Jacks head to Bayswater in week 18

Jacks head to Bayswater in week 18

Posted on August 2, 2019 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup make the trip to Frank Drago Reserve in week 18 of the Football West NPL when they take on Bayswater City on Saturday. (3.00pm)

The Jacks are coming off a hard-fought point against Perth Glory last week, and skipper Johnny Perkins said it was a good team performance.

“It was a solid team effort with a lot of ground covered from the lads on the day,” he said.

“We know Glory keep the ball well but we restricted them to very few chances, and we had a couple ourselves too and, on another day, we might have left with three points.”

Perkins was quick to praise young defender Nick Koefler, who has come into the side and hasn’t looked out of place.

“Nick has been great, and has seamlessly slotted into the side and has been working hard in training to make sure his name is on that team sheet every Saturday,” he said.

“Credit to him for taking his chance and bedding becoming a regular and he needs to push on.”

The skipper said Saturday is a huge game and it will be good to catch with a few old team mates. “Bayswater had a bad week with three defeats but we know they have a lot of quality in their side and will be looking to bounce back against us,” Perkins said.

“We have stopped the rot since the halfway point, but want to start turning draws into wins and we are expecting Saturday to be an intense affair and looking forward to seeing some old (and some very old) faces.”

Koefler, who has been outstanding since coming into the side, said the point against Glory could be a good one. “It was a tough game last week, but we were pleased about the clean sheet because it meant we did our job at the back,” he explained.

“It’s been great that I’ve got my chance in the first team and I think I’ve settled in well and improved because of the exposure against some really good opponents.”

The defender said Bayswater are a good side but he is confident they can come home with a positive result.

“Definitely a huge game, and with it coming into the end of the season it would be great to get a win, but Bayswater have had a good year and won’t make it easy,” he said.

“We’ve been in great form recently, so it should be a tight game and hopefully we keep our run going on the weekend.”

Assistant Coach David Tough said the players are ready for a big game. “A huge game for us this weekend, but we’re travelling well at the moment,” Tough said.

“We need to continue what we are doing and were hoping to come home with a positive result.

“We have trained well this week and are ready for the challenge against a good Bayswater side, and we go there confident.

“We are unbeaten in our last six games and will be doing all we can to make it seven come 5.00pm Saturday afternoon.”