So by now the Westfield Women’s under 16 squad will have touched down to Myanmar, to start preparing for the AFF U16 Women's Championship 2009 in Yangon. It's a warm-up tournament for when the girls have to head over in November to play in the one that counts, the 2009 AFC under-16 cup - which is also a qualifier for the next under-17 Women's World Cup.
Former Canberra United coach Robbie Hooker is the national coach this year and believes this group of girls have what it takes. Remember the under-19 women bowed out in controversial circumstances a few months ago with only goal difference keeping them out, so its important that Australia's women start qualifying for tournaments through Asia - which they haven't done yet.
But according to the press release anyway, Hooker believes this group is capable of making that FIFA world stage.
“This group of young players are some of the most technically gifted that Australia has produced and have the ability to take women’s football to another level,” finished Hooker.
Squad below, note a few Westfield W-League players will be missing due to their selection in this team.
Australian Westfield Women’s Squad
AFF U16 Women’s Championships 2009
Teigen Allen (Sydney FC), Tara Andrews (Newcastle Jets), Nicola Bolger (Sydney FC), Hannah Brewer (Newcastle Jets), Sharni Brown (North West Sydney Koalas), Stephanie Catley (Melbourne Victory), Brianna Davey (NTC Melbourne), Erika Elze (QAS), Ashlee Faul (Adelaide United), Caitlin Foord (NSWIS), Caitlin Friend (Melbourne Victory), Amy Higgins (QAS), Alexandra Huynh (Marconi), Alanna Kennedy (NSWIS), Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory), Heidi Makrillos (NSWIS), Rebekah Stott (QAS), Emily Van Egmond (Canberra United), Ruth Wallace (Adelaide United), Brittany Whitfield (Sydney FC)