Victorian Trio To Represent Australia

Victorian Junior Matildas Heading to Kyrgyzstan

Three Victorian players will represent the Westfield Junior Matildas after being selected for the Australian Under-16 Girls' National Team for a tournament in Kyrgyzstan.

Alana Jancevski and Nia Stamatopoulos from the FFV NTC Girls and former NTC, now South Melbourne NPL Victoria Women's player Paige Zois have been selected in the squad.

NTC player Claudia Mihocic has been retained as a shadow squad player prior to the team departing Australia.

Australia will compete in Group D of the 2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers, and will come up against Palestine, Indonesia, hosts Kyrgyz Republic, and Chinese Taipei during their time in Bishkek.

Finishing first in Group D would guarantee the Westfield Junior Matildas a place at next year’s AFC U16 Women’s Championship, which will be held in Thailand.

Next year’s AFC U16 Women’s Championship will double as the qualification competition for the 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in a yet to be determined nation.

Dower said she’s excited to lead the group – which includes players as young as 13 – to central Asia.

“I’m really excited to announce the team to take the first step towards qualifying for the 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup,” Dower said.

“We’ve been able to see them [the players] play at the National Training Centre and National Youth Championships, and alongside each other over two high intensity camps at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

“We’ve selected a balanced team with plenty of skill and creativity and we’re really looking to our first game [against Palestine] on September 17. Some of the players are still only 13-years-old so the potential that they have is enormous. The challenge for us all is to nurture, guide, and develop them all year around as the qualification period goes beyond the next 12 months.

“The depth and quality of players across this age group is increasing exponentially and it is a real privilege to be able to help them take this step towards achieving their goal to one day become a Westfield Matilda,” concluded Dower.

Following their first match against Palestine on September 17, the Westfield Junior Matildas will play Indonesia on September 19.

A challenge against hosts Kyrgyz Republic awaits on September 21, before the team rounds out its, hopefully successful, qualification campaign against Chinese Taipei on September 23.

The Westfield Junior Matildas will convene in Canberra for a final camp at the AIS between September 5 and 9 before travelling to Bishkek on September 10.

2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers – Westfield Junior Matildas Squad

Name Member Federation Club
Josephine Dubbert Capital Football Cooma Tigers
Emma Ilijoski Capital Football Canberra United Academy
Mia Bailey Football Queensland JCU Strikers FC
Georgia Beaumont Football Queensland Brisbane Roar NTC
Charlotte Farmer Football Queensland Brisbane Roar NTC
Jorja Thomson Football Queensland Brisbane Roar NTC
Kezia Pritchard Football Queensland Eastern Suburbs
Alana Jancevski Football Federation Victoria FFV NTC
Nia Stamatopoulos Football Federation Victoria FFV NTC
Paige Zois Football Federation Victoria South Melbourne
Olivia De La Harpe Football New South Wales FNSW Institute
Jordan Jasnos Football New South Wales Riverina Rhinos
Kahli Johnson Football New South Wales Manly United FC
Darcey Malone Football New South Wales FNSW Institute
Holly McNamara Football New South Wales FNSW Institute
Jessika Nash Football New South Wales FNSW Institute
Charlize Rule Football New South Wales FNSW Institute
Tijan McKenna Football West Cockburn City SC
Isabella Wallhead Football West Football West NTC
Teagan Douglas Northern NSW Football Newcastle Jets Academy
Kirsty Fenton Northern NSW Football Newcastle Jets Academy
Ruby Jones Northern NSW Football Newcastle Jets Academy
Josie Morley Northern NSW Football Newcastle Jets Academy

2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers – Westfield Junior Matildas Match Schedule

Palestine v Westfield Junior Matildas
Date:
Monday, 17 September 2018
Venue: Dolon Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Kick-off: 1pm (local), 5pm (AEST)

Westfield Junior Matildas v Indonesia
Date:
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Venue: Dolon Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Kick-off: 1pm (local), 5pm (AEST)

Kyrgyz Republic v Westfield Junior Matildas
Date:
Friday, 21 September 2018
Venue: Dolon Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Kick-off: 1pm (local), 5pm (AEST)

Westfield Junior Matildas v Chinese Taipei
Date:
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Venue: Dolon Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Kick-off: 1pm (local), 5pm (AEST)

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