Junior coaches and trial dates set ahead of 2020 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce its National Premier League (NPL) coaches for 2020, as well as details of trials for both NPL and Development teams.

Troy Reid will once again oversee operations as the club’s Technical Director, with Martin Allcock (13s), Paddy Rooney (14s), Adam Buckley (15s) and Fraser Cullen (16s) all on board as NPL coaches.

Trials get underway in the middle of October at Charonia Reserve in Mullaloo and Beldon Park in Beldon.

All interested parties are required to fill out an expression of interest form which can be found here.

Technical Director

Troy Reid

Coaches

13s – Martin Allcock
14s – Paddy Rooney
15s – Adam Buckley
16s – Fraser Cullen

Trials dates

JUFC youngsters shine during 2019 State League season

Joondalup United has continued its commitment to developing young talent throughout the 2019 Football West State League season.

Opportunities have been given to National Premier League (NPL) Juniors perform at a higher level, with Liam Whittaker making his first team debut at just 17 years of age against title winners Gwelup Croatia.

Three more 17-year-olds – Jared Lee, Matt Drake and Aidjouma Sow – have been part of Blaine Merredew’s reserve side that finished second after a fantastic season.

The 18s, meanwhile, has served as a gateway for players aiming to make the step up to senior level.

Luke Crawford (15) started the year in the NPL 15s before moving into 16s, and then the 18s less than a month later.

He has started nearly a dozen games and scored one goal.

Jude Baillie, also 15, was playing up an age group in the 16s and has now got eight 18s games to his name.

Another 15-year-old, Jakub Dubert is another who came through the 16s and is now established as the first choice left back for the 18s.

Dubert netted the match winning goal against Morley Windmills a few weeks ago.

NPL 16 and 15s squad members – Huey Woods, Brad Hilton, Brendon Brassington, Julien Bian and Logan Smith are others who have featured for Troy Reid’s 18s.

Trial registration is now open for the 2020 season and all interested parties can fill out an expression of interest form via our website.

Mitchell earns call up for SSWA Girls State U12 squad

Joondalup United’s Iona Mitchell will this month travel to Canberra as part of the School Sport Western Australia (SSWA) Girls State U12 squad.

The trip takes place between Saturday, August 24 and Friday, August 30 with 15 players selected as part of the squad.

Iona’s JUFC coach Gavin Knight is understandably delighted to see one of his players representing the black and gold over east.

“I want to congratulate Iona Mitchell I’m being selected for the U12s girls state school team that is heading to Canberra in August,” he said.

“Iona has been a great asset to our squad and is improving every week; I have also told Iona it is a great achievement to represent your state in any sport and should enjoy every second of it.

“I wish Iona the best on the trip and good luck to the U12 boys and girls state team that is heading over to Canberra.”

The squad will play games across the week and pick up some vital experience playing against sides from other parts of the country.

JUFC amateurs get Right at Home in the community with team sponsor

Joondalup United’s Amateur Premier Division squad put their weekend off to good use by working with Right at Home Perth North Suburbs to help members of the community.

Right at Home Perth North Suburbs provides in home services and assistance for seniors, adults with a disability or chronic health condition, and those recovering from surgery, allowing them to maintain their independence while receiving care.

Around 25 of the amateurs visited locations across the Perth last Sunday to do some manual labour for company’s clients.

Activities included painting, landscaping, gutter cleaning, hedge trimming, lawn mowing, sweeping, and power washing, and even the bad weather couldn’t put a dampener on the day.

“On behalf of Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs and our wonderful clients, we would like to thank JUFC for going above and beyond helping our community,” said Helen Green, the company’s managing director.

“Your willingness, kindness and enthusiasm to go that extra mile to brighten people’s day and put smiles on all their faces was overwhelming.

“It truly was memorable for all of us and your generosity to give up your time is priceless, thank you so much from all at Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs.”

Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs is the Amateur Premier Division kit sponsor and first team coach Ben Williams was only too happy for JUFC to give something in return for their backing.

“Our major sponsor does great work and we are very grateful for the support so I thought it would do the players and coaching staff good to give back to the community,” he said.

