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From left: Taneesha Baker, Miranda Templeman, Hana Lowry, Isabella Wallhead and Tijan McKenna at Perth Airport today before flying to Sydney to join up with the rest of the Junior Matildas squad. Photo by Football West

Five NTC players in Junior Matildas’ AFC squad

Football West News

Five players involved in the Football West Hyundai NTC program have been named in the Westfield Junior Matildas squad for the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, which will be held in Chonburi, Thailand.

Goalkeeper Miranda Templeman, Taneesha Baker, Isabella Wallhead, Hana Lowry and Tijan McKenna have all been selected in Head Coach Rae Dower’s 23-player squad.

Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell said: “It’s great to see five West Australian girls earn national selection.

“It’s testament to the hard work of the players and their coaches, and credit to Football West for putting in the resources for them to continue to develop their careers.

“We are also grateful to Hyundai, who are the name sponsor of the NTC program.”

Australia will compete in Group A alongside hosts Thailand, Japan, and Bangladesh, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals of tournament.

Should Australia reach the final of the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, they will qualify as one of Asia’s representatives for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted by India.

After recently preparing for the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship with a tour of the Pacific which included matches against the U-19 women’s teams of Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, plus a period in camp together on the Gold Coast, coach Dower said she’s excited for the players to have the opportunity to represent their nation in Thailand.

“I’m thrilled to announce the Westfield Junior Matildas’ squad to contest the upcoming AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand,” Dower said.

“We’ve got a really well balanced team on and off the field and the chemistry developed over the last 12 months together will serve us well in really trying conditions in Thailand.

“During our ‘Pacific Step-Up Tour’ and recently completed camp on the Gold Coast, we’ve been able to trial a number of players from across the group and believe we’ve developed substantial depth across the park.

“We’re excited to play Japan first up and have been working hard on areas of our game we can be successful. We know the players and staff will represent Australia with passion and pride, and are confident that the principles we’ve been working on will give us the best opportunity to be successful in Thailand.”

The Westfield Junior Matildas will travel to Thailand on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 before playing their group games on September 15, 18, and 21 against Japan, Thailand, and Bangladesh respectively.

The semi-finals of the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship will be held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, with the Final to be contested on Saturday, 28 September 2019.

Westfield Junior Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship – Chonburi, Thailand 

Name

Club/Member Federation

Alana JANCEVSKI

NTC Victoria/Football Victoria

Bryleeh HENRY

Football NSW Institute/Football NSW

Charlize RULE

Football NSW Institute/Football NSW

Charlotte FARMER

Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland

Claudia MIHOCIC

NTC Victoria/Football Victoria

Darcey MALONE

Football NSW Institute/Football NSW

Emma ILIJOSKI

Gungahlin United FC/Capital Football

Georgia BEAUMONT

Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland

Hana LOWRY

Perth Glory FC/Football West

Isabella WALLHEAD

Football West NTC/Football West

Jamilla RANKIN

Brisbane Roar FC/ Queensland Academy of Sport

Jessika NASH

Football NSW Institute/Football NSW

Jordan JASNOS

Football NSW Institute/Football NSW

Josie MORLEY

Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football

Kirsty FENTON

Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football

Mia BAILEY (Gk)

Queensland Academy of Sport/Football Queensland

Mia MCGOVERN

Canberra United Academy/Capital Football

Miranda TEMPLEMAN (Gk)

Football West NTC/Football West

Nia STAMATOPOULOS

NTC Victoria/Football Victoria

Paige ZOIS

NTC Victoria/Football Victoria

Ruby JONES (Gk)

Newcastle Jets Academy/Northern NSW Football

Taneesha BAKER

Football West NTC/Football West

Tijan McKENNA

Cockburn City/Football West NTC


Westfield Junior Matildas | Match Schedule – 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship

Japan vs Australia

Date: Sunday, 15 September 2019
Venue: IPE Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 5.00pm (WST)
Admission: Open to the public

Australia vs Thailand
Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Venue: Chonburi Municipality Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local); 8.00pm (WST)
Admission: Open to the public

Australia vs Bangladesh 
Date: Saturday, 21 September 2019
Venue: IPE Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 5.00pm (WST)
Admission: Open to the public