Westfield Matildas defender Karly Roestbakken will officially join Nikola Orgill as one of Canberra United’s co-captains for the Westfield W-League 2019/20 Season.
Roestbakken has enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2019, making her national team debut at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup before captaining the Westfield Young Matildas at the recent AFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Thailand.
The teenage defender was also recently named as the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Young Women’s Footballer of the Year, and also received the inaugural Collette McCallum medal for exemplifying exceptional standards, commitment and courage while representing her country.
Now preparing for her fourth season in green, Roestbakken says she is honoured to be taking on a leadership role alongside Orgill.
“To be named one of the captains alongside my good friend Nikola is a pretty awesome feeling, I’m ready for the task and can’t wait for our first game on Sunday, Roestbakken said.
Meanwhile, Canberra United Head Coach Heather Garriock has finalised her squad for campaign, adding local stars Lauren Keir, Rachael Goldstein, Aoife Colvill and Sally James to make a 23-player squad.
Keir and James join the side fresh from winning the Capital Football NPLW treble with local juggernaut Belconnen United.
Goldstein also enjoyed a breakout season with Canberra FC, scoring 13 goals from 18 games and leading FC to a grand final berth.
A former Canberra United Academy player, Colvill this year took her talents to Sydney University, who took out the NPL NSW Women's double in 2019.
Canberra United kick off their Westfield W-League campaign on Sunday at McKellar Park against last year’s grand finalists Perth Glory.
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Canberra United's Squad for the Westfield W-League 2019-20 Season
Goalkeepers: Shamiran KHAMIS, Annalee GROVE, Sally JAMES
Defenders: Taren KING, Nikola ORGILL (c), Jessie RASSCHAERT, Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, Kaleigh KURTZ, Lauren KEIR
Midfielders: Karly ROESTBAKKEN (c), Olivia PRICE, Laura HUGHES, Emma STANBURY, Rebekah HORSEY, Rachael GOLDSTEIN
Forwards: Elise THORSNES, Hayley TAYLOR-YOUNG, Leena KHAMIS, Katie STENGEL, Simone CHARLEY, Ashlie CROFTS, CAMILA, Aoife COLVILL
Head Coach: Heather GARRIOCK
Assistant Coach: Scott O'DONELL