Women’s World Cup odyssey: seven people from two families head to 14 matches in three cities hoping to see Matildas glory | Women’s World Cup 2023

Rosie Sullivan was aged nine when she watched her first Matildas game in a half-empty stadium in Parramatta in 2013.

Striker Lisa De Vanna secured a nail-biting 2-1 victory against China, but the thrilling match failed to attract many headlines.

“When we were younger all the players were still working full-time jobs as well as playing for the Matildas,” Rosie, now 19, recalls.

“They’ve always been really good, but at that game there were only a few hundred people there.”

How times have changed. Tonight, Rosie and her close friends, sisters Lucy, 20, and Matilda, 15, will be among a…

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