In 2015 Tap’n’Play increased the quality and quantity of their cards. In addition to the Matildas Team card, there are three Base, Silver and Gold Kellond-Knight cards and a Midfield Generals card that acknowledges her as “A shining star of the Matildas in 2015, Elsie is a powerful force in the Matildas team”. For the 2016 Tap’n’Play issue they increased the quality of the cards and employed an American card designer. All standard club and player cards feature a stadium and storm clouds in the background. There are base, silver and gold editions of these cards
From Potsdam Turbine in 2016-17 there is the official club card and teamsheets and programmes, with Elise is on the cover from two games. There is also a poster and an advertisement for the Potsdam community Ap that features Elise celebrating with teammates. In 2017-18, her final year at Potsdam, there is another official club card which is the featured index card above left. It was also the final year that Tap’n’Play produced football cards and the collection has the Kellond-Knight base and foil parallel cards.
In October 2018 in an international friendly against England at Craven Cottage Elise became only the 5th player to represent the Matildas in 100 matches. Then in November in an international friendly against Chile in Penrith she played her 101st match and 100th full international. The collection includes both the English Programme and a ticket from the Chile match. At club level in 2018 Elise returned to Hammarby IF and then for the 2018-19 W-League season played at Melbourne City. In 2019 she signed her first U.S. National Womens Soccer League contract to play for Seattle Reign however under some bizarre rules was traded to Washington Spirit. The collection does not include any Kellond-Knight items from these clubs.
In June 2019 Elise played in her 3rd World Cup this time hosted by France. The collection includes her 3rd Panini Sticker, downloadable cards from Beyond 90 & the FFA, official programme, unofficial programmes from all four matches as well as three tickets from the group matches against Italy, Brazil and Jamaica. In the round of 16 knockout match against Norway, Elise scored her 1st world cup goal from a corner kick and only her second international goal of her career. At this stage the last Kellond-Knight Matilda item in the collection is a downloadable wallpaper from the Matildas website (Pictured left).
At club level Elise returned to Brisbane Roar for 2019-20 season. Then in 2020 returned to Europe to first play with Swedish club Kristianstads DFF in the Damallsvenskan where she suffered an ACL injury. This was her second ACL after suffering one playing for fellow Swedish club Hammarby in 2011. In another irony after over 9 months rehabilitation she then played for Hammarby again. From the Swedish clubs the collection includes a Christmas Greeting posting from Kristianstads and welcome back posting from Hammarby.
Elise is a key member of the Golden Generation of Matildas. With well over 100 games for the Matildas, successful World Cup campaigns, a playing career across Europe, USA and Australia as well as a number of individual awards she is an outstanding role model. A quiet achiever respected and admired by teammates, opponents and fans.
Original Post: 15th August 2019