COVID-19 – JUFC Executive Committee update to members

The Joondalup United Executive Committee would like to update you on the club’s stance following the recent statements from the Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan and the Football West CEO James Curtis.

Firstly we hope you’re all going okay and coping with the ongoing restrictions. We understand how frustrating this has been for everyone, however we are all very fortunate to be living in WA and hopefully we are through the worst of the coronavirus and are now starting to see things gradually return back to normal for us all.

Whilst the current situation may have seen some restrictions lifted, unfortunately, the Premier has not yet relaxed any restrictions for community contact sport (e.g. football, AFL, etc). Therefore we must reiterate at this point we are still not allowed to return to full training, friendlies or games.

During this ban all current bookings with the City of Joondalup have been suspended meaning that all shire grounds and sporting fields and facilities are closed and will not be available to use for clubs until advised by the State Government.

Football West are following guidelines set by Football Federation Australia (FFA) and along with the local Council, are all working in conjunction with advice from the State Government and Health Officials. In turn we are following this advice to ensure the safety of all members.

As things progress we are sure we will see further restrictions lifted and eventually all community sport will be giving the go ahead to return to normal.

Over the coming weeks we will be liaising with Football West to work on the best possible outcome for everyone to continue to play football, in the immediate future, under the proposed guidelines and in a safe environment for all involved.

In the meantime we thank you for your patience and commitment in keeping players engaged whilst the semi-lockdown restrictions have been in place.

If you haven’t been able to watch or access the Premier’s Statement, click here.

The statement from Football West CEO James Curtis can be accessed here.

Onside Sports join JUFC as official merchandise partner

Joondalup United are delighted to announce that Onside Sports have come on board as the club’s official merchandise partner.

Located in Malaga, Onside Sports is a leading supplier for all things football and has become a staple within the Perth football community.

JUFC members and supporters can now purchase a range of club merchandise from Onside Sports’ website, with Adidas the kit supplier.

“Onside Sports and Adidas are very proud to partner with one of Western Australia’s leading football clubs Joondalup United for season 2020 and beyond,” said Caeser Aquino of Onside Sports.

“Onside Sports will provide the club and members with Adidas products and the new JUFC online store which will give the members access to the latest JUFC Adidas teamwear for the club.

“JUFC members will receive offers during the season to help develop the partnership.”

To purchase JUFC merchandise, simply head to the online store and place an order.

As a special introductory offer, Onside Sports are offering free initials on hoodies and training jackets for delivery at the beginning of April. Simply use the code JUFCI20 at checkout.

A PDF of all 2020 JUFC merchandise can be found here, or check out the image below.

JUFC Junior Community Registration Day 2020

Our Junior Community Registration Day will take place on Saturday, 1 February 2020 at Forrest Park in Padbury.

Pre-registration is required and this can be done by filling out the form located here. All children (players) will need to be present for kit sizing and, back by popular demand, a selection of football boots will be available for purchase while stocks last.

Don’t forget to pay the $50 holding deposit to secure a place in the team; this will be deducted from the full fee amount. Both EFTPOS and cash options will be available on the day.

All queries can be directed to Jenny at juniorcommunity@jufc.com.au.

JUFC Junior Community Registration Day 2020

Saturday, 1 February 2020 – Forrest Park, Padbury

  • 9am to 10am – Girls only (all ages)
  • 10am to 12pm – 6s to 11s
  • 12pm to 2pm – 12s to 18s

Registration form

JUFC add youth and experience to State League squad

Samuel Faulkner and Gary Hill are the latest additions to Joondalup United’s squad for the 2020 Football West State League season.

Youngster Faulkner played most of his youth football with Floreat Athena before spending a season with JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) 18s.

He then moved on to Sorrento where he was a regular in their NPL 20s squad while also making a number of appearances for their first team.

Veteran centre back Gary Hill brings to the club a wealth of experience having played for Highworth Town and Hungerford Town in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia.

Following spells with Port Darwin and Sydney side Bankstown Berries, he relocated to Western Australia and played for Floreat Athena, Olympic Kingsway and Ashfield Soccer Club.

JUFC are delighted to welcome both players to preseason training and we look forward to seeing them feature in the upcoming Night Series campaign.

New look coaching group to oversee Amateurs in 2020

Joondalup United can today confirm that Neil Sherwin has been appointed as the first team coach of the Football West Amateur Premier Division squad for the 2020 season.

A JUFC member for ten years and an AFC/FFA C Licence coach, Sherwin was the player/coach of the reserves side that finished fifth in the top flight in 2019.

