Three Players In Young Matildas Squad

Commonwealth Bank Young Matildas Head Coach Leah Blayney has named three Sydney FC players in a 24 strong squad for the upcoming international against Aotearoa New Zealand in Auckland.

Charlie Rule, Sarah Hunter and Jessika Nash have all been called up to the squad.

Australia is set to travel across the Tasman for their first match internationally in almost three years, with the U20 side
taking on the Junior Football Ferns on Sunday, 12 June 2022.

The travelling squad includes a combination of established CommBank Young Matildas and exciting fresh faces.

Seven new names join the 17 players who featured in April’s international series in Canberra.

Meanwhile all 24 players have participated in at least one of the recent training camps undertaken at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Leah Blayney said: “It’s exciting to be naming the squad for the next milestone in our FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Costa Rica 2022™ journey.”

“As we continue to progress, we are establishing a core that is building an understanding of what it takes to perform and be successful at the highest level.

“This is being complemented by the introduction of new players to the set-up whom have impressed and earned the chance to see how they can add to our team.”

The squad sees seven Member Federations represented from Football NSW, Football Victoria, Northern NSW Football, Capital Football, Football Queensland, Football South Australia, and Football West. With the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Women’s competition currently underway across the nation, 11 clubs will see representation across the squad.

“We have been keeping a close eye on the players’ performances since the commencement of the NPL Women’s season,” she continued.

“The scouting of those matches, combined with the recent domestic camps, have provided us with a good understanding of the players chosen.

“All the girls have worked hard and demonstrated qualities which could be beneficial and, as a result, they made the selection process difficult.

“Facing New Zealand allows us to continue refining the concepts embedded during the training camps in an overseas match environment.

“It also allows us to gain an understanding of the squad’s ability to adapt to changing scenarios, particularly with many experiencing international travel for the first time in their careers.”

The CommBank Young Matildas will depart for Aotearoa New Zealand on 8 June 2022.


New Zealand v Australia
Date: Sunday, 12 June 2022
Time: 2.00pm (local) / 4.00pm (AEST)
Venue: Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Tickets: Open to the public free of charge


Alexia APOSTOLAKISDefenderFootball NSW Institute / Football NSW
Naomi CHINNAMADefenderBlacktown Spartans / Football Victoria
Jynaya DOS SANTOSForwardFootball NSW Institute / Football NSW
Kirsty FENTONDefenderNWS Spirit FC / NNSW Football
Holly FURPHY Forward Santa Clara University / Football Victoria
Daniela GALICMidfielderFootball NSW Institute / Football NSW
Sheridan GALLAGHERForwardIllawarra Stingrays / Football NSW
Katie GODDEN Forward DePaul University / Windlesham United 
Annabel HAFFENDENDefenderUnattached / Football Queensland
Bryleeh HENRYForwardBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW
Sarah HUNTERMidfielderAPIA Leichhardt / Football NSW
Sally JAMES Goalkeeper Blacktown Spartans / Capital Football 
Caitlin KARICForwardFV Emerging Matildas / Football Victoria
Abbey LEMONForwardBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW
Chloe LINCOLNGoalkeeperCanberra United Academy / Capital Football
Hana LOWRYMidfielderBlacktown Spartans / Football West
Alana MURPHYMidfielderBlacktown Spartans / Football Victoria
Jessika NASHDefenderBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW
Anna NORTONGoalkeeperBlacktown Spartans / Football NSW
Jamilla RANKINDefenderBlacktown Spartans / NNSW Football
Cushla RUEDefenderSydney University FC / Football NSW
Charlize RULEDefenderSydney Olympic / Football NSW
Ella TONKINDefenderNorthern Tigers / Football SA
Paige ZOISMidfielderBulleen Lions / Football Victoria