Girls ready to shine on national stage

WA State U15 Girls. Photo: Vince Caratozzolo/

 Saturday, July 02, 2016

WA’s State girls’ teams have arrived in Coffs Harbour in preparation for the National Youth Championships, which kick-off on Monday.

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Girls in the U13 and U15 teams have had solid preparation in the lead up to the tournament, which involves the best female players from around the country.

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Football West Technical Director Cris Ola expected both teams to perform well at the National Youth Championships, which concludes on Friday.

“We are continuing to produce a number of very promising young players at a time when women’s football is growing around the country,” Ola said.

“The U13 and U15 girls have trained very well and they are all extremely enthusiastic about measuring themselves against the other states.

“The upcoming Rio Olympics, which will feature the Australian national women’s team, will give our young players further motivation to continue to strive to reach their potential.

“The success of the Matildas in recent years is definitely inspiring more girls to take up the sport.”

WA State U13 girls team. Photo: Vince Caratozzolo/

WA’s U13 team is coached by Faye Chambers, assisted by Gavin Sit and managed by former former Matildas’ midfielder Collette McCallum.

The U15 side is coached by Darren Young with Jessine Bonzas assisting and Perth Glory striker Katie Schubert managing the team.

The U13 team is in Group B with representative teams from ACT, Northern Territory, NSW Country and Tasmania.

WA’s U15 team will take on ACT, NSW Country, NSW Metropolitan, Northern NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria in a tough schedule of two matches per day.


U13: Issabella Morrell; Sarah Mitchell; Ruby Walsh; Tiahna Atkins; Tara McNamee; Grace Mitchell; Lilia Castillo; Taneesha Baker; Jayna Ridley; Caitlin Scott; Matilda Boyle; Daisy McAllister; Hana Lowry; Tijan McKenna; Ella Lincoln; Miranda Templeman. Coach: Faye Chambers. Assistant: Gavin Sit. Manager: Collette McCallum.

U15: Tylah Nation; Stefanie Grdjan; Ashleigh Santich; Leanne Brady; Ashling Devitt; Emma McMurdo; Eden-Lee Schaffer; Thalia Organ; Yasmin Furse; Annabelle Leek; Leticia McKenna; Isabella Wallhead; Tia Bergin; Bianca Webb; Abbey Green; Jade Inkster. Coach: Darren Young. Assistant: Jessine Bonzas. Manager: Katie Schubert.

Physiotherapist: Wei Shan Winnie Tan.

Technical director: Cris Ola.