Gwelup first up for Jacks in NPLWA

Gwelup first up for Jacks in NPLWA

Posted on March 19, 2021 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup begin the defence of their NPLWA title on Sunday when they visit Wishart Street to take on Gwelup Croatia (3.00pm)

It’s going to be hot off the pitch with temperatures expecting to reach the mid 30’s at kick off, but it will be hotter on the pitch with Kenny Lowe’s side looking to make a positive start to the season.

NOTE – With the current hot weather set to continue into the weekend, Football West advises that scheduled kick-off times for the games could change.

“It’s great to be in league action on Sunday, and we know being the reigning title holders we will be hunted this season, and every team will want to beat the champions, but we’re up for the challenge,” Lowe said.

“The Night Series gave is the opportunity, like all teams, to get the rustiness out and work on a few things with our new players, and we got what we wanted out of it.”

Lowe said the Night Series was great opportunity to work on a few things and give the new signings and the youngsters some game time, but the squad is looking good going into the Gwelup game.

“We worked hard to bring the right players into the club, and I think our squad is stronger heading into the new season,” Lowe said.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience and it was good to see some of the youngsters play good minutes in the Night Series, which bodes well for the season ahead, because we need depth throughout the season.

“We lost the boys to Glory, but to see them performing well in the A League is great and we wish them the luck for the rest of the season.

“It’s a tough first up challenge at Gwelup, but the lads are looking forward to getting back to competitive league action with three points up for grabs.”

Jacks’ midfielder Andy Higgins said although they didn’t win the Night Series, to finish it off with a big win against Armadale was pleasing, and good to see the new signings making their mark.

“It was a good win and good to get another competitive 90 minutes before the season starts, and its pleasing going in with a bit of confidence now as it’s always good to score four goals,” he explained.

“It’s always good to have a few new faces around the club, and it gives a bit of added competition to get in the team.

“Obviously we lost a few lads to the Glory this year, but I feel like we have defiantly boosted the squad with the boys that have come in.”

Higgins said Sunday will be a tough opening game, against a good side. “Ever since Gwelup came to the league, they have been very good and competitive,” he explained.

“Both teams will be wanting to get a quick start to the season, so I think it will be a good pace game at a difficult ground to play at.”

New 18s coach Dimitri Phylactou takes charge of his first league game for the Jacks at Gwelup, with a 11am kick-off, while Mark Scanlan’s 20’s kick-off at 1.00pm.

Match Details

Gwelup Croatia v ECU Joondalup

Sunday March 21

Wishart Street, Gwelup