Redbacks quartet chase Matildas dream
A QUARTET of rising under-15s players from leading women’s soccer club Northern Redbacks in Balga are vying to impress Matildas selectors at the Girls National Youth Championships.
Padbury resident Eve Moorecroft, Yanka Stobbe of Darch, Ruby Cohen of North Beach and Jennifer McGlynn of Jindalee are representing WA at the championships held in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales from July 16 to 20.
Teammate Kaitlyn Bellanca, of Pearsall, trained and played with the squad in case of an injury.
The players are the only state representatives from a club outside of the National Training Centre club, which is the elite development pathway for girls in WA.
Moorecroft said the girls have been playing and training with both Redbacks and NTC on weekends.
“We are in the B group this year but I think we have a chance because we have been putting a lot of effort in training,” she said.
“Since we have come in, we have seen improvement in ourselves and it shows when we are playing in our games on Sunday with our normal team.”
WA and NTC coach Darren Young said while the team aimed to finish first after coming second last year, the championships were more about giving opportunities to get recruited for national camps and teams.
Redbacks juniors coach Neil Bennett said it was a special feeling for the club to be able to produce players who could represent WA.
Jennifer McGlynn, Ruby Cohen, Yanka Stobbe, Eve Moorecroft and Kaitlyn Bellanca.