My Westfield Matildas Story: Clare Polkinghorne - 'Ever since we started playing, this is what we've been working towards'

Representing Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup has always been the dream of Westfield Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne.

Polkinghorne, 30, is about to fulfil that lifelong ambition yet again when she makes her fourth appearance at the tournament in France 2019.

Despite being a veteran of the national team – part of Australia’s first World Cup win over Ghana in 2007 - the feeling of representing the Westfield Matildas on the biggest stage of all will be no less surreal for Polkinghorne this time around.

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“It’s a tournament you work four years to get to but in reality, ever since we started playing football this is what we've been working towards,” Polkinghorne told

“The World Cup is the pinnacle of our sport, it is something that everyone dreams of playing and very few get the opportunity to do so.”

“For us, it’s about playing the way the we want to play and playing to our full potential.

“I know that if everyone is playing at their best, the Matildas can produce some really exciting football.”

Watch the full interview with Polkinghorne in the video at the top of the page.

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World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches

Australia v Italy
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes
Kick-off: 9.00pm AEST (1.00pm local time, same day)

Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)

Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)

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