Katrina Gorry: Back With The Matildas

Australia midfielder Katrina Gorry spoke to the media from Townsville today ahead of The Matildas’ international with New Zealand. Impetus’ Ben Gilby watched on (4/4/22).

Above: Katrina Gorry, talking to the media earlier today. Photo: Football Australia.

Watching Katrina Gorry since she returned to the game at the start of the A-League Women season after giving birth to baby Harper campaign, has been a joy to behold. The presence and shooting ability remain the same, but the smile and sense of loving what she is doing are bigger than ever.

“Since I’ve returned I’ve fallen back in love with the game and I’m playing with pure enjoyment. It shows in my performances recently just how much happier I am on the field.”

An impressive run of games in a mixed season for Brisbane Roar has ended with a recall to the Australian national side ahead of two friendlies with New Zealand over the next ten days. Gorry revealed that she has been in contact with the Matildas coaching team for a while.

“I’ve been working closely with Tony (Gustavsson – head coach) and Mel (Andreatta – assistant coach) for some time and it’s about enjoying being back in camp, back around the girls, and testing myself along with some of the best players in the country and in the world and seeing where I am. There’s no pressure on me.”

Whilst being back in a Matildas camp is a big deal, to do it for a game in her home state is another big plus.

Above: Katrina Gorry is back in the Matildas camp, along with daughter Harper. Photo: Football Australia.

“It’s really exciting, I’m a Queenslander through and through and it’s great to be up here in Townsville, seeing all the fans come out for the game will be special. New Zealand will be a tough opponent. I’m sure that everyone will turn it up on game day to support us.”

The midfielder, who will be heading out to Sweden to play for Vittsjö after the international window, believes that she can bring something extra to the team after their poor early exit at the Asian Cup at the start of this year.

“A big part of my game is combination play and to be combining with the players in our squad is exciting and important for me. All the players were disappointed with the Asian Cup. I was shattered for them. You could see if after the Korea game.

“To be on home soil among family and friends is important for us now. The two games we have with New Zealand are in Townsville where we haven’t been before and Canberra, where we haven’t played for a long time, so it’s a big opportunity.

“Us against New Zealand is a big rivalry, like New South Wales against Queensland. Hosting the World Cup with them brings something extra to it too.”

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