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 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.

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.

Club statement – the future direction of Joondalup United

On behalf of the Joondalup United Football Club Executive Committee,

I would like to take this opportunity to confirm our situation in terms of the rumours that have been circulating over the past few weeks regarding the club folding, merging and everything else in between. I can confirm there will be no merger and JUFC will not be folding.

Apart from the three senior NPL teams this season, the rest of the club is the strongest it’s ever been and we are more financially stable than ever.

As most are aware, the three senior National Premier League (NPL) sides have not had the best start to the season. This is obviously not ideal but comes as no surprise to the Executive Committee. We were resigned to the fact that, after several failed attempts, the City of Joondalup Council were unsuccessful in trying to provide the club with a home base from which to operate from, and therefore we were going to struggle severely in our second season in the NPL.

Our role as an Executive Committee is to operate the club in the best interests of our members and that means exploring every option available, as we have done numerous times during the club’s 19-year history. The City of Joondalup Council had advised us to explore all options and even to investigate options within the City of Wanneroo.

As a result of our current position there was some interest from another club, in particular enquiring whether there was a way to bring our two clubs together with a possible merger and, in the process, solve some challenges currently faced on both sides.

Further enquiries were made, meetings between both parties took place and, following, this the key stakeholders of JUFC were then engaged to discuss all options and work a way forward in the best interests of the club. After much discussion and with due diligence completed we would like to advise that there will be no change to the current structure of the club.

Our search for a home ground has been no secret; whether NPL or not it has been going on for over ten years and the last two years have been the most challenging in which four separate facilities were identified as the new home for JUFC, only to be voted down on every occasion.

The disappointing December rejection of a council proposal for a brand new community facility to be built at the club’s junior ground at Prince Regent Park in Heathridge has left JUFC with no facilities at all and has put a huge strain on every person throughout the club, especially the coaches, players and parents utilising this park. The situation we find ourselves in is ridiculous and is something we are not going to let go lightly.

As a result, the remainder of the 2018 season and the months going into season 2019 is an important period for the club. We are a very proud and successful community club, and we will persevere to explore all avenues to provide this great club an eventual home.

We have now formed a Council Action Group who will lobby the State Government officials and local Members of Parliament. We will also continue to work with the City of Joondalup and engage with the local groups and residents associations, leaving no stone unturned in order to give our club and its members some basic facilities to operate from.

The club will be looking ahead and begin planning for the 2019 season. With some rebuilding and restructuring we are sure we will be able to continue as we always have in the past. Should results continue to no go our way, the NPL Juniors and NPL Development teams will continue to strengthen next season while the seniors rebuild in State League Division One where the compliance and restrictions of NPL do not apply.

The partnership with Glasgow Celtic FC has progressed further this season and we are looking to expand on this more in the coming years. With the senior Amateurs and Masters groups continuing to thrive and compete in all their respective divisions, the club in its entirety will be strong heading towards its landmark 20th season in WA football.

As a club we pride ourselves on providing competitive football for everyone from 5 to 50+ years of age in a family friendly environment. Our core strategy is focused on the development of our players and coaches and in future seasons we will place a strong emphasis in this area to ensure we maintain the standards we have set in our short history.

Stephen Martin
Club President

Building for the future – JUFC Coaches & Committee Forum 2018

Joondalup United hosted its first Coaches & Committee Forum on Monday night at the Currambine Bar & Bistro.

The reason for such an event was to get the senior members of the club in one room to discuss all things JUFC past and present, to align everyone with what our club is about, and to set out our intentions for 2018 by highlighting how everyone can all help in achieving our goals.

The presentation delivered on the night addressed numerous areas within the club, including the committee structure and reporting lines, council issues and updates, the club ethos and culture, the partnership with Glasgow Celtic, all things social and fundraising, social media and its importance to a club like us, and rounding it out with the 2018 objectives off the field.

One main area discussed was the growth of the club. The past three seasons have been a bit of a blur for us, and it’s fair to say that the growth has caught us off guard a bit. As you can see via the below graph, it’s been rapid.

Newsletter

We are looking to roll out some new initiatives in 2018, with the junior newsletter being one example. This is an important communication piece within the club that will not only bridge the gap between all the junior teams, but between the junior and senior areas of the club as well. Stay tuned as there will be more info to come on this shortly.

Social and fundraising

As with every year, a major focus is on social and fundraising. We have the annual Family Fun Day this coming Sunday, the club raffle, the mid-season do and the end of season presentation nights.

There are four events that require lots of support, and we only have a few chances a year to get together as a club so we need to make the most of them. We’d love to see a massive increase in junior parents attending social functions and getting really involved in the club and once again bridging the gap between the two areas.

Vice President Peter Rustidge is driving these initiatives from the top down and more details will be available in the coming weeks, with the raffle prizes in particular guaranteed to appeal to everyone.

Social Media

We are one of the most progressive clubs in the social media space, and it has proven to be a very effective way to promote the club and its good news stores. We have the full support of both Football West and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in terms of our philosophy and usage of the various platforms.

In the past 18 months, JUFC have jumped from 15th to 7th on the list of Perth clubs with the most Facebook likes (almost 2000). We have four accounts which cover all areas of the club, including the much loved mascot Joondalup Joe, and all members are encouraged to like and share posts to spread the word about JUFC and our various endeavours.

We also have Twitter and Instagram accounts which are used to interact with followers from across the globe. However, we need content to make them even better so if you have any good news stories and relevant photographs, we would love you to send the details through to media@jufc.com.au.

Our new website, www.jufc.com.au, was launched in recent months and looks fantastic. We have built the JUFC brand to the point where our acronym is instantly recognised in the football community and beyond. It is something to be proud of and we are keen for it stretch far and wide in the coming years.

A huge thanks to everyone who gave up their time to attend Monday night’s forum, it was great to have so many people in the room who care about JUFC.

The challenge now is to get the message out there to the rest of our 600 members but with everybody pitching in, we can make keep building on the great foundations that have been laid over the past 18 years.

Regards,

Stephen Martin
JUFC President

Goalkeepers required for JUFC Amateur squads

Joondalup United is seeking goalkeepers for both of its Amateur squads ahead of the 2018 season.

The Division One and Division Four squads are both in the middle of a good preseason programme, and have friendlies every week right up until April when the main campaign gets underway.

Training takes place at Beldon Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm, and club fees for the year are negotiable for the right candidate(s).

If you are interested in joining either of the JUFC squads, email admin@jufc.com.au or call Division One first team coach Ben Williams on 0416 019 922.

JUFC Amateur preseason to commence in early January

Joondalup United’s Amateur teams will begin their preseason programme in the first week of January with a mixture of fitness and football.

Division One coach Ben Williams invites all players, old and new, to attend the sessions as he looks to build a squad capable of achieving promotion to the Amateur Premier Division after narrowly missing out last season.

JUFC will also field a squad in Division Four, and they will be looking to build on a solid mid-table finish in 2017.

Friendlies will begin in February ahead of the season proper which kicks off at the start of April.

Early preseason dates (6.30pm start except Area 5)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 – Mullaloo Beach (bring water)

Sunday, 14 January 2018 – Area 5 Football, Wanneroo (10am start, bring appropriate footwear and water)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 – Mullaloo Beach (bring water)

Thursday, 18 January 2018 – Venue tbc (bring boots and water)

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

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.