McMeeken for under-16 NZ team

Lincoln High School footballer, Zoe McMeeken, right, is one of five Cantabrians to make the New...
Lincoln High School footballer, Zoe McMeeken, right, is one of five Cantabrians to make the New Zealand under-16 team that will travel to Tahiti in December.
Lincoln High School and Selwyn United defender Zoe McMeeken has been named in the 18-strong New Zealand under-16 football team for World Cup qualifiers in Tahiti in December.

McMeeken is one of five current Cantabrians in the squad with Marian College defender Kate Taylor and Christchurch Girls’ High School’s Freya Lodge-Whitham also joining her as defensive options.

Rangi Ruru’s Samantha Senior and Riccarton High School’s Alyssa Whinham making the cut in the midfield.

The team will compete in the OFC under-16 Women’s Championship, where they will fight it out with 10 other nations for a berth at India 2020.

New Zealand will initially take on the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tahiti in the group stages and coach Leon Birnie is looking forward to seeing how his side performs on the international stage in an effort to try to qualifier for the World Cup in India in 2020.

McMeeken was selected for the New Zealand under-17 tour of China in July which was considered a warm-up tournament ahead of this campaign.

“While we may lack World Cup experience, 10 out of these 18 players are already involved in the National Women’s League or are playing at a similar level overseas,” Binnie said.

“And those who went to China didn’t just get the experience of facing some of the best players in the world but learning what’s required to win on the world stage.

“To still have 12 months before potentially attending a World Cup gives us a lot of time to build on that and hopefully we’ll be in a good space by then.”







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