Roar players in Matildas squad for NZ Tour

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic has named a 24-player squad - including seven Brisbane Roar players - for next week’s internationals against New Zealand and DPR Korea in Auckland.

In what will be the Westfield Matildas’ first matches since the team finished runners up at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May last year, the squad for this upcoming international tri series features Roar players Kim Carroll, Larissa Crummer, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Aivi Luik, Clare Polkinghorne and Hayley Raso.

Seen as an important part of the Westfield Matildas’ preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, Stajcic believes the chance to face a DPR Korea side that is currently ranked 7 th  in the FIFA world rankings as well as the 18 th  ranked Football Ferns will provide a fitting gauge to the progress made in the past month.

“We’ve had three camps and the team has progressed really well on and off the field,” said Stajcic.

“Obviously it will be a big test to jump straight back into international football after that little period, especially DPR Korea who are one of the best teams in the world, but we think we’re tracking well and this will be a good challenge for us.”

“We’ve been working on styles of play and team structures so while the results are important, at the moment we’re more focused on implementing our style of play and what we want to achieve at the World Cup, so this is just the first building block on the way to the World Cup and making sure we’re perfecting it come June.”

The squad will depart from Sydney on Saturday 7 February ahead of its first match against DPR Korea on Tuesday 10 February.

Westfield Matildas Squad for International Tri Series

First Name

Surname

Club

A-International Caps (Goals)

Nicola

BOLGER

Sydney FC

2 (0)

Danielle

BROGAN

Adelaide United

5 (0)

Kim

CARROLL

Brisbane Roar

55 (2)

Stephanie

CATLEY

Melbourne Victory

25 (1)

Alex

CHIDIAC

Adelaide United

-

Hayley

CRAWFORD

Newcastle Jets

9 (2)

Larissa

CRUMMER

Brisbane Roar

-

Brianna

DAVEY (gk)

Melbourne Victory

13 (0)

Lisa

DE VANNA

Melbourne Victory

90 (32)

Casey

DUMONT (gk)

Sydney FC

-

Caitlin

FOORD

Perth Glory

22 (2)

Katrina

GORRY

Brisbane Roar

22 (8)

Amy

HARRISON

Sydney FC

-

Michelle

HEYMAN

Canberra United

25 (8)

Elise

KELLOND-KNIGHT

Brisbane Roar

47 (1)

Alanna

KENNEDY

Perth Glory

20 (0)

Aivi

LUIK

Brisbane Roar

15 (0)

Teresa

POLIAS

Sydney FC

3 (0)

Clare

POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar

73 (3)

Hayley

RASO

Brisbane Roar

7 (1)

Kyah

SIMON

Sydney FC

41 (10)

Ashleigh

SYKES

Canberra United

6 (2)

Servet

UZUNLAR

Sydney FC

39 (2)

Emily

VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets

32 (7)

Women’s International Tri Series  

8-12 February 2015

Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland