Additional NPL 15s players required for 2018

Joondalup United is seeking additional players for its National Premier League 15s team ahead of the new season.

Despite having significant talent attend our recent NPL trials, the coach of the 15s is still looking for a couple of players to fill key positions within the squad.

In particular, the squad is in need of players who can operate in defence or on the wing, however other positions will also be considered.

If you are interested in training with the team, please email juniornpl@jufc.com.au with the following details:

  • Name
  • DOB
  • Positions played
  • Club played for in 2017
  • Any relevant playing history

Whitmore claims top honours at JUFC Awards Night

Josh Whitmore has been rewarded for a superb 2017 season with the top two individual trophies at the 2017 Joondalup United Awards Night.

The all action midfielder was voted the Players’ Player of the Year and the Coach’s Player of the Year for his performances in the PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL).

Centre back Ross Edwards was another integral part of Nick Jennings’ first team squad, and he claimed the runner up Players’ Player of the Year trophy.

For the 20s, James Bruce took out the Players’ Player of the Year category, ahead of Sam Wynne who was the Coach’s Player of the Year.

Jordan Bertolini was the winner of the two 18s awards, pipping Josh Hart in the players’ vote.

There were two worthy winners of the Clubman of the Year awards, as Rudy Proctor claimed top prize and Michael Burgess took out the Masters category.

A full list of the winners is below, and you can view the official photos, as captured by Fotoenzo, on our Facebook page.

NPL First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Josh Whitmore

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Ross Edwards

Coach’s Player of the Year – Josh Whitmore

NPL 20s

Players’ Player of the Year – James Bruce

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Sam Wynne

Coach’s Player of the Year – Sam Wynne

NPL 18s

Players’ Player of the Year – Jordan Bertolini

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Josh Hart

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jordan Bertolini

Amateur Division One First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Ognjen Kotur

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Andreas Bouzinekis

Coach’s Player of the Year – James Green

Amateur Division One Reserves

Players’ Player of the Year – Taylor Cooper

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Chris Boyle

Coach’s Player of the Year – James Spurry

Amateur Division Four First Team

Players’ Player of the Year – Declan Kerrigan

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Fezz Ahmadi

Coach’s Player of the Year – Julien Etiennette

Amateur Division Four Reserves

Players’ Player of the Year – Luke Sims

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Sean McBride

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jay McKenzie

Masters Central Division

Players’ Player of the Year – Andrew Burrell

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Gary Andrews

Coach’s Player of the Year – Gary Andrews

Masters Division One

Players’ Player of the Year – Danny Middleton

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Ian Devlin

Coach’s Player of the Year – Mark Terry

Masters Division Three

Players’ Player of the Year – Anthony Hall

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Andy Jennings

Coach’s Player of the Year – Jamie McIntyre

Masters Over 45s

Players’ Player of the Year – Paul Gillet

Players’ Player of the Year Runner Up – Michael Burgess

Coach’s Player of the Year – Paul Gillet

Clubman of the Year

Rudy Proctor

Clubman of the Year (Masters)

Michael Burgess

Wild commits to JUFC for 2018 NPL campaign

Striker Alex Wild will play a second PS4 National Premier League (NPL) season in Joondalup United colours having re-signed with the club this weekend.

The 21-year-old scored five times in 16 appearances for JUFC last time round and will be hoping to better that in 2018.

“Alex is a hard working centre forward who is fully committed to JUFC and was keen to sign on early to display his loyalty to the club,” said JUFC coach Nick Jennings.

“His work ethic is second to none and last season he scored a number of crucial goals for us.

“He’s still very young and learning the game, I can see him making an impact in the forthcoming season; he’s a real handful for defenders and they certainly know they’ve been in a game whenever they come across our Boy Wonder!”

Wild began his senior career with JUFC in the Amateur League before making the switch to Bayswater City where he captained their 20s side to the Cool Ridge Reserves Cup title.

Having also played for Baysie’s first team on a number of occasions, Wild returned to JUFC for the club’s inaugural NPL season.

Wild joins new signings Johnny Chalmers and Elliot Tattersall in the first team squad ahead of preseason training.

JUFC welcomes young gun Tattersall for 2018

Joondalup United’s preparations for the 2018 PS4 National Premier League (NPL) season continued this week with the signing of hot prospect Elliot Tattersall.

The 19-year-old moves to JUFC from Perth Soccer Club where he was an integral part of their title-winning 20s side in 2017.

JUFC coach Nick Jennings expressed his delight at picking up a player who had attracted interest from other NPL clubs.

“Elliot is an exciting young prospect whom a number of NPL teams where chasing, so I’m delighted to have secured his signature for the 2018 season,” said Jennings.

“He was a standout last year in the Perth 20s team that lifted the league crown and featured on a number of occasion in their first team squad.

“A technical, attacking left sided player, he is a great addition for JUFC as we move forward into our second year in the NPL.”

Having put pen to paper on a deal to move to the northern suburbs, Tattersall said that the chance to play first team football was too good to turn down.

“Nick and I talked about possible opportunities and I trusted him; if I work hard and show promise those opportunities will come,” he said.

“I hope to play a good year of first team football with JUFC and contribute to the club as best I can so that, as a team, we can have a successful and enjoyable season.”

The former Balcatta and Sorrento man is sure to excite JUFC supporters next season with his attack-minded attitude, as well as pace and flare in the final third.

JUFC Amateurs and Masters combine to beat Carramar in charity friendly

Joondalup United’s Amateurs and Masters teams enjoyed a 4-1 win over local rivals Carramar on Friday night in a charity fundraiser game.

