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Matildas take on NZ for training
« on: February 02, 2007, 09:59:39 AM »
 AUSTRALIA women's football team, the Matildas, will commence their World Cup year with a two-match series of international training matches against New Zealand in Canberra next week.

Coach Tom Sermanni will have an expanded squad of 27 players during a seven-day camp as the team prepares for the commencement of its Olympic qualifying campaign later this month and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China in September.

Four uncapped players will feature in the squad, namely Ellen Beaumont (Brisbane), Louisa Bisbi (Melbourne), Jenna Tristram (Newcastle) and Lisa Hartley (Wollongong).

Absentees from last year’s successful World Cup qualifying campaign include injured midfield player Sally Shipard and striker Lisa De Vanna, who is currently playing in England.

"The camp and the matches will mark the start of a massive year for the team with Olympic qualifiers, and of course the Women’s World Cup over the course of the coming eight months," said coch Tom Sermanni.

"Competition for places amongst the team will be undoubtedly be intense and the selection process will start from day one of this camp."

Australia will meet New Zealand on Sunday 4 February and Tuesday 6 February (both 4.30pm) at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The team will commence its Olympic qualifying campaign on February 21 in Chinese Taipei having been drawn in Group C of the first stage of qualifying alongside Chinese Taipei, Myanmar and Uzbekistan.

Should the Matildas finish top two in the group they will progress to the final stage of qualifying and another four team group where DPR Korea await as a seeded team.

The final stage of qualifying will be held between April and August with only the top team to progress to the 2008 Olympic Games.

The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup is scheduled for September 10-30 in China.



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Re: Matildas take on NZ for training
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 08:50:46 AM »
If New Zealand women's soccer coach Allan Jones had any romantic illusions about his side's World Cup chances before Sunday night's international friendly against Australia, he certainly doesn't now.

Australia scored three unanswered goals in each half to leave Jones contemplating a sobering 6-0 loss on debut at the helm of the national team at Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

"We were technically and physically outplayed right across the park, end of story," Jones said after the opening game of the two-match series.

Kickoff was delayed 30 minutes by excessive heat as the temperature nudged upwards of 35 degrees.

"Tactically they worked extremely hard ... but Australia are a very good side, they just brushed us aside and played."

Only central back Abby Erceg, fellow-teenager and right back Ria Percival and striker Nicky Smith where spared Jones' post-match tongue lashing.

The Matildas hardly missed a beat despite making 10 second-half substitutions - including four changes at halftime.

New Zealand created three reasonable chances but were lucky not to be embarrassed further with Australia hitting the crossbar three times and having a goal disallowed for offside.

It was sobering stuff ahead of the April 9-13 Oceania qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea where New Zealand are favoured to secure the confederation's spot at September's women's World Cup in China.

"What I wanted was a clear indication of where we stand internationally because I didn't know what we really had. It's crystal clear now," Jones said ahead of the final match of the series on Tuesday, also in Canberra.

"It will be very interesting how much character there is in this side and whether they can pick themselves up."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/NZ-suffer-humbling-loss-to-Matildas/2007/02/05/1170523986835.html