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Gary van Egmond: Thrilling to see Jets named in Young Matildas

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Well, here we are again. The A-League is back in full swing and we are already five games in for season 2023/24.

While we haven’t won as many matches as we would have liked to as a team, we are making good progress with this new squad.

We have seen a number of young players make the transition from the club’s Academy to the first side and it’s pleasing to see four of our players – Claudia Cicco, Milan Hammond, Lara Gooch and Zoe Karipidis – being named in the Young Matildas outfit to take on China.

They’ll face their tough opponents in two showdowns, both in Xiamen, on Sunday 3 and Wednesday 6 December.

And, everyone wishes them all the best.

This is a great sign for the Jets and shows that we are developing top young talent here in Newcastle.

Recently, we also welcomed the return of our local Matilda Emily van Egmond to the club on a guest stint.

I’m excited to have her around this talented group of youngsters.

Having Emily back at the Jets will be pivotal to the development of the girls we have here in this team; and they will only improve under her guidance in how she trains and prepares for matches.

It was hugely pleasing to see so many kids at our first fixture at No.2 Sportsground.

Although we didn’t get the desired result, I thank each and everyone who attended that match and contributed to the fantastic atmosphere.

We want to go one better for our next home showdown when we face Sydney FC on 10 December at No.2 Sportsground.

I encourage anyone who is reading this to come along, bring your friends and family and enjoy a fun day out in Newcastle.

Thank you for your support as always.

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