“Everyone was excellent throughout the day and enjoyed the experience so I think the players took a lot out of the exercise, as well as the clients who had some much needed chores done around their homes.”

Once the jobs were done the lads were treated to a nice cup of tea and a chat for their efforts, a great end to a day well spent.

For more information about Right at Home Perth Northern Suburbs, simply head to their website.

JUFC stars earn places in the School Sport WA State 12s squad

Joondalup United youngsters Alfie Knight and Louis Sollitt have been selected for the School Sport WA State 12s select squad for 2019.

Both players are key members of JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) 13s set up and made it through six trials during a selection process that included around 80 players.

They will  travel to the ACT from Saturday, August 24 to Saturday, August 30 where they play against the best kids from all of the other states in a competition.

This is a great representation from JUFC, something which NPL Junior Technical Director Darren Brogan takes great pride in.

“As a club we are so proud of the players that have made the squad as it’s a huge reward for all their efforts at training and matches that have got them this far to be part of such an event,” said Brogan.

“From a coach’s perspective, it’s the best reward you can get when your players are successful through hard work, dedication and sheer determination to achieve such amazing things in the sport.”

The week-long trip over east will see Knight and Sollitt play two games per and gain valuable experience against some of the best players in the country for their age group.

“The two boys are playing up a year in the NPL 13s which provides them with extremely tough games to constantly improve and develop,” said Brogan.

“They have been in outstanding form helping their team into the top six of Division One in the NPL 13s league and quarter finals of the 13s Cup.

“Some of the goals the boys have scored are of the highest quality, showing great decision making for such young players.”

Congratulations to both Alfie and Louis, and best of luck for the trip next month.

JUFC’s Rooney selected for Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad

Joondalup United youngster Isabella Rooney has been chosen to represent Western Australia as part of the Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad.

The team will fly to China for the Jinshan International Youth Football Championships, which will take place between August 21 to 26.

“Isabella is having a fantastic season again this year helping her team into the top six in the National Premier League (NPL) 13s and quarter finals of the 13s Cup,” says Darren Brogan, JUFC’s Junior NPL Technical Director.

“Her passion and commitment to the team have been outstanding and some of the reasons why she has been selected to play for the State 14 Girls.”

“Playing consistently and against top teams every week is giving her so much confidence and developing her talents to further herself in the game.”

According to Football West, the Jinshan Championships will consist of approximately four to six games, depending on results, plus a pre-tournament game against a local club that is to be confirmed.

Brogan believes that playing top level football will give Rooney an advantage that the other State players don’t have exposure to as she plays in the NPL while the rest are in Division One.

Indeed, Rooney is the only player outside of the Girls National Training Centre (NTC) program to make the State Team for 2019.

“It’s a great achievement and as a coach I couldn’t be more proud of her with the way she conducts herself in and around the club with her tremendous commitment to training and her positive attitude,” says Brogan.

Congratulations to Isabella, and best of luck for the trip to China!

JUFC and Coerver team up for junior Skill Acquisition Program

Joondalup United and Coerver ® Coaching have come together to offer an exciting Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) for the club’s current juniors.

Coerver ® Coaching is a global football education provider celebrating its 35th year of operation and has been referred to many times over the years as being the world’s number one football teaching method.

The method, designed to develop skilled, confident and creative players was built on the following two primary premises:

1. Technical proficiency is critical to playing football effectively, regardless of tactics or formations, and

2. Technical proficiency can be taught, it is not something a player either has or hasn’t naturally.

This year JUFC, in partnership with Western Australia’s only authorised Coerver ® Coaching provider, is happy to be able to offer this world class program to our juniors.

The program, comprising of 16 hours of skills training, is suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 15, and each participant will receive a moisture wicking Coerver ® Coaching training shirt, and Adidas football, and a certificate of completion.

To get some further insight into the program, JUFC will be hosting an information and demonstration session in early May and we invite all families to come down to watch.

All players registering for the program itself will be placed in a draw to win free enrolment, worth $320.

When: Saturday, 25 May 2019

Duration: 16 weeks

Where: Forrest Park, Padbury

Cost: $320 (includes training shirt and football)

Contact: Email junioradmin@jufc.com.au to register your interest

JUFC return to Amateur Premier Division after six-year absence

The Football West Belt Up Amateur Premier Division kicks off this weekend and will feature Joondalup United for the first time since 2013.

