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The Westfield Young Matildas today departed for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to compete in the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2011 as they battle it out with five other Asian countries to qualify for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup 2012.

Melbourne Victory striker Caitlin Friend was a late call-up into the squad following an injury to Adelaide United’s Katrina Gorry.

The 23-player squad will play their first match against hosts Vietnam on October 6 at Thong Nhat Stadium.

The tournament, which acts as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 in Uzbekistan, will be played over a 10 day period (October 6-16) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in a round robin style tournament against China, DPR Korea, Korea Republic, Japan and hosts Vietnam.

Meanwhile the Westfield U17 Australian Women’s National Team have also departed today for New Zealand to play three friendly matches in Auckland – see attached for more details.

Westfield Young Matildas squad for AFC U19 Women’s Championship

Teigen AllenSydney FC
Tara AndrewsNewcastle Jets
Mackenzie ArnoldGold Coast
Nicola BolgerSydney FC
Hannah BrewerNewcastle Jets
Ashley BrownMelbourne Victory
Stephanie CatleyMelbourne Victory
Brianna Davey (gk)Melbourne Victory
Casey Dumont (gk)Brisbane Roar
Erika ElzeBrisbane Roar
Caitlin FoordSydney FC
Caitlin FriendMelbourne Victory
Emily GielnikBrisbane Roar
Michaela HatzirodosBrisbane Roar
Kahlia HoggCanberra United
Alexandra HuynhNewcastle Jets
Alanna KennedySydney FC
Linda O’NeillSydney FC
Vedrana PopovicBrisbane Roar
Rebekah StottBrisbane Roar
Marianna TabainPerth Glory
Emily van EgmondCanberra United
Brittany WhitfieldSydney

Head Coach: Jeff Hopkins

Team Manager: Jo Fernandes

Assistant Coach: Nicola Williams

Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Jones

Doctor: Rachel Taylor

Physiotherapist: Katrina Staniforth

Equipment/Video: Jo Adams

Media Officer: Sally Shipard

AFC U19 Women’s Championship

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

6-16 October 2011

6 October v Vietnam, 4pm, Thong Nhat Stadium

8 October v DPR Korea, 4pm, Thanh Long Sports Centre

10 October v Japan, 4pm, Thong Nhat Stadium

13 October v China, 4pm, Thong Nhat Stadium

16 October v Korea Republic, 4pm, Thanh Long Sports Centre