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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)

 

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Football West to welcome Jamie Harnwell as new CEO

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Harnwell will succeed outgoing CEO James Curtis, who is stepping down after spending almost six years in the role.

Harnwell has been involved with Football West for over 12 years, with his most recent position being Chief Football Officer. Prior to that, he had worked as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Head of Development.

Before joining Football West, Harnwell was the captain of A-Leagues club Perth Glory, as well as the record-appearance holder He made 256 appearances for the Glory men’s squad, where in the process he was involved in back-to-back national championships.

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes:

“Football West is delighted to announce Jamie Harnwell as our new CEO,” he said.

“Jamie is a real football person, from his days as a star player at Perth Glory to becoming a top coach in both the A-League Women’s and NPLWA – Men’s competitions. He has transferred the drive and dedication needed to succeed on the pitch to his roles at Football West.

“In addition, Jamie also possesses the necessary skills and vision to drive Football West forward as we continue to grow the sport in WA and we move towards the opening of the State Football Centre and the 2023 Women’s World Cup and beyond.

“Jamie has worked closely with James Curtis for a number of years, and in terms of senior management, it is great that he has been able to ‘learn on the job’ and is well placed to lead the team at Football West over what will be an exciting period for our sport in WA.

“Following an extensive nationwide search and the assessment of several excellent candidates, Jamie proved to be the stand-out. We look forward to him leading Football West in the years ahead and continuing the terrific progress achieved under James Curtis.”

Incoming Football West Chief Executive Officer Jamie Harnwell:

“It is exciting to become CEO of Football West and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“We are the biggest team sport in the country in terms of participation and we are in a fantastic position. But there is still plenty of potential for further growth, especially here in WA.

“It has been terrific to work with James Curtis and gain invaluable experience, now I am ready to put my own stamp on the position.”

Harnwell will work together with Curtis until the latter departs from Football West on March 31, 2022.

Sky Sports extends rights to NIFL

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will be the exclusive broadcaster of Football in the region once again.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will once again be the exclusive broadcaster of top-flight football in the region for the next three years.

The Irish League has had a long-lasting partnership with Sky over the years and the agreement will see the relationship in place until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The new agreement will see four Danske Bank Premiership fixtures and the BetMcLean League Cup final broadcast live across the UK & Ireland each season.

Northern Ireland Football Chief Executive, Gerard Lawlor:

“We sincerely thank Sky Sports for their continued backing of our game and we look forward to showcasing some of the best NI Football League matches together over the next three seasons,” he said.

“To continue to have the invaluable support of such a high-profile broadcaster shows how far our league has progressed in recent years as we bring our game to an increasing audience of loyal fans.

“The NI Football League brand is continuing to grow outside of the confines of Northern Ireland, and through Sky Sports, many football fans are now becoming more familiar with the rich history of our clubs and as well as some of the household names that have played in the Irish League.”

Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes:

“As a long-term partner to the Northern Ireland Football League, we’re delighted to extend Sky Sports’ support of the league and ensure that its entertaining action continues to be available to our customers,” he said.

“Sky Sports customers will be able to enjoy the Northern Ireland Football league alongside our ever-expanding football offering in the UK & Ireland which includes over 500 live games in 2022, from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women’s Super League as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, and this month’s Africa Cup of Nations – placing Sky Sports as the home of live football.”

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