That promotion winning side went on to win State League Division Two the following year before journeying all the way to the National Premier League.

During that time, another JUFC side was steadily working its way through the amateur leagues and claimed a spot in the top flight by winning Division One in 2018.

“It’s been a long time coming but six years of hard work has finally put us back in the Amateur Premier Division and we can’t wait to get started on Sunday against Wembley Downs,” said coach Ben Williams who has overseen the run from Division Three.

“This season is the first for a few years where we haven’t gone into the opening week amongst the favourites for the title and there’s no pressure, so it will be great to see how the lads express themselves when we play the top sides.”

It’s been a long preseason for the squad having kicked things off at the beach in December before the balls got moving early in the New Year, and the Football West Amateur Night Series gave Williams an indication of what to expect.

There were mixed results, with comfortable wins over Hamersley Rovers and UWA-Nedlands and disappointing defeats to Kingsley SC and Leeming Strikers.

“We will be tested week in, week out by tough opposition and to be perfectly honest I don’t know what to expect,” he said.

“I know a bit about the top teams, but others will be new to me. We want to be competitive and obviously survival is our main goal so once that box is ticked then the target will be midtable and come the last couple of months we will hopefully be in a position to push for a top half finish.

Williams has recruited heavily during preseason and added plenty of depth, as well as players who have experience playing in the Premier Division.

Blaine Slater and Mark Walsh have joined from Wembley Downs, while Curtis Wreglesworth, Ryan Williams and Liam Ryan will strengthen the backline.

Adam Taylor, who enjoyed a prolific Division One campaign in front of goal in 2017, returns to the set up after a year working overseas.

He will join Josh Kennedy-Edwards and Kyall Osborne, scorers of 42 league goals between them last season, in the JUFC attack.

Unfortunately, young midfielder Sam Rogers will miss the whole season having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Leeming in the Night Series.

“We have added about 15 new faces to the squad this year and the lads can’t wait to get started at 3pm on Sunday,” said Williams.

“There is a good blend of youth across the first team and the reserves and I’m sure that the lads who have been here and done it before will be putting their arms around the young ones to make sure they’re ready.”

JUFC host Wembley Downs at Beldon Park this Sunday with the reserves kicking off at 12.45pm, followed by the first team at 3pm.

New look JUFC ready to compete in 2019 State League

Joondalup United is set for big year in the Football West State League under the guidance of returning coach Nick Jennings.

A difficult 12 months for club culminated in relegation from the National Premier League (NPL) but Jennings and the Executive Committee have worked hard in the offseason to lay new foundations for the club in what will be its 20th season.

Preseason wins over NPL side ECU Joondalup and Subiaco AFC, have given the playing group confidence ahead of this weekend’s Night Series kick off.

“The Executive Committee would like to quell the rumours that seem to have spread through sections of the football fraternity regarding the future of JUFC and the club’s financial position,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth and there was never any danger of JUFC going bankrupt and folding.

“On the contrary, the club is financially very well placed and will compete in Division One of the State League and are about to go into the Night Series with a clean slate and fresh look.”

JUFC’s first season in the NPL in 2017 resulted in a respectable ninth place finish but the departure of a number of key players meant that ‘second season syndrome’ was a distinct possibility from the outset.

“Like almost every club after a relegation, there tends to be a lull followed by uncertainty,” said Stone.

“However, to us our relegation was inevitable, mainly due to the circumstances of a lack of support from local council at NPL level to secure any long-term facilities.

“This left the club trying to compete in the 2018 NPL season with both arms tied behind our backs.”

JUFC have achieved a lot in the club’s short history and Stone says that he knew that there would always be a drop off at some point.

“We were under no illusion of the task we faced last season, and just getting to the end of the year was an achievement in itself,” he said.

Coach Nick Jennings felt the pinch more than most; having used a shoestring budget to build a squad capable of competing with clubs whose financial backing was considerably larger, he worked tirelessly to ensure that JUFC made it through the 2018 season.

