Three local players selected for Junior Matildas AFC U-16 Women’s Championship

September 5th, 2019

Westfield Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower today confirmed Australia’s 23-player squad for the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, which will be held in Chonburi, Thailand, including local footballers Josie Morley, Kirsty Fenton and Ruby Jones.

Dower’s squad will compete in Group A of the competition alongside hosts Thailand, Japan, and Bangladesh, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals of tournament.

Should Australia advance to the Final of the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, they will qualify as one of Asia’s representatives for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted by India.

After recently preparing for the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship with a tour of the Pacific which included matches against the U-19 women’s teams of Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, plus a period in camp together on the Gold Coast, coach Dower said she’s excited for the players to have the opportunity to represent their nation in Thailand.

“I’m thrilled to announce the Westfield Junior Matildas’ squad to contest the upcoming AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand,” Dower said.

“We’ve got a really well balanced team on and off the field and the chemistry developed over the last 12 months together will serve us well in really trying conditions in Thailand.

“During our ‘Pacific Step-Up Tour’ and recently completed camp on the Gold Coast, we’ve been able to trial a number of players from across the group and believe we’ve developed substantial depth across the park.

“We’re excited to play Japan first up and have been working hard on areas of our game we can be successful. We know the players and staff will represent Australia with passion and pride, and are confident that the principles we’ve been working on will give us the best opportunity to be successful in Thailand.”

The Westfield Junior Matildas will travel to Thailand on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 before playing their group games on September 15, 18, and 21 against Japan, Thailand, and Bangladesh respectively.

The semi-finals of the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship will be held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, with the Final to be contested on Saturday, 28 September 2019.

Westfield Junior Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship – Chonburi, Thailand 

Name Club/Member Federation
Alana JANCEVSKI NTC Victoria/Football Victoria
Bryleeh HENRY Football NSW Institute/Football NSW
Charlize RULE Football NSW Institute/Football NSW
Charlotte FARMER Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland
Claudia MIHOCIC NTC Victoria/Football Victoria
Darcey MALONE Football NSW Institute/Football NSW
Emma ILIJOSKI Gungahlin United FC/Capital Football
Georgia BEAUMONT Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland
Hana LOWRY Perth Glory FC/Football West
Isabella WALLHEAD Football West NTC/Football West
Jamilla RANKIN Brisbane Roar FC/ Queensland Academy of Sport
Jessika NASH Football NSW Institute/Football NSW
Jordan JASNOS Football NSW Institute/Football NSW
Josie MORLEY Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football
Kirsty FENTON Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football
Mia BAILEY (Gk) Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland
Mia MCGOVERN Canberra United Academy/Capital Football
Miranda TEMPLEMAN (Gk) Football West NTC/Football West
Nia STAMATOPOULOS NTC Victoria/Football Victoria
Paige ZOIS NTC Victoria/Football Victoria
Ruby JONES (Gk) Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football
Taneesha BAKER Football West NTC/Football West
Tijan MCKENNA Cockburn City/Football West NTC

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