Soc­cer Thai­land test

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

HAMIL­TON Hill’s Is­abella Wall­head, Coogee’s Hana Lowry and goal­keeper Mi­randa Tem­ple­man, of Brent­wood, are in Thai­land this week help­ing Aus­tralia at­tempt to qual­ify for next year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

The trio of teenagers, along with fel­low West Aus­tralians Ta­nee­sha Baker and Ti­jan McKenna, are play­ing for Aus­tralia at the 2019 AFC U16 Women’s Cham­pi­onship.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of head coach Rae Dower, the Ju­nior Matil­das fought a 00 draw with Ja­pan on Sun­day and were due to play the host coun­try yes­ter­day.

Their fi­nal Group A match is against Bangladesh on Satur­day.

The top two teams from each group will ad­vance to the semi-fi­nals. Should Aus­tralia reach the fi­nal of the cham­pi­onship, they will qual­ify as one of Asia’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives for next year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, which will be hosted by In­dia.

Foot­ball West head of devel­op­ment Jamie Harn­well said it was great to see five West Aus­tralian girls earn na­tional se­lec­tion.

Ta­nee­sha Baker, Mi­randa Tem­ple­man, Hana Lowry, Is­abella Wall­head and Ti­jan McKenna.

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