Ayres and Martin Heading To China With Young Matildas

Two Victorians Selected For Young Matildas

Westfield Young Matildas Head Coach Gary van Egmond has confirmed his 23-player squad to travel to Nanjing, China for the 2017 AFC U19 Women’s Championship this month.

Victorian players Annabel Martin (Geelong Galaxy United) and Melina Ayers (South Melbourne) are the state's only two representatives in the team.

The AFC U19 Women’s Championship is a crucial competition for Australia given the top three teams in the tournament will advance to the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France as Asia’s representatives.

The Westfield Young Matildas will contest Group B of the eight-team competition, and play their pool matches against Korea Republic (Monday 16 October 2017), Japan (Thursday 19 October 2017), and Vietnam (Sunday 22 October 2017).

A top two finish in Group B will be required for the team to advance to the semi-final stage of the competition and keep their hopes of continental glory, as well as international accomplishment, alive.

Speaking prior to the Westfield Young Matildas’ departure to China today van Egmond said that he believes his squad is well prepared for the tournament.

“We’ve had a really good preparation,” said van Egmond. “Over the past month we have had numerous four to six day camps in which we have been able to work on all facets of our game.”

“This year we have also played friendly matches against the United States and Canada, and this international competition has been fantastic for the girls because it has given them a good idea about what the level is going to be like.”

“There are no easy games in Asia, and as we have seen historically the teams that have qualified through Asia have gone on to do quite well in the World Cup. Japan and DPR Korea have both had recent success internationally, so we are under no illusions as to how tough the competition will be.”

“But our girls are ready for this challenge and our goal is not only to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup this month, but also to become Champions of Asia,” he said.

Westfield Young Matildas Squad - 2017 AFC U19 Women’s Championship

Name Club, Country
Melina AYRES Melbourne Victory, Australia
Hannah BACON Trondheims-Ørn, Norway
Georgia BORIC (GK) Canberra United, Australia
Ellie CARPENTER Canberra United, Australia
Alex CHIDIAC Adelaide United, Australia
Emily CONDON Adelaide United, Australia
Bethany GORDON Sydney University, Australia
Ally GREEN Sydney FC, Australia
Annalee GROVE (GK) Emerging Jets, Australia
Princess IBINI Sydney FC, Australia
Rachel LOWE Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Grace Maher Canberra United, Australia
Annabel MARTIN Melbourne Victory, Australia
Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (GK) Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Sophie NENADOVIC Newcastle Jets, Australia
Susan PHONSONGKHAM Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Georgia PLESSAS Canberra United, Australia
Taylor RAY Sydney FC, Australia
Amy SAYER Canberra United, Australia
Remy SIEMSEN Sydney FC, Australia
Kaitlyn TORPEY Brisbane Roar, Australia
Cortnee VINE Newcastle Jets, Australia
Clare WHEELER Newcastle Jets, Australia

Westfield Young Matildas Match Schedule – 2017 AFC U19 Championship (Nanjing, China)

Korea Republic v Westfield Young Matildas
Monday 16 October 2017
Jiangsu Football Training Base, Nanjing
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Japan

Thursday 19 October 2017
Jiangning Sports Centre, Nanjing
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Vietnam

Sunday 22 October 2017
Jiangsu Football Training Base, Nanjing
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEDT)

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