Carpenter selected for Algarve Cup


Wanderer Ellie Carpenter has been selected for the Westfield Matildas squad travelling to Portugal to play in the Algarve Cup beginning on 1 March 2017

Carpenter has had a number of outstanding performances in the Red & Black’s defence and a strong season for the youngster has resulted in her selection once again for the Westfield Matildas. 

A host of big name stars have been joined by some returning players in the 21-player squad selected by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal beginning on 1 March 2017.

With a 25-player squad having concluded a three day camp in Canberra today, Stajcic has narrowed that list down for the tournament that will see the Westfield Matildas play their first international matches since last year’s Rio Games where they reached the Quarter Finals.

A host of Westfield Matildas mainstays over the past two years including 2016 AFC Women’s Player of the Year Caitlin Foord, veterans Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne, Westfield W-League 2017 Championship winning captain Steph Catley and German based duo Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond will all travel to Portugal alongside a number of players who find themselves back in the fold with another opportunity to stake their claims.


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The squad will assemble in Sydney’s west for a three day training camp on Monday prior to departing for Portugal on Wednesday night.

Currently 6th in the FIFA women’s world rankings, the Westfield Matildas have been grouped alongside Sweden (ranked 8th), Netherlands (ranked 12th) and China P.R. (ranked 13th) for the tournament.

“This tournament is a starting point towards looking ahead to the Asian Cup next year, the World Cup the year after and then the Games in Tokyo in 2020,” said Stajcic.

“We’re really looking to test the players and see who is going to be part of this squad moving forward. The Algarve Cup gives us four matches against high quality opponents and I’m sure the team will learn and grow a lot from competing in this tournament.”

The Westfield Matildas’ first match of the Algarve Cup is against Sweden on Wednesday 1 March at 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, Thursday 2 March).

Westfield Matildas squad for the Algarve Cup:


Date of Birth


A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen


Melbourne City FC

39 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)


Brisbane Roar FC

11 (0)

Ellie Carpenter


Western Sydney Wanderers FC

5 (0)

Steph Catley


Melbourne City FC

53 (2)

Emma Checker


Canberra United

3 (0)

Alex Chidiac


Adelaide United

1 (0)

Lisa De Vanna


Canberra United

117 (40)

Caitlin Foord


Sydney FC

50 (8)

Emily Gielnik


Brisbane Roar FC

9 (1)

Katrina Gorry


Brisbane Roar FC

49 (13)

Amy Harrison


Sydney FC

3 (0)

Elise Kellond-Knight*


FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

76 (1)

Alanna Kennedy


Sydney FC

48 (2)

Sam Kerr


Perth Glory

46 (8)

Chloe Logarzo


Newcastle Jets

12 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne


Brisbane Roar FC

92 (7)

Hayley Raso


Canberra United

14 (1)

Gema Simon


Newcastle Jets

5 (0)

Kyah Simon


Sydney FC

70 (20)

Emily van Egmond*


VfL Wolfsburg, Germany

57 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk)


Melbourne City FC

57 (0)

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