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Karp’s cracking career

FORMER Australian soccer midfielder Tal Karp was part of the national squad that travelled to the 2004 Olympics and the 30- year-old says it was an incredible two-week experience.

The West Australian went to Athens with no major expectations and just enjoyed being part of the group that made it to the quarterfinals.

“It was really exciting,” Karp says.

“It was something that I looked forward to for a very long time and I just remember the build up being bigger than anything I’d experienced.”

Australian international soccer player Tal Karp (right) in action for the Melbourne Victory in the W-League.
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Karp grew up playing with her brother’s team in the boys league, before getting her big break when she was scouted to the under-16 girls state side.

She was voted as the best player in the 1996 national championships and earned a spot on the Australian under-16 squad. Karp played for Canberra and Adelaide in the national league and was given a spot in the Matilda’s team in 2002. Then only a year later, she represented Australia at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States.

“It was an amazing tournament,” Karp says.

“And I think one of the best parts was that my family came over to support me.”

Karp then got the opportunity to join the Australian side going to Greece to compete at the 2004 Olympics.

“Being involved in big international tournaments was what I put in all the hard work for,” Karp says.

“It was incredible to be able to watch the world’s talent on the football field.”

The 2008 Maccabi Sportswoman of the Year made her way back into the national football league with WA and was then given the responsibility of captaining Melbourne in the inaugural season of the W-League.

“I retired in 2004, I decided I wanted to focus on my career,” Karp says.

“But then after moving to Melbourne for my [job], I got convinced to start playing again in the W-League, which was a wonderful opportunity being involved in that inaugural season and captaining the team.”

Most recently, Karp was inducted into Maccabi Victoria’s Hall of Fame and ended her playing days with local Victorian side Bundoora.

“I realised that it’s very difficult balancing a career in law with a career in sport,” Karp says. “I forever realised that trying to do both well doesn’t work if your kind of compromising on one.

“So following my legal dream .. and coaching has been the next step for me.”