Jessika Nash

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Jessika Nash
Personal information
Full name Jessika Jayne Nash [1]
Date of birth (2004-10-05) 5 October 2004 (age 18) [2]
Place of birth Australia
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 5
Youth career
FNSW Institute
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2020–2021 Canberra United 13 (0)
2021–2022 Sydney FC 11 (0)
2022 Blacktown Spartans 8 (0)
2022– Melbourne Victory 0 (0)
National team
2018– Australia U17 11 (0)
2021– Australia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 5 September 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 November 2021

Jessika Jayne Nash (born 5 October 2004) is an Australian soccer player who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League Women. She has previously played for Canberra United and Sydney FC.

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Early life

Nash grew up in New South Wales and played for FNSW Institute. Nash started playing football at the age of four. Nash's family was supportive of her career choice from a young age. Three generations of her family travelled to watch her play at the 2019 AFC U-16 Women's Championship. [3] Nash's father, Don, was a cricketer for NSW Blues. [4]

Club career

Canberra United

On 20 October 2020, Nash signed for Canberra United for the 2020–21 W-League season, together with Clare Hunt. [5] On 30 December 2020, Nash made her W-League debut against Adelaide United in a 4–3 victory for Canberra. Nash started the match playing the full 90 minutes, with Adelaide taking a 2–0 lead during the match, only for Canberra United to strike back courtesy of a Michelle Heyman hat trick and a Laura Hughes stoppage time winner. [6] Heyman praised Nash for her performance. [7] After helping Canberra United qualify for the finals series with an unbeaten streak in March, Nash was nominated for the Young Footballer of the Year Award. [8]

Sydney FC

In September 2021, Nash joined Sydney FC ahead of the 2021–22 A-League Women season, together with Sarah Hunter, looking to progress her career. [9]

Melbourne Victory

In September 2022, Nash joined Melbourne Victory ahead of the 2022–23 A-League Women season. [10]

International career

Although the youngest member of the squad, Nash was selected as captain of the Junior Matildas, resulting in Nash being a pivotal part of the team during both 2019 AFC U-16 Women's Championship qualification and final tournament. Nash made her Junior Matildas debut on 17 September 2018, playing 90 minutes in an 11–0 victory against Palestine. She featured during six matches of qualification and she started all five games in the final tournament, playing 424 minutes. [11] [12]

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References

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  4. Houghton, Nick (25 September 2015). "Junior Sport Star Jessika Nash a natural champion". The Daily Telegraph . Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  5. "Hunt and Nash sign with Canberra United". Canberra United. 20 October 2020.
  6. "Heyman's hat-trick heroics as Canberra edge Adelaide in seven-goal thriller". W-League. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  7. Bertoldo, Lucie; Helmers, Caden (2 January 2021). "Michelle Heyman praises Canberra United debutant Jessika Nash". The Canberra Times . Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  8. Comito, Matthew (16 April 2021). "Jessika Nash named March Nominee for the Young Footballer of the Year". W-League .
  9. "Sydney FC Sign Young Duo". Sydney FC . 3 September 2021.
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