A video has emerged of Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry receiving a special gift from her captain Sam Kerr.
After playing her 100th game for Australia during the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final against England, the Matildas squad gathered together at the team hotel.
In the hotel, Kerr delivered an emotional speech and jersey presentation to Gorry, who is affectionally known as ‘Mini’ to her teammates.
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“Yesterday was Mini’s 100th game,” Kerr said, while holding onto and looking at the jersey.
“You should be really proud of your journey.
“I know (that) you yourself know it’s been a rollercoaster ride.
Katrina Gorry with her daughter and (inset) the moment Kerr presented her with her milestone jumper. Credit: Getty Images/Screenshot
“We are so happy to have you back in the team and you have been an absolute superstar since you have come back.”
Gorry stepped away from football three years when she was pregnant. Now her daughter is two, but the 31-year-old – who has been in strong form during the tournament – has dropped a clue that the end is in sight.
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Kerr handed Gorry the Matildas jersey which had ‘Gorry 100’ printed on the back, and teammates burst into rapturous applause as Kerr and Gorry embraced in a warm hug.
“For us, it’s about the next 48 hours,” Gorry said, fighting back tears as she looked ahead to the third v fourth playoff match against Sweden.
“100, 101 let’s do it.”
Following that heartbreaking loss to England, Gorry also revealed she might not play in another World Cup. But she also admitted she did not expect to play 100 games for Australia.
“Everyone is going to be hurting, the veterans probably more,” Gorry said.
A proud Gorry shows off her milestone jersey. Credit: Twitter – @TheMatildas
“We don’t have another World Cup in us so it’s a tough one to swallow at the moment but we’ll get around each other and make sure we’re ready to go for the next one.
“I didn’t know if I would get to 100 (games) but taking some time out to have Harper, it’s just made it all so much better.
“Football is so much better playing with this group of girls, we’ve been together for so long, it’s so special and now to be at a home World Cup.”
Despite the devastating defeat to England, the Matildas FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign is not over as they prepare to face Sweden in the third v fourth playoff match, with significant prize money up for grabs.
Katrina Gorry (far left) celebrates with teammates after a Matildas goal against Denmark. Credit: Getty Images
If Australia beat Sweden and finish third, each member of the 23-player Matildas squad will receive $270,000, with $247,000 being given out to each squad member of the fourth placed team.
Gorry said the semi-final loss to England “sucks” and the Matildas need to quickly shift their focus to the Sweden match.
“Now we have to regroup. We have to recover, we still have to bring home the bronze medal for Australia,” Gorry said.
“It’s just how football is. It’s a semi-final. Small errors can cost you. We created chances we didn’t put in the back of the net and that will cost you. We have to get ready for Sweden now.
“We want that bronze medal. It’s dangling right in front of us. Australia’s got us this far and we’re not going to let them down.”
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