Australia's Matildas off to Vietnam

October 1, 2008

Australian women's soccer coach Tom Sermanni has named an 18-strong Matildas squad for this month's ASEAN championship in Vietnam.

The squad includes experienced campaigners as well as some of the up-and-coming younger players who recently participated in the international friendly matches against China.

"What is pleasing about the squad is that it highlights just how much talent we have in women's football in Australia," said Sermanni.

"This tournament gives the next generation of players coming through for the Matildas the opportunity to gain some valuable international match experience, as well as step up to the next level."

Sermanni said it was an exciting time for women's football in Australia with the W-League set to kick-off after the ASEAN championship on October 24.

The Matildas will meet Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore in their group matches and depart for Vietnam on Monday.

The tournament runs from October 9-21.

Matildas: Victoria Balomenos (Adelaide), Melissa Barbieri (Melbourne), Tameka Butt (Gold Coast), Kim Carroll (Brisbane), Amy Chapman (Canberra), Lauren Colthorpe (Brisbane), Lyndsay Glohe (Sydney), Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane), Leena Khamis (Sydney), Ella Mastrantonio (Perth), Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane), Renee Rollason (Sydney), Brooke Spence (Brisbane), Ashleigh Sykes (Dubbo), Jenna Tristram (Brisbane), Yesim Servet Uzunlar (Sydney), Christine Walters (Canberra), Lydia Williams (Canberra).