Joeys tee up ACT training camp ahead of 2019 U17 World Cup

Joeys tee up ACT training camp ahead of 2019 U17 World Cup


Australia’s preparations for this year’s U17 World Cup have kicked up a gear, with Head Coach Trevor Morgan today announcing the participants of a training camp in Canberra ahead of the junior showcase.

30 prospective Joeys will converge on the nation’s capital between July 11 and 18, all fighting to earn their place on the plane to Brazil.

A-League capped Izaack Powell (Brisbane Roar), Idrus Abdulahi (Melbourne City) and Jack Simmons (Newcastle Jets) headline the talent named by Morgan, the trio part of the 20 players strong A-League contingent headed to the AIS-based camp.

Melbourne City and Sydney FC will contribute a third of the prospects heading to the camp; the A-League’s two sky blue sides sending five players each.

Of the ten without A-League clubs, four players – Nicholas Bilokapic (Sydney United), Noah Botic (Rockdale City Suns), Michael Ruhs (Sydney United) and Lachlan Sepping (Marconi) – will come from the ranks of NPL NSW clubs whilst six – Diego Alonso (Albacete CF), Tim Caroutas (UE Cornella), Doni Grdic (HNK Sibenik), Emmanuel Pavlis (Panionios FC), Akiel Raffie (Fleetwood Town) and Caleb Watts (Southampton) – will come from overseas.

Qualifying for the World Cup after earning a semi-finals berth in the 2018 AFC U16 Championships, the Joeys most recently competed in the UEFA ASSIST Tournament in Turkey back in March.

Beginning that tournament with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the host nation, the Joeys the suffered a 3-2 defeat against Tanzania before ending play with a 2-2 draw against Guinea.

The Joeys will find out their group stage opponents at the 2019 U17 World Cup on the first day of camp; the draw set to take place on July 11.

“As we continue to build depth and unearth new talent for the Joeys, this camp will offer a great chance for some new players to show what they can contribute to our campaign for Brazil,” Morgan said.

“Right now, the focus is on us, preparing to play with confidence in our own ability and with a positive team mentality. In camp we will reinforce key themes that are central to our identity.

“We will also see the World Cup draw next week, know our group and begin analysing how our strengths can threaten our opponents.

“This group of players has been evolving over the last two years and they have earned the right to play in a World Cup. Their actions give the staff a strong belief that they will represent Australia in the way we like to see our teams both on and off the pitch.”

Morgan and his staff are set to have their hands full in coming months, with qualification for the 2020 edition of the AFC U16 Championship set to commence a month before the World Cup in September.

Drawn alongside Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Mongolia and Macau, Australia will need to top their group to guarantee their place at the 2020 tournament or be forced to sweat it out to see if they are one of the five best second-placed finishers.

However, that task will fall to a younger group than the players set to head to Canberra; only players born after January 1, 2004, will be eligible to take part in those qualifiers.

Joeys 30-Player Squad | Training Camp (11-18 July 2019) | Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia

NameClub, Country
Idrus ABDULAHIMelbourne City FC, Australia
Diego ALONSOAlbacete CF, Spain
Ali AUGLAHWestern Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Zaydan BELLOMelbourne Victory, Australia
Nicholas BILOKAPIC (Gk)Sydney United 58, Australia
Noah BOTICRockdale City Suns FC, Australia
Tim CAROUTASUE Cornella, Spain
Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINSBrisbane Roar FC, Australia
Yaya DUKULYMelbourne City FC, Australia
Luke DUZELMelbourne City FC, Australia
Doni GRDICHNK Sibenik, Croatia
Oliver KALAC (Gk)Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Birkan KIRDARMelbourne Victory, Australia
Anton MLINARICSydney FC, Australia
Trent OSTLERPerth Glory FC, Australia
Adam PAVLESIC (Gk)Sydney FC, Australia
Emmanuel PAVLISPanionios FC, Greece
Cameron PEUPIONSydney FC, Australia
Izaack POWELLBrisbane Roar FC, Australia
Akiel RAFFIEFleetwood Town, England
Michael RUHSSydney United 58, Australia
Lachlan SEPPINGMarconi Stallions, Australia
Jack SIMMONSNewcastle Jets FC, Australia
Ahmad TALEB (Gk)Melbourne City FC, Australia
Ryan TEAGUESydney FC, Australia
Jayden TRENKOSKISydney FC, Australia
Joshua VARGAMelbourne City FC, Australia
Daniel WALSHPerth Glory FC, Australia
Nicholas WALSHPerth Glory FC, Australia
Caleb WATTSSouthampton FC, England