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United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:09 pm
United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

Friday, 23 April 2010 by Russ Gibbs, CanberraUnited.com.au

Canberra United trio, Sally Shipard, Thea Slatyer and Lydia Williams have been selected for the Matildas squad to take part in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May.

Shipard, Slayter and Williams are part of Westfield Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni’s 23-player squad who will travel to Chengdu, China, to compete in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2010 from 19-30 May.

The 23 players, selected following intensive camps in Canberra and the Gold Coast and matches against New Zealand and DPR Korea, will gather on the Gold Coast on May 4 to begin final preparations before their May 11 departure to China.

Included in the squad are youngsters Teigen Allen and Sam Kerr who, at 16 and 17 years-old respectively, join Sally Shipard and Ellyse Perry as two of the youngest players ever to appear for the Westfield Matildas at a major international competition.

Experienced goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri will captain the Westfield Matildas in what will be one of the team’s hardest tournaments to date as the Westfield Matildas attempt to reach a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup.

“I’m very happy with the way the girls stepped up to the challenge over the selection period and I’m very proud of those girls who stepped up and pushed for places,” said Westfield Matildas captain Melissa Barbieri.

“We’ve got a very strong squad with a mix of seasoned campaigners and talented young players who have the benefit of having no expectations and no real pressure on them but the self-confidence to know they deserve their place in the squad.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting the girls together and lifting us to the next level and make sure the girls realise the importance of the matches.”

The AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2010 consists of eight teams competing for three places available in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany.

Australia will play host nation heavyweights China, South Korea and Vietnam in Group B with DPR Korea, Japan, Myanmar and Thailand making up Group A.

The top three teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Making the semi-finals, which requires finishing first or second in Group B, is Westfield Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni’s primary target,

"First and foremost, we would like to make it to the last four. If we can make it, we will try our best to make it to the final.

“Winning the (AFC) Asian Cup would be a massive result for this relatively young team.”

Sermanni understands that World Cup qualification through Asia is tough but knows the team he has selected, including the return of overseas stars Kate Gill, Lisa De Vanna, Sarah Walsh and Heather Garriock, can make an impact in the competition.

“The World Cup route through Asia is extremely difficult as four of the top 15 teams in the World come from this zone.

“This will be a tough test but the squad we have assembled continues to surprise me with how well they have gelled and I’m sure they will cause some surprises next month in China.”

Teigen Allen (Sydney FC), Melissa Barbieri (Melbourne Victory (Captain) (GK)), Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar), Collette McCallum (Perth Glory), Kim Carroll (Brisbane Roar), Lauren Colthorpe (Brisbane Roar), Casey Dumont (Brisbane Roar (GK)), Lisa De Vanna (Perth Glory/Washington Freedom (USA)), Heather Garriock (Sydney FC/Fortuna Hjørring (Denmark)), Kate Gill (Perth Glory/LdB Malmö (Sweden)), Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane Roar), Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), Leena Kharmis (Sydney FC), Kylie Ledbrook (Sydney FC), Aivi Luik (Brisbane Roar), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar), Sally Shipard (Canberra United), Thea Slatyer (Canberra United), Kyah Simon (Sydney FC), Karla Reuter (Brisbane Roar), Servet Unzular (Sydney FC), Sarah Walsh (Sydney FC/Boston Breakers (USA)), Lydia Williams (Canberra United (GK))

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Just a pity shippard couldn't get on the park for us this season, anyone know if she'll be fine for next season because it seems as though she's a quality player.

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Re: United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Sun May 02, 2010 6:35 pm
All of Australia's matches during the 2010 Women's Asian Cup will be telecast in full and live* on either ABC1 or ABC2. The games will also be available on the ABC's online catch up TV service, iView.

ABC sports broadcaster, Peter Wilkins, will call the contest between Australia and Korea Republic from China's Chengdu Sports Centre. Providing expert commentary will be former Matilda, Alicia Ferguson.

Hosting ABC TV's coverage of the 2010 Women's Asian Cup from the ABC's Melbourne studios will be former Matilda, Amy Taylor.

The Matildas' third opening round match against China will be broadcast live* on ABC2 on Sunday, May 23rd from 6pm to 8pm.

Telecast dates and times for the knock-out semi-final games will be determined by the opening round results.

The AFC Women's Asian Cup 2010 also serves as a qualifying competition for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup which will be held in Germany. Only the top three Asian teams from the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2010 will progress to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

*Denotes telecast live in QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS

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Re: United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Mon May 31, 2010 3:34 pm
Australia have made the world cup Thumbs Up
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Re: United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Mon May 31, 2010 7:22 pm
they won the asian cup with shippard playing well all tournament

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Re: United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Mon May 31, 2010 8:48 pm
Schimch@capital hill wrote:they won the asian cup with shippard playing well all tournament

Yeh i saw the Semi-Final and they seemed quite strong
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Re: United trio in AFC Asian Cup squad

on Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:13 pm
WOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Aussie!!!! Asian Cup Champs!!!
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