Matildas Showdown – Whyman & Heyman

Sydney FC goal keeper Jada Whyman and Canberra United forward Michelle Heyman will go head-to-head this Saturday evening in the Liberty A-League competition after each receiving the call up to represent Australia in a two-match series for round three of the AFC Women’s Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers.

The two representatives for the Matildas will be playing on behalf of their A-League squads as they face off for round 17 at McKellar Park. As the back end of the season starts to approach, both players will be gunning to bring home three vital points for their respective side to keep their Premiership and finals dreams alive.

Jada Whyman reacts after her teammate scores a goal during round four match between Sydney FC and Canberra United.

After 14 caps across Junior and Youth squads, as well as the Matildas Under 20 team, Jada Whyman is looking to make her international debut at the top level.

The 24 year-old was invited to train with Tony Gustavsson’s side in 2021. In December 2023, Whyman was named in the squad for a friendly two match series against Canada.

The Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman has had an impeccable A-League career with two back-to-back honours for the Westfield W-League Player of the Year with the Western Sydney Wanderers. For the 2023/2024 season, she has demonstrated outstanding form. Keeping the most clean sheets out of any goal keeper this season, Whyman has cemented herself as one of the most influential players on the field in the Liberty A-League.

Jada Whyman controls the ball during an Australia Matildas training session in 2022.

Jada Whyman Statistics For 2023/2024 Liberty A-League Season:

Total Games Played16
Minutes Per Game90
Goals Conceded Per Game0.8
Penalties Saved1/2
Saves Per Game2.5
Succ. Runs Out Per Game0.1
Balls Recovered Per Game8.4
Clearances Per Game0.5
Michelle Heyman during the AFC Women’s Olympic Final Qualification Round match between Australia and China at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in 2016.

Former Olympian, Michelle Heyman is taking a second chance on international football after securing a spot in the Matildas squad after six years.

The striker has had an impressive history in Australian football. Commencing her international career in 2010, Heyman went on to play in the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio before announcing her retirement from representative football in 2019.

In 2021, Heyman was announced as the all-time goal scorer in the A-League Women, a title she still holds today after netting 106 goals over a 16 year career. Heyman is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch and will be no easy challenge on the weekend.

Michelle Heyman Statistics For 2023/2024 Liberty A-League Season:

Total Games Played15
Minutes Per Game86
Goals Per Game 0.8
Touches Per Game36.5
Shots On Target Per Game1.3
Clearances Per Game0.7
Michelle Heyman controls the ball during Liberty A-League match against Perth Glory.

You can watch Whyman, Heyman and their squads battle it out on Paramount + or 10Play.

Match Details For Liberty A-League:

Canberra United v Sydney FC
Liberty A-League Round 17
Saturday 17th February, 2024
McKellar Park, Canberra, ACT
Kick Off: 5:00PM
Gates Open: 4:00PM
Broadcast Live: Paramount + and 10BOLD
Tickets: Click Here