Jacks head to Mandurah in Week 24

Jacks head to Mandurah in Week 24

Posted on August 10, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup head down the Kwinana Freeway on Saturday when they take on Mandurah City at Securitas Protect Stadium. The Jacks are coming off a big win against Balcatta last week, scoring five, but they could have had a few more.

ECU Assistant Coach David Tough said the Balcatta victory was a great team performance. “Really happy to get the win and I thought we controlled the game for the majority of the 90 minutes and we looked dangerous every time we went forward,” he said. “We looked back to our old selves, and at the end of the day it was a good three points but we could have scored a few more,”

Tough said Mandurah were good the last time they played them and he’s expecting them to be up for Saturday’s game. “They (Mandurah) are fighting for survival and it’s going to be tough game for us,” but we’ve prepared well,” he explained.  “They had a good result, getting a draw at Floreat last week, and that will give them confidence, and I’m sure it’s going to be a battle this weekend, but we’re relishing the challenge.”.

Daryl Nicol scored a hat-trick last week and he said Saturday is a big game, as they want to end the season well, while Mandurah are in a relegation fight. “Another very difficult game against a team who are fighting for their lives down at the bottom,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the trip as it’s a ground I haven’t been to yet and we will be doing everything we can to come away with the three points.”

Jacks skipper Gordon Smith was outstanding last week, and although he didn’t get on the score sheet his work up top was a catalyst to most of the goals. He said they will be looking to come back home with three points but they need to be at their best against a good Mandurah side.

“They (Mandurah) are fighting for their lives we are under no illusions how tough a game it’s going to be down there, they have some good players,” he said. “But with the quality in our squad, if we play to our full potential there’s no reason we can’t come back up the road with three points.”

Defender Ross Millard said the win against Balcatta was welcome and they hope to finish off the season well. “It was great to get back in the winner’s circle after last week’s big win over Balcatta. It was well over due and now were looking to back that up against a Mandurah side who are fighting to stay in the league,” he said.

“We’re aware of what threats they pose so we definitely won’t be taking them lightly. We all know anything can happen in this league. This is a game all the lads are really looking forward to as we want to finish off the season strongly.”