Tal Karp: Former Matilda

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 30 December 1981
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia
Position: Midfield / Defence

Club Summary

Club Games Goals
Maccabi (junior)
Balcatta (junior)
Inglewood Kiev (1993)
Perth Italia (1994-1996)
Canberra Eclipse (1996/97)
Adelaide Sensation (1997/98)
Canberra Eclipse (1999-2004)
Western Waves (2004) 6 0
Ashburton (2007)
Box Hill Inter (2008)
Melbourne Victory (2008-2010) 20 1
Box Hill Inter (2010)
Bundoora United (2011)

International Summary

Games Goals
Australia ‘A’ (2001-2004) 27 2
Australia ‘B’ (2004) 5 0
Australia Under-19 (1998)
Australia Schoolgirls (1997)
Australia Under-16 (1996)
© Australian Sports Commission

Career Brief

Tal Karp began her football journey at an early age, filling in for her brother’s team when they didn’t have enough players and continuing in the top boys leagues until the age of 17. A State Under-16 call-up resulted in Karp being voted the Most Valuable Player of the 1996 national championship and a spot in the Australian Under-16 squad. Her starring role for the State Schoolgirls twelve months later was rewarded with further nationals honours on the Schoolgirls December 1997 tour of New Zealand and the United States of America.

By that stage Karp already had a season of national league football under her belt, the midfielder scoring on debut for Canberra Eclipse in December 1996. A spell with Adelaide Sensation resulted in Australia Under-19 honours, after which she re-joined Canberra. Karp played a key role in Canberra finishing top of the table in 1998/99 only to lose the Grand Final to former club Adelaide. That was reversed in 2001/02 when Canberra lifted the trophy after defeating a previously unbeaten New South Wales Sapphires in the season finale.

Karp’s first senior appearances for Australia were against Canada in September 2002 as part of the Matildas tour of North America, during which she also featured against the United States of America, Russia and Italy at the Nike US Women’s Cup. Further outings with South Korea, Mexico and Sweden followed in early 2003 ahead of World Cup qualifying wins over the Cook Islands and New Zealand. Karp was a regular in the middle of the park as the Matildas preprared for the 2003 Women’s World Cup where she started all three games, with Russia, China and Ghana.

2004 opened with friendly appearances against New Zealand and China, and an Olympic Games qualifying outing with Papua New Guinea. In the lead-up to the Athens Olympic Games Karp was used regularly off the bench with a July appearance against the United States of America turning out to be her international swansong. In Greece, Australia progressed to the quarter-finals before being edged out by Sweden with Karp watching all four games from the bench.

On returning to club football Karp chose to wear Western Waves colours, playing every minute of her hometown clubs’ first ever foray into the national arena. Time in the Victorian State League with Ashburton and Box Hill Inter followed as the women’s national league in Australia went into hiatus. For the launch of the W-League in October 2008 Karp was handed the captain’s armband of Melbourne Victory, leading the side into the first two seasons of the fledgling competition. Karp retired from first class football in 2010, returning to the State League with Box Hill and Bundoora United as her focused turned towards a career in law.

Matildas Game by Game

Date Opponent (Venue) Result Status Comments
26.09.2002 Canada (Vancouver) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 88 minutes for Thea Slayter
28.09.2002 Canada (Victoria) 1-0 (won) Friendly Full game
02.10.2002 United States of America (Cary) 0-4 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 83 minutes for Peita-Claire Hepperlin
06.10.2002 Russia (Cary) 2-0 (won) Friendly Sub off after 60 minutes for Peita-Claire Hepperlin
09.10.2002 Italy (Cary) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 77 minutes for Peita-Claire Hepperlin
26.01.2003 South Korea (Canberra) 2-0 (won) Friendly Sub off after 65 minutes for Bryony Duus
29.01.2003 Mexico (Canberra) 2-0 (won) Friendly Sub on after 65 minutes for Olivia Hohnke
01.02.2003 Sweden (Canberra) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 65 minutes for Bryony Duus
07.04.2003 Cook Islands (Canberra) 11-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Full game; scored two goals
13.04.2003 New Zealand (Canberra) 2-0 (won) World Cup qualifier Sub on after 81 minutes for Heather Garriock
25.07.2003 South Korea (Sendai) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Sub on after 60 minutes for Bryony Duus
27.07.2003 Japan (Sendai) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Sub off after 90 minutes for Taryn Rockall
28.08.2003 China (Jinan) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
31.08.2003 China (Qingdao) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Full game
04.09.2003 England (Burnley) 0-1 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 61 minutes for Bryony Duus
06.09.2003 Scotland (Livingston) 1-0 (won) Friendly Sub off after 56 minutes for Taryn Rockall
14.09.2003 Canada (Kingston) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 74 minutes for Taryn Rockall
21.09.2003 Russia (Los Angeles) 1-2 (loss) World Cup finals Sub off after 90 minutes for April Mann
25.09.2003 China (Los Angeles) 1-1 (draw) World Cup finals Full game
28.09.2003 Ghana (Portland) 1-2 (loss) World Cup finals Sub off after 33 minutes for Bryony Duus
18.02.2004 New Zealand (Brisbane) 2-0 (won) Friendly Sub off after 70 minutes for Lana Harch
24.02.2004 China (Brisbane) 0-0 (draw) Friendly Sub off after 46 minutes for Leah Blayney
04.03.2004 Papua New Guinea (Ba) 10-0 (won) Olympic Games qualifier Full game
08.05.2004 Florida State University (Canberra) 3-2 (won) ‘B’ game Sub on for Olivia Hohnke
13.05.2004 Florida State University (Canberra) 1-1 (draw) ‘B’ game Sub off for Sally Shipard
30.06.2004 China (Beijing) 2-0 (won) ‘B’ game Sub on after 31 minutes for Sally Shipard
01.07.2004 China (Beijing) 1-1 (draw) Friendly Sub on after 46 minutes for Dianne Alagich
08.07.2004 Mexico (Mexico City) 2-1 (won) Friendly Sub on after 65 minutes for Sarah Walsh
11.07.2004 Mexico (Guadalajara) 0-2 (loss) Friendly Sub on after 90 minutes for Thea Slatyer
14.07.2004 Indiana Select (Goshen) 0-1 (loss) ‘B’ game Sub on after 46 minutes for Sacha Wainwright
18.07.2004 United States Select XI (Milwaukee) 2-0 (won) ‘B’ game Sub on after 75 minutes for Sally Shipard
21.07.2004 United States of America (Blaine) 1-3 (loss) Friendly Sub off after 56 minutes for Thea Slatyer

An enternal ‘thank you’ to Andrew Howe for his invaluable assistance with the compilation of game statistics.

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This page was last updated on the 1st July, 2011

Referenced from Brett Klucznik at footballwa.net