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

Amateur Premier Division coaching team set for 2019

Joondalup United has begun preparations for its return to the Belt up. Amateur Premier Division by confirming the 2019 coaching team.

Having guided JUFC from Division Three to the top flight in the space of six years, Ben Williams will again be the first team coach.

Williams is a FFA/AFC C Licence qualified coach and will look to complete the B Licence course in 2019.

“Finally, we are back among the big clubs in Sunday Amateur football,” says Williams.

“We are keen to add more quality to our existing squad to make the transition from Division One to the Premier Division as smooth as possible.

“JUFC has a brilliant club culture and have been very successful on the pitch over the past few years so we hope to mix it with the top sides and have a strong first season back at that level.”

Williams will be again be assisted on match day by Jono Doherty who has been a huge asset to the Amateur set up over the past year.

There is a change in the reserve set up with Neil Sherwin taking over from Phil Rogers who guided the team to three league titles in a row.

Sherwin will combine coaching with playing having been the reserve team captain for the past five seasons, and he is also a C Licence holder.

Preseason for the Premier Division squad begins next week (Tuesday, 6.15pm) with a session at Mullaloo Beach, the first of four get togethers before Christmas.

With an Amateur Night Series to prepare for, full training will commence at Beldon Park on 3 January 2019.

If you are interested in playing for JUFC or sponsoring the club in 2019, please email amateur@jufc.com.au.

Maton takes role as JUFC State League Reserves coach

Joondalup United can today confirm the appointment of Terry Maton as the State League Reserves coach for the 2019 season.

The experienced Maton, who holds a UEFA B Licence, joins the club following spells with Stirling Lions and Joondalup City.

At City, Maton oversaw their 18s team who finished second in consecutive seasons.

Prior to moving to Australia, Maton was based in the United Kingdom where he coached at Hayes and Yeading, Fulham Ladies National Premier League, and Middlesex Ladies Representative, among others.

Maton will support first team head coach Nick Jennings as JUFC look to bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign.

Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley will work with Maton at Reserves level and expressions of interest are now being sought from players keen to be part of the squad.

If you wish to to get involved, simply head to this link, fill out your details, and hit ‘Send’.

Jennings to lead JUFC State League coaching staff in 2019

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm that Nick Jennings will continue in his role as first team coach for the 2019 Football West State League season.

Having overseen the club’s rise to the National Premier League (NPL), Jennings will again spearhead the coaching group as JUFC look to rebuild in the State League following relegation from the top flight.

Jennings will again be assisted by the experienced Steve Flint and Rudy Proctor, and plans are being finalised for the upcoming preseason schedule.

“Over the last few weeks since the NPL season ended I spent a long time thinking hard over the direction of my coaching career,” said Jennings.

“I fielded a couple of offers to jump on the coaching merry-go-round but decided that the challenge of rebuilding the club which I love was the best move for me.

“I’m looking to rebuild the playing group from scratch and with the restructuring that’s gone off the field I’ll be aiming for us to hit the ground running and be challenging at the top end of what will be an ultra competitive State League Division One.”

The State League reserves will include Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley in its coaching group, with a further appointment still to be confirmed.

The JUFC 18s will be coached by Troy Reid who is also the club’s new Technical Director, while Miguel de la Fuente will serve as his assistant.

More details regarding trials and preseason training will be made available in the near future.

JUFC appoints Technical Director ahead of 2019 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Reid as the club’s new Technical Director.

Reid came to the club with plenty of experience having previously been with Stirling Lions as a National Premier League (NPL) coach and a Technical Director for the 6s to 11s age groups.

He will also be the club’s 18s coach for the upcoming State League campaign.

“Troy has a strong record of developing players and has the dedication and experience to be part of the future of our Club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“Having coached one of our Junior NPL teams this year we have been impressed with Troy’s personal leadership and ability to get the best out of his players on and off the pitch.”

JUFC is looking to the future and aims to focus on professionalism, performance, club culture with a strong emphasis on Junior development.

As Technical Director, Reid will be in a key position and will be working with our great team of coaches to assist players develop and transition through Junior NPL teams into senior football.

“I am excited by the role and the direction the club is going with the youth development focus, and I think I can use my experience to help foster and develop that vision,” said Reid, who also coached his way through the youth and senior ranks at club and representative level in Albany.

“Obviously we want to continue to develop young footballers and be competitive in the NPL competitions.

“Most importantly we want to focus on developing players who will be the future of our first team over the coming years, not only to get us back into the senior NPL but to be competing at that level.”

Reid has already commenced his new role and is overseeing the Junior trials which are taking place at Beldon Park for the next few weeks.

JUFC Junior Award Winners 2018

Joondalup United held its Junior Presentation event for the 2018 season on Saturday, September 23 at Woodvale Tavern.

Players were served a meal before their parents joined in to see the presentation of 2018 Participation Awards.

Coaches also recognised an outstanding player from each team who were presented a trophy before Joondalup Joe made a special appearance during the Miniroos fun to “Floss” up a storm on the dance floor.

“We would like to thank City of Joondalup North Central Ward Councillor Nige Jones who presented JUFC’s first ever all girls team with their awards, along with the 18s Division 2 team and their Football West league winners’ medals,” said JUFC Junior Committee member Lyn Bartlett.

A huge thank you to those who attended the event, and also to our team of volunteers (pictured above) who worked tirelessly on the day to make sure everything went smoothly.

