Strong Sydney FC contingent in Young Matildas squad

A 27-strong squad has been selected for the CommBank Young Matildas training camp hosted by Wyndham City Council commencing next Monday featuring five Sky Blues.

The 10-day assembly will assist the U-20 Women’s National Team in getting ready for next month’s 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers. Australia will take on Guam and hosts Kyrgyz Republic with the group winner progressing to Round 2.

For this squad, Head Coach Leah Blayney has chosen five girls from Ante Juric’s Sydney FC with Jynaya Dos Santos, Tahlia Franco, Shay Hollman, Anika Stajcic and Mary Stancic-Floody all included in the side.

Shay Hollman (left) has been a key player this season and rightfully included in the squad

Head coach Leah Blayney commented on the squad: “The selected players are part of a group that we have been closely monitoring in various environments across Australia over the past 12 months.  As we finalise our plans for the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers, it was important that we identified talent from the full football spectrum and ensured they had access to high quality minutes.” 

As part of the training camp, the CommBank Young Matildas will play two vital training matches against Liberty A-League Women’s ladder leaders Western United and second placed Melbourne City. 

The team will also connect with the local community with all 12 to 16 year olds, particularly girls, invited to Galvin Park on Wednesday 15 February to watch the CommBank Young Matildas train from 4 to 5.30pm.


NamePositionClub | Member Federation
AlexiaAPOSTOLAKISDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW
TeganBERTOLISSIODefenderMacarthur Rams | Football NSW
AvaBRIEDISMidfielderMelbourne Victory FC | Football Victoria
ClaudiaCICCODefenderWellington Phoenix FC | Football NSW
JynayaDOS SANTOSForwardSydney FC | Football NSW
GemmaFERRISDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW
JontiFISHERForwardFootball Queensland-QAS | Football Queensland
TahliaFRANCOGoalkeeperSydney FC | Football NSW
DanielaGALICMidfielderMelbourne City FC | Football NSW
SashaGROVEForwardCanberra United FC | Capital Football
ShayHOLLMANMidfielderSydney FC| Football NSW
KahliJOHNSONForwardWestern United | Football NSW
CaitlinKARICForwardMelbourne City FC | Football Victoria
ZoeKARIPIDISDefenderNewcastle Jets FC | Northern NSW Football
ZaraKRUGERMidfielderBrisbane Roar FC | Football Queensland
ChloeLINCOLNGoalkeeperCanberra United Academy | Capital Football
MayaLOBODefenderMacarthur Rams | Football NSW
TijanMCKENNADefenderPerth Glory FC | Football West
AlanaMURPHYMidfielderMelbourne Victory FC | Football Victoria
EmiliaMURRAYForwardAdelaide United FC | Football South Australia
JessikaNASHDefenderMelbourne Victory FC | Football NSW
EllaO’GRADYForwardFootball Queensland-QAS | Football Queensland
AvaaniPRAKASHMidfielderNorthbridge Bulls FC | Football NSW
SiennaSAVESKAMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers | Football NSW
AnikaSTAJCICForwardSydney FC | Football NSW
MarySTANIC-FLOODYMidfielderSydney FC | Football NSW
GraceWILSONGoalkeeperAdelaide United FC | Football South Australia


Guam v Australia
Date: 7 March 2023
Time: 1:00am AEDT

Australia v Kyrgyz Republic 
Date: 11 March 2023
Time: 1:00am AEDT