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New year, new names as the Matildas head into a new cycle

A new cycle begins for the Matildas and, with a view to building squad depth for the 2019 World Cup, Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic has called up a 25 player squad for 2017.

The squad includes three uncapped teenagers who impressed during the 2016/17 W-League season; Canberra United midfielder and Young Matildas captain Grace Maher, 15 year old Melbourne City FC midfielder Jacynta Galabadaarachchi and Western Sydney Wanderers FC goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

The Junior and Young Matildas players are joined by their national teammates and senior capped players Alex Chidiac and Ellie Carpenter.

“We are now heading into a new four year cycle. The last cycle ended after the Rio Olympics so this is the beginning of a new cycle up until after the Tokyo Games, so we’re looking at what kind of team we can take to qualify for the major tournaments, starting with the Asian Cup next year,” said Stajcic.

“It’s about having a squad that can peak in these tournaments.”

The training squad also sees the return of several previously capped Matildas including Canberra United’s Hayley Raso and defenders Teigen Allen and Gema Simon.

“For the majority it is about what they showed in the W-League but others have done well at Young Matildas camps and in the Under 17 national team, so it could have been on any major arena that we watched them play on,” said Stajcic.

“They’re players we think have the potential to be really good international footballers.

“The biggest objective of this camp and one of the major factors in the squad we’ve selected is building the depth of the team and increasing the competition within the team and giving more players the experience of being in a Matildas camp and playing senior international football.”

Meanwhile defenders Emma Checker and Amy Harrison re-join the camp after returning to the W-League this season after lengthy recoveries for ACL injuries.  A couple of noticeable absentees from the squad are World Cup and Olympics representatives Laura Alleway, Larissa Crummer and Tameka Butt as well as W-League Golden Boot winner Ashleigh Sykes. The absentees are due to a mixture of injury, form and reluctance to return to the national team set up.

The camp at the AIS will be followed by a second training camp in Sydney’s west from 20-22 February ahead of the Matildas’ participation in the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

The squad of 25 players will be reduced at the end of the training camps to a squad of 18 – 20 players who will be joined by Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Former Matilda Heather Garriock will join current Assistant Coach Gary van Egmond in an assistant role to Stajcic for the two training camps and the Algarve Cup.

Garriock is the first of a number of aspiring female coaches that will be given the opportunity to be part of the Matildas’ coaching staff on a rotational basis.

“Heather is one of the coaches but we’ll also have Mel Andreatta and Leah Blayney to start off the process of engaging more females in our national team environment,” said Stajcic.

“It’s a process of upskilling these high quality people with more experience at the highest level working with the top players in the country.”

The Matildas will participate in the Algarve Cup from 1 – 8 March 2017 taking on Sweden, Netherlands and China.

Matildas squad for AIS training camp 15-17 February


Date of Birth


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)

Caitlin Cooper 12/02/1988 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

7 (1)

Lisa De Vanna 14/11/1984 Canberra United

117 (40)

Casey Dumont (gk) 25/01/1992 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

3 (0)

Caitlin Foord 11/11/1994 Sydney FC

50 (8)

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi 6/06/2001 Melbourne City FC

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)

Michelle Heyman 4/07/1988 Canberra United

53 (20)

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)

Grace Maher 18/04/1999 Canberra United

Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (gk) 24/10/1999 Western Sydney Wanderers FC

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)

Lydia Williams (gk) 13/05/1988 Melbourne City FC

57 (0)



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  • Mark Draxler

    Shame they didnt play her the the Grand Final. I wonder what that was about????