Roar quartet named in Westfield Matildas squad

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Four Brisbane Roar stars have been selected by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal beginning on 1 March 2017.

Captain Clare Polkinghorne, goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, midfielder Katrina Gorry and forward Emily Gielnik have been named in the 21-player squad, selected following a three-day camp in Canberra.

Polkinghorne, Arnold and Gorry all represented the Westfield Matildas at the Rio Games in August while Gielnik returns to the squad for the first time since the Rio Games qualification tournament earlier in 2016.

“As I’ve stated before we’re heading into a new cycle so there is an increase on the competition for places and we’re looking for who can provide that extra depth and quality,” Stajcic said.

“Having positions covered by more players and building that depth is really what we’re looking for.”

Katrina Gorry's (below) next apperance for the national side will be her 50th Westfield Matildas cap while Clare Polkinghorne is closing in on 100 national caps.

Rio Gorry

“Increasing the experience and capacity of players who have been in the team for a long time and continuing to improve them both on and off the field is certainly something we’ve spoken about this week in terms of improving the quality of the squad from within as the first port of call.”

The squad will assemble in Sydney’s west for a training camp on Monday prior to departing for Portugal on Wednesday night.

Currently 6th in the FIFA women’s world rankings, the Westfield Matildas have been grouped alongside Sweden (ranked 8th), Netherlands (ranked 12th) and China P.R. (ranked 13th) for the tournament.

“This tournament is a starting point towards looking ahead to the Asian Cup next year, the World Cup the year after and then the Games in Tokyo in 2020,” said Stajcic.

“We’re really looking to test the players and see who is going to be part of this squad moving forward. The Algarve Cup gives us four matches against high quality opponents and I’m sure the team will learn and grow a lot from competing in this tournament.”

The Westfield Matildas’ first match of the Algarve Cup is against Sweden on Wednesday 1 March at 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, Thursday 2 March).

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Name

Date of Birth

Club

A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen

12/02/1994

Melbourne City FC

39 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)

25/02/1994

Brisbane Roar FC

11 (0)

Ellie Carpenter

28/04/2000

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

5 (0)

Steph Catley

26/01/1994

Melbourne City FC

53 (2)

Emma Checker

11/03/1996

Canberra United

3 (0)

Alex Chidiac

15/01/1999

Adelaide United

1 (0)

Lisa De Vanna

14/11/1984

Canberra United

117 (40)

Caitlin Foord

11/11/1994

Sydney FC

50 (8)

Emily Gielnik

13/05/1992

Brisbane Roar FC

9 (1)

Katrina Gorry

13/08/1992

Brisbane Roar FC

49 (13)

Amy Harrison

21/04/1996

Sydney FC

3 (0)

Elise Kellond-Knight*

10/08/1990

FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

76 (1)

Alanna Kennedy

21/01/1995

Sydney FC

48 (2)

Sam Kerr

10/09/1993

Perth Glory

46 (8)

Chloe Logarzo

22/12/1994

Newcastle Jets

12 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne

1/02/1989

Brisbane Roar FC

92 (7)

Hayley Raso

5/09/1994

Canberra United

14 (1)

Gema Simon

19/07/1990

Newcastle Jets

5 (0)

Kyah Simon

25/06/1991

Sydney FC

70 (20)

Emily van Egmond*

12/07/1993

VfL Wolfsburg, Germany

57 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk)

13/05/1988

Melbourne City FC

57 (0)

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Algarve Cup 2017 – Westfield Matildas matches

Group C

Westfield Matildas

China P.R.

Netherlands

Sweden

 

Westfield Matildas v Sweden

1 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, 2 March)

 

Westfield Matildas v Netherlands

3 March 2017

Vila Real Sto Antonio, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 4 March)

 

China P.R. v Westfield Matildas

6 March 2017

Albufeira, Portugal

Kick-Off: 3.00pm local time (2.00am AEDT, 7 March)