HEROES AND VILLAINS JOINS JOONDALUP UNITED FAMILY

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is proud and pleased to announced WA brewery Heroes and Villains Brewery as a club sponsor for the 2022 season.

Heroes and Villains, an award-winning independent brewery in Osborne Park, will be Joondalup United Football Club’s 2022 Official Craft Beer.

Joondalup United Football Club is the brewery’s first football club it will be sponsoring after recently signing as a sponsor for the Perth Comedy Festival.

The sponsorship will see the locally brewed beers sold at Joondalup United’s licensed venues for all home games across the 2022 season – Forrest Park (State Division 1), Beldon Park (Amateurs Division 1) and Charonia Park (Masters 35s, 45s and Women’s).

“It is a great honour to be associated with an award-winning, fast-growing brand like Heroes and Villains,” said club President Ghaz Ramli.

“Our senior sides host a number of teams in various competitions, and we will ensure we have Heroes and Villains as part of the selection for everyone’s enjoyment, especially the fans.”

In addition to the sponsorship, the senior sides’ first team coaches will be awarding the best players from both sides with a ‘Hero’ or ‘Villain’ can.

“As part of the sponsorship, we will ensure that Nick (Jennings), Neil (Sherwin) and Ray (Clarke), head coaches for the State, Amateur and Women teams respectively, along with their coaching team, will get pick a Player-of-the-Match winner after each home game and also the best performer from the visiting team who will be awarded a drink sponsored by Heroes and Villains,” explained Ramli.

Nick Jennings and Neil Sherwin ready to play their part picking Heroes and Villains this season

Heroes and Villains director Shannon Mizen is equally enthusiastic about the new partnership.

“We are very pleased to be part of Joondalup United Football Club. We live by the ethos of community and collaboration, and we look forward to making this a success for both parties,” said Mizen.

Heroes and Villains has a wide range of beers for all tastes. The brewery started as a dream in 2016 with a desire to create beer that is flavoursome, approachable and interesting. Two years later, they released their first beer called BOTNA (Beer of the New Age) and have since developed a big presence in the booming industry.

JUFC President Ghaz Ramli (left) with Heroes and Villians director Shannon Mizen at their brewery is Osborne Park

Joondalup United Football Club practices and enforces responsible drinking for all its members and adhere to all rules and regulations as specified by Racing, Gaming and Liquor under the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Local Industries.

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“Use the Forte” – JUFC confirms Official Physiotherapy partner for 2022

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is proud to announce our partnership with Forte Physiotherapy for the 2022 season.

The partnership will see Joondalup United members for all age groups and levels benefit with discounted treatment by highly qualified and experienced physiotherapists.

Members will also benefit with the access to state-of-the-art technology Alter G (Anti-Gravity Treadmill) as part of the agreement.

 

This benefit is eligible to all registered players and their family members. It is also part of the club recognising the importance of injury management for all the teams.

“In sports, or football in this case, injuries are common. However, recovery and rehabilitation for injuries vary from one to another,” said club President Ghaz Ramli.

“Although we can’t prevent it, as a community club we want to ensure our members have the assistance they need so they can get back on their feet quick so it has minimum effect on their job or school, and also to get them back onto the pitch as soon as possible.”

“In the modern game, sports rehabilitation is important. Injuries play a big role for player availability which makes the physio role an important one,” said Ramli, who also acknowledged the three-man physio-team led by Henry Hung that is currently overlooking State team players.

“We hope that, through this partnership, the club will be able to provide members with a benefit that is basic yet important in ensuring their daily lives aren’t impacted by their passion for playing football,” he added.

Joondalup United president Ghaz Ramli (centre) shaking hands with Simon Trinca (right) of Forte Physiotherapy with Forte and JUFC physio Henry Hung looking on

Forte Physiotherapy owner and director Simon Trinca is also pleased with the new relationship.

“We are looking forward to working with Joondalup United. The club has a rich history, loyal members and take their brand of football seriously,” he said.

“On behalf of the Forte team, we are excited to provide the support for all the club members need as they can continue to do what they love, which is playing football.”

Alter G. Anti Gravity Treadmill

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Nic and Bucks make the move to Amateurs

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is proud to announce the movement of two 2021 Top 4 Cup champions State League Division 1 players to our Amateur side for the 2022 season.

Forwards Adam Buckley and Nic Maplestone will be lining up on Sundays this season, which is a testament to the progression ethos the club upholds to.

