City stars selected in Matildas Squad for Algarve Cup

Melbourne City FC stars Steph Catley, Lydia Williams, Alanna Kennedy, Kyah Simon and Larissa Crummer have been named in the Westfield Matildas preliminary 25-player-squad ahead of next Tuesday’s departure to Portugal for the 2018 Algarve Cup.

The preliminary will assemble at Valentine Sports Park (VSP) in Sydney this weekend for training from Saturday to Tuesday, while a further nine players will be required to attend the pre-Algarve Cup camp on Monday or Tuesday, before a final squad of 22 players sets sail for Europe.

City's Matildas contingent will first turn their attention to Sunday's Westfield W-League Grand Final at Allianz Stadium before joining the national team for its training camp on either Monday or Tuesday. 

“This camp will be a great opportunity for us to get together after an excellent season of the Westfield W-League to prepare for the upcoming Algarve and Asian Cups,” said Stajcic.

“After being apart for the last three months, this camp will give all the players an opportunity to refamiliarise themselves with our team culture, playing style, and most importantly commence the battle for selection into our squad for the upcoming major tournaments.

“With less than two weeks to go until we play Norway in Portugal, every moment together is precious and the team will take full advantage to ensure we hit the ground running on the 28th at Algarve,” he said.

The Westfield Matildas have been grouped with Norway, China PR, and hosts Portugal at the 2018 Algarve Cup. Stajcic’s squad will play their pool matches in the cities of Albufeira (two matches) and Algarve, before playing a fourth and final ranking match at the 12-team invitational tournament in a yet to be determined location.

Following the 2018 Algarve Cup, the Westfield Matildas will return to Australia where they will continue their preparations for the important 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which will be held in Jordan. Australia’s preparations for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup will include a friendly match against Thailand at nib Stadium in Perth, announced earlier today.

Australia will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France.

Name

Club, Country

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Hannah BREWER

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Eliza CAMPBELL (Gk)

Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, AUSTRALIA

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

Emily GIELNIK

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, AUSTRALIA

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, GERMANY

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, AUSTRALIA

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, AUSTRALUA

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

Kyah SIMON

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Georgia YEOMAN-DALE

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA