All roads lead to Balcatta as NPL resumes


The PGFC Academy First Team, Under-20s and Under-18s all return to Football West NPL action this Saturday when they visit Grindleford Reserve to take on Balcatta.

There was a bye in the NPL last weekend, with the Belt Up State League Cup Semi-Finals taking place, in which Glory’s Under-20s duly booked a date with Cockburn City in the Final by downing Armadale  7-2.

Academy Head Coach Richard Garcia was understandably full of praise for the performance and quick to stress the Glory youngsters’ determination to retain the trophy that the club won last term by defeating Sorrento.

“Steven McGarry and I were delighted with the performance and the application of the player group,” he said.

“After the club’s success in last season’s final, this group want to emulate that and you could see that from the first whistle.

“They were hungry and fully deserved the win.”

Garcia’s attention soon switched to the First Team, however, who have worked hard on the training ground since losing to Floreat Athena in their last outing.

“We’ve reviewed the tape of that game and moved on,” he said, “but the group are looking to make emends on Saturday against a good Balcatta side.

“In the first meeting, we ran out 3-0 winners which was our first win of the season, so a win is important to get back on track and keep us challenging with the front- runners at the end of the season.

“The league table is tight at the moment, with only five points separating second to seventh, so if you lose a couple of games you are back in mid-table.

“The challenge is there for the players to keep improving on their performances and aim to win every game, but we’ve been happy with the way they have worked this week and we’re all looking forward to the game.”

The Under-18s get Saturday’s action underway at 11am, followed by the Under-20s at 1pm and the First Team at 3pm.

Do get along to lend the lads your support if you can!