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Four Victorians selected in Young Matildas squad

Football Victoria have congratulated four Victorians who have been called up to play for the Young Matildas in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship.

Claudia Mihocic, Teresa Morrissey, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Chelsea Blissett will represent Australia in the tournament which runs from October 27 – November 9 in Chonburi, Thailand.

16-year-old Mihocic was chosen after an excellent performance in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship with the Junior Matildas in September.

All players from Victoria progressed through the state’s NTC program and/or the local NPLW.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the semi-finals, with the top three sides in the tournament earning one of the Asian qualification slots for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Young Matildas arrived in Thailand yesterday after a brief four-day camp in Sydney.

Coach Leah Blayney believes the team she has chosen will push for qualification to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup next year.

“We believe that with the squad we have going to this tournament we are a strong chance of earning Australia qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time since 2006.”

Australia will play against DPR Korea, Thailand and Vietnam in Group A with their first game on Sunday.

The squad and match details are listed below.

Westfield Young Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship

NAME
Morgan AQUINO (Gk)
Chelsea BLISSETT
Kyra COONEY-CROSS
Deborah DE LA HARPE
Shadeene EVANS
Ciara FOWLER
Mary FOWLER
Charlotte GRANT
Abbey GREEN
Annie GROVE (Gk)
Emily HODGSON
Angelique HRISTODOULOU
Princess IBINI
Aideen KEANE
Rachel LOWE
Claudia MIHOCIC
Teressa MORRISSEY (Gk)
Courtney NEVIN
Hollie PALMER
Susan PHONSONGKHAM
Indiah-Paige RILEY
Karly ROESTBAKKEN
Tessa TAMPLIN

Westfield Young Matildas Upcoming Matches for 2019 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship

DPR Korea v Westfield Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Location: IPE Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 8.00pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Thailand
Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Location: Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local); 11.00pm (AEDT)

Westfield Young Matildas v Vietnam
Date: Saturday, 2 November 2019
Location: IPE Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 8.00pm (AEDT)

 

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Kate Jacewicz announced as AFF Referee of the Year (Women)

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Leading Australian referee Kate Jacewicz has been honoured by being named the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Referee of the Year for women.

It was announced recently at the gala AFF Awards held at Hanoi in Vietnam.

Jacewicz received this award off the back of another tremendous year with the whistle, including officiating her ninth Westfield W-League Grand FInal in February 2019 between Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

Jacewicz has been recognised as the W-League referee of the year seven times and part of the 75 match officials around the world who refereed at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

It’s added to her impressive list of career achievements which also includes her making history by becoming the first female to occupy a spot on the A-League Referees Panel, helping out with both A-League and W-League matches.

In a statement by Football Federation Australia and chair of FFA Referees committee Chris Nikou, they congratulated Jacewicz on her significant achievement and her professionalism she continually shows.

“Kate is one of the world’s finest referees and thoroughly deserves this award. Whatever the game, whatever the level, she is a model of consistency and class,” Nikou said.

“Her work on the pitch is a reminder to us all just how vital referees are to the lifeblood and well-being of our game.”

Source: https://www.ffa.com.au/news/kate-jacewicz-named-aff-referee-year-women

South Australia back 2023 Women’s World Cup dream

The South Australian government have confirmed they will support Australia’s quest to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

In the process, South Australia have become the third state, alongside NSW and Queensland, to wholeheartedly get behind Australia’s bid.

The Matildas played in their first match in Adelaide since 2006 last night, defeating Chile 1-0 in front of 10,342 fans.

The crowd figure was the largest ever attendance for a women’s football international in the City of Churches.

Emily Gielnik scored the only goal for the Matildas, with superstar Sam Kerr having her penalty saved just before half time.

If Australia wins the hosting rights to the 2023 tournament, Adelaide will host games at the boutique Hindmarsh Stadium.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall claimed the State Government was ready and excited about the prospect of bringing the 2023 Women’s World Cup to Australia.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a massive event to add to our sporting calendar, and Adelaide will be a fantastic location for the competition,” said Premier Marshall on Tuesday.

“The Matildas are a shining example of Australian sporting prowess and hosting the World Cup will allow them to showcase their skills on the biggest stage in their own backyard.”

Outgoing FFA CEO David Gallop said he was delighted that South Australia had agreed to support the bid, after initial reluctance.

“The announcement today is a tremendous boost to our hopes of hosting the tournament in 2023. We are thrilled that South Australia have committed to be part of the bid, which will be stronger for their participation.

“It shows just how popular the Matildas are, and I’m sure the South Australian public will be absolutely delighted that Premier Marshall shares our vision and will bring matches to Adelaide should we be successful in our bid,” Gallop added.

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