Jacks trio impress in WA State Side

Jacks trio impress in WA State Side

Posted on August 10, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup trio Gordon Smith, Ross Millard and Daryl Smith all played their part in a good Tri-Series competition for the WA State Side, in games against the Young Socceroos and the Singapore Youth side over the last week.

Smith was Captain of the side in both games and said it was a huge honour. “Yes it was huge to captain the side and the two games were a great experience for the squad,” he said “The Socceroos we’re really good in possession and played with a real high tempo, while Singapore were also a tricky opposition with some skillful players. Youth team or not you need to be a good player to play at any international level, so to beat Singapore and score five goals shows the quality we have here in WA.”

Smith said to play at that standard after only a couple of session was an outstanding effort from WA. “We only trained together three times but the coach Ramon Falzon told us the style he wanted us to play and how he wanted us to set up,” he explained. “But fair play to the squad we did ourselves proud and showed we can more than compete against good sides.”

Like Smith, Nicol said it was a great honour and said the ECU players did a good job. “I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, firstly getting picked, then training with the squad, and then making the starting 11 for both games, was brilliant,” he explained. “I think Ross and Gordon and I gave a good representation of ECU, and it was very exciting coming up against a foreign and unknown opponent in Singapore. The rain did its best to spoil the game but that didn’t take anything away from a fantastic experience.”

Nicol said they took the game to both the Young Socceroos and Singapore. “I thought the squad we had was very strong and even in the first game against the young Socceroos we were very competitive,” he explained.

“When you change the entire team during the match, as both teams did, it takes a little bit out of the game but I think during the first half of that game we could’ve easily been a couple of goals in front. With the Singapore game we were able to dominate them physically and had it not been for the conditions levelling things out it could’ve been far more convincing.”

Millard said it was a great occasion and he really enjoyed it. “It was a great experience to play against both Australia and Singapore. Both sides provided big tests for us but ones that we really enjoyed. Both sides were well drilled so it shows the quality we have in the NPLWA due to how competitive we were,” he said.

In the Singapore game we went out there treating it like it was just a normal game and I think that really helped us in the end. We started strong and managed to get a few early goals which set us up for the rest of the night. Regardless whether it was their youth team they represent their country for a reason and I think we made WA proud.”

The young defender said the WA side showed they can take on anyone and push them, and their performance was even better with limited time to prepare. . “We only had three training sessions prior to the two games, which wasn’t ideal, so to come out and play together like we did was a great testament to all the lads,” he said.

“We felt we didn’t get what we deserved in the game against Australia so to come out and put on a performance like we did against Singapore is a big plus for WA Football.”

Well done to the trio – They were all outstanding and played their parts in both games and represented ECU Joondalup and West Australia with pride.