Two Emerging Jets Players selected in Young Matildas Squad

July 9th, 2017

Two Emerging Jets, Hannah Bourke and Annie Grove were selected in the Young Matildas’ three international matches against high calibre female football nations Canada and the USA at the AIS in Canberra from 6-12 July 2017.

The matches this weekend against Canada and USA will see the Young Matilda’s launch their preparations for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championships 2017 campaign coming up in October, which doubles as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 in France.

Up to 36 players have been involved in Young Matildas camps since the beginning of the year, highlighting the increasing depth of talent coming through and the surging growth and interest in football among girls.

“From all of the players we’ve had come through Young Matildas camps from the beginning of the year, it’s getting to a stage of looking at who we think we can utilise when the time comes around for qualification, which is the most important thing,” said van Egmond.

“The squad has changed around a bit so that shows there are opportunities for players who are working hard and doing well. At the moment these 23 players have got a spot in the squad and it’s up to them to try and keep their position.”

“A mainstay of this squad has all had Westfield W-League experience so they’re quality players and it’s good to see the next generation coming through.”

With the USA’s senior women’s team currently the number one ranked team in the world in the world while Canada is fourth, the rare opportunity to host their respective U-20 teams in Australia is not lost on van Egmond.

“We’ve seen the way Canada and the USA’s senior women’s teams play and I don’t think that will be too dissimilar to how the younger ones go about their business,” said van Egmond.

“But from our perspective it’s more about concentrating on us and looking at how we can try and cause them problems by keeping to our principles.”

The three international matches are part of a Young Matildas training camp at the AIS which commenced on Thursday and will conclude on 13 July.

The Young Matildas’ first match was yesterday against Canada where they won 1-0 following the opening match between the Canadians and the USA on 6 July. The matches are open to public and free of charge to enter.




Young Matildas 1 def. Canada 0

Saturday 8 July 2017

Kick-Off: 10.00am AEST


Young Matildas 1 def. by USA 2

Monday 10 July 2017

Kick-Off: 3.30pm AEST


Young Matildas v USA

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Kick-Off: 3.30pm AEST


Young Matildas squad for July internationals

Melina AYRES South Melbourne FC

Melinda BARBIERI Calder United

Georgia BORIC (GK) Sydney University SFC

Hannah BOURKE Emerging Jets

Ellie CARPENTER Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Alex CHIDIAC Adelaide City

Teigan COLLISTER North Shore Mariners

Nickoletta FLANNERY Sydney University SFC

Annie GROVE (GK) Emerging Jets

Mackenzie HAWKESBY Sydney University SFC

Clare HUNT Sydney University SFC

Princess IBINI Football NSW Institute

Ashleigh LEFEVRE Football Federation Victoria NTC

Rachel LOWE Football NSW Institute

Grace MAHER Belconnen United

Annabel MARTIN Galaxy United

Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (GK) Football NSW Institute

Alyssa ROSE Football NSW Institute

Amy SAYER Sydney University

Remy SIEMSEN Manly United

Kaitlyn TORPEY Brisbane Roar FC NPL

Cortnee VINE Heidelberg United

Clare WHEELER Sydney University SFC

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