Speed and Carroll join JUFC for 2020 State League campaign

Youngsters Callum Speed and Jack Carroll have committed to Joondalup United for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Both aged 20, they come to club with great pedigrees and we are delighted to have them as part of the first team set up.

Speed was born in London before coming to Perth when he was 12, playing two years at Quinns FC and then joining ECU Joondalup’s 15s side.

A short spell at Joondalup City followed, including some first team experience, before he returned to ECU where he was the 20s top goalscorer over a three-year period.

“I went over to America to play in the college system for six months, returning last year to ECU 20s and playing under Jon Higgins which was a good year with great coaches,” says Speed.

“Now it’s time for me to gain some first team experience and under Nick Jennings I will hopefully get the opportunities to prove myself in the State League.

“Overall I’m really excited and ready for the season ahead.”

Like Speed, Carroll has also cut his teeth with some of Western Australia’s top clubs.

He spent his junior years with Balcatta FC and also had some trials with Football League side Fleetwood Town in the United Kingdom.

On his return to Perth, Carroll played for Bayswater City’s 18s before switching to ECU’s 20s where he won a league title.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my football career and getting the opportunities to play first team football,” he says.

Both players will be part of the JUFC squad which begins preseason training this month under the guidance of Ian McMurray and Nick Jennings.

Gibson re-signs to lead the line in 2020

Striker Jamie Gibson has put pen to paper and will return to Joondalup United for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Gibson last played for the club in the 2018 National Premier League (NPL) campaign, scoring five times in ten games, before playing a season with Carramar FC in the Amateur League.

He netted 24 goals in Division Two to finish as the second top scorer, and also captained Carramar in the Amateur Cup Final against Premier Division winners Kingsley SC.

Despite the 6-2 defeat, Gibson performed superbly and scored both of his side’s goals in the first half.

Originally from Scotland, Gibson played for Easthouses Lily MW, Berwick Rangers, Selkirk FC and Gala Fairydean Rovers before moving to Perth where he also turned out for Stirling Lions in the NPL.

JUFC are delighted to welcome him back to the club and he will be a huge asset next year.

More State League signings will be announced over the next few weeks.

McMurray to join JUFC State League coaching staff for 2020

Joondalup United is pleased to announce that Ian McMurray will be part of the club’s Football West State League coaching set up for the 2020 season.

McMurray will join Nick Jennings and Steve Flint to oversee the first team, with the aim to improve on the last campaign’s ninth place finish.

“I am extremely happy to be coming on board to coach the boys next year,” said McMurray.

“We finished the season strongly and although our league position wasn’t great, we put in some strong performances through the year.

“We know where we let ourselves down last year and we will be working hard to improve us individually and collectively so we will be stronger come next season.”

McMurray brings a wealth of experience to the coaching group, and he was part of the JUFC State League playing group in 2019.

Originally from Scotland, McMurray played with Dunfermline Athletic and had spells at local sides Linlithgow, Dunipace, Fauldhouse and Shotts before relocating to Western Australia.

He scored goals at ECU Joondalup, Perth SC, Cockburn City, Floreat Athena and Subiaco AFC before beginning his coaching career with Subiaco’s 18s where he oversaw a State Cup triumph.

McMurray was appointed as first team coach and oversaw the club’s inaugural National Premier League (NPL) season in 2017 before moving to JUFC this year.

“With all last season’s players keen to remain with us, we are also looking to add more quality to the squad,” he said.

“As well as that, we will be looking at the younger players coming through and any who standout will be given their opportunity at the higher level, but only if they are performing and showing they have the right attitude to step up.

“I am really looking forward to starting preseason strongly and getting us ready for the league.”

Meanwhile, Blaine Merredew and Sean Spence will continue as the reserves team coach and assistant coach having come close to winning the title last season and finishing second overall.

The club’s Technical Director Troy Reid will oversee the State League 18s, with Gary Crawford in the assistant’s role.

Full details of preseason training for all senior State League teams will be posted on the club website and social media channels in the coming weeks.

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