UPDATE: All NNSW NPL round two matches, except for the Broadmeadow versus Weston game at Magic Park on Saturday from 6pm, have been postponed because of the wet weather.
FRIDAY: Lambton Jaffas coach James Pascoe walked away from a 5-0 drubbing to Edgeworth last year keen to build a squad with the same flexibility, depth and athleticism to push teams for 90 minutes.
The rain may rob the Jaffas, who were seventh last year, of the chance to show that against the Eagles on Saturday at Edden Oval in round two of the NNSW NPL, but Pascoe is confident they have the right mix. The Jaffas, featuring recruits like Joel Griffiths, Michael Kantarovski and Tom Waller, came back from 2-0 down to beat Hamilton 3-2 last Sunday and appear genuine threats to two-time defending dual premiers Edgeworth.
Pascoe said Eagles coach Damian Zane’s rotation of players and availability of options was something he wanted to replicate.
“Hats off to Zaney,” Pascoe said. “The way he rotates his people has been the biggest key to their success. Outside of Evans and McBreen, who have been stable selections for them, they’ve had the ability to do that.
“It was always in my mind in the recruitment phase to get a squad together that had that flexibility but also that level of athleticism we didn’t have last year. We want to take control of games with our athleticism and bump it up as the game goes on. You saw a bit of that on the weekend, but it will get better.”
Also Saturday, Broadmeadow host Weston at 6pm. Adamstown’s home game against Hamilton on Saturday night and the Charlestown versus Maitland match on Sunday at Lisle Carr Oval have been postponed. The Lake Macquarie-Valentine match Sunday at Macquarie Field was still on late Friday.