Played in front of a good crowd at Houghton Park, the contest was the first in what will hopefully be an annual event.

On this occasion, all proceeds from the night, including bar and food sales, went to Intelife, one of the State’s premier disability service providers.

The two Masters teams played out an entertaining 1-1 draw over the course of the first 90 minutes, with ex-Scunthorpe United and Brighton & Hove Albion star Matty Sparrow pulling the strings for JUFC.

JUFC midfielder Angus Richardson opening the scoring as he curled home a fine effort from just outside the penalty area, however the home side drew level just after the half hour mark.

The Amateurs took over for the second half, and it didn’t take JUFC long to find the net as Drew Kirkpatrick used his pace to get in behind the defence before finishing well.

It didn’t take long for the lead to be extended, though there was an element of good fortune about Adam Rogers’ goal as his cross looped over the Carramar goalkeeper and into the net.

After Chris Bryce had made some good saves between the posts for JUFC, Mike Kenny collected the ball in midfield and surged through the defence before finishing low.

Coaches Graeme Reid and Ben Williams collected the trophy for JUFC, and we look forward to the rematch in 2018.

 

 

Chalmers returns to JUFC for 2018 NPL WA season

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm the re-signing of Johnny Chalmers ahead of the 2018 NPLWA season.

Having won the State League as a JUFC player in 2016, Chalmers made it back-to-back titles with Western Knights last season.

He was a crucial member of the Knights side that beat Sorrento to claim the 2017 State Cup.

Chalmers’ stint at the Knights also included an FFA Cup tie against Gold Coast City FC which was a great experience for the 23-year-old.

“Getting Johnny back to club is a great coup, he is a great lad that all the boys and supporters love and with his ability and tensity he deserves to be playing at the highest level of football in WA,” said JUFC NPL Operations Manager Rudy Proctor.

“With a few new signings getting very close we are really looking forward to getting the lads back in for pre-season and improving on last year’s efforts in the NPL.”

A ball-playing midfielder who can also play in defence, Chalmers will be a huge asset to JUFC in the upcoming campaign.

In other club news, it is with great sadness that we announce the departures of club captain Arran Maplestone and vice-captain Josh Whitmore.

Both players have been fantastic servants to JUFC in their time at the club, helping us to rise to the highest level of football in the state.

Unfortunately JUFC is unable to compete financially with other clubs in the NPL and we support the decision made by both to pursue other opportunities.

Keep an eye out for more JUFC signings in the coming weeks.

Celtic FC coach adds expertise to JUFC’s NPL Junior trials

Joondalup United’s National Premier League (NPL) Juniors trials continued for the 11s and 12s at Wanneroo City Soccer Club and were boosted by a visit from Glasgow Celtic’s Celtic International Academy Manager and 13s Academy Coach Chris Hendry.

Currently in Perth scouting a venue for a potential elite player program in January, Chris carved out some time from his busy schedule to put on a small classroom session for the NPL coaching staff followed by a training session for the 11s and 12s.

“Having a partnership which such a massive club like Celtic affords us the opportunities to tap into the wealth of knowledge they possess and gives us a model to try and replicate at Joondalup United, which can only pay dividends for coaches and players alike,” said JUFC Club President Stephen Martin.

If the elite player program in Perth does get off the ground it will be another massive coup for the club and will hopefully see one of the JUFC youngsters heading off to Glasgow to spend some time with Celtic.

“The Development Trials for Joondalup United have reached new heights in the football community in Perth for the 2018 season,” said Darren Brogan, who is the club’s NPL juniors Coaching Co-ordinator, NPL 12s Head Coach and the official liaison with Celtic.

“We are always wanting to try and do things a bit different to what every other NPL club does trial wise; we like to use the small sided games format with lots of touches for the kids, with skills, juggling and different themes going on throughout the trial to make the kids comfortable on the day and maximising the players chance of success.

“Whilst some clubs have set the bar, JUFC have raised it by utilising their partnership with Celtic Football Club and having Chris Hendry, the Celtic International Academy Manager and 13s Academy Coach, on hand to assist with our NPL 11s and 12s was a massive bonus. The trial session, which lasted two and a half hours, gave every child the chance to train in a unique Academy style environment.

“The event was an amazing spectacle with parents and players commenting that the trials were the best they have ever attended with the 40 kids not wanting it to finish. We had the best talent in Perth on show in these age groups which elevates the club to a whole new level in development terms.

“Celtic also put on a coaching seminar before the event which allowed all our coaching staff a unique insight into one of the best academies in the world totalling the most contact days for kids in Europe providing nine sessions per week and games, reaching the 10,000 hours required to reach top level football.”

A big thank you also goes out to NPL First Team Coach Nick Jennings, 20s Coach Stephen McDowall, 13s Coach Greg Hart, 11s Coach Paddy Rooney and first team vice-captain Josh Whitmore for helping with the training session.

JUFC NPL Coaching Structure 2018

We are delighted to confirm the following coaching set up for the 2018 PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL) season.

First Team

Head Coach – Nick Jennings
Player/Coach – Matty Sparrow
Assistant Coach – Rudy Proctor
Assistant Coach – Graeme Reid
Goalkeeping Coach – Joel Driscoll
Team Manager – Aaron Bell

20s

Head Coach – Steve Flint
Assistant Coach – Stephen McDowall
Assistant Coach – Blaine Merredew

18s

Head Coach – Gary Rawling
Assistant Coach – Mick Hunter

Technical Director

Ian Munro

Best of luck to all of the above as the club prepares for its second season at the top level.