Football is back as the Jacks host Cockburn City

Football is back as the Jacks host Cockburn City

Posted on July 3, 2020 in 'News'

The NPLWA is back at the Campus on Saturday when ECU Joondalup host Cockburn City at the ECU Football Stadium, in Week One of the revamped competition. (3.00pm)

It will be Jacks new Head Coach Kenny Lowe’s first home game in charge and he’s looking forward to the game against a good Cockburn City side. “There has been a great deal of upheaval with the COVID-19 pandemic, and hopefully all our members and supporters have come through it safe, and we welcome them to our first home game of the season on Saturday,” he said.

“It’s also my first game in charge at the campus and I’m looking forward to the challenge against a good Cockburn side, and with Scotty (Scott Miller) in charge we know we’ll have to be at our best to get the three points.”

On top of the Coronavirus, it’s also been a difficult few weeks for skipper Johnny Perkins, who got an niggling injury and missed a number of the friendly games, but he is available for selection on Saturday and he said the boys are ready to go.

“The players want games and it has been frustrating to have only been able to play one competitive game since we started pre-season in November, so the boys are hungry to get going on Saturday,” the keeper said.

“My injury was just a slight calf strain. We had a detailed individual programme for the COVID break but it is never the same intensity as the real thing and I pulled up a little tight on that first night back. It was more of a precaution with season so close, but I’m raring to go now.”

Perkins said it’s a new look club this season, a new look squad and coaching staff, and he said there is a great deal of optimism around the club – “There has been a lot of changes around the club, on and off the pitch, so it a fresh start for us all,” he explained.

“Training has been first class and the players have been lapping up Kenny’s knowledge of the game and embracing his football philosophy, so training has been a real learning experience for the squad.

“There are high expectations for every position on the pitch and a real strength in depth to breed healthy competition for places. The new boys that have come in have been excellent and added a great boost to the squad.”

First up in the shortened season it’s Cockburn City, and Perkins said the players are determined to start the season with a positive performance and three points. “The season could be 1000 games long and the desire to win that first game, especially at home wouldn’t change,” he said.

“But we want to hit the ground running and there can be no excuses for that not happening. Cockburn have technical players and are always well organised so we are not expecting anything but a tough challenge. That being said we are fully focusing on our jobs, individually and collectively to play to our capabilities.”

It’s a busy day at the Campus with Mark Scanlan’s under 18’s in action at 11.00am, while new Under 20’s coach Rob Mohan is in charge of his first game at the club at 1.00pm.