Jacks youngsters in Top Four Cup this weekend

Jacks youngsters in Top Four Cup this weekend

Posted on August 26, 2016 in 'News'

It’s a massive weekend of football for ECU Joondalup PS4 NPLWA sides with all sides taking part in the end of season Top Four Finals.

The Jacks Under 12’s PS4NPLWA side won the Group B league title on the last day of the season on goal difference from Sorrento, with a 1-1 draw against Stirling Lions, and Coach Willie Kelly said the side have been fantastic this season, only losing three times in the league.

“Ross and I are delighted with the season, the youngsters have developed into a good footballing side, and they have taken our coaching on board and have been rewarded with the league title,” he said. “Of course at this age it’s not all about winning, it’s about developing their game, and we feel they have and it’s great to see.”

The youngsters play Cockburn City in the Top Four finals on Sunday at Beale Park. Cockburn finished fourth in Group A and Kelly said it will be another challenge. “Again it’s a learning curve for these youngsters, finals football is totally different,” he said. “Like I’ve said it’s the development of these players that is important, and if we can get a result that is a bonus, but the players are really looking forward to the game and showing their best.”

The Under 13’s have had a stellar season taking out the league and cup double and will take on Perth Glory at Beale Park in the first week of the Top Four Finals (12.00pm)

It’s been a huge season for Nik Silsby’s side, they won the cup in a penalty shoot-out win against Perth Glory in the Cup Final at Wanneroo on the Saturday was followed by a 3-0 win on Sunday against Stirling Lions at Macedonia Park to win the league and Silsby said it’s been a fantastic season.

“I feel very lucky and feel privileged to be able to coach such a talented group and a great bunch of boys and be a small part of a great club,” he said.  “We started training in November and had a few friendly games prior to Christmas which was pleasing as the new boys gelled in really well. We then recommenced training in late January and have been working hard ever since.”

“I’m really not bothered about results, although it’s nice for the boys to win titles and cups.  At the start of the year they all said they wanted to win every competition we entered without compromising our style of football and so far they have achieved this.  We now move onto the top 4 competition and then the Bunbury carnival.

“The top 4 will provide the boys with something different as the losers in each game drop out but with the mental resolve they have I’m sure they will cope well.  I just hope we continue playing good passing football and continue their development through to the end of the season.

“They were obviously a good side last year and were previously well coached but I hope they feel they have improved individually and as a team this year.  We have had our ups and downs throughout the year like any team but I am immensely proud of them.’

All the fixtures below:

16’s – v Perth Glory – 8.00 am kick off Beale Park A

15’s v Cockburn City – 8.00 am kick off Beale Park B

14’s v Sorrento – 9.00 am kick off Beale Park C

13’s v Perth Glory – 12.00 pm kick off Beale Park D

12’s v Cockburn City – 11.30 am Beale Park E