Jacks quartet selected in WA Schoolboys under 12’s squad

Jacks quartet selected in WA Schoolboys under 12’s squad

Posted on August 26, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup academy players Jay Patel, Jacob Evans, Fabiano De Abreu and  Fletcher Ellerton have all been selected in the WA Schoolboys under 12’s squad to play at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December.

De Abreu has been part of the successful Jacks under 12’s academy side which currently sits second on the PS4NPLWA,  while Evans, Patel and Ellerton have been in the 13’s, who also sit in second spot, and both teams will take part in the end of season finals soon.

De Abreu said it’s a great feeling to be chosen and said working with Jacks first team striker Gordon Smith, who is the coach of the 12’s side, has helped him a great deal. “I feel proud and honoured to be representing my State and am very grateful for the opportunity and support I have received so far,” he said.

“Gordon is a great player, he is very experienced and has taught us a lot and we still need to learn so much more.  I look forward to every training session because his teaching style is fun, he gets involved and doesn’t shout at us. He is very supportive of our development and progress as a team and individuals, both on and off the field. We are really lucky to have him.

“We have a really great side, but there is always space for improvement, so we continue to work really hard at training and have played some good football this season, but have also had a few really disappointing games, but we are placed well going into the end of season finals

The central midfielder started playing at Bedfordview Football Club in South Africa at the age of 4, before heading to Australia and joined Sorrento FC where he played for 5 years, before moving to the Campus, and he said the academy is excellent and he hopes to play professional football one-day. “This is my second year at ECU and have never looked back. I love it here,” he said. “My dream is to play professionally in the top leagues in Europe one day.  The European way of football, is faster and slightly different to how we play here.”

Patel said the selection in the squad was hard work, but that all paid off when named. “I’m very pleased to have been selected for the squad. It was a long process that lasted over 6 trial dates and there were some really good players on show especially some of the other defenders who tried out,” he said. “This will be my first trip interstate and I am looking forward to representing WA schoolboys very much. We have got a good squad going over to Adelaide and some really good talent on show especially the other ECU boys in the team.”

The 13’s are having a tremendous season and Patel said they are improving each week under Coach Nik Silsby. “Nik is a very good coach, he puts a lot of time and effort into his coaching of us kids, he is firm when he needs to be but also lets us express ourselves, which has helped us all develop our skills,” he said.  “It was a tough opening for us having lost our first two games to Perth Glory and Subiaco, but we bounced back in week 3. Although we have lost 4 games this season we have locked in that 2nd position behind Glory.

“I think the whole squad has played its part this season and we have continued the good work from the previous season. We have had a few injuries, myself included that has meant we have been short on numbers but we have adapted well by bringing in some of the U12’s players who have shown that they can step up when needed. We just have one more hurdle to get over and that is winning the Top 4 cup which will be the icing on the cake and a good end to another successful season for our team.

The left wing back started playing when he was 5-years-old in the UK for a local team called Little Thurrock Dynamos, who also had a good academy set up, and he wants to play at the Hammers in the EPL. “I was them until 2013 when we moved to WA, and my first club here was Quinn’s where I played centre midfield and scored quite a few goals,” he said. “I had just the one season with them and then moved to ECU u10’s and have been with the academy ever since. I want to learn and become a pro footballer. Hopefully one day I will make it and play for West Ham United in the EPL.”

Evans said the work with the Jacks Academy coaches have helped him in selection. “I feel so proud to have been selected for the WA squad, and putting in hard work and getting great results here, I have to thank my coaches at ECU,” he said. “It’s been a great season so far for us, we have certainly improved as a team from when we first started and I am definitely looking forward to the finals. Come on boys.”

Like all the players Evans started young, and he said the academy at the club is second to none. “I started playing football at the age of 3 at Toddler Soccer until I was able to join my local club Carramar FC at the age of 5,” he explained. “I played there until U8’s and then was accepted in the U9’s at ECU, where I have grown and developed and enjoyed every minute.”

The 11-year-old winger said the season has been successful and said the coach has had a major part in that. “I am really enjoying my season with Nik as my coach. Not only has he been a great coach for me he has also been a great mentor. I believe he has helped the team gel together and improve,” he said. “I want to continue to develop and grow at ECU as I have been with the academy since I played U9’s. I am looking forward to representing the state and hopefully one day be playing in the EPL.”

Ellerton said to he is looking forward the tournament, and helping WA to success. “I am very happy to be selected in the State schoolboy squad, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “I can’t wait to play at the Pacific Games and play against other States and Countries. It will be a great experience for me and the other players.”

The midfielder, who had spells at Quinns FC and Perth Glory, before moving to the campus, and he said the season for 13’s has been a huge success, and like any player he has ambitions to play at the highest level he can. “This season has gone well for the team and for myself. We’ve put in some really good performances and played some really good football, and we’re looking forward the challenge in the end of season finals,” he said.

“It’s been great having Nik (Silsby) coach me this season. He always allows us to express ourselves and always pushing us to work hard for the team. He is very helpful and encouraging on and off the pitch. My ambition is to do as well as I can at ECU and become a professional footballer.”

From everyone at ECU Joondalup Soccer Club – Good luck lads!!!!!