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Young Ferns begin road to World Cup

The artificial football turf at Parrs Park in Oratia, Auckland, will play host to the matches on October 3, 5, and 7 and will serve as warm-ups for the sides’ respective qualification campaigns for next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.
New Zealand has an impressive recent history in women’s football having represented Oceania in all women’s categories at all world cups since 2006. The class of 2012 start as favourites to qualify out the OFC U-17 Women’s Championship in April next year.
Coach Paul Temple has named his squad with all but two of the 18-strong line-up making their international debuts. Lynn-Avon United duo Megan Lee and Hannah Carlsen were both part of the 2010 campaign to Trinidad and Tobago.
Other features of the group include the call-up of two 14-year-olds in Martine Puketapu and Daisy Cleverly, while there is also room for Canada-based Emma Fletcher of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Temple is looking to use the matches to gauge where his side is at in terms of its preparation.
“We identified 34 players during the National Talent Centres and, following a residential camp in the last school holidays, we have selected a squad of 18 for these internationals,” Temple says.
“These matches will be used as a benchmark for where we are at this stage. Australia is a top side and in competition mode as they start their qualifiers for the world cup in a few weeks’ time.”
Australia’s qualifiers will be held in China in November this year, where they face the hosts, South Korea, North Korea, Japan and Thailand. The Australians will be eager for success having missed out on qualification for the 2010 world cup.
New Zealand cruised to qualification for the last world cup with wins over Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga, amassing 37 goals and conceding none en-route to the Caribbean.
Young Football Ferns squad for trans-Tasman internationals
Goalkeepers
1-Lily ALFELD (Canterbury School of Football)
16-Ronisa LIPI (Waterside Karori)
Defenders
2-Meikayla MOORE (Canterbury School of Football)
3-Laura MERRIN (Coastal Spirit)
4-CJ BOTT (Waterside Karori)
5-Megan LEE (Lynn-Avon United)
15-Emily JENSEN (Richmond)
Midfielders
6-Hannah CARLSEN (Lynn-Avon United)
8-Jessica INNES (Glenfield Rovers)
10-Emma FLETCHER (Vancouver Whitecaps)
12-Daisy CLEVERLEY (Western Springs)
14-Tessa LEONG (Claudelands Rovers)
17-Lauren DABNER (Canterbury School of Football)
Forwards
7-Jasmine PEREIRA (Three Kings United)
9-Martine PUKETAPU (Three Kings United)
11-Briar PALMER (Waterside Karori)
13-Jolene MUIR (Eastern Suburbs)
18-Emma ROLSTON (Waterside Karori)
Management
Paul TEMPLE (Head Coach)
Brett ANGELL (Assistant Coach)
Nigel PIPER (GK Coach)
Claire HAMILTON (Manager)
Craig HARRISON (Sports Scientist)
Anna BARLOW (Physio)
U-17 Women Internationals
New Zealand v Australia
Parrs Park, Oratia, Auckland
Match One
October 3, 7.30pm
Match Two
October 5, 7.30pm
Match Three
October 7, 6pm
Story courtesy of New Zealand Football.
For more on New Zealand football go to www.nzfootball.co.nz


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