The Matildas squad for the Cup of Nations (CoN) is set to be released on Thursday.
The 23-year-old has been an assured presence in the Sydney defence for the past six seasons but after the recent season which brought home a Championship, two teammates have said she deserves Matildas selection. Sky Blues captain Teresa Polias and Matilda Alanna Kennedy have both backed Ralston to receive a call-up.
Ralston has been part of Sydney since 2012 and has been part of every finals series plus four grand finals, two of which they have won. She's formed a partnership in the middle of defence with Kennedy and was part of a backline which conceded just 19 goals. Although it won't be easy dispatching the likes of Clare Polkinghorne from the starting centre back role, she could slip into the role off the bench or if an injury occurs (knock on wood though).
The dual code star has had an outstanding season with Brisbane Roar. It's hard to deny the impact she has had alongside captain Polkinghorne in the centre of defence. Originally meant to be in Queensland for just half-season so she could go back to Adelaide for AFLW pre-season with the Crows, however, plans quickly changed.
Described as a no-nonsense defender, McCormick along with Ralston would add a bit of steel to the defence. It's hard to describe just how important the 24-year-old has been to the Roar in the recent season but one particular statistic stands out. McCormick has a passing success rate of 82.9 percent, it's one of the best in the league. There have been calls from around the league for McCormick to be selected but with a new coach, could selection be up in the air because she plays AFLW? It would be a shame if this is a factor in non-selection.
It's pretty hard to turn a blind eye to the season Willacy had with Adelaide United so that is why she is the second goalkeeper in this list. She may only be 159cm tall, and a whole 16cm shorter than current number one Lydia Williams, but it's not something that is noticeable during a game. In her first season as the first choice keeper she proved how valuable she was to the team, conceding just 19 goals and made a total of 51 saves.
The 23-year-old has been the been the reserve goalkeeper to former Matildas Melissa Barbieri and Eliza Campbell while at the Reds. She was previously told by a former Adelaide W-League coach that despite being the best keeper in the state, she was too short. However, height doesn't matter if you have the talent. However, it's pretty hard to break into the Matildas goalkeeping ranks with the likes of Campbell and Casey Dumont already having experience as the number three choice.
Although, all Willacy wants is a chance, telling The Women's Game in November 2018 that: "Even to just get to a camp would be a great opportunity to show I'm good enough".