Impetus’ Ben Gilby heard from Australia star Mary Fowler inside the Matildas’ training camp ahead of the forthcoming friendly with Canada in Brisbane. Image: Football Australia (30/8/22).
Queenslander Mary Fowler, her Manchester City teammate Alanna Kennedy and Sydney based forward Princess Ibini were the latest three players to join the Matildas camp in Brisbane.
Fowler made the trek to Australia from her new home following her off-season move to Women’s Super League powerhouse Manchester City.
Both Fowler and Kennedy enjoyed light sessions first up with the striker enjoying the opportunity to shake out the legs following almost 24 hours of travel.
“I feel fresh. I slept all the way on both my flights and I’m buzzing right now,” Fowler said.
“It’s nice to be back and my family’s going to come over and watch me. Even just to be with the girls, it’s been a while since I’ve been in camp. I think for quite a few of us as well. It’s nice to be back together.”
The second day in Brisbane also saw members of the Matildas welcomed by the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, multiple government Ministers, and dozens of the local football community at a reception held at Parliament House.
Palaszczuk, who was recently announced as the newest Legacy ’23 ambassador, expressed her excitement at Brisbane hosting the Matildas and what it means for the next generation of Australian female footballers.
“I am very excited that this weekend we will be seeing the Matildas go against Canada and we are expecting thousands of fans to come out,” Palaszczuk said.
“When you see our mighty Matildas, it goes to show each one of you that you can follow your dream and your dream can be to be a Matilda one day. I am incredibly proud that sport in this state is going from strength to strength.”