The opening ceremony might not be until Friday, but competition begins today at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We have three locals in action today.
Australia 2 New Zealand 1
The Matildas have made a winning start to their Olympic Pool G campaign, dominating this match against New Zealand.
Former Redcliffe State High School student Teagan Micah was on the bench as substitute goalkeeper as Sam Kerr and Tameka Yallop scored in the first half.
The Matildas should have doubled their lead after the break and had a late scare when Gabi Rennie scored in injury time, but it was ultimately a consolation for New Zealand.
Australia are back in action on Saturday against Sweden, kick-off 6.30pm, who beat the US 3-0 today.
Japan 8 Australia 1
Not the start Australia Spirit wanted this morning with the host nation fired up in this opening match of the Tokyo Olympic tournament. Australia was dealt an 8-1 mercy rule defeat. After a close opening, Japan put daylight between the teams in the middle of the match and Spirit could not respond with the runs needed to close the gap.
Australia will be back in action tomorrow (July 22) when they face Italy starting at 4pm (AEST)
The Australian softball team, with local stars Chelsea Forkin and Jade Wall will take on the home team, Japan, at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in what is expected to be a blockbuster opening competition.
It marks a return to Olympic competition for the sport and follows a six-week camp for the Aussie Spirit side in Ota City, north of Tokyo.
Chelsea Forkin is a HPE teacher at Redcliffe State High School and plays outfield and first base.
Jade Wall has a strong family association with the sport on the Redcliffe peninsula and is registered with Redcliffe Leagues Softball Association. She plays outfield.
The match is at 10am (Brisbane time).
(results to come)
The Australian Women’s Football team will kick-off their fourth Games, when they play New Zealand tonight.
Quarter finalists in their past last two Olympics appearances (2016 and 2004), the Matildas will be keen to progress further during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
One of the eight debutants in the 22-player squad, is former Redcliffe State High School student Teagan Micah.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper who made her Matildas’ debut last month, says the Olympic Games will “100 per cent be the highlight of my career so far”.
The match is on at 9.30pm.
(results to come)
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