It’s Derby Day as Jacks host Sorrento

It’s Derby Day as Jacks host Sorrento

Posted on March 23, 2019 in 'News'

The Jacks return home on Saturday afternoon when they host Sorrento in the Joondalup City Derby at the ECU Football Stadium in Week Two of the NPL WA (3.00pm)

With it being our first home game of the season, the club have organised a bouncy castle and other activities for the kids, so all our development players get down to the Campus and have some fun and watch the senior players in action

The Jacks came home from Perth with a well-deserved point last week, while the Gulls lost first up against Cockburn, but these games are always tight affair, and Saturday will be no different and Jacks skipper Johnny Perkins said they have taken a great deal of confidence from the draw at the Champions last week.

“We were disappointed with how we started. The first half performance was nowhere near the levels we should be at,” he said. “The boys showed great character to turn it around and I felt we controlled the game in the second half and we came away rueing not having taken three points.

“With said it’s a point more than we took their last year and they are a great team who will be thereabouts at the end of the season so we take the positives and move onto this week. Perkins, who joined the Jacks from Stirling Lions two-years ago, said the City of Joondalup Derby is always a tough game, and Saturday will be no different, but they are confident they can get the right result.

“Absolutely, this game is always an intense encounter and it means a lot to both clubs,” he explained. “We are expecting a physical and fast paced game and they have good players that can hurt you but we know our qualities and will be looking for three points.”

Striker Joe Knowles has been outstanding since his return to the campus, bagging six goals in the Night Series and worked tirelessly in the draw at Perth last week, and like the skipper he said it was a slow start at the Gardens. “Yes, unfortunately one misplaced pass lead to an early goal for them but I think we showed great character to come back twice,” he said. “Both teams had chances to secure all three points but I think we are all happy with a draw away to the reigning champions.”

Knowles said Saturday is a massive game for both clubs and he’s looking forward to his first Joondalup City derby for a number of years. “The local derby is a big one for both clubs, and it’s one we always want to win,” he said. “No doubt the boys will be giving everything this week and to improve on last week’s performance and we will be doing all we can to get a positive result and get an important three points to get ourselves rolling for this season.”