Jacks open NPLWA season at Balcatta

Jacks open NPLWA season at Balcatta

Posted on March 13, 2020 in 'News'

The 2020 NPLWA season kicks off this weekend when the Jacks travel to Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta.

The last time we visited the venue a goal from Alex Wild gave the hosts a narrow 1-0 win, but Kenny Lowe will be looking for a better result tomorrow in his first NPL game in charge of the club.

Lowe said he’s looking forward to the opening game and the new challenge at the Campus.

“The last time I coached in the WA Premier League was with the NTC youngster in 2013, so I’m really looking forward to this new challenge with the Jacks,” he said.

“The lads have been great and have worked hard in every training sessions to get the way we want them to play, and we’re now ready for the season.”

Lowe said the new lads who have come in have fitted in well and it’s all systems go for Balcatta on Saturday. “Really pleased how the new lads have come in and they have not missed a beat,” he explained.

“Of course Harry (Evans) and Sami (Riak) joined us late but they have done well in the friendly games which is pleasing.

“The experience of Ryan (Lowry) and Ross (Millard) has given our defence a boost, while Danny (Hodgson) and Tommy (Amphlett) have been great in front of goal.

“We do have some youngster in the side so it’s good to have a leaders on the pitch to guide them and skipper Johnny Perkins and Andy Higgins has been first class.”

Lowe said the coach change at Balcatta is unfortunate, but he knows they have a strong squad and it’s a tough first up challenge but one they are looking forward too.

“Yes, it’s disappointing for Goran Stajic,” Lowe said after the Balcatta coach resigned on Monday.

“We know teams lift when a new coach comes in so we need to be on it from the first whistle. But the lads are prepared and we will be going there looking to make a positive start to the new season.”

Jacks skipper Johnny Perkins goes into his third season at the club, and he said they are ready for the opener and with the new coach on board there is a buzz around the camp.

“To be fair, last season’s disappointment is behind us, we haven’t dwelled on it,” the keeper said of the clubs 11th place finish on the table.

“We have only focused forward since Kenny has come in and worked towards the standards he sets. We have added plenty of new faces and there is healthy competition for places all over the park and a great team spirit, so everyone is champing at the bit to get started.”

Balcatta have had traumatic week with the coach and some players leaving, but Perkins know they have a good squad, but he said they are aiming to start the season and Kenny’s rein with a win.

“We haven’t really focused on Balcatta or opposition in general, our focus is about our jobs as individuals and how we want to play as a team,” Perkins explained.

“Regardless of what goes on at clubs, this league has proven time and time again anyone can beat anyone on their day. So, there is no complacency on our part, we know with their quality we have to perform and earn a result.”

Match Details:

Saturday March 14, 2020

Balcatta v ECU Joondalup

Grindleford Reserve, Balcatta

Kick-Off’s: 18’s – 11am, 20’s – 1pm, First Team – 3pm