After the success of November’s Women’s Talent Identification Camp, Melissa Andreatta has named a 26-player squad to take part in this second camp.
The group made up of players who performed strongly during the recent W-League season, as well as plenty of new faces, will meet in Sydney from 4 – 7 May 2021.
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After all producing strong Westfield W-League seasons, here are just some of the players who have been called into camp.
The 19-year-old was simply one of the best midfielders in the entire competition. Voted the captain of the PFA Team of the Season by her peers and nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award, Cooney-Cross has always been talented. But this season saw her evolve and mature.
Her attacking prowess has been well known and was on full display this season. Six goals in 14 games including the grand final winning olimpico was accompanied by four assists and 41 chances created – the most of any player in the league. But she also helped Victory regain the ball when out of possession with a 90.3% tackling success rate and 24 interceptions.
Nominative determinism aside, Matilda McNamara played every minute of every game for Adelaide United in the heart of defence this season. Her partnership with Maruschka Waldus helped the Reds to their best ever season.
The 22-year-old can read the play well with a strong ability to cut out attacks, registering 11 blocks, 27 interceptions, and 59 clearances. Calm on the ball and willing to play out from the back, McNamara had a passing success rate of 72.3%, almost half of all those passes – 47.2% - were forward as she helped build Adelaide’s attacks right from the back.
Another member of the PFA Team of the Season, Jamilla Rankin shone in her first season of Westfield W-League football. The full back was one of the youngest members of Roar’s defensive unit but did not look out of place.
With intelligence and good timing, the 17-year-old won 39 tackles with a success rate of 66.1%. Her strong positioning meant she was able to make 38 interceptions, 5 blocks, and 17 clearances. Like many full backs Rankin, was also able to push forward and support her team in attack down the wing with 12 successful dribbles, 15 key passes, and three assists.
Fourth in the golden boot this season, Remy Siemsen is an ever reliable goal scorer and poses a threat up forward. Working with the likes of Princess Ibini, Cortnee Vine, and Rachel Lowe later in the season, Siemsen was Sydney’s top scorer with seven goals.
The 21-year-old is a former Young Matilda and possesses the qualities of a strong striker. Those seven goals came from 36 shots, 21 on target. Eleven key passes and 14 successful dribbles made her a threat to opposition defences even when she wasn’t shooting.
Lisa De Vanna
A player who is by no means a stranger to the national team set up, Lisa De Vanna has 150 caps and 47 goals for the Westfield Matildas. She was a standard setter for strikers in the Westfield W-League this season and was a part of the front three of the PFA’s Team of the Season, alongside Westfield Matilda Emily Gielnik and Michelle Heyman.
De Vanna’s three goals came in big moments – a solo run in a Melbourne derby and a double in a semi-final. Her tenacity and fearlessness were demonstrated in her 20 successful dribbles. She was also vital in Victory defending from the front winning 18 tackles and making four intercepts.