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Young Matildas depart for AFF Women’s Championships

September 05, 2013 By: Penny Category: World Football

Sep 05, 2013 Young Matildas & U17s 0


Capped senior Matildas striker Hayley Raso will be a key player | (Credit: http://www.jlsphotographs.com)

Capped senior Matildas striker Hayley Raso will be a key player | (Credit: http://www.jlsphotographs.com)

The Young Matildas depart this morning for Myanmar to participate in the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championships.

Running from 9 – 22 September, the 10 team AFF Women’s Championships form part of the Young Matildas final preparations for next month’s AFF Women’s Championships.

“We are using this tournament to prepare some of our player who haven’t had as much exposure to playing football in Asia,” said Young Matildas Head Coach Spencer Prior.

“We would like to get them as fully prepared for the qualifiers as possible and experience playing in unfamiliar conditions where it can be 35 degrees and 86% humidity.”

Prior’s 20 player squad includes many experienced players including capped senior Matildas trio MacKenzie Arnold, Hayley Raso and Georgia Yeoman-Dale but it also includes some faces new to international football including Newcastle Jets custodian Eliza Campbell and Perth Glory winger Sarah Carroll.

“This squad is reasonably close to the one we will be selecting for the qualifiers.”

“We only have 20 players coming with us for this tour but we are able to 23 players away for the qualifiers so we will look to add a third goalkeeper and two outfield players.”

The AFF Women’s Championships will see the Young Matildas take on the senior squads for Malaysia, Jordan, Thailand and Vietnam with a possible semi final or final match up with the Japanese U23 National Team.

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Young Matildas AFF Women’s Championships Squad

1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (ACTAS), 2. Rachel SOUTAR (NSW NTC), 3. Elizabeth RALSTON (NSW NTC), 4. Grace FIELD (ACTAS), 5. Amy HARRISON (NSW NTC), 6. Natalie TOBIN (NSW NTC), 7. Hayley RASO (QAS), 8. Chloe LOGARZO (NSW NTC), 9. Tara ANDREWS (Emerging Jets), 10. Mel CACERES (NSW NTC), 11. Meg McLAUGHLIN (ACTAS), 12. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE (ACTAS), 13. Eliza CAMPBELL (Emerging Jets),14. Sally ROJAHN (ACTAS),15. Emma CHECKER (FFSA NTC), 16. Sarah CARROLL (Football West NTC), 17. Natasha WHEELER (QAS), 18. Olivia PRICE (NSW NTC), 19. Britt WHITFIELD (QAS), 20. Alisha BASS (NSW NTC)

Scheduled Matches

Game 1: Australia v Malaysia – 11 September 2013
Game 2: Australia v Jordan – 13 September 2013
Game 3: Australia v Thailand – 15 September 2013
Game 4: Australia v Vietnam – 17 September 2013

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Maccabiah Games 2013- a wrap of Maccabiah Israel

September 05, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Fourth place puts Aussie football on the map
Posted: 29-Jul-2013 by Maccabiah

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Our Aussie girls couldn’t quite produce last week’s heroics against Canada, going down 3-0 in the bronze medal game to a very high quality opponent.

The side achieved its goal of making the medal play-off thanks to a run of three wonderful wins over Holland, Germany and Argentina. The stunning 0-0 draw against Canada – who drew with the highly fancied USA – was the vital point that put the green and gold into the bronze medal game. Indeed, but for a contentious call in a 2-3 loss to Israel, the girls could have even dared to dream of gold.

Once the dust settles, the success of coming fourth will hit home for a side who have come on leaps and bounds in four years, paved the way for the next generation of girls to aspire to and flew the flag for Australian football at these 19th Maccabiah Games.

“I’m just proud of what they’ve achieved, they’ve made women’s football at Maccabi (in Australia) credible,” said section manager Sydney Kahn, who has overseen the last three international trips for this side.

“Although everyone says winning is everything – and today it is – they’ve put it on the map and younger girls in the future will want to be part of this team.

“The girls are already talking about Chile, the next Pan America Games.

“There’s confidence, motivation, pride in what they’ve achieved. We’ve been beaten on the day by a better side.

“Originally our objective, realistically, was to get into the bronze medal play-off. Every time you achieve, you then aim a little bit higher.”

Today’s contest in Jerusalem started in bizarre circumstances, with kick-off delayed by 45 minutes, and our girls also took time to get going in the debilitating heat.

Canada were an imposing unit, with an ability to burst down the flanks and cut holes in defence with incisive passing.

But they only went into the sheds 1-0 up. While they looked threatening out wide, Australia’s spine remained competitive throughout the contest. Rachel Bach and Laura Waltman can take a bow for their work in the heart of defence; they won almost every 50/50 ball on the deck. Sure, booming long balls caused trouble, but the core of Waltman (WA), Bach (VIC) and Amy Seskin in goal (NSW) was the bedrock of this team.

Seskin was again at the fore with two top drawer saves from close range in the first period.

Ash Rabie and Nat Court grew into the game as the half wore on; Court was committed as ever, throwing herself into challenges, while Rabie’s passing ability almost unlocked the Canadian back-four on a couple of occasions.

Up front, Carly Vinokur has had a wonderful tournament and she looked lively again today. Unfortunately she was too isolated and had too much work to do on her own. But she tried as ever, and the side’s best chance of the game came when she almost got on the end of a cross from Sophie Weisz on the left flank.
Mark Abro and his assistant, Australian Jewish football legend Jon Pillemer, implored their side to keep the faith in the second period.

In the face of a powerful opponent, they did just that, and even enjoyed the better run of things for a 10-15 period mid-way through the half.

But, as happens in football, as the game opened up, the heavyweight flexed their muscles. With more space, the Canadians ruthlessly put away two more. If not for some excellent scramble defence from Bach, Claudia Lowy, and then Romy Sacks, they may well have applied even more pressure on Seskin’s goal.

While disappointed to leave with nothing tangible, the girls can take heart knowing they have been a revelation during the 10 days of this competition – rebounding brilliantly after the loss to USA on day one.

The girls’ success is a great example of what can be achieved on a national platform at Maccabi, with a long term vision in mind.

– Words and pictures, David Weiner.

Tune in to 107.9fm this Saturday for Australian Coach Mark Abro in the studio and Laura Waltman on the line between 10-1030am Perth time.

Review of the World Masters Games and photos

September 04, 2013 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Coming soon…

The NPL clubs for 2014

September 03, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions

Watch closely the clubs selected by Football West to enter the new men’s set up for 2014. See the outcome here:

http://www.footballwest.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload/news_files/NPL_Statement.pdf

The clubs provisionally selected for the NPL WA in 2014 are
Perth Glory
Floreat Athena
Cockburn City
Balcatta
Perth
Subiaco
Sorrento
Bayswater City
ECU Joondalup
Inglewood
Armadale
Stirling Lions

Excluded were Mandurah and Bunbury, who are both currently in the mens State League competitions.

Where will womens football stand after the smoke clears? Where do you see your club or team fitting into the restructured FFA model? Does your club have an affiliation with any of these NPL clubs? It may need to form an affiliation to accommodate a new womens structure. Or do you see the new womens state league meeting the basics of a new FFA structure for the womens game?

The review for the womens process starts soon in WA.

The first Womens Standing Committee meeting is next week and this is high on the agenda.

Email socceron@womensoccer.com.au with your thoughts. Tune in to 107.9fm from 9am Saturdays for updates and discussions from stakeholders every week. You can have a say on the radio by contacting Penny@theworldfootballprogramme.com.