Georgia Yeoman-Dale, left.GEORGIA Yeoman-Dale will return tired but on a high with her Matildas ambitions revived when the Newcastle Jets take on Melbourne Victory in round three of the W-League on Saturday.
Yeoman-Dale and Tara Andrews arrived home on Thursday from a two-game tour of China where they drew 1-1 with the hosts and lost 1-0 to England.
The pair missed Newcastle’s season-opening 0-0 draw with Perth Glory on the road last Saturday but are fit and ready to boost the Jets for the match at ABD Stadium in Broadmeadows from 3pm.
Yeoman-Dale ended a three-year absence from the Matildas when she started at right-back for Australia in the two matches in China, while Andrews made her debut off the bench against China.
The selection and performances of Yeoman-Dale have sparked talk the 21-year-old could be a long-term player at right-back as Australia build towards Rio Olympic Games qualification next year.
“It’s definitely exciting,” Yeoman-Dale said.
“I think the future is kind of in my hands and what I can do with it, which is a good feeling.
“There’s a lot for me to work on to keep that position to see more game time, but I’m definitely on a high coming back from that trip.
“The potential is definitely there.”
Yeoman-Dale said she had a “few bumps and bruises” from the internationals but she was excited to be back for Newcastle and keen to build on her success.
“It was really good,” she said.
“Obviously there were a lot of nerves in that first game, so it was nice to get that second game and be a bit more confident in myself.
“It always helps feeling like I’ve got the support of everyone.
“It’s definitely a whole different level and there are things I need to improve on, but I wasn’t disappointed with my performance.
“I just want to come back, work on the things I need to work on and hopefully be even better next time.”
Jets coach Craig Deans said Andrews and Yeoman-Dale would come into the starting side.
Sophie Nenadovic started at right back against Perth and could move further forward, while Clare Wheeler, Jenna Kingsley or Rhali Dobson will make way up front for Andrews.
Ash Brodigan and Adriana Jones were omitted, while midfielder Chloe Logarzo was cleared of a broken nose and will play against Victory.