Young Matildas in AFF final

This article was first written and published for The Roar

Tonight, the Young Matildas will play Thailand in the final of the 2018 AFF Women’s Championships in Indonesia.

It’s set to be a thrilling finale to a competitive tournament, particularly considering that Thailand are the only team that have managed to beat the Australia so far.

Let’s track their road to the final.

Sports fans rejoice, what a week to be alive!

This article was written by Melissa Muscat.

The FIFA World Cup, NRL State of Origin and Wimbledon, what a week this is shaping up to be sports fans! So much excitement in the sporting world and the next week will bring it new heights. Get the espresso ready or put your leave in from work today for Monday, you’ll thank me for the prior notice.

Two weeks ago, the country saw NSW Blues take out the 2018 State of Origin Series, after four long years. And what a feeling that was. I had the privilege of attending my first ever Origin game, after a lifetime of living and breathing sport. A wonderful experience was expected, but to witness the series win after years in exile was special. The Origin atmosphere is something else and the bragging rights have been rife over the past fortnight, as they should be. Simply the Best in the words of Tina Turner. The final step will be all of NSW cheering on the Blues to a whitewash Wednesday night, and what a celebration that is promising to be. Congrats NSW Blues, your state is proud.

Let the Beautiful Game Begin. World Cup Russia, 2018

This article was written by Melissa Muscat.

The excitement is real. Just days until the greatest sporting display on earth. The World Cup 2018. This time, the host is Russia. What a monumental event this is every four years. My only criticism is that it only occurs every four years. FIFA, make it every two please, that’s way too long between drinks. Nevertheless, it’s here, and Friday sees the host nation Russia kick off the main event against Saudi Arabia at 1am local time.

I am having a huge case of Fear of Missing Out right now and I’m sure I’m not alone. I am still hoping that one of the many competitions I have entered will call me this week telling me to pack my bags and get on a plane tomorrow as I’ll be heading to Russia. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t decide to go over. Well actually I do. I have had the privilege of attending a World Cup, in Germany 2006, and I’m hoping to visit Old Trafford in Manchester next year. A lifelong dream to see where my favourite football team, Manchester United, affectionately call ‘The Theatre of Dreams’. But for now, those of us remaining in Oz over the next month, it will have to be many late, sleepless nights, approved leave from work and much time spent cheering in front of the television.

Enter A League Finals, Exit Allianz Stadium

This story was written by Melissa Muscat.

What an amazing two A League seasons I have not only witnessed, but fortunately been a part of. Thank you to all at Sydney FC for the opportunity to experience two of the best sporting seasons of my entire life, possibly only eclipsed by Manchester United winning The Treble in 1998/99. This scintillating local team we currently have delivering continued success, our amazing coach and his equally amazing coaching staff, the executive committee, the membership team, and all others behind the scenes, from all us Sydney die hards, we say thank you.

Mary’s Wonder Women: Matildas shine at the Asian Cup

This article was first written for and published by The Roar

There’s plenty on the line for the Matildas at this year’s Asian Cup, which started on April 2 and will conclude on April 22.

Eight nations are competing – Jordan, Japan, Australia, China, Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines – with the top five earning automatic entry into the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.