The CommBank ParaMatildas open their three-match series against Japan with a 9-0 victory

The CommBank ParaMatildas have kicked off their three-match series against Japan with a 9-0 win over their AFC counterparts, their first international friendly of the year.

Head Coach Kelly Stirton opted for an experienced line-up, with Katelyn Smith, Eloise Northam, Tahlia Blanshard, Georgia Beikoff and Nicole Christodoulou making up the Starting V for the game against Japan.

It didn't take long for Australia to open the scoring, with defender Tahlia Blanshard scoring her first goal in green & gold. Georgia Beikoff picked up right where she left off at the 2022 IFCPF World Cup, doubling the visitors' advantage just two minutes later.

 Nicole Christodoulou added her name to the scoresheet with the side's third of the afternoon. Before Beikoff doubled her tally for the game with the side's fourth of the day, equaling the score when the two sides played last year at the 2022 IFCPF World Cup.

Eloise Northam made it 5-0 just before the break, with Stirton's side heading into the interval with a comfortable lead. 

Head Coach Kelly Stirton opted to make three changes after the break, handing international debuts to Annmarie de Uriarte, Karina Grigorian and Carly Salmon, with the latter replacing the skipper Smith in goals who moved to the outfield.

Beikoff completed her hat-trick early in the second half, scoring her 16th international goal. A goal on debut for Annmarie de Uriarte and Karina Grigorian made it 8-0. 

Annmarie de Uriarte doubled her tally, scoring her second in her debut for Australia to make it 9-0 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. 

Stirton made another change with 15 minutes to go, with Rae Anderson coming on to replace Katelyn Smith, with Anderson making her fourth appearance for the side. 

The game finished 9-0 to the visitors, the CommBank ParaMatildas will take on Japan once again tomorrow in the second match of the three-match series, kicking off at 4:00pm (AEST). 

Match Day 2
Japan v Australia

Date: Sunday, 3 September 2023
Venue: J-Green Sakai (Indoor)
Kick-Off: 3:00pm (local) / 4.00pm (AEST)

Match Day 3
Japan v Australia
Date: Monday, 4 September 2023
Venue: J-Green Sakai (Indoor)
Kick-Off: 10:00am (local) / 11.00am (AEST)

Match Details  

Japan: 0
Australia: 9 (Tahlia Blanshard 2' Georgia Beikoff 4' 20' 31' Nicole Christodoulou 7' Eloise Northam 23' Annmarie de Uriarte 35' 44' Karina Grigorian 41')

Australia: 6. Katelyn Smith (GK) (c) (9. Rae Anderson 45'), 7. Eloise Northam (8. Annmarie de Uriarte 30'), 3. Tahlia Blanshard (1. Carly Salmon (GK) 30'), 10. Georgia Beikoff, 2.Nicole Christodoulou (4. Karina Grigorian 30') 

Substitutes not used:  5. Rachel Tolson