Carys Hawkins plays for Wales National Team

Hawkins is beaming after her Wales call-up.

Hawkins flies in for Wales debut

Monday, March 11, 2013

Carys Hawkins is the latest Perth Glory women’s team player to achieve international status after making her debut for Wales at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Hawkins, who has been playing in Sweden after helping Glory to their best ever season recently, came off the bench in a 1-0 win over Mexico on Friday.

“I feel very lucky to have an opportunity like this in front of me,” said Hawkins, who was born in Cardiff but left Wales when she was just four years old.  “I am obviously really excited about the games ahead and how I can fit into the squad.”

Hawkins was an important member of the Glory team, which went within a whisker of reaching the Westfield W-League grand final before a controversial penalty shoot-out defeat to Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium.

After the W-League heartache, the 24-year-old defender joined Swedish club Sunnana SK before being called into the Wales set-up by their Finnish manager Jarmo Matikainen.

Glory women coach Jamie Harnwell was delighted to see another of this season’s players achieve international recognition.

“It’s a huge honour for Carys to be selected for Wales,” Harnwell said. “She is constantly looking to improve and push herself as evidenced by her club move to Sweden.

“It is fantastic to see another Perth player ply their trade at the top level and I wish her a lot of success with Wales.”

Hawkins’ call-up had been assisted by Glory’s England international goalkeeper Carly Telford, who had contacted Wales captain Jess Fishlock to let her know of Hawkins’ Welsh background.

“Jess passed on my details to the coach,” Hawkins said. “He got in contact with me and I was able to send some footage to him and he invited me to the Algarve for this camp.”