Next Westfield Matildas debutant set for big milestone

The next player to make their Westfield Matildas debut will be the 200th player to be capped for the senior national women’s team.

And it could happen at the upcoming Algarve Cup with a handful of players in Alen Stajcic’s 22-player squad yet to register their first caps for the Westfield Matildas.

With such a big milestone set to be reached, we thought we’d look back at the players who hold significant caps with the Westfield Matildas.

Cap number 1: Julie Dolan

Dolan played in Australia’s first A international against New Zealand in 1979 in a 2-2 draw in Sydney.

Despite being just a teenager, Dolan led the Matildas that day and went on to play 18 full A internationals in the green and gold.

A commanding central midfielder, Dolan also played at the first Women's World Cup in China in 1988 and is recognised as a pioneer of women's football in Australia

Julie Dolan
Julie Dolan

Cap number 50: Janelle Renshaw

Renshaw, from Northern NSW, made her debut at a World Invitational tournament in Taiwan in December 1987.

Australia defeated Hong Kong 6-0 on that night and it was one of just three caps she had for the Matildas.

Cap number 100: Kristy Moore
The Adelaide-born winger/striker turned out for the Matildas for the first time in a friendly against Sweden on Australia’s European Tour in 1997.

Australia won that match 1-0, with Moore going on to play a total of seven games for the senior national team, scoring one goal.

Interestingly, Moore went on to represent England 12 times between 2002 and 2005, while she also turned out for Adelaide United in the Westfield W-League between 2012 and 2015.

Kristy Moore
Kristy Moore

Cap number 150: Rachel Cooper

A goalkeeper, Cooper made just the one appearance for the Matildas in an Olympic Games qualifier against Hong Kong in 2007,.

Cooper was just 18 at the time and Australia won the match 8-1.

She also had stints at both Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners in the Westfield W-League.