Tasmania’s finest female footballers are gearing up to represent their state tomorrow evening in Launceston, with senior and youth teams lining up against Victorian outfit Calder United at UTAS Stadium.
The matches will be played before Western United face Wellington Phoenix in the A-League at 1.45pm and 4.15pm.
Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley said it was a great opportunity for talented Tasmanian players to test their skills at a higher level.
“With the highest proportion of female players of any state in Australia at 28 per cent and an expanded state-wide competition, women’s football is going from strength to strength in Tasmania,” Mr Bulkeley said.
“In addition to strong numbers, the state has also produced some immensely talented players, with a number of our most talented women and girls going on to play on the mainland.
“As the game for women and girls continues to grow, Football Tasmania is committed to offering more pathways to the highest level of the game for our best players and we’re sure they’ll do us proud against Calder United.
“I’d like to thank Tasmanian Hand Sanitiser and UPC/AC Renewables Australia for their support of both teams.
“I encourage all Tasmanian sports fans to come and enjoy the feast of football in Launceston on Thursday evening by cheering on our women’s teams before taking in the A-League action.”
Football Australia Women’s Technical Advisor & Head Coach Women’s U17, Rae Dower will attend the matches, keeping an eye out for talented Tasmanian players.
With Holly Bonertz-Benn, Kate Bonertz-Benn, Eloise Paine, Annalee Bidwell and Jessica McCallum-Smith all selected in the extended player squad for the Junior Matildas, Dower said she was looking forward to seeing Tasmania’s best young players in action.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to visit Tasmania and see first-hand how the development of their young players is progressing,” Dower said.
“In recent years Tasmania has had a few players come into some National Team camps and with the Asian Football Confederation U16 and U19 Qualification tournaments coming up later this year, both hosted here in Australia, it’s a great chance for the players to perform at their best and press for National Team honours.
Kick off details are:
1.45pm – Tasmanian Women’s State Team Youth v Calder United SC U19s
4.15pm – Tasmanian Women’s State Team Seniors vs Calder United SC
7.05pm – Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix (A-League)
There are a number of ticket options still available which can be purchased here.