Roar quartet named in Westfield Matildas squad

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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Date of Birth


A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen


Melbourne City FC

39 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)


Brisbane Roar FC

11 (0)

Ellie Carpenter


Western Sydney Wanderers FC

5 (0)

Steph Catley


Melbourne City FC

53 (2)

Emma Checker


Canberra United

3 (0)

Alex Chidiac


Adelaide United

1 (0)

Lisa De Vanna


Canberra United

117 (40)

Caitlin Foord


Sydney FC

50 (8)

Emily Gielnik


Brisbane Roar FC

9 (1)

Katrina Gorry


Brisbane Roar FC

49 (13)

Amy Harrison


Sydney FC

3 (0)

Elise Kellond-Knight*


FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

76 (1)

Alanna Kennedy


Sydney FC

48 (2)

Sam Kerr


Perth Glory

46 (8)

Chloe Logarzo


Newcastle Jets

12 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne


Brisbane Roar FC

92 (7)

Hayley Raso


Canberra United

14 (1)

Gema Simon


Newcastle Jets

5 (0)

Kyah Simon


Sydney FC

70 (20)

Emily van Egmond*


VfL Wolfsburg, Germany

57 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk)


Melbourne City FC

57 (0)

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Algarve Cup 2017 – Westfield Matildas matches

Group C

Westfield Matildas

China P.R.




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)