McShea comes in for DPR Korea clash
Qantas Matildas coach Tom Sermanni has named a strong line-up to tackle DPR Korea (North Korea) in tomorrow’s crucial AFC Women’s Asian Cup Group B match at Hindmarsh Stadium making just one change from the side which trounced the Korean Republic last Sunday. Queensland defender Kate McShea comes into the side for Karla Reuter
Qantas Matildas coach Tom Sermanni has named a strong line-up to tackle DPR Korea (North Korea) in tomorrow-s crucial AFC Women-s Asian Cup Group B match at Hindmarsh Stadium making just one change from the side which trounced the Korean Republic last Sunday.
Queensland defender Kate McShea comes into the side for Karla Reuter who suffered a minor hip injury in that match.
Fellow defender Thea Slatyer is quickly returning to full fitness after a thigh complaint that has so far prevented her taking the field to date - the only player in the squad of 20 yet to do so.
A win for the Qantas Matildas will ensure qualification for the semi finals and also guarantee top spot in the group meaning a meeting against the runner-up of Group A - likely to be either Japan or China - next Thursday.
“This is definitely a key match for us with DPR Korea the highest ranked opponent in our group,” says Qantas Matildas coach Tom Sermanni.
“If we win we can then concentrate on the semi finals, and equally importantly, we can also then take a lot of confidence from the result and demonstrate to ourselves of what we are capable.”
Australian starting line-up to face DPR Korea:- Melissa Barbieri (gk); Dianne Alagich, Kate McShea, Cheryl Salisbury, Heather Garriock; Sally Shipard, Joanne Peters, Collette McCallum; Caitlin Munoz, Kate Gill, Sarah Walsh
The AFC Women-s Asian Cup doubles as qualifying for next year-s FIFA Women-s World Cup with the top two nations to qualify automatically while the third-placed team will play-off against the third best team in CONCACAF. China as host nation for next year-s tournament has qualified automatically.
Australia knocked over the Korean Republic 4-0 last Sunday and two days later defeated Myanmar 2-0.
DPR Korea who is ranked seventh in the world have defeated Thailand 9-0 and Myanmar 3-0 in their two group matches to date.
Saturday 22 July Korea Republic v Myanmar - Hindmarsh Stadium @ 16:30 Australia v DPR Korea - Hindmarsh Stadium @ 19:00 Thailand - Bye
All First round Tickets: Adults - $5; 16 and under - free.
Tickets available at the gate or from VenueTix
Further Qantas Matildas information including player profiles is available at the following link:- Matildas Player Profiles
Further tournament information is available at the AFC tournament website:- www.afc.com
Leckie pleased with 'modern' Van Marwijk's Caltex Socceroos plans
Key winger Mathew Leckie has embraced the encouraging early evidence of new coach Bert van Marwijk's plans for the Caltex Socceroos. In his first camp in charge, Van Marwijk has laid the foundations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup campaign by urging the use of quick, crisp pas
Rukavytsya ready to relive 'unbelievable' World Cup experience
Caltex Socceroos striker Nikita Rukavytsya is hoping history repeats itself as he zeroes in on an unexpected FIFA World Cup berth. The 30-year-old flyer was a surprise recall for last year's do-or-die play-offs against Syria and Honduras having spent the previous four years in
Opponent Watch: Celtic starlet set to lock horns with Rogic
Tom Rogic's superb form could hit a grinding halt in Oslo if a Celtic team-mate has his way in the international friendly between the Caltex Socceroos and Norway. Elsewhere, Colombia are set to have some additional motivation for next week's match in London while a FIFA World
Brillante upbeat over Caltex Socceroos' midfield battle
Recalled midfielder Josh Brillante admits it won't be easy to achieve redemption for his late exclusion from the Caltex Socceroos' last FIFA World Cup squad. Brillante was a member of Australia's extended roster for Brazil 2014 but was unable to force his way into the final 23