Jacks take on Glory in NPLWA Night Series

Jacks take on Glory in NPLWA Night Series

Posted on February 12, 2021 in 'News'

It’s take two of the NPLWA Night Series competition this weekend, this after the Jacks first two rounds were called off due to the WA government lockdown. In round three on Sunday, we take on Perth Glory at Frank Drago Reserve, kick off 5.00pm.

The new COVID-19 restrictions are still to be confirmed by the Premier, but we are hoping the 150 limits will be lifted and It will be great to see as many supporters get along to support Kenny Lowe’s side as they look for a good start to the preseason competition.

It will be a return to the club for striker Daryl Nicol, who has headed back to the campus from Bayswater City. The Scotsman said they were prepared for the opener against Gwelup, which was called off hours before kick-off, but he said the safety of WA was more important.

“It was very frustrating and unexpected to find out about the lockdown on the day of our first game, but it was the right decision,” Nicol said.

“I feel like we were building some momentum with our sharpness and overall play in training, and luckily it was only 1 week off so we should manage to pick up where we left off without too many issues.”

Nicol, who won the Football West ‘Gold Medal’ as the NPLWA fairest and best in his final season here in 2018 and went on to win it again the following season at Bayswater, said he can’t wait to get started.

“Perth Glory always provide the toughest test in my opinion as they are very good in possession of the ball which means your defensive shape as a whole team has to be spot on for 90 minutes,” he said.

“It’s the perfect game to start the preseason as it will allow us to put into play the structure and shape that we’ve been working on for weeks.”

Skipper Johnny Perkins, who lifted the NPLWA champions trophy last season, said the new look squad have worked hard in preseason, and despite the lockdown they will be ready for Sunday’s game against a strong Glory side. “It’s early days and we’re all still gelling but training has been great and the boys are raring to play minutes and get sharpness back for the league,” he explained.

“We know Glory will be really well structured, extremely fit and will retain the ball, so it’ll be a good run out for us to get minutes and K’s in the legs.”

Perkins (Left with Head Coach Kenny Lowe) put pen to paper last week on a new contract at the club, and he said Sunday is the start of what he hopes is another successful season. “No doubt that’s our collective goal. We played some good quality football last year and we’re aiming to get back to that and hopefully a step further again this year,” he explained.

“We’re under no illusions though on how big a challenge it will be. There has been plenty of movement and strengthening around the league. We fully expect that we’ll have to work even harder to retain it. It’s been great to see the three lads go back to glory and getting regular A-League minutes so obviously they’ll be missed.

“But we have brought in some great guys to add to what we have. It’s early days and we’re all still gelling but training has been great and the boys are raring to play minutes and get sharpness back for the league.”

Match details

NPLWA Night Series – Week Three

ECU Joondalup v Perth Glory

Sunday February 14

Frank Drago Reserve

Kick off – 5.00pm