It’s Derby day on Saturday

It’s Derby day on Saturday

Posted on May 26, 2017 in 'News'

The Jacks are at home on Saturday with neighbours Joondalup United heading to the ECU Football Stadium for the ‘Joondalup Derby’ in Week 14 game in PS4 National Premier League WA (3.00pm)

The sides met in round one with the points being shared in a 2-2 draw. Ross Millard gave the Jacks the lead, before Richard Howles leveled. Tommy Amphlett regained the lead but the host earned a point with a last minute penalty from Matt Sparrow.

The Jacks have had a week off, with the cup round and are refreshed and Coach Dale McCulloch said it has been a good week on the track. “We had the break last week, and it came at a good time with few niggling injuries in the squad,” he said.

“But training has been the best it’s been all season, with places up for grabs for Saturday’s Derby.”

New signings Jack Iredale and Graham Doran will come into the squad for the game and McCulloch said the pair have fitted in well. “I’d like to welcome new signings Jake and Graham to the club, two quality players and quality blocks too, and both have fitted into the Campus life well,” he said.

“Both will come into the squad for the game, Shane Pickering and Jon Higgins are pushing for a starting role, but Tommy Amphlett and Rikki Smith are out.”

McCulloch said Nick Jennings and his coaching staff have done a great job and they are showing they deserve to be in the NPL. “To be fair they have been great for the competition. They are well coached and have some talented players, and have had some good results this season,” he said.

“But we are up for Saturday’s game, we are on our turf and we will be doing all we can to get the result and keep the pressure on the league leaders.”

United Coach Nick Jennings said their first half of the season has gone to plan. “Our first objective this season following promotion was to consolidate our position, and we didn’t want to be in the bottom three scrapping for survival,” he explained.

“We have amassed 22 points, and are very pleased with the season, but we’re not getting carried away and will look to kick on over the next 13 games and finish as high as we can on the table.”

Jennings said the derby is the talk of the town and they are ready for the challenge. “We are all looking forward to the game, and if it’s anything like the first meeting between the two teams it will be a cracker, “he said.

“I’d encourage people to get down and watch, I’m sure both teams will be going all out for victory and to claim bragging rights, but more importantly the points on offer.”