“The club has been on an unbelievable upward journey over the past few seasons, our rise through the leagues has been well documented, and everyone is aware of the rail crash of the NPL 2018 season,” he said.

“The painful relegation, the first in the club’s Saturday football history, really hurt me, as an individual who cares about this special club.

“However, with the severe restrictions we were operating under I believe even Sir Alex Ferguson would have earned his knighthood by avoiding the drop!”

The fallout from the bottom place finish had its effect on Jennings as much as it did on the playing group but has committed to club for another year.

“As I’ve stated previously, I seriously considered joining the majority of the playing group and leaving the club for pastures new,” he said.

“Following meetings with the club and having been informed of the restructuring and plans for the club moving forward, the prospect of being the man to lead the club back to the top-level of WA football was a challenge that I couldn’t walk away from.”

With just a handful of players remaining, Jennings and his coaching team began the rebuild of the playing group, targeting a mixture of hungry young players, experienced campaigners, and those who love a challenge.

“As a coach I pride myself on the talent I have identified from lower levels of football and those within the u18 and u20 systems, who I have then given opportunities to play in my first team,” said Jennings.

“I am also realistic that these talented boys will be headhunted and subsequently move to so-called bigger clubs with big budgets.

“Like all coaches I’m still on the lookout for players to add to my new squad as we really ramp up our preparations firstly for the Night Series and then the real business of the league program in the highly competitive and quality State League Division One.”

JUFC’s first game in the Night Series takes place this coming Friday with Swan United providing the opposition at Wanneroo.

Wanneroo City and Olympic Kingsway are the other two sides in Pool 4, with the top side from the round robin group stage guaranteed a place in the knockout stage.

“The 2019 season will be our 20th anniversary and with every other section of the club thriving, the committee has set about planning and rebuilding our State Teams for the future,” said John Stone.

“We now have a great junior base with a well-trained coaching group, paired with a structure in place to promote the younger players at all levels, giving every young player the opportunity to progress and compete for a place in our first team.

“The State teams will be back playing at Forrest Park and we look forward to the seeing the same support that the club enjoyed there in 2016 when we won the title.”

Overall, this promises to be an exciting year for JUFC with celebrations planned across the club for the next 12 months.

“In keeping with our strong culture, we are focused on what Joondalup United does well and are well on our way to competing again this coming season,” said Stone.

Celebrating 20 years of JUFC (2000-2019)

Joondalup United is calling on all members past and present to be part of the club’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

The Executive Committee will be commemorating two decades of JUFC with a number of events over the next 12 months.

A special version of the club badge has been designed and will used on all official channels throughout 2019, displaying the pride we have in reaching such a big milestone.

“It’s been an incredible achievement for our club to just survive, let alone grow and achieve the huge successes we’ve enjoyed over these 20 years,” says JUFC President John Stone.

“This season we can celebrate those years with past and present members and as we enter a new era we are commemorating this event with a relaunch of the club training shirt in an original club colour, red, aided by a unique club emblem that we’re sure all members will embrace.”

The decision to go with a red training shirt in 2019 is a nod to the colour of the away kits worn during our first few seasons.

There will also be an extensive range of merchandise available over the course of the season, complete with the special club badge.

This also presents a number of sponsorship opportunities with packages tailored to the needs of the client, simply email admin@jufc.com.au to find out how you can come on board for the 20th anniversary of JUFC.

On the pitch, there is plenty to be excited about as we look to assert ourselves in the Football West State League, while the Amateurs will compete in the top division having gained promotion last time out.

The JUFC Masters remain strong, and our Juniors continue to grow year-on-year thanks to our great family ethos, qualified coaches, and reputation in the northern suburbs and beyond.

Our relationship with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic continues and details of more partnership events will be available over the coming months.

Overall it’s an exciting time to be a JUFC member, and we look forward to you helping us to make our 20th year a great one.

JUFC 20th Anniversary Events*

10 February 2019 – Junior Registration Day

24 February 2019 – Senior Registration Day

31 March 2019 – Family Fun Day

29 June 2019 – Junior Photo Day

26 October 2019 – Senior Presentation Night

*More to be confirmed