Canberra United stars Sasha Grove and Chloe Lincoln have been selected as part of a 27-strong CommBank Young Matildas squad for a training camp hosted by Wyndham City Council commencing next Monday.
The 10-day assembly will assist the U-20 Women’s National Team in getting ready for next month’s 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers. Australia will take on Guam and hosts Kyrgyz Republic with the group winner progressing to Round 2.
Head coach Leah Blayney commented on the squad: “The selected players are part of a group that we have been closely monitoring in various environments across Australia over the past 12 months. As we finalise our plans for the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers, it was important that we identified talent from the full football spectrum and ensured they had access to high quality minutes.”
“As a result, many were involved in the 2022 Pacific Women’s Four Nations Tournament while a host of others have performed consistently in the Liberty A-League.
“Our key priorities for the week of training are to build towards those qualifiers and to do so we need to foster strong tactical understanding and group cohesion. This is a fantastic opportunity for this cohort of players to put their hand up for selection through their actions on and off the park.”
21 players representing all eleven Liberty A-League clubs have been selected, with seven different Member Federations featured. Victorian defender Naomi Chinnama and South Australian midfielder Sasha Coorey have both been ruled out after they sustained medium to long term injuries.
As part of the training camp, the CommBank Young Matildas will play two vital training matches against Liberty A-League Women’s ladder leaders Western United and second placed Melbourne City.
“Both Western United and Melbourne City have demonstrated their playing strength over the course of the Liberty A-League season,” said Blayney.
“With the technical quality, tempo and physicality of the two teams, it will stretch this playing group outside of their comfort zone when it comes to these opponents.”
The team will also connect with the local community with all 12 to 16 year olds, particularly girls, invited to Galvin Park on Wednesday 15 February to watch the CommBank Young Matildas train from 4 to 5.30pm.
COMMBANK YOUNG MATILDAS SQUAD | TRAINING CAMP | 13-20 FEB
|NAME||POSITION||CLUB | MEMBER FEDERATION|
|Alexia||APOSTOLAKIS||Defender||Western Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW|
|Tegan||BERTOLISSIO||Defender||Macarthur Rams | Football NSW|
|Ava||BRIEDIS||Midfielder||Melbourne Victory FC | Football Victoria|
|Claudia||CICCO||Defender||Wellington Phoenix FC | Football NSW|
|Jynaya||DOS SANTOS||Forward||Sydney FC | Football NSW|
|Gemma||FERRIS||Defender||Western Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW|
|Jonti||FISHER||Forward||Football Queensland-QAS | Football Queensland|
|Tahlia||FRANCO||Goalkeeper||Sydney FC | Football NSW|
|Daniela||GALIC||Midfielder||Melbourne City FC | Football NSW|
|Sasha||GROVE||Forward||Canberra United FC | Capital Football|
|Shay||HOLLMAN||Midfielder||Sydney FC| Football NSW|
|Kahli||JOHNSON||Forward||Western United | Football NSW|
|Caitlin||KARIC||Forward||Melbourne City FC | Football Victoria|
|Zoe||KARIPIDIS||Defender||Newcastle Jets FC | Northern NSW Football|
|Zara||KRUGER||Midfielder||Brisbane Roar FC | Football Queensland|
|Chloe||LINCOLN||Goalkeeper||Canberra United Academy | Capital Football|
|Maya||LOBO||Defender||Macarthur Rams | Football NSW|
|Tijan||MCKENNA||Defender||Perth Glory FC | Football West|
|Alana||MURPHY||Midfielder||Melbourne Victory FC | Football Victoria|
|Emilia||MURRAY||Forward||Adelaide United FC | Football South Australia|
|Jessika||NASH||Defender||Melbourne Victory FC | Football NSW|
|Ella||O’GRADY||Forward||Football Queensland-QAS | Football Queensland|
|Avaani||PRAKASH||Midfielder||Northbridge Bulls FC | Football NSW|
|Sienna||SAVESKA||Midfielder||Western Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW|
|Anika||STAJCIC||Forward||Sydney FC | Football NSW|
|Mary||STANIC-FLOODY||Midfielder||Sydney FC | Football NSW|
|Grace||WILSON||Goalkeeper||Adelaide United FC | Football South Australia|
2024 AFC U-20 WOMEN’S ASIAN CUP – ROUND 1 QUALIFIERS – GROUP C
Guam v Australia
Date: 7 March 2023
Time: 1:00am AEDT
Australia v Kyrgyz Republic
Date: 11 March 2023
Time: 1:00am AEDT