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Australian clashes vital: Football Ferns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/05/2016

Coach Tony Readings says plenty is at stake when his Football Ferns face Australia in two women's soccer internationals in Victoria in June.

Trans-Tasman clashes have been scheduled for Ballarat on June 4 and Melbourne three days later. Details of the second game were announced on Tuesday, acting as a curtain-raiser for the men's international between Australia and Greece at Etihad Stadium.

The fixtures fall five weeks before New Zealand's departure for the Rio Olympics.

"There's a lot riding on this, both individually and as a team," Readings said.

"It will help toughen us up and get more tactically organised but will also help us decide which players we are going to take to the Olympics."

Readings said wins over world No.5 Australia are rare and always savoured by his team, who are ranked 16th.

Game one is likely to provide a landmark for defender Ali Riley, who will join recent centurions Ria Percival, Amber Hearn and Katie Duncan in playing her 100th international.

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