A host of the nation's brightest young things arrived in Canberra today for a four-day camp.
It's the final selection camp for under-17s coach Robbie Hooker, (yes, this is where he is after deciding not to re-apply for the Canberra United job) picks his team to play in ASEAN Cup in October and then hopefully AFC Championships in November.
I went out and watched the girls play a training game against the ACT boys under-15s team at the AIS tonight. Impressive. Neither team scored while I was there but it was fast and furious. More to come from this camp this weekend.
Here is the list of girls who are attending,
Teigan Allen (Sydney), Tara Andrews (Newcastle), Mackenzie Arnold (Brisbane), Nicole Bolger (Sydney), Hannah Brewer (Newcastle), Sharni Brown (Sydney), Ashley Brown (Melbourne), Stephanie Catley (Melbourne), Brianna Davey (Melbourne), Erika Elze (Brisbane), Ashlee Faul (Adelaide), Caitlin Foord (Sydney), Caitlin Friend (Melbourne), Michaela Hatzirodos (Brisbane), Amy Higgins (Brisbane), Kahlia Hogg (Canberra), Courtney Holmwood (Brisbane), Alexandra Huynh (Sydney), Alanna Kennedy (Sydney), Heidi Makrillos (Sydney), Ann Mayo (Sydney), Gemma Pearce (Newcastle), Candace Sciberras (Sydney), Madeline Searl (Newcastle), Rachael Soutar (Sydney), Rebekah Stott (Brisbane), Emily Van Egmond (Canberra), Ruth Wallace (Adelaide), Jessie Wharepouri (Sydney), Brittany Whitfield (Brisbane)
Also to note, if you are keen to hit up Westfield for some xmas shopping, see if you can win yourself a $1000 voucher by coming up with a name for the under-17 girls. The boys you see are the Socceroos, Young Socceroos and the Joeys. The girls Matildas, young Matildas and then hmm, the under-17s. It's not the first time they've tried to find a name, so help them to find one this time.
Football Federation Australia in conjunction with Girlfriend magazine online is also searching for a ‘cool new name’ for the Westfield Women's Under 17’s – and is calling out for suggestions. For the best name suggested, the lucky winner will receive a Westfield Gift Card to the value of $1,000 as well as a personal stylist for the ultimate formal shopping spree at any Westfield centre throughout Australia. For more details see the website www.girlfriend.com.au and follow the links through VIP Clubs.