Westfield Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower on Wednesday 17 January named a 30-player squad, including five of Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) players, to attend the first camp of 2019, as some of Australia’s best young female footballers prepare themselves for the second phase of AFC U-16 Women’s Championship qualification.
The five NNSWF players include Amy Parkinson (Richmond Vale), Josie Morley (Gillieston Heights), Kirsty Fenton (Blackalls Park), Ruby Jones (GK) (Swansea) and Teagan Douglas (Thornton).
Last September Dower’s squad ventured to Bishkek in Kyrgyz Republic for the first phase of qualifying and won all four of their matches to comfortably advance to the second stage of qualifying.
In March the Westfield Junior Matildas will play in Laos against IR Iran (3 March), Vietnam (5 March), and the host nation (7 March) at the New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.
Dower’s youngsters will require a top two finish in their pool to advance to the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship proper.
“We’re delighted to name an extended squad for our first Westfield Junior Matildas camp of 2019 to take the next step towards qualifying for the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand in September,” Dower said.
“Most of the players have had a good break since their season ended last year and this will be our first time together since our successful tour of Kyrgyz Republic. The players have been working on individual programs across the holidays with a number of them also gaining valuable experience training alongside Westfield W-League teams.
“We will need to build on our performances from Round 1 [of qualifying], with the challenge for this age cohort being players can change so much over six months. This camp will provide a good opportunity for those who missed selection last time to push their case for inclusion for the upcoming tournament in Laos.
“I’m confident this camp will assist the staff and I to select a highly competitive team and one which will qualify through to the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship,” she said.
A further preparatory camp for the Westfield Junior Matildas will be held prior to the team’s trip to Laos, with details to be announced in due course.
Westfield Junior Matildas 30-player Squad – Training Camp – Sunday, 20 January 2019 – Thursday, 24 January 2019 (Canberra, Australia)
|Name||Member Federation / Club|
|Emma Ilijoski||Capital Football / Canberra United Academy|
|Josephine Dubbert||Capital Football / Brindabella Blues FC|
|Brianna Edwards (GK)||Football NSW / North Western Sydney Koalas|
|Charlie Rule||Football NSW / FNSW Institute|
|Darcey Malone||Football NSW / FNSW Institute / Sydney FC|
|Jessika Nash||Football NSW / FNSW Institute|
|Kahli Johnson||Football NSW / Manly United Football Club|
|Madeleine Malone||Football NSW / FNSW Institute|
|Olivia De La Harpe||Football NSW / FNSW Institute|
|Anna Hunt||Football NSW Country / NSW Western Mariners|
|Jordan Jasnos||Football NSW Country / Riverino Rhinos|
|Poppy Tay||Football NSW Country / Southern Branch FC / Sydney Uni FC|
|Charlotte Farmer||Football Queensland / Brisbane Roar NTC|
|Georgia Beaumont||Football Queensland / Brisbane Roar NTC|
|Jamilla Rankin||Football Queensland / Brisbane Roar NTC|
|Kezia Pritchard (Gk)||Football Queensland / Brisbane Roar NTC|
|Mia Bailey (Gk)||Football Queensland / Brisbane Roar NTC / JCU Strikers FC|
|Alana Jancevski||Football Victoria / NTC Victoria|
|Claudia Mihovic||Football Victoria / NTC Victoria|
|Grace Taranto||Football Victoria / NTC Victoria|
|Nia Stamatopoulos||Football Victoria / NTC Victoria / Melbourne City FC|
|Paige Zois||Football Victoria / NTC Victoria|
|Hanah Lowry||Football West / Perth Glory|
|Isabella Wallhead||Football West / Perth Glory|
|Tijan McKenna||Football West / Perth Glory / Cockburn City|
|Amy Parkinson||Northern NSW Football / Newcastle Jets Academy|
|Josie Morley||Northern NSW Football / Newcastle Jets Academy|
|Kirsty Fenton||Northern NSW Football / Newcastle Jets Academy|
|Ruby Jones (Gk)||Northern NSW Football / Newcastle Jets Academy|
|Teagan Douglas||Northern NSW Football / Newcastle Jets Academy|