Jacks head to Armadale in PS4NPLWA Round 13

Jacks head to Armadale in PS4NPLWA Round 13

Posted on June 17, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup hits the road this weekend when they travel to Alfred Skeet Reserve to take on Armadale (Saturday – 3pm kick off)

The Jacks sits in eight spot on the table but are only four points out of the top five, and ECU Joondalup Coach Dale McCulloch said the trip to Armadale is never easy, but they are looking forward to the challenge. “We are coming off back-to-back home wins against top five sides, and we now have to do it on the road,” he said.

“We’ve only won one on the road this season out of five games, and we all know we need to be better than that. Alfred Skeet Reserve is never an easy place to go and get a result, but we will be looking for a repeat of last season’s result when we came home with a 3-1 win.”

New signing Daryl Nicol and Phil O’Callaghan come into the squad for the trip south, and McCulloch said the pair gives the squad a boost. “Last week we welcomed back Jon Higgins, and had Kevin Moon, Rikki Smith and Jayden Drummond all making their debuts and all performed well,” he said.

“Both Daryl and Phil give us other options going forward and it will give the coaching staff a few selection headaches this week, but it’s a good one to have. We have to be at our best, as Armadale are fighting for their lives, so the players need to be switched on from the first whistle, and we hope to be celebrating the three points come 5pm Saturday afternoon.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said they will be looking to continue their good form, and are coming off two wins against top five sides. “The coaches have all been really happy with the performances from the last couple of weeks, and it was great to get the bragging rights in the derby,” he said.

“I thought we dominated the game for long spells and when were required to defend we did exceptionally. We all know we had a rocky spell in the first half of the season but we knew in that spell we were unable to get enough of the first team player on the park at the same time for varies reason. “We worked hard on strengthening the squad in the transfer window and we very happy with the players we’ve been able to secure for the reminder of the season.”

Armadale will be looking for the points at the other end of the table, and last time at home they beat Stirling Lions, so Tough said they will be up for the game and he said the players will need to be switched on from the first whistle, and they will be doing their best to make it three wins on the bounce. “This is a massive game for us as we want to show we can put a run of wins together,” he said.

“Going to Armadale is always a very hard place to go to get a result. Paul Price will have them well organised, they work hard and as all his teams are they’ll be hard to break down. We’ve got a few players carrying a few knocks after a bruising game against Sorrento, but our physio Regan Arrigoni will work his magic so we’ll hopefully have a full squad to choose from.”

Under 18’s kick off at 11am, under 23’s 1pm and the First team at 3pm