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Posted 1st July 2012, 10:02 in
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Team GB's First Opponents Name Squad

New Zealand, who open the 2012 Olympics against Great Britain at Cardiff's Millenimum Stadium, have named their squad.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee picked an expereinced 18 player squad which totals 862 caps and includes 10 players with 50 caps.

Former White Ferns cricketer Rebecca Rolls claims the second goalkeeper spot and there are two teenagers in the squad: former Australian age-group representative Rebekah Stott who switched allegiance back to her country of birth and Rosie White, who has fought her way back from a stress fracture.

New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary general and selector Kereyn Smith is proud to have named the outstanding Football Ferns today. “Our Olympic Games will kick off with the women’s football team taking on host nation Great Britain, she said. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the games and we know they’ll make us proud.”

“We’ve been investing in a core group of players since 2006,” said New Zealand coach Tony Readings, “and now we’re much closer to the sort of experience that you need to do well at a pinnacle event.”

“In terms of age, most players are yet to reach their peak but London could be the event when we really start to cash in on all that investment in international experience.”

High Performance Sport New Zealand Chief Executive Alex Baumann was delighted to see the women’s team named. He said a commitment was made several years ago to invest in the Football Ferns to help them get to the Olympic Games.

“Over the past few years, about $1.1 million has gone to their high performance programme to help them prepare for London, and it’s very exciting to see the players selected today who will compete for New Zealand."

The Football Ferns play two warm-up games for the Olympics in Switzerland, against Canada in Châtel-St-Denis on July 14th and Colombia in Savièse on July 17th, before facing Team GB on July 25th at the Millennium Stadium, kick-off 4pm.

New Zealand Olympic Squad:
Club – caps/goals in brackets

Goalkeepers
1-Jenny BINDON Goalkeeper (Hibiscus Coast – 69/0)
18-Rebecca ROLLS Goalkeeper (Fencibles United – 14/0)

Defenders
2-Ria PERCIVAL (USV Jena, GER – 70/2)
3-Anna GREEN (Lokomotive Leipzig, GER – 50/6)
5-Abby ERCEG (Fencibles United – 72/4)
6-Rebecca SMITH (Captain, VfL Wolfsburg, GER – 68/4)
7-Ali RILEY (Malmö, SWE – 61/1)
14-Kristy HILL (Eastern Suburbs – 19/0)
15-Rebekah STOTT (Melbourne Victory, AUS – 3/0)

Midfielders
4-Katie HOYLE (Bad Neuenahr, GER – 62/1)
8-Hayley MOORWOOD (Chelsea, ENG – 80/10)
11-Kirsty YALLOP (Vittsjö, SWE – 59/11)
12-Betsy HASSETT (UC Berkeley, USA – 38/4)
16-Annalie LONGO (Three Kings United – 42/0)

Forwards
9-Amber HEARN (USV Jena, GER – 59/30)
10-Sarah GREGORIUS (Bad Neuenahr, GER – 28/15)
13-Rosie WHITE (UCLA, USA – 35/9)
17-Hannah WILKINSON (Glenfield Rovers – 33/12)

Standby
19-Katie BOWEN (Glenfield Rovers – 8/0)
20-Sarah McLAUGHLIN (Claudelands Rovers – 11/0)
21-Holly PATTERSON (Claudelands Rovers – 4/0)
22-Erin NAYLER (Eastern Suburbs – 0/0) 

Source - nzfootball.co.nz 

Brazil and Cameroon are the other sides in the same group, the former having also named their squad, including FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Marta.

Aline Pellegrino - Roosiyanca/Russia
Andreia Suntaque - Juventus
Barbara Micheline - Foz Cataratas
Bruna - Foz Cataratas
Cristiane - Roosiyanca/Russia
Daiane (Bagé) - São José
Elaine - Tyresö/Sweden
Erika - Centro Olímpico
Ester - Roosiyanca/Russia
Fabi - Roosiyanca/Russia
Formiga - São José
Francielle - São José
Grazielle (Grazi) - Associação Portuguesa de Desportos - Lusa/SP
Marta - Tyresö/Sweden
Maurine - Centro Olímpico
Renata Costa - Foz Cataratas
Rosana - Olympique Lyonnais/France
Thaisinha - Vitória

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