Three Greek-Australians Named in Young Matildas Squad for China Friendlies


Three promising Greek-Australian footballers have earned spots in the 24-player squad selected for two preparatory matches against China, anticipating the upcoming AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup in Uzbekistan next year.

The trio of talents representing Australia’s U-20 Women’s team comprises three Greek Australians: Alexia Apostolakis from Western Sydney Wanderers, Zoe Karipidis from Newcastle Jets, and Peta Trimis from Central Coast Mariners.

Scheduled to take place at the Auxiliary Field of Xiamen Egret Stadium in Xiamen, China, the matches are set for Sunday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 6.

Alexia Apostolakis

Football Australia CEO James Johnson emphasized the tour's significance as a valuable opportunity for the Young Matildas to further develop in preparation for the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup. He highlighted the strategic partnerships with the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations and the Chinese Football Association, expressing gratitude for their collaboration.

Peter Cai, CEO of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, expressed pride in supporting the next generation of Matildas heading to China, particularly following the Prime Minister's recent visit. He noted that the tour aims to strengthen the longstanding links between Australia and China while showcasing Australia's excellence in women's sports.

China, a formidable opponent and fellow qualifier for the tournament, boasts a strong football history, having featured six times in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Head Coach Leah Blayney aims to guide Australia’s U-20 Women’s team to a top-four finish in the upcoming event, thereby securing qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia in 2024."

Kick-off times and streaming details are to be provided in the coming days.


China v CommBank Young Matildas
Date: Sunday, 3 December 2023
Kick-off: TBC
Venue: Auxiliary Field of Xiamen Egret Stadium, Xiamen

China v CommBank Young Matildas
Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2023
Kick-off: TBC
Venue: Auxiliary Field of Xiamen Egret Stadium, Xiamen

Alexia APOSTOLAKISDefenderWestern Sydney Wanderers FC / Football NSW
Milly BOUGHTONForwardTottenham Hotspurs FC / Football NSW
Georgia CASSIDYMidfielderPerth Glory FC / Football West
Claudia CICCOForwardNewcastle Jets FC / Football NSW
Indiana DOS SANTOSMidfielderSydney FC / Football NSW
Jynaya DOS SANTOSForwardSydney FC / Football NSW
Tahlia FRANCOGoalkeeperSydney FC / Football NSW
Daniela GALICMidfielderMelbourne City FC / Football NSW
Lara GOOCHForwardNewcastle Jets FC / Northern NSW Football
Sasha GROVEForwardCanberra United FC / Capital Football
Milan HAMMONDForwardNewcastle Jets FC / Northern NSW Football
Shay HOLLMANMidfielderSydney FC / Football NSW
Kahli JOHNSONForwardWestern United FC / Football NSW
Grace JOHNSTONDefenderPerth Glory FC / Football West
Zoe KARIPIDISDefenderNewcastle Jets FC / Northern NSW Football
Zara KRUGERMidfielderSydney FC / Football Queensland
Chloe LINCOLNGoalkeeperCanberra United FC / Football NSW
Maya LOBODefenderCentral Coast Mariners FC / Football NSW
Alana MURPHYMidfielderMelbourne Victory FC / Football Victoria
Jessika NASHDefenderMelbourne Victory FC / Football NSW
Ella O’GRADYForwardMelbourne Victory FC / Football Queensland
Avaani PRAKASHMidfielderWestern United FC / Football NSW
Naomi THOMAS-CHINNAMADefenderMelbourne City FC / Football Victoria
Peta TRIMISForwardCentral Coast Mariners FC / Football NSW

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