After a year where the Matilda’s became the first Australian national side to make a quarter-finals at the World Cup, the 2016 international season kicked off with a bang.
The Matildas’ kicked off their Olympic qualifying campaign on the leap day against a team everyone thought would qualify without hassle. But as we all know, football is a funny thing and the Matilda’s beat their frenemies Japan in a thrilling 3-1 win.
They continued to excel as they went through the tournament unbeaten to qualify for the Olympics in Rio that was 12 years in the making.
There is something special about qualifying for an Olympic Games. It is the people’s event where everyone comes together every four years to see who is the best.
Every young sportsperson dream to make the Olympics, if you make it there then you are considered one of the best and the Matildas proved that.
It was a stunning fortnight and the icing on the cake was finally claiming the mantle as the number one team in Asia.