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West Aussie Aquino in Young Matildas squad

Football Federation Australia News

West Australian goalkeeper Morgan Aquino has been named in a 23-player Westfield Young Matildas squad to compete in the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship to be held in Indonesia between 30 June and 13 July.

Aquino impressed at the recent NTC Challenge identification tournament at the AIS in Canberra.

The 2018 AFF Women’s Championship will see Australia, coached for the tournament by former Westfield Matilda Leah Blayney, come up against the senior national teams of Thailand, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, and Cambodia in Group A of the competition.

All of Australia’s matches at the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship will be played at the Jakabaring Stadium in the city of Palembang, which is the capital of South Sumatra.

The Westfield Young Matildas will kick-off their Group A games with a clash against Malaysia on 30 June.

This fixture will be followed by games against Timor-Leste (4 July), Cambodia (6 July), and finally Thailand (8 July).

Blayney’s charges will need to finish in the top two of Group A following their four pool matches to advance to the semi-finals of the competition, as well as either the Final or third place play-off.

Alex Chidiac in action for the Westfield Matildas.

Alex Chidiac in action for the Westfield Matildas.

Australia’s squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship features players hailing from all over the nation, as well as some of whom to have already been capped at senior international level.

Such players include Larissa Crummer, Emily Condon, Rachel Lowe, Princess Ibini, and Alex Chidiac.

Blayney said that the tournament will provide a fantastic learning experience for the group.

“We have selected a young squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship in Indonesia,” said Blayney.

“We have also opted to select a few overage players for the tournament to help them continue their international football development.”

“Many of Australia’s elite, emerging young female players will be exposed to international competition against senior national women’s football teams from across South-East Asia while we are in Indonesia,” she said.

Rachel Lowe is one of five Westfield Matildas in the squad for the AFF Women’s Championship.

Rachel Lowe is one of five Westfield Matildas in the squad for the AFF Women’s Championship.

Westfield Young Matildas Squad for the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship to be held in Indonesia

Name

Member Federation

Jada Whyman (Gk)

Football New South Wales

Morgan Aquino (Gk)

Football West

Annie Grove (Gk)

Northern New South Wales Football

Kaitlyn Torpey

Football Queensland

Emily Hodgson

Football Federation South Australia

Tori Tumeth

Football New South Wales

Larissa Crummer

Football Queensland

Courtney Nevin

Football New South Wales

Karly Roestbakken

Capital Football

Beth Gordon

Football New South Wales

Taylor Ray

Football New South Wales

Susan Phonsongkham

Football New South Wales

Kyra Cooney-Cross

Football Federation Victoria

Emily Condon

Football Federation South Australia

Rachel Lowe

Football New South Wales

Princess Ibini

Football New South Wales

Mary Fowler

Football New South Wales

Alex Chidiac

Football Federation South Australia

Amy Sayer

Football New South Wales

MelindaJ Barbieri

Football Federation Victoria

Cortnee Vine

Football Queensland

Holly McNamara

Football Federation Victoria

Angelique Hristodoulou

Football New South Wales

2018 AFF Women’s Championship – Westfield Young Matildas Fixtures (Group A)

Malaysia v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEST)

Westfield Young Matildas v Timor-Leste
Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEST)

Westfield Young Matildas v Cambodia
Date: Friday, 6 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEST)

Thailand v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 8 July 2018
Venue: Jakabaring Stadium Palembang, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEST)