National Training Centre (NTC) U19 captain Abbey Meakins has been selected to attend the Young Matildas Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from June 27 to 30.
Meakins, from Woodvale, is WA’s sole representative, joining 19 other players from Sydney, Adelaide, Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Young Matildas head coach Gary van Egmond will assess the players, who are aiming to qualify for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France next year and end a tournament drought stretching back to 2006.
Meakins could be called back to Canberra next week for a tournament featuring teams from USA and Canada as part of further preparations for the U19 AFC Women’s Championships in China in October 2017.
Meakins, whose talent caught the eye of Football Federation Australia (FFA) at the past two U17 NTC Challenge tournaments, was one of the youngest players in the Perth Glory W-League team this season.
Having won the 2015 Player of the Year in the Bankwest Women’s State Premier League, Meakins is now a role model for other players in the NTC program.
The NTC Program is for the elite development of players in U13, U15 and U19 age groups. Players train and play together in a designated state competition.
NTC coach Jessine Bonzas said Meakins’ outstanding improvement over the past year has seen her soar to new heights.
“We are extremely proud of Abbey being invited to the Young Matildas camp,” Bonzas said.
“We have seen her really grow and flourish in the past six months in her involvement in the Perth Glory team and also as part of our NTC Program.”
Bonzas said Meakins was a solid and consistent performer.
“Abbey is an exciting midfielder, she works so hard, she loves to get into the box and she is instrumental in attack,” she said.
“I’m so proud of Abbey and our state wishes her the best of luck in camp this week.”