Credit: Alan McFillin
As a former Penrith junior, no one can blame West Coast Pirates coach Daniel Manning for being excited about this weekend’s game.
Manning will lead his Pirates into battle against the Panthers on Saturday for the final game of the 2019 SG Ball season at Charlottes Pavilion, with more than just a game of rugby league on the line.
“I’m a Penrith junior,” Manning said. “It means a lot playing against where I came from.”
“It’s an honour to play against Penrith and a good way to finish the season.”
The Pirates come into this Round 9 clash off the back of a disappointing 56-12 loss to the North Sydney Bears last weekend, with Manning hopeful his side can end their campaign on a high.
“We spoke about just sticking to the club rules – working hard, dedication and sticking to the one-percenters and finishing on a positive,” Manning said.
“As long as they do those things and finish on a high that’s all I can ask for.”
The game will be extra special for Brenton Scott, Billy Judge, Deijaan Healey-Marsh, Jaydon Solomon, Dylan Estreich, Jaiden Wilkinson and Jackson Bond with the second-year Pirates set to play their final games of SG Ball.
“With the second-year guys, it means a lot to them,” Manning said.
“I think you’ll see some different turnouts on Saturday and some of the second-year boys really stand up.”
In team news, Healey-Marsh gets the start on the left wing, while Jacob Kerr replaces Eric Koroa.
“We’re going to use Deijaan’s height for cross-kicks,” Manning said.
“He’s the type of kid, regardless of where you put him, he’s going to put in 110%.”
The game kicks off at 10.30am at Charlottes Pavilion in Ellenbrook with a live stream available via Local Media Services Company’s YouTube Channel.