Nic Maplestone in action for the State side last season

With a club built on the mostly UK migrants to the northern suburbs of Perth, Joondalup United grew from strength-to-strength over the years and eventually reached the pinnacle by competing in the 2016 National Premier League WA.

In its journey from inception in 2000, Joondalup United, which started from a social club and progressed to Amateur, is today a club which has teams in almost all age groups, including Juniors, Womens and Masters.

“Nic (Maplestone) and Adam’s (Buckley) move from Saturdays (State) to Sundays (Amateur) proves that Joondalup United players can always don Joondalup United colours according to their personal work or family commitments and still contribute to the club,”said JUFC president Ghaz Ramli.

The club’s pathway can also lead players into the Masters set up as the club has over 35s and 45s sides. Joondalup United is built to service the community through the four grounds operated (Beldon Park, Charonia Park, Forrest Park and Prince Regent Park) and hope to continue this in a positive, safe and healthy environment for many more years to come.

“This means a player can start and end his career for Joondalup United. If they do excel in the sport, the club would be proud to see our player playing and performing in a higher level. However, we want them to know they can always come home to Joondalup United when their career comes to an end,” said Ramli.

State players moving to Amateurs is not new. In 2019, Rowdy Yates, Joel Ledsham with Tony Taylor joined a Sunday side also powered by Buckley after a season with the Masters 35s side. The team finished fifth in their first season in the Amateur Premier Division.

Adam Buckley in action during the John Stone’s Testimonial game last month

Both Taylor and Buckley moved back to the State side in 2021 which helped the team to the fourth place finish and silverware in the finals.

Joondalup United has also seen Amateur players being promoted to the State side, including James Oldroyd among others.

Meanwhile, the Amateurs had a tough season last year in top flight, moving back to Division 1 for 2022.

“Joondalup is United. That’s our tagline and whatever team our players are in we are all playing for the same badge. Players who perform will get the opportunity to be promoted to a higher level and this goes for the juniors as well,” said Ramli.

“The club also takes pride in all of our coaches. From the youngest age group to the first team head coach, we are all working towards one goal. Interestingly, our Techincal Directors are Adam (Buckley) and Tony (Taylor) who have both been with us for over 10 years and are well aware of the club’s ethos.”

Head coach Nick Jennings welcomes the move and is looking forward to seeing both players perform.

“Both boys have been great servants to the club and always gave me 110% every week, it’s great to see both remain in Joondalup United blue again this season proving again how unique we are as a club,” he said.

Maplestone, the younger brother of former Joondalup United State side captain, Aaron, is looking forward to the challenge.

“What’s wonderful is that I know most of the players and we have played together when we are younger,”said Maplestone, referring to likes of defender Adam Rogers and midfielders James Green and Blaine Slater, to name a few.

Goal machine Buckley is also looking forward to adding more goals to his name despite his hectic schedule for the club. With his commitment as head coach for the State Reserve side and his role as the TD, Buckley is also keen for his return to Beldon Park.

“It’s great to have a player like Nic (Maplestone) still playing for the club. He will definitely be a great player for the squad and I am looking forward playing with the squad,” he said.

Amateurs head coach Neil Sherwin stands to benefit the most from this players progression.

“It’s no secret that we struggled in front of goal last season and one of our priorities has been to add more quality at the top end of the pitch,” he said.

”To have two quality players join us from the State League set up is fantastic and it raises the bar for us in terms of standard and ability. The two lads have goals in them and will fit right in with the strong culture we have built in the squad.”

The two players’ inclusion, along with the majority of the squad being retained from last season, means the team is looking to straight get into business as pre-season starts next Tuesday at Beldon Park.

Nic Maplestone (standing second from right) after a session with the Amatuers players for a 6-A-Side kickabout last night. Also present was former State Reserve player Pete Kenny (standing second from left).

The target will be to find its spot back in the Amateur Premier Division immediately. The team is also powered by a new line up of coaches including Green and newly appointed Jack Snape as assistants to Sherwin in the first team. Long time Joondalup United loyalist Joel Wigglesworth and former player James Spurry co-share the reserve coaching position.

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He’s a keeper – Smith recommits to JUFC for 2022

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB starts of 2022 with the re-signing of our number one goalkeeper Joey Smith.

Smith, who joined the squad last season, was among the stand out player in the squad and even picked up his first silverware in his first season winning the Top 4 Cup.

