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Back row: Garry Church (Head Coach) Matsuki Kondo, Kane McEwan, Euan Blair, Preston Gilling (GK), Alex Fisher (GK), Ignatius Bondi, Max Blackshaw, Daniel Katz, Oliver Makin, Jim Dean (Assistant Coach). Front row: Shade Stewart, Rory Betts, Cory McNelis, Dylan Devitt, Joe Birch, Nathan Bryde, Callum Piper, Liam Ellison Absent: Joel Anasmo, Tanya Kruck (Team Manager), Physio (TBC)

Gold Fields U15 Boys return to China

Football West News

The Gold Fields Boys Under 15 State Squad to play in the Jinshan International Youth Football Championship in August has been confirmed.

The 18-player squad will play a minimum of four matches in China.

This is the third successive year that Football West has been invited to send a team to the tournament.

Head Coach Garry Church said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the talent that is in Western Australia.

“Last year the team played sides from China and India, as well as Czech side Slavia Prague. The boys learn so much, both on the pitch and off it in terms of life experience.”

The tournament will further strengthen Football West’s ties with Asia and China in particular.

In 2017 Football West developed an Asian Engagement Strategy and during last year’s trip to China we signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Football Association to deliver improved player, coach and referee exchange programs.

The squad will fly to China on August 19, with the tournament taking place between August 21-26.

Gold Fields Boys Under 15 State Squad: Alex Fisher (GK) (Armadale), Euan Blair, Preston Gilling (GK), Daniel Katz, Shade Stewart (all Bayswater City), Ignatius Bondi (Cockburn City), Joe Birch, Dylan Devitt, Matsuki Kondo, Oliver Makin, Kane McEwan, Callum Piper (all ECU Joondalup), Cory McNelis (Murdoch University Melville), Rory Betts, Max Blackshaw, Nathan Bryde, Liam Ellison (all Perth SC), Joel Anasmo (Stirling Lions)

Head Coach: Garry Church
Assistant Coach: Jim Dean
Team Manager: Tanya Kruck
Physio: TBC