Jacks head to Armadale in season finale

Jacks head to Armadale in season finale

Posted on August 30, 2019 in 'News'

The Jacks secured their NPL WA status last week with a hard fought 2-2 draw with Balcatta, and they end their 2019 season on Saturday with a trip to Alfred Skeet Reserve to take on Armadale.

Armadale are all but safe, but can mathematically still go down, but for the Jacks it’s an opportunity to end their season with a win, which could see them move up to seventh on the table.

A brace from Joe Knowles last week gave them the point, and midfielder Henry Durr said it was good to finally secure their survival. “Yes, last week was massive getting survival for the club,” he said.

“With the staff and squad, we’ve really stuck together throughout the whole season and that’s been key to keeping the belief and moral high throughout.

“I think both teams last week probably thought they did enough to win it, but it was a good game and we can take lots of positives away from it after staying up.”

Durr, who returned to the starting line-up last week after missing the Floreat game due to injury, said it’s always a tough place to go, but they are looking forward to the challenge. “Yes, definitely we’re going there for the win and to keep this unbeaten run going which would be a great way to end the season,” he explained.

“They beat us at our place early in the season, so it would be nice to go there and square the ledger on Saturday.”

Bayley Brown-Montgomery again put in a good shift against Balcatta, and he said they rode their look at time and had Johnny Perkins in fine form. “I thought it was a very entertaining game last week and we’ve had a few of them in the last few games but there was no better feeling when that whistle blew and we knew we were safe,” he explained.

“Don’t get me wrong we still had the aim to get nine points in our last three games but to have the scare of relegation lifted felt amazing.

“Johnny in goal this year has been amazing he really is a great captain and great bloke, and he loves to lift up all us young kids and he has made some important saves for us this season.”

The striker has formed a good partnership with Knowles, but he will miss the trip to Armadale due to suspension, but he said the players determined to come home with three points. “I’ve played with Joe on and off at Glory, but at ECU I feel this year we’ve become more accustomed to each other playing,” he said.

“As a two there is nothing he can’t do I just try hold the ball up and hope he is in space and I know he’s got quality to do whatever he wants and for it to come off, as you saw with the goal last week.

“I’d love to be playing this week as our last game, but due to suspension I can’t, but I’ll be there at Armadale for the last game of the year to cheer the boys on and finish the year off with three points.”

It’s also a big day for Jon Higgins’ under 20’s and a win at Armadale will see them win a place in the top four finals and he said it’s a great achievement from his squad.

“We’ve really had to work hard this season and with players moving up to the first team we’ve had to swap and change a little, which is always unsettling, but the lads have been great,” he said.

“We’ve brought up some lads from the 18’s and they have really taken the challenge head on which is great for the club moving forward.

“We know a win at Armadale will see us qualify for the end of season finals, and that is what we set out to do at the start of the season, and we’ll be doing all we can to get the result.”

It’s also been an improved season for the under 18’s, after finishing tenth last season with 25 points Willie McNally and Derek Johnstone have led the side to fifth, with 38 points.

They start things off on Saturday morning at Armadale and will be looking to end the season with a win.

Match Details:
Saturday August 31, 2019
Armadale v ECU Joondalup
Alfred Skeet Reserve, Forrestdale
Kick off times:
18’s – 11.00am, 20’s – 1.00pm, First Team – 3.00pm