Jacks duo selected in WA under 14’s Squad

Jacks duo selected in WA under 14’s Squad

Posted on October 3, 2016 in 'News'

After a season of success ECU Joondalup duo George Jackson and Ciaran Bramwell have been selected in the WA State under 14’s squad to play in the National’s at Coffs Harbour next week. The Jacks under 14’s won the top five Cup, with both Jackson and Bramwell performing well for Willie Herd’s side.

Keeper George Jackson said it’s a great honour to play for the state, and he’s looking forward to it. “I’m really pleased to be selected. I felt like I gained confidence as I got through each stage of the state trials. I feel like I ended the season in really good form after not starting out so well,” he said.  “This season was great, we had a good start and then we dropped a few points and ended up in third place, but I always believed we could win the finals. All the team hit top form in the finals and we 100% deserved to be champions.”

Defender Ciaran Bramwell was part of the under 13’s state side last season and he said that experience will help him this time around. “I’m delighted and privileged to of been selected again, and I’m proud to be representing ECU at state level,” he said. “It was a successful end to the season, with winning the U14s top 4 cup. Unfortunately the squad suffered a few injuries including myself as I broke my wrist half way through the season resulting in missing six games which was disappointing.”

Both players believe the ECU academy is second to none and both say they have developed their game during their time there. “The academy has been successful in developing young players and is shown with of Brandon O’Neil and Jordan Lyden,” Bramwell explained. “When the 14’s had so many injuries, the players that came up from the 13’s team to help out did not look out of place, which shows the strength in depth of the academy.” Jackson agreed, “The ECU academy in my opinion is the best in the state, they have produced a lot of professionals in their time which is thanks to the coaches at the club.”

Bramwell started playing at Quinns FC from U6-U10 before joining ECU 6 years ago. One of his biggest highlights was receiving an opportunity to train at Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa academies with their U13 players when he was 12 and being invited back to train at WBA between my 15th and 16th birthday.

Jackson started his football at Wembley Downs SC when he was 6 years old, and played as an outfield player until he was 11, then he started filling in for goalkeeper and started to enjoy it, and has played in goals ever since. So far he has had 3 years at ECU and has really enjoyed his time here. The highlight of his time at the club was the Top four cup final against Sorrento this year, when he saved two penalties in the shoot-out, the Jacks ended up winning.

Bramwell said he’s been lucky to have such good coaching over the years. “Aaron Tighe (former team mate of ECU technical director Andy Petterson) has had the biggest influence on my football development since I was 8 years old,” he said. “Aaron’s advanced skills coaching and mentoring program has improved my technique and confidence. Also Willie Herd has been a big influence in my development as he has been my coach at ECU for the last 2 years and is constantly improving my understanding of the game.”

Jackson said Coach Willie Herd has had a big influence on his football. “I’ve had Willie as a coach for 2 years and he has been great for my football,” he explained. “In my first season I could hardly pass the ball and he made me do passing drills instead of goalkeeping drills which is now paying off. He is always fair and lets me know what I need to improve and when I have done well.”

From everyone at the club good luck boys!!!!!!