McCulloch invites Junior to final NPL home game

McCulloch invites Junior to final NPL home game

Posted on August 19, 2016 in 'News'

Coach Dale McCulloch said Saturday’s game against Cockburn City is a huge game for the club. The Jacks are on a great run of form and are pressing for The West Australian Top Four Finals, and this week is the final home game of the season, and McCulloch said it would be great to get the junior players along to watch the senior side.

McCulloch said it will be a celebration of the season, as the junior sides have also performed well. “It will be great to get as many of the junior players to watch the first team on Saturday, and celebrate the successful season,” he said.

“The talent we have coming through the academy and NPL teams is the future of our club, and all teams have had an outstanding seasons, with the under 12’s, 13’s and 15’s winning their leagues, with under 14’s finishing third and under 16’s second, while the Under 13’s also won the cup.

“The senior side have really started to hit our straps and need to win both of our final games to make the Top Four Finals, and to get the junior players, their parents and all our loyal supporters along for our final game of the season will give the players a huge lift as we push for a finals spot.”

Jacks head Coach Dale McCulloch said last week against the reigning League Champions Bayswater was an outstanding performance. “To go there and come home with the three points and a clean sheet was fantastic,” he said.

“We had to hold them off early, again our defence was outstanding, and Daryl Nicol scored just before half time, and we ran away with it in the second half with Gordon Smith bagged a brace to continue our good run of form.”

The last time the Jacks were beaten in the league was against Saturday’s opponents in round 10, when a young ECU side were thrashed 0-4, McCulloch said Saturday’s side will be nothing like that day. “At Dalmatinac Park we played a number of younger players, who performed well, but we probably played too many on the day, and we were well beaten,” he explained.

“That experience playing first team football will give those young players an insight to what is needed to make that step to first team football, and I’m confident they will. “This week we have a settled side, which are playing some good football and we will have to bring our A-game if we are to beat a talented Cockburn side.”

“They have a talented squad, and were the last team to best in the league, so we know what they can do, if we let them. It’s another Cup Final for us as we strive to reach the West Australian Top Four Finals, we have two games left and need to win them both, but we can’t look beyond Saturday’s game and we have to be at our best to get the result.”

McCulloch said it’s been a successful season and said it’s been a team effort. “With today being the final home game of the season I’d like to thank a few people for their work at the club this season,” he said.

“My assistant Coaches David Tough and Steven McGarry have both been invaluable this season, while our High Performance Coach Mark Scanlan and his team of students, physio Regan Arrigoni and Team manager Jesse Hesford, have all played their part in our success, thanks to everyone.

“Finally I’d like to thank all our sponsor’s especially our major sponsor Credentia Construction, and I’d like to thank the ECU committee for all their support this season.”