The following Forrest Hill Milford players have been slected to represent New Zealand at the OFC U19 Women's Championship starting at the end of August in the Cook Islands.
New Zealand U-20 women’s head coach Gemma Lewis has named a strong squad to contest the OFC U-19 Championship at the end of this month in the Cook Islands.
Lewis, the new NZ U-20 coach and the new Future Ferns Domestic Programme manager, has named a squad laden with FIFA World Cup experience.
Five of the members – Maggie Jenkins, Aneka Mittendorff, Rose Morton, Gabi Rennie and Nadia Olla – all return for their second FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying cycle. Olla was also a member of the Football Ferns squad at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
There are also nine players from the New Zealand U-17 women’s team who famously claimed a bronze medal at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay in December last year.
Lewis is excited to begin another FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle.
“This is a great group of players and we are looking forward to the challenge in the Cook Islands,” said Lewis. “It is great to have that experience in the squad for this championship and we will be taking nothing for granted as we look to qualify for the World Cup next year.”
New Zealand, who have won the title six times, will head to the Cook Islands as defending champions and favourites for the OFC U-19 Championship.
The tournament will take place from 29 August to 14 September with New Zealand being drawn in Group B with Samoa, American Samoa and Tahiti.
The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as the OFC representatives.