Squad Takes Shape Ahead of Round One

The make-up of Canberra United’s inaugural squad became clearer today with a further five players signed for the first of the Westfield W-League brining the team to a total of 18 players ahead of kick off this weekend in Newcastle.

The make-up of Canberra United-s inaugural squad became clearer today with a further five players signed for the first of the Westfield W-League brining the team to a total of 18 players ahead of kick off this weekend in Newcastle.

Local players Cian Maciejewski, Maja Blasch and Lucy Allan are complemented by the signing of Dubbo-s Nicole Sykes and Queensland-s Kara Mowbray who all bring a range of quality and experience to the line up.

Member of Belwest Foxes- 2008 treble winning outfit, Maciejewski, returns to the national league scene after being a former member of the Canberra Eclipse prior to the league-s collapse in 2004. The mild fielder scored the winning goal in the Club Pink Premier League Grand Final against Weston Creek and now turns her focus to pursuing a career in the national team.

Rising stars Blasch and Allan join the Canberra United squad as members of ACTAS to bring the number of Canberra players to ten for the first season. The Australian School Girl representative, Blasch, will be the second goal keeper in green behind Matildas- custodian Lydia Williams. ACT School girl representative, Lucy Allan, takes the next step in the elite women-s football pathway after having played juniors in the ACT followed by the Capital Football Academy, ACTAS and now Canberra United.

Nicole Skyes joins her twin sister Ashleigh in the squad further adding incredible pace to the squad. The Dubbo twins have been involved in national team camps with Ashleigh currently overseas with the Matildas.

The Queensland contingency in the Canberra United squad has been doubled with Mowbray joining Sasha McDonnell from the Sunshine State to compete for the National Capital. The midfielder is a former junior Queensland Representative and now lines up for the Queensland Lions Soccer Club during the winter months.

With 18 players on the books, there-s still room for a further three signings with the opportunity for international or marquee players.

Canberra United FC kick their Westfield W-League campaign off away to the Newcastle Jets on Sunday, 26th October at Wanderers Oval with kick off at 1:30pm.

The first home comes against the Central Coast Mariners in round three on November 9th at McKellar Park at 4:00pm.

Canberra United ‘Club United- memberships for the 2008 Westfield W-League season are now available for purchase at www.canberraunited.com.au.

Biographies: Name: Cian Maciejewski Position: Midfielder Date of Birth: 14 June 1987 Place of Birth: Ulladulla, NSW Clubs: Belsouth, ACTAS, Canberra Eclipse, Wollongong Wolves, Belwest Foxes

Name: Kara Mowbray Position: Midfielder Date of Birth: 7 May 1985 Place of Birth: Brisbane, QLD Clubs: Queensland Lions, Peninsula Power

Name: Maja Blasch Position: Goalkeeper Date of Birth: 19 June 1990 Place of Birth: Odense, Denmark Clubs: Belnorth, Capital Football Academy, ACTAS, Canberra City

Name: Lucy Allan Position: Mildfielder Date of Birth: 30 June 1991 Place of Birth: Canberra, ACT Clubs: Belsouth, Belnorth, Belwest, Capital Football Academy, ACTAS

Name: Nicole Sykes Position: Midfielder Date of Birth: 15 December 1991 Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW Clubs: Westfield Young Matildas, Western NSW Panthers FC