W-League: Perth Glory trio Hana Lowry, Tijan McKenna and Isabella Wallhead set lofty goals

Perth Glory’s younger W-League trio of Hana Lowry, Tijan McKenna and Isabella Wallhead all grew up inside a postcode of one another, all represented the state and the nation at youth degree collectively.

Now, all three of them discover themselves within the Glory’s W-League set-up and harbour desires of taking part in collectively for the Matildas in the future.

THEY grew up collectively, represented the nation at youth degree and discover themselves all within the W-League – now a gifted trio of Perth Glory youngsters wish to transition collectively to the Matildas.

Hana Lowry, Isabella Wallhead and Tijan McKenna have shared pitches from Beale Park to Dorrien Gardens by way of worldwide excursions of continental Asia.

The trio have identified one another since their early teenagers, having grown up in Cockburn’s western suburbs, with Lowry and McKenna having come by way of John Curtin Faculty’s famed soccer program and Wallhead going to high school at close by Seton Catholic Faculty.

Hana Lowry and Tijan McKenna in 2015, when they were selected in the U-12 WA team for the Australia Pacific School Games.
Digicam IconHana Lowry and Tijan McKenna in 2015, once they had been chosen within the U-12 WA group for the Australia Pacific Faculty Video games. Credit score: Equipped

All three mentioned they dream of in the future strolling down the tunnel and out onto a pitch collectively for the Matildas – one thing they first mentioned once they had been a lot youthful.

“It will be loopy to go from three women at Cockburn Metropolis Soccer Membership, going by way of all these phases collectively and then onto the Matildas,” Wallhead mentioned.

Given their geographical proximity, its considerably unsurprising that their footballing careers have regularly overlapped, with all three spending time in Cockburn Metropolis Soccer Membership’s youth ranks and Soccer West’s Nationwide Coaching Centre facet within the NPLW WA.

Wallhead and Lowry have identified one another the longest, with Tijan assembly them by way of her sister, former Perth Glory and present Brisbane Roar midfielder Leticia.

Lowry mentioned their friendship off the sector lent itself to on-field chemistry.

“Taking part in collectively for 5 years, you study what one another’s strengths are and you realize how one can learn one another higher,” she mentioned.

“As you retain taking part in collectively, that experiences of being on the pitch collectively makes it simpler.

“If you accomplish one thing and you realize that you simply labored collectively for therefore lengthy on it, if you do it collectively, it means much more.”

They first performed collectively once they had been named in WA’s Beneath-12 facet for the Australia Pacific Faculty Video games in Adelaide in 2015.

Three years later, the trio earned nationwide youth honours once they had been chosen within the Australian facet who travelled to Kyrgyzstan for the Beneath-16 Girls’s Championship qualifying event.

“It was large step up; it was like little league to a giant stage, extra nerves got here together with it, however the individuals round you helped you,” McKenna mentioned.

Virtually a 12 months later, the group had been named within the Younger Matildas facet who contested the Beneath-16 event in Thailand, serving to Australia to the semi-finals and a fourth positioned end.

Lowry and Wallhead each made their W-League debuts for Perth Glory within the 2019-20 marketing campaign, with McKenna signing on for the present season.

A artistic ahead, Lowry is considered one in every of Australia’s greatest younger prospects and has already caught the attention with a string of spectacular performances within the W-League this season and final.

McKenna has already made three look within the midfield this season, whereas Wallhead performed 3 times in defence in the direction of the top of final season.

Pic captions.

001 L-R Hana Lowry, Tijan McKenna, Isabella Wallhead

002 L-R Tijan McKenna, Isabella Wallhead, Hana Lowry – Ben Smith’s pic.