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Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola (L) with U15 captain Emma McMurdo and coach Darren Young.

WA girls head to National Youth Championships

Football West News

Some of WA’s best young players will travel to Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, on Saturday to take part in Football Federation Australia’s National Youth Championships.

WA’s U14 and U15 Girls State teams will participate in the tournament which runs from July 10 to 14.

The tournament is used by Football Federation Australia officials to identify young talent from each Member Federation for future Young Matildas squads.

The WA teams were presented with their 2017 State team kits in front of family and friends on Monday, July 3, after a training session at Celebration Park, Balga.

Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola said the Championships represented a great opportunity for players to be identified for national programs.

“The National Youth Championships will pinpoint players who may be able to progress further and possibly be invited to nationals camps,” he said.

“Both of the squads representing WA over the next week are made up of very talented players who are continuously improving their standard of football.

“The players are supported by a fantastic group of coaches and managers and they are looking forward to the opportunity to take their game to the next level.”

WA’s U14 side is coached by Faye Chambers with Gavin Sit assisting and former Matildas midfielder Collette McCallum managing the team.

The U15 team is coached by Darren Young, assisted by Perth Glory Women’s player Natasha Rigby and managed by Michelle Mitchell.

WA will also be represented by level 3 referee Jessica Byrd, who will be officiating at her second National Youth Championships tournament.

Byrd, from City Beach, has been refereeing for four years and is aspiring to be a W-League match official.


WA U14 team:

The WA State U14 girls team

Back row (L-R): Coach Faye Chambers, Manager Collette McCallum, 15. Kate Armstrong, 2. Jazmin Matthews, 10. Hana Lowry, 5. Elizabeth Doust, 14. Jayna Ridley, 7. Cameron Barreiro, 11. Taneesha Baker, 13. Judy Lynn Connolly, assistant coach Gavin Sit. Front row (L-R): 8. Ruby Walsh, 3. Tara McNamee, 6. Georgia Cassidy, 1. (GK) Alix Davies, 16. (GK) Rachel Wilson, 4. Tijan McKenna, 12. Sophia Papalia, 9. Ella Lincoln. Photo: fotoenzo


WA U15 team:

The WA State U15 girls team

Back row (L-R): Assistant coach Natasha Rigby, 14. Danielle Suckling, 9. Annabelle Leek, 8. Isabella Wallhead, 13. Caitlin Scott, 16. (GK) Jade Inkster, 15. Amber Denness, 7. Eden Lee Schaffer, 10. Emma McMurdo, 5. Thalia Organ, coach Darren Young. Front row (L-R): 11. Abbey Green, 4. Sarah Mitchell, 6. Daisy McAllister, 1. (GK) Miranda Templeman, 12. Zoee Spadano, 3. Ashleigh Santich, 2. Grace Mitchell. Photo: fotoenzo



Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola (L) and U14 coach Faye Chambers (R) with captains Tijan McKenna and Tara McNamee at their kit presentation evening.