Newcastle players gain national selection
Three Newcastle Jets players have been selected in the Westfield Matildas Squad for an one-off international against Korea Republic.
Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic today named a 20-player squad for the match, with the list including Newcastle's Tara Andrews, Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Chloe Logarzo.
The match wil be played on Sunday, November 29 in Incheon and is the squad’s final official hit out before February’s all-important Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan.
It will offer selectors a valuable opportunity to assess both up-and-coming Matildas as well as those more experienced wearing the green and gold, with the squad featuring six players with less than 10 Westfield Matildas appearances, as well as six that have played more than 50 ‘A’ internationals.
German-based duo Emily van Egmond and Elise Kellond-Knight, who has been shortlisted for the 2015 AFC Women’s Player of the Year, will join up with the squad in Incheon.
Perth Glory forward Samantha Kerr will be missing from the team after suffering a foot injury in the Westfield W-League last weekend.
But Kerr’s absence opened up a spot for 20-year-old midfielder Chloe Logarzo, who has been rewarded for her impressive form for the Newcastle Jets in the Westfield W-League this season.
“Our recent trip to China for matches against England and China showed we have a lot of work to do before February and we need to make the most of this chance to get the squad together and play against a nation that will also be fighting it out for one of the two Olympic spots,” Stajcic said.
"A number of the girls have been doing well in the W-League this season but it all goes up to another level when you play internationals so this trip will give us an indication of how we are tracking with our preparations and also find out which players really want to push their claims to be part of the Olympic qualifiers.
“We need to keep building and developing more depth in the squad to make sure we’ve got healthy competition for places which in turn will push players to keep getting better and not rest on their laurels.”
The Australian based players will depart for Incheon tomorrow and return home on December 1.
Westfield Matildas squad – Korea Republic Trip
Korea Republic v Westfield Matildas
Sunday, November 29
Incheon Stadium, Incheon
Kick-Off: 2:15pm local time (4:15pm AEDT)
Squad: Laura Alleway (Melbourne City FC), Tara Andrews (Newcastle Jets), Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Stephanie Catley (Melbourne City FC), Larissa Crummer (Melbourne City FC), Lisa De Vanna (Melbourne City FC), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar), Amy Harrison (Sydney FC), Michelle Heyman (Canberra United), Elise Kellond-Knight (Potsdam FC - Germany), Alanna Kennedy (Sydney FC), Chloe Logarzo (Newcastle Jets), Caitlin Munoz (Canberra United), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Kyah Simon (Sydney FC), Emily van Egmond (FFC Frankfurt - Germany), Lydia Williams (Canberra United), Georgia Yeoman-Dale (Newcastle Jets).