A list of the award winners can be seen below:

18s Division 2 Stephen
NPL 16s Shaun
NPL 15s Max
NPL 14s Billy
14s Division  2 Joshua
14s Girls Beny
NPL 13s Mal
13s Metro Division 1 Cameron
13s North Division 4 Bakari

 

12s Blue Metro Finlay
12s White Bilbies Austin
11s Blue metro James
11s Green Metro Ruari
11s Purple Bilbies Salam
11s White Bilbies Matthew
10s Blue Metro Lachlan
10s Orange Metro Elliot
10s Purple Bilbies Event
9s Blue Bilbies Declan
9s Purple Bilbies Jackson
9s Yellow Bilbies Chase
8s Blue Bilbies Finn
8s Purple Bilbies Alec

JUFC Junior trials get underway

Joondalup United’s preparations for the 2019 season get underway with the commencement of our Junior trials.

Trials for the NPL, 18s State League and 8s to 12s Development squads will take place at Beldon Park in Beldon.

All interested parties are required to fill out an expression of interest form which, along with the specific dates for each age group, can be found here.

Any queries can be directed to junioradmin@jufc.com.au.

 

Bucking Bull – the roast experts for all your catering needs

Joondalup United would like to thank Bucking Bull for their sponsorship and support throughout the 2018 season.

For all our junior teams out there, you may have noticed man of the match vouchers from the Bucking Bull catering company handed out by the coaches after every match.

These vouchers were kindly donated by someone you may have heard of before, former Joondalup Mayor and supporter of the club Troy Pickard.

As the city of Joondalup Mayor, Troy Pickard was the only member of council to stick his neck out for the club publicly and push our cause at the highest level, a stance that made him many enemies in the local community.

If local councils had more people like Troy who were more interested in serving the community as opposed to serving themselves, we would all truly benefit.

The club would like to this this opportunity once again to thank Troy publicly for all his help over the years and for highlighting our plight.

Hopefully the beating we have taken over these last few years will reap reward in the coming years.

Turning back to business, Troy has been involved with Bucking Bull for a number of years and has numerous franchises all around the metro area.

People may not know that a major arm of this business is catering and, as we start to head into the festive season, we ask that you keep Troy and his catering capabilities in mind.

A link to his website can be found here so if this looks like something that would benefit or help you out then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and also let him or his lovely wife Felicity know you are from JUFC when placing an order.

Thanks again to Troy and all of our sponsors for their backing during season 2018.

Stephen Martin
Club President

President’s Address – NPL seniors’ season finale

JUFC President Stephen Martin is encouraging all members and supporters to attend Saturday’s final game of the National Premier League (NPL) season at Percy Doyle Reserve.

Dear members and supporters,

Although Saturday’s fixture marks our last game as a National Premier League (NPL) senior club, we want this to be a day of celebration and not a day of dwelling on what could have been.

Our visitors Perth Soccer Club are one of the biggest clubs in Perth and still have a shot at winning the league if they secure victory over JUFC and Perth Glory slip up.

It’s a great way to see out the season and they are sure to bring with them a large crowd; we would like to do the same and make it a great day out for the JUFC family.

Entry will be free for all JUFC members wearing club gear.

Our first NPL game against ECU in 2017 was one of the biggest crowds witnessed at an NPL senior match so let’s go out in similar fashion and get down to support the guys for one last time.

Although we have officially been relegated from the NPL at a senior level we still retain our Junior NPL status.

Granted it’s not been the greatest season for the senior sides but that did not come as a surprise given the predicament that the City of Joondalup Council left us in.

Saying that though, outside of the NPL seniors there are still lots of positives to focus on throughout the club as we close out season 2018 and look toward 2019.

As most would have seen on our social media channels recently our Division Two 18s team were recently crowned league champions and are eyeing up more silverware before the season finishes.

The Top Four Cup campaign kicks off next week and the Junior Cup Final takes place this Saturday at 3:15pm at Ashfield.

It’s great having 18s of this calibre so well done to the coach Clive O’Brien, team manager Melinda Lewis and all the players involved; top effort so far and best of luck on Saturday and next week.

Without putting a mocker on it, our Belt Up Amateur Division One side are vying for promotion to the Premier Division again this season and with only a handful of games to go can achieve that goal with a win over third place Stirling Panthers this Sunday.

It was so close yet so far for Ben Williams and the lads last season as they conceded a goal in the last minute of the second last game of the season to thwart their promotion to the top flight.

With that in the back of their minds, the lads will be keen to get the result on Sunday and secure promotion so for all club members who are not playing at that time the Amateurs would love to have your support down at Stirling.

Our NPL juniors continue to make massive strides forward and the improvement on last season has been remarkable.

We are now reaching the time where our top junior NPL development sides are starting to come through the ranks and each year going forward, like this season, we will see a team enter the NPL 13s that will be a contender for the league.

Two years from now, if we can keep hold of current squads, we will have some of the top teams competing in the 13s to 16s NPL Junior leagues.

NPL Junior trial dates for season 2019 will be announced soon so please keep an eye out for that.

As the club continues to grow and the workload increases we are continually striving to improve on previous seasons and add people to the committee that can really add value.

Preparations are currently underway for next season and there will be even more changes in the coming months as we look to restructure major parts of the club in 2019, especially our State League set up which has been ongoing for a number of weeks now.

The 2018 presentation evenings will begin in earnest with the Junior presentations taking place on September 23rd at the Woodvale Tavern.

The full club presentation evening will take place on October 20th at the Breakwater Tavern and is open to anyone.

It’s a great way to round out the season so we look forward to seeing you all there for another night of celebration.

JUFC is more than just an NPL senior team, it’s a progressive club catering to all age groups and abilities with over 550 current playing members.

It’s not often we have the opportunity to all get together so let’s all get down on Saturday, farewell the NPL season, and celebrate the end of an era for the club while marking the beginning of another.

Stephen Martin
Club President