Westfield Matildas’ name Roar stars for Football Ferns matches

Westfield Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic announced a 20-player squad which features four Brisbane Roar FC W-League players, for the upcoming international matches against New Zealand in early June. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, Tameka Butt, Katrina Gorry and Brisbane Roar FC W-League captain Clare Polkinghorne have all been named.

Westfield Matildas' co-captain Polkinghorne is excited about the upcoming games against the New Zealand Football Ferns in Ballarat (4 June) and in Melbourne (7 June) ahead of the Rio games.

"We have a strong rivalry with the Kiwi's and these matches will no doubt be extremely competitive," said Polkinghorne.

"It is always special to play on home soil and give fans in Australia the opportunity to witness football at the highest level." 

Clare Polkinghorne

Head coach Stajcic knows the two matches against the Football Ferns, will be invaluable for the teams Rio preparation.  

“Being the only two matches we play before we head over to Brazil, these two hit outs against New Zealand are extremely important. We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a world class opponent on our door step and we’re thankful they are coming over for the two matches.” said Stajcic.

The Westfield Matildas will feature in a double header with the Socceroos in Melbourne.

Polkinghorne agreed with Stajcic, with the opening match of the Rio Games against Canada on 3rd August fast approaching.

"These matches are the final ones before we head to Rio, it will definitely give us a chance as a team to work on the structures we've been practising on the training ground," Polkinghorne said.

The Westfield Matildas starting XI sing the national anthem ahead of kick-off against China.

Westfield Matildas squad for international matches against New Zealand

Name

Date of Birth

Position

A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen

12/02/1994

Defender

37 (0)

Laura Alleway

28/11/1989

Defender

43 (2)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)

25/02/1994

Goalkeeper

9 (0)

Tameka Butt

16/06/1991

Midfielder

54 (7)

Ellie Carpenter

28/04/2000

Defender

2 (0)

Stephanie Catley

26/01/1994

Defender

47 (2)

Caitlin Cooper

12/02/1988

Defender

5 (1)

Larissa Crummer

10/01/1996

Forward

9 (1)

Lisa De Vanna

14/11/1984

Forward

110 (38)

Casey Dumont (gk)

25/01/1992

Goalkeeper

1 (0)

Caitlin Foord

11/11/1994

Midfielder

43 (5)

Katrina Gorry

13/08/1992

Midfielder

42 (13)

Michelle Heyman

4/07/1988

Forward

46 (18)

Elise Kellond-Knight

10/08/1990

Midfielder

69 (1)

Alanna Kennedy

21/01/1995

Defender

41 (1)

Chloe Logarzo

22/12/1994

Midfielder

6 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne

1/02/1989

Defender

85 (6)

Kyah Simon

25/06/1991

Forward

63 (19)

Emily van Egmond

12/07/1993

Midfielder

52 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk)

13/05/1988

Goalkeeper

52 (0)

Match Details

Westfield Matildas v New Zealand

Saturday 4 June 2016

Morshead Park Stadium, Ballarat

Kick-Off: 3:00pm AEST

LIVE on FOX SPORTS and ABC TV

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Westfield Matildas v New Zealand

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 5:00pm AEST

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Both matches will be LIVE on FOX SPORTS and ABC TV