As far as rapid rises go, Katrina Gorry's has had the velocity of one of her rockets from 20 yards (or 30) out.

It took 2 years for the diminutive midfielder to transition from Matildas debutant, against Japan and her two fellow finalists, to Asia's best.

From her first goal against the Netherlands in 2013 (a long distance stunner of course), "Mini's" performances and goals have seen her claim the No. 10 role for the Matildas. Boring goals are not a thing that Katrina Gorry seems to do.

The Asian Cup was her "breakout" tournament where her 3 goals, including one in the semi final, helped the Matildas make the final and qualify 2015 Women's World Cup. It also saw her voted the second place player in the tournament behind Japan captain Aya Miyama.

At the AFC Awards in Manilla, Gorry reversed that result and became the second Australian, after Kate Gill, to be named the AFC Women's Player of the Year.

Like her Brisbane Roar teammates, Gorry had a lacklustre W-League campaign but towards the end there were good signs for Matildas fans with Gorry finding her passing and goalscoring range.

Gorry also took out the fans Goal of the Year a, you guessed it, long range bomb.