As many as nine aspiring young NSW promising female stars in Ella Abdul Massih, Alexia Apostolakis, Tegan Bertolissio, India Breier, Tahlia Franco, Anabelle Ghabach, Avaani Prakash, Mary Stancic-Floody and Peta Trimis have all been selected to represent the Junior Matildas at an upcoming training camp in South Australia under Head coach Rae Dower.
The second Training Camp of 2022, with players from across the nation, including WA based players for the first time in two years, have been called in as the national team selectors continue to cast their eye across the next generation of Australian footballers.
Running from 20 – 26 April, the training camp sees the selection of 2005 and 2006 born players with a mix of new and returning players into the U17 environment.
“On the back of a successful camp for 2005 born players recently in Canberra, the upcoming camp in Adelaide gives the staff and I an opportunity to see another 30 players from the playing cohort,” said Dower.
“The message will be consistent as it was for the last camp, to come and soak up as much as they can and take as much as possible away from the experience. They will be encouraged to train and play with freedom and bring their individuality and creativity to the camp, and to enjoy the experience.
“The players will get an opportunity to see where their own game is at, take some feedback away to their training environments, put that into practice daily and work hard to improve themselves, on and off the pitch. Every day is an opportunity to be better than we were yesterday, and that process never ends.”
The Training Camp will culminate in a ‘Green v Gold’ public match at 3 pm (ACST) between the players on ANZAC Day, which will officially open the new Football South Australia State Centre for Football at Gepp’s Crossing.
The match will be live-streamed around the country and provide another coach education opportunity around Talent Identification with Dower, the headliner in a Talent Identification Workshop.
“There are so many exciting players in this cohort already, some of the best players I have seen at their age, bar none. It’s our responsibility now to nurture that talent and provide them with the opportunities to continue to grow and develop, on and off the pitch.
“We’ll also be providing some professional development opportunities for the Football South Australia staff who are doing some really great work with these young players, with Adelaide United reaping the rewards in the Liberty A-League Women’s this year by making the finals for the first time.
“We want to continue to send a message to all players that we are looking to unearth talented players who we think can go on and become professionals and Matilda’s of the future. That’s where our gaze is; it’s on the future.”
COMMBANK JUNIOR MATILDAS SQUAD | APRIL 2022 | TRAINING CAMP
|Name||Position||Club / MF|
|Isabella ACCARDO||Defender||Football Victoria NTC / Football Victoria|
|Ella ABDUL MASSIH||Defender||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Alexia APOSTOLAKIS||Defender||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Lily BARBER||Midfielder||SA NTC / Football South Australia|
|Margaret BARRETT||Forward||Football Queensland-QAS / Football Queensland|
|Tegan BERTOLISSIO||Defender||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Zara BOARD||Goalkeeper||Subiaco AFC / Football West|
|India BREIER||Forward||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Ava BRIEDIS||Midfielder||Football Victoria NTC / Football Victoria|
|Daisy BROWN||Forward||Football Queensland-QAS / Football Queensland|
|Mila BULIC||Defender||Football Victoria NTC / Football Victoria|
|Georgia CASSIDY||Midfielder||Hyundai NTC / Football West|
|Layne CHAPMAN||Goalkeeper||Brothers Townsville FC / Football Queensland|
|Sasha COOREY||Midfielder||SA NTC / Football South Australia|
|Jonti FISHER||Forward||Football Queensland-QAS / Football Queensland|
|Tahlia FRANCO||Goalkeeper||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Charlie GIBSON||Defender||Football Queensland-QAS / Football Queensland|
|Anabelle GHABACH||Midfielder||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Lara GOOCH||Midfielder||Newcastle Jets / Northern NSW Football|
|Zoe KARIPIDIS||Defender||Newcastle Jets / Northern NSW Football|
|Amali KINSELLA||Defender||Football Queensland-QAS / Football Queensland|
|Zara KRUGER||Midfielder||Lions FC / Football Queensland|
|Camila MADRIZ FIGUEROA||Forward||SA NTC / Football South Australia|
|Maia MARINKOVIC||Forward||Football Victoria NTC / Football Victoria|
|Avaani PRAKASH||Midfielder||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Mary STANIC-FLOODY||Midfielder||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Peta TRIMIS||Forward||Football NSW Institute / Football NSW|
|Chloe WALANDOUW||Defender||Newcastle Jets / Northern NSW Football|
|Hayley WELLINGTON||Defender||SA NTC / Football South Australia|
|Grace WILSON||Goalkeeper||SA NTC / Football South Australia|