Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy and Matildas set for Olympics

On her way: Alanna Kennedy is set to play at her second Olympics after the Matildas qualified for Tokyo 2020. Picture: Chris Lane
On her way: Alanna Kennedy is set to play at her second Olympics after the Matildas qualified for Tokyo 2020. Picture: Chris Lane

Macarthur will be represented at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the Matildas defeated Vietnam last week to qualify for the tournament.

Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy is an integral member of the national women's soccer side, and the victory will see her head to Japan later in the year for her second Olympics appearance.

Kennedy played every minute of the Matildas' four Olympic matches in Rio de Janiero back in 2016, putting her in good stead for the 2020 games.

Australia played Vietnam in two qualifying matches to secure their place in the biggest sporting tournament in the world.

The first game was played in Australian soil - in Newcastle - and the Aussies came away with a definitive 5-0 victory against the Vietnamese opposition.

The winning streak continued in Vietnam on Wednesday, with the squad securing a 2-1 win over the home side.

Kennedy celebrated the victory - and Olympic qualification - with a team photo on Facebook.

"It takes a village," she wrote alongside the photo of the smiling, joyful team.

"Tokyo 2020, baby!"

The Matildas' road to the Olympics has been a bumpy one.

Their pre-Vietnam qualifying tournament was originally supposed to be held in China's Wuhan region - the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The virus forced the tournament to move to Australia instead, and Kennedy was able to play an Olympic qualifier in front of family and friends at her home ground, Campbelltown Stadium.

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