News From Inside The Matildas Camp

Impetus hears the latest goings-on in Australia’s camp ahead of their friendly next week with the Republic of Ireland. There is news of a late squad change and the views of Jenna McCormick and Chloe Logarzo.

Above: Jenna McCormick, back in training with the Matildas in Dublin this week. Photo: Football Australia.

Ellie Carpenter and Kyah Simon have been withdrawn from the Matildas squad for next Wednesday’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next Tuesday.

The Olympique Lyonnais defender and Tottenham Hotspur attacker will now remain with their clubs.

In their place come the Fortuna Hjørring duo forward Indiah-Paige Riley and midfielder Clare Wheeler who becomes the latest player to earn a first call up to the senior side, while Riley will return to the Commonwealth Bank Matildas after earning her first cap in April against Germany. 

Australia’s 25 player squad commenced their training camp in Dublin on Monday with Wheeler and Riley joining the assembly yesterday afternoon.

Also returning to the squad is defender Jenna McCormick, for whom the training camp marks a return to the national team after an 18-month absence. 

“A lot can happen in 18 months,” said McCormick. “I feel like I have ridden the rollercoaster of football; the highs, the lows, and everything in between.” 

Above: Chloe Logarzo in training in Dublin. She speaks about how happy she is to be back in the USA after a spell in the FAWSL with Bristol City. Photo Football Australia

“It has been challenging.  It has been good, it has been bad, it has been the entire spectrum of football emotions.  Fast forward to now, it’s a different story. I am really happy where I am in Denmark playing for Aarhus and just back to loving my football.”

At the other end of the spectrum, midfielder Chloe Logarzo returns to the camp following a short break at the conclusion of the team’s intense Tokyo campaign.  Recently earning her 50th cap for Australia, Logarzo is currently playing her club football in the United States with Kansas City.

“My time in Kansas City has been really good.  It’s really nice to be back in the US. It’s quite comfortable for me (there),” she said. 

“It’s definitely where I want to be for my personal self. I think it’s definitely what makes me grow as a player, on and off the field.”

Updated Australia Squad to face the Republic of Ireland:

NamePositionClubCaps (goals)
Mackenzie ArnoldGoalkeeperWest Ham United26 (0)
Angie BeardDefenderFortuna Hjørring0 (0)
Steph CatleyDefenderArsenal WFC91 (3)
Emma CheckerDefenderMelbourne City7 (0)
Kyra Cooney-CrossMidfielderMelbourne Victory9 (0)
Mary FowlerForwardMontpellier15 (2)
Emily GielnikForwardAston Villa48 (11)
Charlotte GrantDefenderFC Rosengård0 (0)
Amy HarrisonMidfielderPSV Eindhoven13 (0)
Winonah HeatleyDefenderVäxjö0 (0)
Alanna KennedyDefenderManchester City98 (8)
Sam KerrForwardChelsea99 (48)
Chloe LogarzoMidfielderKansas City53 (8)
Jenna McCormickDefenderAGF Fodbold4 (0)
Teagan MicahGoalkeeperFC Rosengård7 (0)
Courtney NevinDefenderUnattached3 (0)
Clare PolkinghorneDefenderVittsjö GIK135 (11)
Jamilla RankinDefenderBrisbane Roar0 (0)
Hayley RasoForwardManchester City56 (6)
Indiah-Paige RileyForwardFortuna Hjørring1 (0)
Remy SiemsenForwardSydney FC0 (0)
Emily van EgmondMidfielderUnattached108 (23)
Clare WheelerMidfielderFortuna Hjørring0 (0)
Lydia WilliamsGoalkeeperArsenal91 (0)
Tameka YallopMidfielderWest Ham United96 (11)

Republic of Ireland v Australia 
Tuesday 21st September 2021 
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Kick-Off: 7pm local time (4:00 Wednesday 22nd September AEST)

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