Monday, February 23, 2009

Matilda star visits Hobart

Photo: Jo Burgess at South Hobart on Saturday

Matildas’ star striker Jo Burgess was in Hobart on the weekend to conduct futsal clinics and to visit schools.

Burgess, 29, also took in some of the action at the Summer Cup series at South Hobart.

She said the inaugural national W-League season had been a huge success and she was looking forward to playing in it when the second season starts in August.

Burgess missed out on last year’s Asian Championship because of a family bereavement, and she missed out on the W-League because of injury.

“I’ve been having a lot of hamstring problems and my coach told me to sit it out and get some rest,” Burgess said.

“I hope to get back on the field soon.

“We’ll be having regular camps for the national side until the W-League resumes in August and I’m looking forward to it.

“The W-League was unbelievable and people got to see young talented players they hadn’t seen before.

“We’re getting a lot of new girls now as a result of the TV exposure.”

Burgess said Australia’s two games against Italy had been disappointing [a draw and a loss], but the team had new players and had not been together for several months.

“We stepped down a bit against Italy,” she said. “We had a lot of players who weren’t in the World Cup side the previous year and players such as Cheryl Salisbury and Jo Peters were retiring.

“The conditions were difficult and the girls were struggling a bit.”

She said the pressure was on her now to retain her Matildas’ spot as many young, talented girls were appearing on the scene.

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