Junior Matildas: 30 players to set sights on Laos at Canberra camp

Westfield Junior Matildas Head Coach Rae Dower has on Wednesday named a 30-player squad 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 camp will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra between Sunday, 20 January 2019 and Thursday, 24 January 2019. 

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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. 

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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.

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“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)


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


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