Mandurah City tests new blood on eve of derby

The local derby is at Peelwood Reserve at 6.30pm, with junior sides kicking off earlier in the evening.

Mandurah rested several players and went down 4-0 to Cockburn but blooded four 16-year-olds in the side, with only four first team members starting the game at the weekend.

‘Not deliberate, but a ploy by coach Billy Russell to give some of young players the chance to play at a higher level,’ president Pete Rowe said.

‘Pre-season is the time to test their ability before the regular campaign begins in April.

‘Billy wants to see what they are made of ” they did well against a team that play a league above us in the NPL.’

A good attendance is expected tonight when City clash with rivals Rockingham City in their final Night Series game.

‘Our under-12s will also play their Rocky counterparts at 5pm, so there’s plenty to watch, with the main game at 6.30pm,’ Rowe said.

Bunbury play Cockburn in the second game at 8.30pm.

– Registration nights at Mandurah City begin on Friday, February 14, at 6pm, where parents and players can sign on to play for the club in the 2014 season.

Fees for 2014 have been pegged at last year’s prices and online registration is now mandatory through the FFA. Another rego night is planned for February 21.