Ellie Carpenter pictured during the W-League match between Western Sydney and Brisbane Roar at Marconi Stadium on October 25. Photo by Getty Images.Cowra’s Ellie Carpenter may only be 15 but she’s playing football with maturity well beyond her years.
The Western Sydney Wanderers gun was selected into a Matildas training camp a fortnight ago as preparation ramps up towards the Olympic qualifiers in February.
Her selection came after a series of eye-catching performances during her first few appearances in the nation’s top league.
She’s played every minute of the opening five rounds this season, and was instrumental in the Wander Women’s 3-0 win against Melbourne Victory on Friday, November 13.
When speaking with the Western Sydney Wanderers website, Carpenter said the call up to Alan Stajcic’s national squad, as the youngest player, was unexpected.
“I was definitely surprised and nervous about going in but all the girls made me feel welcome,” Carpenter said.
“Having the opportunity to train with players like Lisa De Vanna, who’s been with the Matildas for years, was great.
“It was really good to just have that taste of the next level.”
She hasn’t stepped a foot wrong since making her W-League debut on October 17.
The wealth of experience she carries from representing Australia in the under 16s, 17s, 19s and 20s may be to thank for that.
The Wanderers currently sit third on the ladder, before the weekend’s match against Wellington Phoenix, but Carpenter believes they’ve just laid the platform.
“We’ve done pretty well so far,” Carpenter says.
“Our opening results possibly should have gone our way but we’re really starting to turn it around.”
“We all think that we can go on to bigger and better things. We’re starting to build a real winning attitude.”
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