Six Sky Blues In Matildas Squad

ISix of Sydney FC's Westfield W-League Champions have been selected by new Westfield Matildas Head coach Ante Milicic in a 23-player squad to represent Australia at the inaugural Cup of Nations to be held in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Sky Blues' Captain Teresa Polias earns selected and is in line to make her first national team appearance since 2015, while Princess Ibini, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Chloe Logarzo and Alanna Kennedy are also set to don the Green & Gold. 

Milicic, with the input of the Westfield Matildas’ coaching staff, has selected a squad flush with players that lit up this season’s Westfield W-League, as well as two players that are currently based in Spain – midfielders Alex Chidiac and Aivi Luik.

Milicic, who named the squad in Brisbane where the team will convene for their pre-Cup of Nations training camp on Saturday, said that he’s excited to start working with the group this weekend.

“I am looking forward to all the players and staff arriving in camp and getting to work,” Milicic said. “We will have four great days of training in Brisbane before traveling to Sydney to play New Zealand in the first match of the tournament.”

“It is important that we make the most of the next two weeks that we have together both on and off the pitch. With matches and travel in quick succession throughout the Cup of Nations, this tournament will replicate some of the demands that we will experience at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which will be a good test for everyone involved.”

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Princess Ibini is set to add to her Westfield Matildas' caps following a breakout 2018/19 season.

While injury has ruled some Westfield Matildas out of Milicic’s first squad, the new Australian women’s national team boss has provided opportunities to some players that have been out of the national team set up recently.

The six-match 2019 Cup of Nations will kick-off at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah on Thursday, 28 February with Argentina playing Korea Republic followed by the Westfield Matildas against New Zealand.

Three days later the Cup of Nations will shift to Brisbane as Argentina and New Zealand go head to head at Suncorp Stadium, before the Westfield Matildas take on Korea Republic in their second match of the tournament. This will mark the first fixture played by the Westfield Matildas in Brisbane since 2014.

Melbourne’s AAMI Park will play host to the third and final match day of the Cup of Nations on Wednesday, 6 March where Korea Republic will take on New Zealand, and Australia will meet Argentina in the last game of the competition.
 

Westfield Matildas 23-Player Squad | 2019 Cup of Nations

Teigen ALLEN - Melbourne Victory FC, Australia - 39 (0) 

Laura ALLEWAY - Melbourne Victory FC, Australia - 57 (2) 

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk) - Brisbane Roar FC, Australia - 22 (0) 

Tameka BUTT - Melbourne City FC, Australia - 74 (10) 

Eliza CAMPBELL (Gk) - Perth Glory FC, Australia - 2 (0) 

Ellie CARPENTER - Canberra United, Australia - 28 (1) 

Steph CATLEY - Melbourne City FC, Australia - 69 (2) 

Alex CHIDIAC - Atletico Madrid, Spain - 14 (1) 

Lisa DE VANNA - Sydney FC, Australia - 143 (45) 

Caitlin FOORD - Sydney FC, Australia - 67 (14) 

Emily GIELNIK - Melbourne Victory FC, Australia - 24 (5) 

Princess IBINI - Sydney FC, Australia - 5 (0) 

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT - Melbourne City FC, Australia - 102 (1) 

Alanna KENNEDY - Sydney FC, Australia - 74 (6) 

Samantha KERR - Perth Glory FC, Australia - 72 (27) 

Chloe LOGARZO - Sydney FC, Australia - 37 (6) 

Aivi LUIK - Levante UD, Spain - 19 (0) 

Teresa POLIAS - Sydney FC, Australia - 10 (0) 

Clare POLKINGHORNE - Brisbane Roar FC, Australia - 112 (9) 

Hayley RASO - Brisbane Roar FC, Australia - 30 (2) 

Gema SIMON - Newcastle Jets FC, Australia - 8 (0) 

Emily VAN EGMOND - Newcastle Jets FC, Australia - 82 (18) 

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk) - Melbourne City FC, Australia - 74 (0) 
 

2019 Cup of Nations – Match Schedule

Matchday One

Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019

Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah (Sydney), New South Wales

Match One: Argentina v Korea Republic – 4.35pm kick-off (AEDT) – Live on FOX SPORTS

Match Two: Westfield Matildas v New Zealand – 7.30pm kick-off (AEDT)

Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS & SBS VICELAND* (please check local guides)

Matchday Two

Date: Sunday, 3 March 2019

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Match One: Argentina v New Zealand – 3.05pm kick-off (AEST); 4.05pm (AEDT)

Match Two: Westfield Matildas v Korea Republic – 6.00pm kick-off (AEST); 7.00pm (AEDT)

Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS, delayed on SBS* (please check local guides)

Matchday Three

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Match One: Korea Republic v New Zealand – 3.05pm kick-off (AEDT)

Match Two: Westfield Matildas v Argentina – 6.00pm kick-off (AEDT)

Tickets: https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets

Broadcast: LIVE on FOX SPORTS & SBS VICELAND* (please check local guides)

*Westfield Matildas fixtures only