Echuca's Jessica Pitts will travel to China today to represent Australia in the Asian Football Confederation junior women’s championships.By Geordie Cowan
Echuca soccer player Jessica Pitts will travel to China next week after being selected in the Australian squad for the Asian Football Confederation junior women’s championships.
Pitts made her international debut with the under 17 team — known as the Mini Matildas — in a series of friendlies against New Zealand last month before selection in the squad.
The Asian championships is the official FIFA qualifying tournament for the 2014 Under 17 Women’s World Cup.
Pitts, 16, said it had been a nervous time waiting for confirmation of her selection in the squad.
‘‘Mum called me and I was at school at lunch and I was like ‘oh my God, really’, so I was a bit excited,’’ she said.
It has been a rapid progression for Pitts after her selection in the Victorian National Training Centre team this year.
The midfielder was called up for a four-day camp in Canberra with the Australian team after a recommendation to national coach Belinda Wilson from her NTC coach.
‘‘They obviously thought I was all right and invited me back,’’ Pitts said.
She then went on a 10-day training camp with the team, where she played in three games against New Zealand, which Australia won 2-1, drew 0-0 and won 6-0 respectively.
‘‘It was really exciting,’’ the year 10 Echuca College student said of the friendlies.
‘‘The first one was just a training one, so we didn’t have the full uniform on and was a bit more relaxed.
‘‘Then we got to the next game and that was the whole uniform and a big stadium, so it was very nerve-racking at the start, but it was good.’’
Following that, Pitts competed at the NTC National Challenge with her Victorian team, where she played seven games in four days.
Pitts leaves to go to Brisbane today, where the team will play the women’s Brisbane Roar team and will then fly on to Hong Kong and Nanjing on Monday.
The team’s first match is against Bahrain on September 28, before playing host nation China PR on September 30.
Only three of the 12 teams at the championships will qualify for the World Cup in Costa Rica in March and April, so the Mini Matildas need to win their group and then either qualify for the final or win the third-placed play-off to be Asia’s representatives.
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