Jenna Tristram - back in the green and gold.
Jenna Tristram - back in the green and gold. The Coffs Coast Advocate

Kicking off in green and gold

TWELVE months of gruelling recovery work has paid off for the Coffs Coast's brightest football star, Jenna Tristram.

On Friday night, the 21-year-old was back in the green and gold colours of Australia after spending nearly a year on the sidelines recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament tear in her knee.

It was April last year when Tristram injured her knee during a routine practice session for the Matildas at Pacific Bay Resort.

The injury quickly brought one of the Coffs Coast's most well-known sporting identities down from a large high as she'd made her national team debut only three days earlier.

All the pain and hard work over the past year was worth it though as Tristram once again experienced the thrill of playing for her country on Friday night when she came on as a substitute in the 65th minute of the Matildas' match against Canada at the Sydney Football Stadium.

With Australia holding a 2-1 lead at the time, Tristram came on to the field as a replacement for in-form striker Caitlin Munoz.

She didn't manage to get on the scoresheet but her enthusiasm and the pressure she placed on the Canadian defenders helped the national team to maintain their one-goal advantage over the last half an hour.

Yesterday Tristram and her teammates departed for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to tackle the best that Asia has to offer in the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Australia will open their campaign against Chinese Taipei on Thursday followed by difficult pool matches against Korea Republic and Japan.

The final will be played on June 8.

Once the Asian Cup matches are over, Tristram will then be off to Korea where Australia will be competing in the 2008 Peace Cup.


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