Canberra United international stars scatter during W-League break
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Canberra United international stars scatter during W-League break

Several Canberra United players have scattered to various corners of the earth for an international break, with South Africa midfielder Refiloe Jane set to miss at least two games due to the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

United teammates Ellie Carpenter and Maria Jose Rojas will become adversaries when the Matildas take on Chile at Penrith on Saturday and Tuesday, while Canberra captain Rachel Corsie will form part of the Scotland side to take on the USA in Paisley, Scotland, on Tuesday.

Canberra United's Refiloe Jane will miss at least two games at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Canberra United's Refiloe Jane will miss at least two games at the Africa Cup of Nations.Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

But Jane will be the longest gone, with the midfielder heading home for South Africa's Cup of Nations campaign.

It begins against Nigeria Saturday week, with their other two round-robin games against Kenya and Zambia, and then a potential final not until December 1.

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Canberra coach Heather Garriock was unconcerned about her players heading off for international duty, hoping they would all return better players for the experience.

After this weekend's break, the United's W-League campaign resumes Saturday week away to Newcastle.

"In terms of preparation nothing really changes for us. We've had the same game plan going into both games and we'll do the same," Garriock said.

"We've got a philosophy and the girls have stuck to that philosophy. It's been effective 90 minutes the first game and 80 minutes the second game.

"We've got internationals coming back in, they'll just slip back in easy."

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Garriock said the players had taken their collapse to gift Perth Glory a 4-all draw at McKellar Park on Sunday hard.

They'd held an honesty session at the start of the week to ensure there were no repeats in the future.

United appeared to be cruising to victory with a three-goal lead and a one-woman advantage with just eight minutes remaining, but couldn't keep the Sam Kerr-led Glory out.

"The team was gutted and it really felt like a loss. The feeling amongst the team was sombre, especially coming in for recovery on Monday," Garriock said.

"We actually had a team meeting. Everyone got to have a chat about what their thoughts were on the game.

"We were very open and it was very player driven. It was fantastic. We'll use that as a learning curve, but it'll never happen again."

David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.