Sport

Talented teens join Matildas squad

TOP STRIKE: Australia's Ellie Carpenter celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal in her side's Algarve Cup game with China earlier this year.
TOP STRIKE: Australia's Ellie Carpenter celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal in her side's Algarve Cup game with China earlier this year. NUNO VEIGA

AUSTRALIA'S entire overseas playing contingent, along with a pair of teenagers, have been named in the Matildas squad for this month's Tournament of Nations in the US.

Uncapped teenager Princess Ibini and Rio Olympian and Sydney schoolgirl Ellie Carpenter have made the cut for the four-nation tournament, along with overseas-based guns including Tameka Butt, Emily Gielnik, Caitlin Foord and Katrina Gorry.

Also in the team is Samantha Kerr, who was recently named the NWSL Player of the Week for the second time this season after scoring a hat-trick for her US club Sky Blue FC.

Winger Ibini, 17, is the sister of former Sydney FC speedster Bernie, and has been a past member of the Young Matildas with Carpenter, also 17.

Princess Ibini-Isei has earned her first cap in the Matildas squad.
Princess Ibini-Isei has earned her first cap in the Matildas squad. TRACEY NEARMY

"We've always known she's got a lot of potential but she really stepped up in the games against Canada and America last week, so it's a great sign that she's been able to progress to senior international football,” Stajcic said.

Missing from the squad are Michelle Heyman and Kyah Simon who are both rehabilitating from injury.

The touring Matildas team have been tasked with the job of securing a historic win over the US at the event.

Australia has yet to beat the women's football powerhouse in their previous 26 clashes.

Australia will also meet Japan and arch rivals Brazil, the team which knocked them out of the Olympics last year, at the tournament.

Australian-based players will depart for the US on July 21 with the Westfield Matildas' first match against the US in Seattle on July 28.

Topics:  matildas soccer



Tweed lifeguard in running to be named state's best

Jayden Mandall has been named Lifeguard of the Year for Tweed Shire.

"He has an impeccable work ethic, and is always willing to help out”

Comeback keeps Marlins' title run alive

Kieran Duncan played a crucial role in the Marlins comeback against Nerang, and slotted the equaliser in extra-time to secure a 3-all draw for his side.

"Southport present a different challenge”

FAIR GO: Cities performance report is missing key indicators

For cities to be accurately compared, data sets need to be the same.

Local Partners

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

A POPULAR beauty blogger and model has come under fire for using a racist slur in a recent post.

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

Eddie McGuire at the Million Dollar Lunch annual fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Footy Show axes Craig Hutchison, Sam Newman survives

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

Developers 'pushing the envelope' with subdivisions

Darren Boettcher.

"When I said the block couldn't be subdivided, he just walked out"