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Abbey Green, Morgan Aquino and Lexie Moreno were selected to participate in the Junior Matildas camp in New South Wales this week.

Young stars shine at Junior Matildas camp

Football West News

Three West Australian players identified at recent national tournaments have been selected to attend a Junior Matildas camp in New South Wales this week.

Abbey Green was scouted through her outstanding performances at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour last month.

Morgan Aquino and Lexie Moreno were identified at the NTC Challenge in July at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Morgan and Lexie were both selected in All Stars teams during the challenge, before being called up to attend the Junior Matildas camp.

NTC U17 girls coach Jessine Bonzas said both players performed extremely well at the tournament, with Aquino consistently reliable in goals and Moreno impressing talent scouts with her awareness and skill in the middle of the park.

“The girls both had impressive seasons here in WA in the lead up to their tournament and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next,” she said.

“At the National Youth Championships, Abbey excelled in one-on-one situations and was electric going forward, so she definitely has the X-factor as well.”

The players’ performances at the camp this week will determine their selection for three other upcoming Junior Matildas camps this month.

The camps will be used to prepare the national team before they travel to Thailand to compete in the AFC U16 Women’s Championships.

Players who are successful at the camp will form part of the national team during the trip.

Bonzas said the girls are focusing on the first camp at this stage.

“They are enjoying the highly competitive environment and are using the opportunity to learn more from the national coaching staff and players from other states,” she said.

Moreno said she is humbled to be selected in the camp and is looking forward to training under Junior Matildas coach Rae Dower.

“At the start of the year I sat down with Jessine and we set individual goals on what I wanted to achieve this year and what I wanted to get out of the NTC challenge,” she said.

“I’ve worked hard in the lead up to these camps to ensure I would be ready and prepared to step up if I was selected.

“To be able to train in a professional environment with the best young players in the country is a privilege.

“I want to take home experience and knowledge of the game and to improve my abilities on the field. I am young and developing so personally for me these opportunities are about growth and betterment.”