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Samantha Kerr: brings a new meaning to the name and the game

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Long before you woke up bleary eyed again this morning at 5 am to watch the Matildas play Norway, the name Kerr as in Samantha, had already gone down in Australian history books. Thanks to Sir John Kerr, the governor-general who in the 1975 dismissal installed Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser in the Lodge. “Kerr’s cur”, our sacked PM Gough Whitlam famously called Fraser, comparing to him to a mongrel dog.

Matildas skipper Sam Kerr is Australia's trump card.Credit:PA

It’s “Kerr’s slur” (if you can call it that) “suck on that one” that captured the public imagination this past week in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Captain Kerr's cheeky dismissal of her team's critics appeared almost overnight on T-shirts from Paris to Perth, and now from Nice to Newtown. It was a moment of uncharacteristic candour on the part of previous Perth Glory player, now captain and star striker of the Australian women’s football team. She’s been notoriously tight lipped and diplomatic on so many issues, a fact that speaks to her character – our 25-year-old team leader is in essence a private person thrust into a very public place.

Only this week she opened up about her heartbreak over her brother Daniel Kerr, former West Coast Eagles star, whom........

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