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…