Australia has had a tradition of producing strong goalkeepers and the three heading to Rio had many years of W-League and international experience under their belts.

Lydia Williams, 26, Canberra United / Houston Dash

Williams came into the Matildas setup as a lanky, long limbed 17 year old teenager.  Like many backup goalkeepers, the Canberra native had to bide her time before the athletic shot stopper would get a regular shot on the big stage.

Even in biding her time, Williams accumulated years of experience at club level winning a championship and premiership with Canberra United and winning two W-League Goalkeeper of the Year Awards.  

With the Matildas, Williams is an Asian Cup gold and silver medallist and has been selected for 3 FIFA Women’s World Cups.  

Heading into the Rio 2016 tournament the custodian was in great form with her club side the Houston Dash and the Matildas will be hoping she continues her strong form from the past 12 months.

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Twitter: @lydsaussie

Instagram: @lydsaussie13

Mackenzie Arnold, 22, Perth Glory

Looking for game time at W-League level, 17 year old Brisbane born Mackenzie Arnold headed to the other side of the country to join Perth Glory for the 2011/12 season.  

What followed was a tough initiation into football with Perth Glory conceding 36 goals in 10 games that season.   The following year she took over from Williams (who suffered an ACL) at Canberra United, ending the year with the 2012/13 Goalkeeper of the Year award and earning her first senior cap.

Since then Arnold has been a regular in and around the Matildas camp and representing Australia at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers.

Follow Mackenzie

Twitter: @MaccaArnold

Instagram: @MackenzieArnold

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Alternate: Casey Dumont, 24

Casey Dumont is a young veteran of Australian women’s football.  The custodian came onto the national stage in 2008 as the 16 year old goalkeeper for the dominant Queensland Roar (now Brisbane Roar).  

During her time with the Roar, Dumont picked up two championships and a premiership with her steadiness in the nets a feature.

Dumont’s road has not been an easy one with the Queensland native battling crippling long term injuries and then an ACL reconstruction to return to the national team.

A part of the 2010 Asian Cup winning squad, Dumont has had to wait her time to glove up for Australia making her debut in 2015 and since then claiming sporadic minutes.  

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Twitter: @CaseyDumont

Instagram: @Casey Dumont