Aspire Talent Group will represent the ‘future of women’s football’ in Mary Fowler who was recently signed by Adelaide United to make her W-League debut in season 2019/20. The 16-year-old is a certain selection for Australia’s U/23 football side to contest the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, having been part of the Matilda’s team that travelled to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Not surprisingly, Mary was the youngest player of any roster competing in France.
Mary Fowler made her international debut at 15 having been plucked from Sydney’s second-tier competition. Her selection for the Matildas came as no surprise to anyone who watched Fowler play at the 2019 AFF Women’s Championship. Mary scored Australia’s two goals for the Young Matildas in their 3-2 loss to Thailand in the Final, with Mary bagging 10 goals across the tournament to win the Golden Boot. In her 10 appearances for the national youth team thus far, Mary has scored 17 goals including a hat-trick within 15 minutes in a qualification match against Nepal.
According to football experts, Mary Fowler has what it takes to become one of the best players in the world game. Mary’s skills and pace are sublime. Her creativity, body position, first touch, and vision all belie her young years.
It has been a meteoric rise for Mary Fowler who is one part of the prodigiously talented Fowler-Five – older brother Quivi, sister Ciara, Mary, Louise, and Seamus. Born to their Irish father Kevin and mother Nido from Papua New Guinea, the family grew up in Cairns. Each night they would compete in their own Olympic-style competitions with homemade podiums, medals, and prizes. When Mary was 11 her family moved to Holland where they set up residence in Rotterdam and Arnhem. When they returned to Australia two years later, they moved to Wollongong where they lived in a caravan park for several months. The family car became known as ‘Hotel Tarago’ due to the frequency with which all seven family members stayed inside the people mover.
The road to stardom has been tough for the Fowlers but the future looks bright for the family with all five children possessing the talent and training discipline to push for national honours.
With a 2019 trial and offers from Chelsea, West Ham, and Manchester City, Mary Fowler opted to stay in Australia to optimise her preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olypic Games.
Mary Fowler is an ambassador for Adidas.