Canberra star Karly Roestbakken has been named in the Westfield Matildas’ squad for their upcoming home and away games against Vietnam next month, taking one further step to the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Westfield Matildas head coach Ante Milicic has selected the same 20-player squad that topped Group B of Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualification for Australia’s next matches on the 6 and 11 March.
Milicic said consistency was key for Australia’s matches at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle and at the Cẩm Phả Stadium in Quảng Ninh Province.
“The players that we had in camp in Sydney did a great job to help us advance to the next phase of Olympic qualification,” Milicic said.
“We were in camp for over three weeks, which enabled us to get some great work in both on and off the pitch.
“I look forward to working with these players again in Newcastle and Vietnam as we seek to seal Australia a second football team in Tokyo.”
Roestbakken helped Australia advance to the final stage of their road to the Tokyo Olympic Games, playing full 90-minute matches against Chinese Taipei and Thailand, which included her first International assist.
The squad will convene in the Hunter in early March for a short preparation ahead of their home tie against Vietnam on Friday, 6 March.
Tickets for Australia’s home match against Vietnam in Newcastle are on sale to the general public here.
Westfield Matildas’ 20-Player Squad |
Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), Ellie CARPENTER, Steph CATLEY, Caitlin FOORD, Emily GIELNIK, Katrina GORRY, Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, Alanna KENNEDY, Sam KERR (C), Chloe LOGARZO, Aivi LUIK, Jenna MCCORMICK, Teagan MICAH (GK), Clare POLKINGHORNE, Hayley RASO, Karly ROESTBAKKEN, Kyah SIMON, Emily VAN EGMOND, Lydia WILLIAMS (GK), Tameka YALLOP
Match Schedule – Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off
Australia v Vietnam (Home Leg)
Date: Friday, 6 March 2020
Kick-off: 8.00pm AEDT
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, ABC TV and the My Football Live App
Vietnam v Australia (Away Leg)
Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Kick-off: 6.00pm local; 10pm AEDT
Venue: Cẩm Phả Stadium, Cẩm Phả, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam