Men more excited about women's World Cup

by AFP on Jun 16, 2011

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Matilda's starlet Samantha Kerr won't be tapping into the big match experience of her older brother and West Coast stalwart Daniel, as she heads into the upcoming women's World Cup in Germany.

One of seven teenagers in the Australian squad of 21, 17-year-old Kerr was part of Australia's 2010 Asian Cup winning team and scored in the final against North Korea.

Earlier this week, Matildas coach Tom Sermanni said the West Australian midfielder was one youngster he was looking at starting in the World Cup.

Older sibling Daniel, 28, has accumulated plenty of big match experience, having represented Australia in two International Rules matches in Ireland and played in two AFL grand finals.

Samantha said she hadn't really talked to Daniel about how to handle the big match occasions.

"He just kind of lets me go by my game the way I want to go about it, but if I ever needed to know he would have some advice for me," Kerr told AAP.

"But he knows the more I talk about it, the more nervous I get, so we try and steer clear of talking about soccer."

"We're just very supportive of each other and he's a bit upset he can't come (to Germany because of his AFL commitments)."

Several other family members, including her parents, will be travelling to Germany.

Kerr switched form Australian rules to soccer when she was 12 and said playing in the 2011 World Cup wasn't on her radar until recently.

"I was watching the last World Cup in 2007 and it was probably the first time I'd ever watched the Matildas and to now be here at the next World Cup, it's a bit of a shock," she said.

"But I think I've put a lot of hard work in over the last couple of years, so I think I deserve to be here and I'm happy to be here and it shows if you work hard you can achieve your goals."

She said it was good to have so many younger players in the squad.

"You don't feel like one of the outsiders, not that the (older) girls exclude us young ones, but it's just good to have close friends there," Kerr said.

"We're just going out there trying to play good football, and that carefree attitude is what makes us do so well, I guess."

Kerr said she hoped Australia would get through the group stage, where they have been drawn alongside Brazil, Equatorial Guinea and Norway, and ultimately do better than in 2007 when they made the quarter-finals.