One new face named in Football Ferns squad

Last updated 12:08 15/02/2013
Helen Collins
SHANE WENZLICK
NEW FERN: Helen Collins is the only new face in the Football Ferns squad.

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Tony Readings has named a 21-strong Football Ferns squad to contest the Cyprus Cup in March.

Helen Collins is the only new player to the Ferns environment although goalkeeper Erin Nayler is also uncapped at senior international level.

Injury has ruled out incumbent custodian Jenny Bindon giving former cricket international and 16-cap Fern Rebecca Rolls and Nayler an opportunity for time on the field.

Collins was leading scorer in the national women's league with ten goals in six games for Waikato/BOP as well as 45 goals for Claudelands in the northern regional league.

"She brings something a bit different into the attacking mix, she's direct and physically imposing with great finishing abilities," said Readings.

The Football Ferns have been drawn in a group with England, Italy and Scotland for the Cyprus Cup, to be held from March 6 to 13 on the European island.

The Kiwis have played all three sides in previous campaigns; three years ago New Zealand defeated Italy and Scotland 1-0 and 3-0 respectively at the 2010 Cyprus Cup. 

The Ferns lost to England 2-1 at the World Cup in Germany in 2011.

More recently New Zealand lost 1-0 at the London Olympics against Great Britain - a squad which featured 16 English players and two Scots.


Football Ferns squad for Cyprus Cup: Erin Nayler, Rebecca Rolls (goalkeepers). Ria Percival, Anna Green, Abby Erceg, Rebecca Smith (c), Ali Riley, Bridgette Armstrong, Rebecca Stott (defenders). Katie Hoyle, Hayley Bowden, Kirsty Yallop, Betsy Hassett, Annalie Longo, Katie Bowen, Holly Patterson (midfielders). Amber Hearn, Sarah Gregorius, Rosie White, Hannah Wilkinson, Helen Collins (forwards).


2013 Cyprus Cup:
Group A: England, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland
Group B: Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland
Group C: South Africa, Korea Republic, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

Wednesday, 6 March
New Zealand v Scotland
Kickoff: 2:30pm (1:30am Mar 7 NZT)

Friday, 8 March
Italy v New Zealand
Kickoff: 2:30pm (1:30am Mar 9 NZT)

Monday, 11 March
England v New Zealand

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