Condon bound for Asian contest

CHINA BOUND: Port Pirie's Emily Condon departed for China on Tuesday to play in the biennial Asian Football Confederation tournament.
CHINA BOUND: Port Pirie's Emily Condon departed for China on Tuesday to play in the biennial Asian Football Confederation tournament.

Port Pirie soccer player Emily Condon has once again been selected to represent Australia as a member of the under 19 National Women’s soccer team, the Young Matildas.

The team departed for China on Tuesday, October 10, to compete at the biennial Asian Football Confederation (AFC) tournament to be held in Nanjing.

Condon was a member of the Young Matildas last November at a pre-qualifying tournament, also held in China that saw them defeat Northern Mariana Islands and Jordan. The top three teams of this tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA under 20 Women’s World Cup in France as the AFC representatives.

The Young Matildas will take on Asian heavy weights Japan, South Korea and Vietnam in their Group B matches. While China, Thailand, Uzbekistan and current AFC champions North Korea make up Pool A. Australia’s first match will be against South Korea on the 16th, followed by Japan on the 19th and Vietnam on the 22nd before finals on the 25th and 28th.

The Young Matildas have not yet been successful in their World Cup quest, but are optimistic that they will be able to emulate the recent success of their older compatriots, the Matildas, who are gaining worldwide acclaim with their win of the Inaugural Tournament of Nations and their history making defeat of the USA and most recently their demolition of Brazil.

Emily has also had a successful WNPL season playing with Adelaide University. At the club awards she was awarded with the Latimer/Dodd medal for best and fairest. To celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary, an all-star select team was announced, with Emily being included in this as well as receiving an honorary life membership.

Emily has recently resigned with Adelaide United for her fifth consecutive season.

Emily resigned with Adelaide United for her fifth consecutive season. The squad is beginning to take shape with not only local talent but several big names from the USA and interstate. The season kicks off on October 27 with Adelaide having a bye.

They will play their first game away to Western Sydney Wanderers.