Goalkeeper Joey Smith (seated) with head coach Nick Jennings at Forrest Park for the signing

Smith’s return between the sticks is a great coup for head coach Nick Jennings and co.

“Joey was excellent after he joined us midway through last season, and retaining him for the forthcoming season was a big priority,” said Jennings

“He is an experienced state league keeper, and a great character to have around the playing group,” he added.

Smith is also pleased with his returned to the United: “This is a great club with great members and I am pleased to be with Joondalup United once again.”

“It’s going to be another challenging season but I am ready to give my best,” added Smith who had six clean sheets last season.

Smith in action. Inset: According to teammate Jamie Stewart, Smith enjoys wearing hats and takes his fashion as serious as his goalkeeping

Smith’s return to don the number one shirt is a big win for the club.

“Joey (Smith) is a hero for all of our junior keepers and an inspiration to our senior ones who will aspire to be in that number one shirt. Looking forward to watching him in action again this year and he guards our goal,” said Ramli.

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The Ladies and Gentlemen are ready for 2022

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB’s Womens and Masters team are all set and ready to go for the 2022 season.

Popular Masters player Ray Clarke has been re-appointed as the Women’s head coach with team manager Loretta Whitehead.

“We are looking forward to another year of exciting football and have already been working behind the scenes for the upcoming season,” said Whitehead.

Skipper Donna Harris and crew are all are set for action in the new year. “It’s going to be another fun and exciting season for sure!,” said Harris

JUFC 2021 Womens squad

With Michael ‘Budge’ Burgess still at helm as Masters and Women’s coordinator, all coaching appointments and committee line-up has been named for the challenge in the new year.

Heading the Masters 35s side is long time JUFC player Gary ‘Gaz’ Andrews with the assistance of senior players.

The mens 45s A side will see the return of Danny O’Shea and assistant Mark Meier as the squad’s coaching duo. Meanwhile, the 45s B side will have guitar playing maestro Brian Ferguson along with Barry Price.

“We have grown from strength to strength and having coaches that know each player is each in this competition,” said Burgess, easily the longest serving JUFC player himself.

“The team balances a high level of football plus great banter off the field which has been the culture throughout our time here,” he added.

Among JUFC members making up the committee include Matthew Bourne, Alan Croft, Stuart Marshall, Clarke, Price and Whitehead.

JUFC Masters squad – come for the football, stay for the banter

The Womens are set to head down to Bunbury for a pre-season tournament while the Masters are looking to build their 2022 season momentum in the upcoming Trandos Cup.

Those interest to join any of the squad can express their interest by clicking HERE.

Pre season training kicks off on Wednesday, January 6th, 2022 at Beldon Park from 6.45pm.

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Experienced duo re-commit for 2022 State League season

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB is pleased to announce the double signing of Jamie Stewart and Gary Hill.

Both players were part of the 2021 campaign which saw the team finish fourth in the State Division 1 league and bagging the Top Four Cup win.

Jamie Stewart (seated) and Nick Jennings at Forrest Park

Although Stewart picked up an injury in the latter part of the season, he was an important player for head coach Nick Jennings.

“I would like to thank the club and coaches for the opportunity to re-sign with the squad and look forward to another season,”said Stewart, 32.

The striker is joined by Hill, an experienced centre-back and 2020 Coach’s Player award winner.

Gary Hill (seated) at the signing ceremony

Hill too played a crucial role in the 2021 campaign, having to step in on several occasions to strengthen the defence as the competition for the top four spots were tightening.

“It was a great season and I am pleased to have been of service. I am looking forward to another season with Joondalup United,” said Hill, 38.

Jennings is delighted both players have re-signed with the team.

“These players understand the team and the way we play and are crucial additions to the squad. With professional work ethic and the experience they have, I look forward to working with them,”said Jennings.

Joondalup United president Ghaz Ramli also welcomed the players.

”Both players played crucial roles last season and understand the club culture. It is an honour to have a hardworking player like Jamie (Stewart) and one of the best players the club has seen in Gary (Hill) back in squad,” said Ramli.

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JUFC Amateurs confirm coaches, preseason dates for 2022

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB Amateurs are ready to bounce back in 2022.

Having come down from the Amateur Premier Division, our Sunday side will look to be force next season with some new additions to the organisational structure.

