Jacks open new season at Sorrento

Jacks open new season at Sorrento

Posted on February 29, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup will begin the 2016 PS4 National Premier League WA season with a northern derby against Sorrento at Percy Doyle Reserve on March 19.

The full list of fixtures were announced on Friday, and Dale McCulloch’s side will travel to their local rivals in the opening round, before hosting Armadale at the ECU Football Stadium on March 26.

McCulloch said it’s a great fixture first up and like all local derbies, form goes out the window. “We played them on Saturday in the Night Series but both sides had players missing, so we can’t really read much into the game,” he said.

“But any games between the sides are tasty, to say the least. We will prepare right and will look to open the season with a good performance and three points.”

ECU have struggled in the Night Series after an impressive opening game against Balcatta, but McCulloch said they are working hard at training and signs were good in the second half on Saturday. “I thought our structure was good in the second half and that has given us a great deal of positives moving forward,” he said.

“We need to tighten up at the back and we will be working hard to do that. We have some young players back there and they will be better for the run out in the night series and I’m confident of their abilities, but we will be looking for an improvement from them as we head into the new season.”

The best four teams in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues WA will contest an end-of-season Top Four Cup in 2016.

A knockout series has been reintroduced to the WA calendar to add an exciting dimension in the third season of the top-tier competition.

The team finishing top of the PS4 NPLWA league ladder at the conclusion of the home-and-away fixtures will be declared champion and will represent the state in the PS4 National Finals Series.

Last season, Bayswater City went all the way to the PS4 National Finals Series Grand Final where they were beaten by New South Wales’ Blacktown City.

Season three of the PS4 NPLWA will kick-off on Saturday, March 19, and the regular campaign will conclude on August 27. The Top Four Cup final will be held on September 10.

PS4 NPLWA manager Chris Beech expected teams to raise the bar even higher in 2016.

“We’ve responded to the wishes of the clubs by adding a knockout stage to the competition and I’m sure this will generate more interest and excitement in the latter stages of the season,” Beech said.

“Although the league winner will be WA’s champion club, as determined by Football Federation Australia, a knockout competition creates added interest and gives teams additional incentives as they enter the closing rounds of the season.”

Champion Bayswater City will kick off their title defence at Finance 365 Stadium (formerly Frank Drago Reserve) against Perth Glory, while last year’s runners up Perth SC travel to Alfred Skeet reserve to take on Armadale.

Perth Glory, whose youth team plays in the PS4 NPLWA, will play their home games at Ashfield Arena, home of All Flags State League Division One side Ashfield.

For the full list of fixtures Click here: PS4 NPLWA 2016 Fixtures