Samantha Kerr. Photo credit: Excelle Sports

Samantha Kerr: Making a difference to female football

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Summerland Football is highlighting the inspirational women on and off the pitch that continue to develop the game in this country.

“Samantha Kerr, she’s a world beater.” Those were words from former Matildas Captain, Melissa Barbieri in 2015 when we interviewed her. Fast forward more than two years, and Sam has turned into the world class player we all hoped she would become.

Following a record-breaking season where she scored a 12 minute hat-trick for the Sky Blues against Kansas City to became the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) all-time leading goal scorer in the United States, Sam has gone on to win the Julie Dolan Medal, Asian Women’s Player of the Year, ABC Sport Personality of the Year and the 2018 Young Australian of the Year, in the last 12 months.

On 10th September 1993, Sam was born in Freemantle, Perth, and was brought up by her Ango-Indian father and Australian mother. Her brother Daniel, who previously played AFL for West Coast Eagles, recently harboured ambition that his younger sister would finish her career playing for the WA side, something which Sam looks unlikely ever take up given her supreme success and popularity as a star striker for her club sides and the Matildas.

“For me, personally, nothing gives me a greater sense than pulling on the No. 20 jersey for the Matildas."

With #SamKerrFacts being a frequent trend on Twitter, her name being catapulted to the dizzy heights of Neymar, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez by her boot sponsor Nike, and still only 24 it’s frightening to think how good this young woman could become?

Photo credit: Excelle Sports