Chidiac, Condon set for Westfield Matildas Algarve Cup departure


A 22-player Westfield Matildas squad will depart for the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portugal this evening without star attacker Kyah Simon who has unfortunately been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

Simon suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s Westfield W-Legaue 2018 Grand Final won by Melbourne City FC at Allianz Stadium, and has been replaced in Alen Stajcic’s squad by 19-year-old Adelaide United midfielder Alex Chidiac.

It is hoped that Simon will be fit to re-join the Westfield Matildas upon their return to Australia next month as the squad continues its preparations for the highly anticipated 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with a camp and friendly international against Thailand in Perth.

Stajcic said that while it is disappointing that Simon – as well as another injured attacker Caitlin Foord – will not be able to travel to Portugal for the Algarve Cup, their absence will provide opportunities for other players to impress.

“We would love to have Kyah and Caitlin with us in Portugal however it is in their best interests to remain in Australia and continue their respective recoveries,” said Stajcic.

“We’ll have four games over just eight days in Portugal, so the tournament will provide a chance for all the players involved in the squad to impress as we move towards the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

“It is also fantastic that it has now been confirmed that, like last year, all our games at the 2018 Algarve Cup will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS.

“Hopefully our performances in Portugal will continue to drive momentum leading into our next match on Australian soil in Perth, as well as the [AFC Women’s] Asian Cup,” concluded Stajcic.

Emily Condon vs Western Sydney


The Westfield Matildas have been grouped with Norway, China PR, and hosts Portugal at the 2018 Algarve Cup. Stajcic’s squad will play their pool matches in the cities of Albufeira (two matches) and Algarve, before playing a fourth and final ranking match at the 12-team invitational tournament in a yet to be determined location.

Following the 2018 Algarve Cup the Westfield Matildas will return to Australia where they will continue their preparations for the important 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which will be held in Jordan.

Australia will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in France.

Squad Number

Name

Club, Country

1

Lydia WILLIAMS (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

2

Caitlin COOPER

Sydney FC, Australia

3

Hannah BREWER

Newcastle Jets, Australia

4

Clare POLKINGHORNE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

5

Laura ALLEWAY

Melbourne Victory, Australia

6

Chloe LOGARZO

Sydney FC, Australia

7

Steph CATLEY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

8

Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT

FFC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

9

Emily CONDON

Adelaide United, Australia

10

Emily VAN EGMOND

Newcastle Jets, Australia

11

Lisa DE VANNA

Sydney FC, Australia

13

Tameka BUTT

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

14

Alanna KENNEDY

Melbourne City FC, Australia

15

Emily GIELNIK

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

16

Hayley RASO

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

17

Alex CHIDIAC

Adelaide United, Australia

18

Mackenzie ARNOLD (Gk)

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

19

Katrina GORRY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

20

Samantha KERR

Perth Glory, Australia

21

Ellie CARPENTER

Canberra United, Australia

22

Larissa CRUMMER

Melbourne City FC, Australia

23

Michelle HEYMAN

Canberra United, Australia

 

2018 Algarve Cup – Westfield Matildas Matches

Westfield Matildas v Norway
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local) (5.30am, Thursday, 1 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 503

Portugal v Westfield Matildas
Date: Friday, 2 March 2018
Venue: Estadio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal
Kick-off: 3pm (local) (2am, Saturday, 3 March 2018 AEDT)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 506

Westfield Matildas v China PR
Date: Monday, 5 March 2018
Venue: Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufiera, Portugal
Kick-off: 7pm (local) (6am, Tuesday, 6 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 501