He was also the reserves captain as they claimed four league titles in a row between 2015 and 2018.

“Following the disappointing news this week that Ben Williams was unable to continue as the Amateur first team coach, we are very pleased to announce Neil Sherwin as his successor,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“It’s good to see Neil step up to this position as he has been involved in coaching the Amateur reserves for some time now and this promotion shows very much how we operate – natural progression from within and club development across all levels.

“Another senior player, James Green, will step into a coaching role for the first time as the first team assistant.”

Sherwin and Green have played together since 2007 when they were members of the Hamersley Rovers side that won the Amateur Cup.

Green was in the JUFC side that progressed to State League football before joining the current Amateur set up under outgoing coach Ben Williams and he was an integral part of the team that won the Division One title in 2018.

“I was delighted to be asked to take on the role and appreciate the backing of the club and the senior playing group,” said Sherwin.

“The Amateur Premier Division is a tough league, however we proved in the second half of last season that we can compete at this level.

“Neither myself or James are ready to hang up the boots just yet but we’re both looking forward to continuing Ben’s great work over the past seven years.

“We have a very strong squad in place but will be looking to add a few new faces to freshen things up and increase competition for places in the starting eleven.”

Preseason begins in the coming weeks with beach sessions at Mullaloo, the first of which takes place on Tuesday, December 10 at 6.15pm.

The balls will get moving at Beldon Park in early January and new players are welcome to attend all sessions.

JUFC are now taking expressions of interest for the vacant Amateur Premier Division reserves coach position; for more information about that role and the Amateur preseason, email amateur@jufc.com.au.

Williams confirms decision to step down as Amateur coach

JUFC would like to thank Ben Williams for seven years as Amateur first team coach following his decision to leave the position due to work commitments.

Having taken over the role in 2012, Williams led the JUFC Amateurs all the way from the lower half of Division Three to a seventh place finish in the Premier Division last time out.

Promotion to the top flight came in 2018 as JUFC took out the league title following a close run battle with local rivals Quinns FC.

Williams also guided the JUFC to the Division Two first team title in 2016.

“This is sad news for both Ben and the club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“In the last seven years as the Amateur first team coach, Ben has overseen their progression and eventually reached the top division in 2018 which was a huge achievement at our second tier level.

“During his time as a player and coach he is one of the longest serving members of the club and at the heartbeat of our culture.

“A truly passionate and loyal member of JUFC, he’s not gone forever and will still be around the club in some capacity.”

Williams leaves behind a strong squad that performed superbly in the second half of the 2019 campaign.

The Executive Committee will now work through the process to identify and appoint a new first team coach for the 2020 season and beyond, with preseason training details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

JUFC re-sign nine for 2020 State League season

Nine players from Joondalup United’s 2019 Football West State League squad have committed to the club for the upcoming Division One season.

Captain Tony Taylor, who has been at JUFC for the best part of a decade, and vice captain Scott Hoyle are among those coming back for another campaign.

Versatile James Oldroyd, who took out both the Players’ Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year awards for 2019, is another key re-signing for coaches Ian McMurray and Nick Jennings.

The others on board are experienced keeper Alfie Brincat, full back Alex Robertson, the highly talented Jamie Gardiner, midfielders Ben Fairbairn and Conor Dolan and centre back Liam Mooney.

Those nine players join youngsters Callum Speed and Jack Carroll and experienced striker Jamie Gibson in the squad for 2020.

With preseason training underway, more signings will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

JUFC to expand girls set up for 2020 season

Joondalup United is looking to expand its young but successful girls program for 2020, with the goal to have competitive 14s and 16s squads for the upcoming season.

We have a core group of of girls for both squads already but are looking to complete them with some more experienced players.

Maybe you have played for your school and are looking to play club football next season? Maybe you were not selected for the team you trialed at but are still looking to play next season? Or maybe you are just looking for a change? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, JUFC could be the club for you.

JUFC is very passionate about girls football, and playing for our club will include:

  • Quality coaching with FFA accredited coaches, including a C-License coach and fully accredited Coerver Skills coach.
  • Personal player development plans and programs, with drills targeted specifically towards identified development areas.
  • End of season player progress report.
  • Two training sessions per week.
  • Full playing kit with name on back.
  • Summer preseason training camp (additional costs apply).

Whilst JUFC strives for our players to give their best, development as players and people is paramount.

Trial dates

Both sessions will be held at Charonia Park in Mullaloo.

  • Saturday, November 23, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday, November 30, 11am to 12.30pm

A registration form for the trials can be found here.

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.