Victory duo named in Young Matildas squad


Melbourne Victory’s Annabel Martin and MelindaJ Barbieri have been named in the Young Matildas squad for next month’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2017 qualifying tournament.

The round-robin tournament will be held in Nanjing, China, with the Young Matildas to face the Northern Mariana Islands and Jordan.

The top team after the round-robin matches will advance to the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2017, which doubles as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018.

“We need to make sure we’re focussed and approach both matches with the right attitude to ensure we give ourselves every chance of making it to the next stage of qualifying,” said Young Matildas head coach Gary van Egmond.

“The players know the privilege of what it means to represent your country and they are determined to put their best foot forward.

“I’m confident that with the talent we have in this group we can perform well and be successful.”

Young Matildas squad: Grace Abbey (Canberra United), Hannah Bacon (Sydney FC), MelindaJ Barbieri (Melbourne Victory), Georgia Boric (gk) (Canberra United), Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Chidiac (Adelaide United), Emily Condon (Adelaide United), Nickoletta Flannery (Canberra United), Annalee Grove (gk) (Emerging Jets), Princess Ibini-Isei (Sydney FC), Ashleigh Lefevre (Melbourne Victory), Rachel Lowe (Football NSW NTC), Grace Maher (Adelaide United), Annabel Martin (Melbourne Victory), Jada Mathyssen (gk) (Western Sydney Wanderers), Sophie Nenadovic (Newcastle Jets), Georgia Plessas (Western Sydney Wanderers), Natasha Prior (uncontracted), Hayley Richmond (Melbourne City), Amy Sayer (Football NSW NTC), Remy Siemsen (Sydney FC), Cortnee Vine (Brisbane Roar), Clare Wheeler (Newcastle Jets)

Northern Mariana Islands v Australia
Jiangsu Football Training Centre Stadium, Manama
2 November 2016 (Kick-Off 3.00pm local)
Wednesday, November 2, 3.00pm local, 6.00pm AEDT
Jordan v Northern Mariana Islands
Jiangsu Football Training Centre Stadium, Manama
Friday, November 4, 4.00pm local, 7.00pm AEDT
Australia v Jordan
Jiangsu Football Training Centre Stadium, Manama
Sunday, November 6, 4.00pm local, 7.00pm AEDT