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Local Matildas star’s proud dad speaks

August 9, 2023 8:19 am in by

kyra cooney cross matildas fbThe Matildas’ World Cup victory over Denmark pulled more TV viewers across Australia than the AFL Grand Final.

The latest ratings reveal the round of 16 match on Monday night was watched by almost 3.3 million Australians – over100,000 more than the television audience for Geelong’s premiership win over Sydney.

Meantime, the father of local Matildas export Kyra Conney-Cross says the team is doing their country proud.

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The former Surf Coast product has already played a big role in the team’s World Cup run ahead of Saturday’s quarter final clash with France.

Kyra’s dad Jai told Geelong Broadcasters the team’s impact on the country was growing by the day.

“I think it’s great what the Australian public’s been doing,” he said.

“Getting to all these games everywhere, even if it’s not the Matildas, I think it’s awesome.

“What these girls are going to do for female football is going to be huge.”

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Jai said Kyra had worked hard to be where she is.

“She moved away from home when she was 15/16, finished her last two years in Sydney, when we were in Torquay.

“She deserves everything she’s got.”

The Matildas take on France in Brisbane on Saturday for a place in the quarter finals.

Picture: Kyra Cooney-Cross [Commbank Matildas]

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