Six Roar Women named in Algarve Cup squad

Six Brisbane Roar Women have been named in a 25-player Westfield Matildas preliminary squad for the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portgual.

Roar Captain Clare Polkinghorne will be joined by goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, Tameka Butt, Emily Gielnik, Katrina Gorry and Hayley Raso in the preliminary squad.

No Westfield W-League club has more players named in the squad than the Roar, capping off what has been a remarkable season for the side.

15 players from Stajcic’s preliminary squad 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.

The nine players scheduled to join the training camp on either Monday or Tuesday are involved with the clubs (Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC) competing in the Westfield W-League’s 2018 Grand Final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Sunday.

“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


2018 Algarve Cup – Westfield Matildas Matches

Westfield Matildas v Norway
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local) (4.30am, Thursday, 1 March 2018 QLD time)

Portugal v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Venue: Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal
Kick-off: 3pm (local) (1am, Saturday, 3 March 2018 QLD time)

Westfield Matildas v China PR
Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 7pm (local) (5am, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 QLD time)