26 Australian-based players presented with opportunity to impress at second Women’s Talent ID Camp

Melissa Andreatta has named an extended 26-player domestic-based squad for the second Women’s Talent Identification Camp to be held in Sydney from 4 – 7 May 2021.

With the Matildas earlier this month drawn in Group G of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Women’s Football Tournament, the attention has shifted to focused preparations for the tournament.

The second Women’s Talent Identification Camp assists in that process as Tony Gustavsson and Melissa Andreatta work towards selecting the final 18 player squad for Tokyo.

“Last November we expressed a commitment to craft more opportunities for Australian-based players to demonstrate their ability to enhance the national team and I am delighted that we are able to deliver on this commitment,” Andreatta said.

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“Many of the selected players were in contention to be a part of the April FIFA window before the health and safety protocols enforced deemed them ineligible. It has been fantastic to see how they have responded to the disappointment and highlights the character in the group.”

This Women’s Talent ID Camp is part of raft of initiatives Football Australia have put into effect to create high performance environments to allow for excellence to shine.”

The 26 players selected have been invited on the back of strong performances in the November 2020 camp, eye‑catching appearances in the W-League and through the enhanced scouting network – across all age groups – of the women’s national team program.

W-League Champions, Melbourne Victory, and W-League Premiers, Sydney FC, are strongly represented with ten (10) players from the two silverware winning sides.

“From a coaching perspective we need to concentrate on finding players that can step up to the international standard,” Andreatta said. “On finding those players that can help assist the team in showing that attacking, entertaining, hard defending style of football that we want as our identity, and that we know helps us to win games.”

This Talent ID camp will be an excellent opportunity for the invited players to embrace this challenge and show us they can play at a really good tempo, at speed, with match intelligence, a good presence and a hard approach to the game. I’m excited to see what they can do.”

The camp will be conducted under strict protocols as established by Football Australia.


26-Player Training Squad | May 2021 | Women’s Talent ID Camp | Sydney, Australia

Name

2020/21 W-League Club/2021 NPLW Club

Position

Caps (goals)

Tara ANDREWS

Newcastle Jets/Manly United

Forward

2 (0)

Melina AYRES

Melbourne Victory/South Melbourne

Forward

Melindaj BARBIERI

Melbourne Victory/Calder United

Midfielder

Angela BEARD

Melbourne Victory

Defender

Alex CHIDIAC

Melbourne City

Midfielder

17 (1)

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United

Midfielder

1 (0)

Kyra COONEY-CROSS

Melbourne Victory

Midfielder

Caitlin COOPER

Western Sydney Wanderers/Illawarra Stingrays

Defender

10 (2)

Isobel DALTON

Brisbane Roar

Midfielder

Lisa DE VANNA

Melbourne Victory

Forward

150 (47)

Polly DORAN

Melbourne Victory

Midfielder

Nickoletta FLANNERY

Canberra United/APIA Leichhardt

Forward

Winonah HEATLEY

Brisbane Roar/Northern Tigers

Defender

Laura HUGHES

Canberra United

Midfielder

Sally JAMES

Canberra United

Goalkeeper

Rachel LOWE

Sydney FC

Forward

1 (0)

Jenna MCCORMICK

Melbourne City

Defender

4 (0)

Matilda MCNAMARA

Adelaide United/Sydney Olympic

Defender

Jessika NASH

Canberra United

Defender

Courtney NEVIN

Western Sydney Wanderers/Blacktown Spartans

Defender

Jamilla RANKIN

Brisbane Roar

Defender

Remy SIEMSEN

Sydney FC/Manly United

Forward

Clare WHEELER

Sydney FC/Sydney University

Midfielder

Jada WHYMAN

Sydney FC

Goalkeeper

Sarah WILLACY

Western Sydney Wanderers

Goalkeeper

Georgia YEOMAN-DALE

Western Sydney Wanderers/APIA Leichhardt

Defender

5 (0)

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