Northern NSW Select squad named to tackle Jets

NORTHERN NSW State League Select coaches Damien Smith and Steve Piggott have gone for speed and a mix of youth and experience in the squad to take on the Jets A-League squad in two trial games.

Northern yesterday announced a 19-man squad for matches on Wednesday, July 18, at Darling Street Oval and Wednesday, August 8, at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

Broadmeadow coach Smith guided the representative side last year, but South Cardiff mentor Piggott is new to the role and takes over from Magic assistant Rob Virgili.

Smith saw the Jets perform firsthand on Wednesday night when they defeated his Magic side 3-1 at Wanderers Park in the A-League club’s opening pre-season match.

He believed the key to being competitive against the city’s elite team was having players with speed, saying the likes of Charlestown’s Daniel Bird, South Cardiff’s Bray Smith and Nick Russell and Broadmeadow’s Scott Pettit fitted the bill.

‘‘Going on last night’s game, the Jets are pretty sharp and they’ve got pace all over the park, so pace is a key factor,’’ Smith said.

‘‘We’ve tried to bring some into the squad but also a little bit of experience and top-class players like Johnny Majurovski who have been in top form for their club.

‘‘We asked every coach to nominate who they think would fit into the system we want to play and who deserved selection on form.’’

All state league clubs except the Jets Youth team are represented in the select side.

The team will train for the first time on Monday week and meet again on July 16 and August 6.

Full squad in details on page 79.

? The two state league catch-up games scheduled for last night were postponed yesterday because of rain-sodden pitches.

Charlestown were to play South Cardiff at Lisle Carr Oval and Hamilton were to take on Edgeworth at Darling Street Oval.

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