Four Sky Blues In Young Matildas Squad


Four of Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League stars have been selected in the final 23-player Westfield Young Matildas squad to compete in the AFC U19 Women’s Championship later this month.

NAB Young Footballer of the Year for 2016/17 Remy Siemsen is included in the squad, along with fellow Sky Blues Ally Green, Taylor Ray and Princess Ibini.

The remainder of Head Coach Gary van Egmond’s squad is predominately made up of players aligned to Clubs in Australia’s Westfield W-League, however also includes one player, former Sky Blue Hannah Bacon, who is playing her football abroad.

The AFC U19 Women’s Championship is a crucial competition for Australia given the top three teams in the tournament will advance to the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France as Asia’s representatives.

The Westfield Young Matildas will contest Group B of the eight-team competition, and play their pool matches against Korea Republic (Monday 16 October 2017), Japan (Thursday 19 October 2017), and Vietnam (Sunday 22 October 2017).

A top two finish in Group B will be required for the team to advance to the semi-final stage of the competition and keep their hopes of continental glory, as well as international accomplishment, alive.

Speaking prior to the Westfield Young Matildas’ departure to China today van Egmond said that he believes his squad is well prepared for the tournament.

“We’ve had a really good preparation,” said van Egmond.

“Over the past month we have had numerous four to six day camps in which we have been able to work on all facets of our game.

“This year we have also played friendly matches against the United States and Canada, and this international competition has been fantastic for the girls because it has given them a good idea about what the level is going to be like.

“There are no easy games in Asia, and as we have seen historically the teams that have qualified through Asia have gone on to do quite well in the World Cup. Japan and DPR Korea have both had recent success internationally, so we are under no illusions as to how tough the competition will be.

“But our girls are ready for this challenge and our goal is not only to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup this month, but also to become Champions of Asia,” he said.

Westfield Young Matildas Squad – 2017 AFC U19 Women’s Championship


Club, Country

Melina AYRES

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Hannah BACON

Trondheims-Ørn, Norway

Georgia BORIC (GK)

Canberra United, Australia


Canberra United, Australia


Adelaide United, Australia


Adelaide United, Australia

Bethany GORDON

Sydney University, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia

Annalee GROVE (GK)

Emerging Jets, Australia

Princess IBINI

Sydney FC, Australia

Rachel LOWE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Grace Maher

Canberra United, Australia

Annabel MARTIN

Melbourne Victory, Australia


Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


Newcastle Jets, Australia


Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


Canberra United, Australia

Taylor RAY

Sydney FC, Australia


Canberra United, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia

Kaitlyn TORPEY

Brisbane Roar, Australia

Cortnee VINE

Newcastle Jets, Australia


Newcastle Jets, Australia

Westfield Young Matildas Match Schedule – 2017 AFC U19 Championship (Nanjing, China)

Korea Republic v Westfield Young Matildas
Monday 16 October 2017
Jiangsu Football Training Base, Nanjing
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Japan
Thursday 19 October 2017
Jiangning Sports Centre, Nanjing
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Vietnam
Sunday 22 October 2017
Jiangsu Football Training Base, Nanjing
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 6pm (AEDT)


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