they're a lower ranked team so in those games I guess you could say the pressure was on the strikers but we scored some goals so I think that a lot to do with it (the nomination)."
Tomorrow is another opportunity for the Matildas to grab a morale-boosting victory when they again face Chinese Taipei at BCU International Stadium as they prepare themselves them for next month's World Cup.