International City: Six stars named for Tokyo 2020 qualifiers

Melbourne City FC’s Steph Catley, Lydia Williams, Kyah Simon, Ellie Carpenter, Emily van Egmond and Aivi Luik have all been selected in Westfield Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic’s 20-player squad for Australia’s forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification matches to be played in Wuhan, China.

City's six Westfield Matildas will assemble in Sydney with their fellow international teammates for a training camp before they head to China for an important set of fixtures against China PR, Chinese Taipei and Thailand at the Five Rings Sports Centre in Wuhan.

The Westfield Matildas’ training camp in Sydney will be held between January 20 and 27, with the team to depart for China on January 28.

Australia’s games in Wuhan will be held on February 3, 6 and 9, with ticketing and broadcast information to be advised in due course. 

Australia will need to finish either first or second in Group B of Asian qualifying to advance to the final phase of matches for a place at Tokyo 2020, which would consist of a home and away play-off against Korea Republic, Vietnam, or Myanmar in early March 2020. 

Ahead of the qualifiers, Westfield Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic said he is confident in his team’s ability and has been impressed by the form shown in the first half of the Westfield W-League season.

“We have a great amount of experience in our squad, as well as some emerging talents, and I expect us to perform strongly in Wuhan,” Milicic said. 

“Together with my staff I have been keeping a very close eye on the Westfield W-League, and it is pleasing that many of our players have produced strong performances in the competition over the past two months.

“The great amount of consistency within our squad from November’s series against Chile in Sydney and Adelaide means that we will be able to continue to make progress with many areas of our play from the moment we convene in Sydney as we build up to these crucial qualifiers.

“With only twenty (20) places in this squad and eighteen (18) for Tokyo should we qualify, every player will need to show her best in this upcoming camp and help the nation take another step towards the Olympic Games,” he said. 

Westfield Matildas’ 20-Player Squad | Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers | Wuhan, China

Name

Club, Country

‘A’ International Caps (Goals)

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

23 (0)

Ellie CARPENTER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

38 (1)

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

78 (2)

Caitlin FOORD

Sydney FC, Australia

78 (17)

Emily GIELNIK

Bayern Munich, Germany

34 (8)

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

76 (14)

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

109 (2)

Alanna KENNEDY

Sydney FC, Australia

83 (7)

Sam KERR (C)

Chelsea FC, England

83 (38)

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

44 (7)

Aivi LUIK

Melbourne City FC, Australia

24 (0)

Jenna MCCORMICK

Melbourne Victory, Australia

2 (0)

Teagan MICAH (Gk)

Melbourne Victory, Australia

0 (0)

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

121 (9)

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

41 (3)

Karly ROESTBAKKEN

Canberra United, Australia

3 (0)

Kyah SIMON

Melbourne City FC, Australia

87 (24)

Emily VAN EGMOND

Melbourne City FC, Australia

92 (18)

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

84 (0)

Tameka YALLOP

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

83 (10)


Upcoming Matches – Westfield Matildas

Westfield Matildas v Chinese Taipei

Date: Monday, 3 February 2020
Venue: Five Rings Sports Centre, Wuhan, China
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 7.00pm (AEDT)

Thailand v Westfield Matildas
Date: Thursday, 6 February 2020
Venue: Five Rings Sports Centre, Wuhan, China
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 7.00pm (AEDT)

Westfield Matildas v China PR
Date: Sunday, 9 February 2020
Venue: Five Rings Sports Centre, Wuhan, China
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)  

Ticketing & broadcast information to be advised.