Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Radio: W-League Coaches, Under 17's lose

Gary Phillips Coach of the Newcastle Jets W-League side will be on the Nearpost show tonight along with 442 Editor Paul Hansford.

Gary Phillips is also Coach of the Under 17 National Women's team which lost to an older Japan side 4-3 in Canberra yesterday.

Phillips was delighted with the result particularly pleased with stand-out performances from Nicola Bolger and Emily Van Egmond.

Although he was pleased with the whole squad he felt it unfair to pick any individual out. "This result against an older Japanese side will give us great confidence for the pre-Asia Cup qualifiers coming up later in the year."

The Japanese side were two years older than our the Aussie under 17's who are all currently 15 as the team build for the next Under 17 World Cup.

The Japanese side will play Australia Under 20's on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Phillips is excited by his dual role and looking forward to the commencement of the W-League.

"Cheryl Salisbury will lead the team and we've got five Matildas from the area. We're looking to bring in players from elsewhere including overseas. We want this league to be as entertaining as possible if it's going to be on TV."

With Nicola Williams the first female announced, she'll take care of Western Australia and the Canberra Coach expected (according to me) to be Robbie Hooker, announced in the next few days. Teams and squads will be put together in a rush in the next fortnight.

All speculation but Alen Stajic is expected to take charge of Sydney FC. Robbie Hooker expected to get the nod in Canberra.

*There are no Canberra players currently in the Under 17 side.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Apparently Young Matildas palyed Japan u/17s today at AIS. Do you know who is in the squad? Are any of our girls in? How did they go?