Weston Bears midfield Robbie Turnbull is confident history will repeat itself and the Bears will take the full points against high-flying Newcastle Jets Youth on Sunday.
“Historically, whenever we’ve played a big team at home with something on the line, we’ve risen to the occasion,” Turnbull, 27, said.
While he might be too young to be labelled a veteran, Turnbull certainly fits the description.
Weston host the Newcastle Jets Youth on Sunday at Thomas and Coffey Park where the experienced Turnbull will add to his more than 150 first grade appearances for the Bears in the Northern NSW State League.
The hard-working midfielder has been absent recently with hamstring and knee injuries, but is ready to go for Sunday and believes his team is prepared for the challenge of the Jets Youth.
“It’s our sponsors day, our season is on the line, in the last few years when we’ve been up against it we’ve stepped up,” Turnbull said.
And he isn’t wrong.
In 2010, Weston claimed a 1-0 win at home on the final day of the season to secure the premiership against Edgeworth, while last year they beat Hamilton Olympic 3-0 at Darling Street also on the final day in a
game they needed to win to make the finals.
Turnbull says his team’s season has entered do or die territory but the Bears aren’t intimidated by the challenge.
“I think it just seems like we’ve got a bit of a roll on, we’ve started working out defensively a bit better across the park,” Turnbull said.
“We’ve been playing a bit more direct and it’s suited us.”
The young Jets defeated Weston
2-0 when the teams clashed earlier this season in a high quality match, but Turnbull believes his teammates
have enough to get the job done on Sunday.
“We’re going into this one with more confidence, Nathan [Morris] and I both didn’t play last time,” Turnbull said.
“I think we didn’t quite know what to expect from them last time where as now they’re not so much of an unknown quantity.
We’ve seen them before and we know what they’re going to do,.
“Hopefully that’ll let us play to our strengths a bit, but first and foremost we need to turn up with the right
attitude in defence across the park.”
Weston are seventh on the table going into their round 15 clash with the Jets Youth and need to win their remaining four games to have any chance of making the finals.
The Bears are on 17 points, five behind fifth placed South Cardiff who also have a game in hand.
Weston will be hoping key defender Carl Thornton will be right to back up from Wednesday’s night clash with the Newcastle Jets for the Northern NSW select representative team, while the Bears will be without striker Jason Cowburn, who has been suspended.
Kick off is at 2.30pm.
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