Head coach Neil Sherwin has been re-appointed for another year and will be assisted by long time clubman James Green and newly promoted Jack Snape.

Neil Sherwin (Head Coach)
James Green (Assistant Coach)
Jack Snape (Assistant Coach)

Meanwhile, club loyalist Joel Wigglesworth and former player James Spurry have been name co-coaches for our Amateur Reserves side.

Overlooking the squad and all operational matters will be Patrick Lawless along with a new committee members including Blaine Slater, Adam Rogers, Adam Taylor and Simon Rushton.

The group has been working hard behind the scenes since the last game of the 2021 campaign.

“It was very disappointing season for us and the league table doesn’t lie, despite my belief that our playing group was better than results suggested,” said Sherwin.

“However, JUFC is built on a strong culture so we have re-grouped for 2022 with most of the lads keen to make amends and get us back to the Premier Division. We have begun the recruitment process and look forward to adding to a talented squad.

Sherwin also extended his gratitude for the club in their trust in his re-appointment.

Patrick Lawless – Amateur Coordinator

“JUFC have been supportive to the Amateurs and myself both on and off the park over the years so we owe it to the club to perform well in what is set to be a very competitive league,” he said.

“I have just completed the B Licence course and we are giving opportunities to other lads to get onto the coaching ladder which is important for the long term future of the club.”

James Spurry – Coach Amateur Reserves (File Pix)
Joel Wigglesworth – Coach Amateur Reserve

Joondalup United Football Club established itself from the Amateur side back in 2000.

“Historically, this is an important team for the club as many past players and club officials have played and still play for our Amateurs,” said club president Ghaz Ramli

“This is why the club believes in continuing the culture and all of our appointments are players and members who have been with JUFC for many years. I wish them all the best for their upcoming tasks.

The Amateurs have already started preparations for next season with Thursday sessions at Area 5 in Wanneroo. Full preseason will commence on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at Beldon Park.

For those who are keen to join the squad for the 2022 season, you can fill in your details HERE or email Patrick Lawless on amateur@jufc.com.au.

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Joel does JUFC a Sollitt with re-signing

JOEL SOLLITT has re-signed with Joondalup United 2022.

The exciting young striker will be among the players to watch next season having come through the club’s state set up.

Nick Jennings (left) with Joel Sollitt after the 19-year-old signed with JUFC for 2022

After joining the State Under 18s side under then coach Troy Reid, at the age of 17, the goalscorer was quick to grab the attention of the State Reserves side earning him promotion and spot with the Reserves.

In 2020, he was even awarded an opportunity by State side head coach Nick Jennings to play in the first which he did not disappoint eventually awarding him with a full time contract for the 2021 season.

“Joondalup United is a great club and I would like to thank the club and coaches for the opportunity to represent this club,”said the 19-year-old.

Joel who was nursing a injury in 2021 managed to get on the score sheet three times and played an important role in the fourth place finish and Top 4 Cup winning performance.

Joel Sollitt will wear the number 9 shirt for 2022

“He is young, energetic and hungry a perfect combination for a striker. He has proved his maturity on and the pitch and a pleasure to work with,” said Jennings.

Interestingly, there is another Sollitt who is making the club proud. Sollit’s younger brother Louis who was part of the club’s NPL Juniors Under-15 side last season has been offered a spot in Perth Glory’s Academy Under-16 side for 2022.

“Joondalup United is a strong believer in player progression and pathway. The backbone of the club is the junior progression towards our senior side. Joel (Sollitt) is a product of our State system and we hope many more young players like him come up the ranks based on their merit and performance. Well done to Joel and this is a positive reflection of the Sollitt family who are producing champion athletes,” said club president Ghaz Ramli.

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Jennings’ joy as Johns joins Joondalup

JOONDALUP UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB has secured Ben Johns for the 2022 season.

The 24-year old leaves Subiaco AFC’s captaincy after winning the Player’s Player award for 2021 to be in navy blue for the 2022 season.

Ben Johns (seated) with Nick Jennings at the signing

“I’m looking forward to joining Joondalup United and am happy with the atmosphere after meeting with Nick (Jennings) and Steve (Flint) and some of the players,”said Johns, a centre-back.

Johns, not a stranger to the league developed his game under former Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe from 2011-2013 during his stint in the National Training Camp (NTC).

He then played for Perth Glory Under-20s in the National Premier League (NPL WA) and later moved into the National Youth League squad under then coach John Gibbons between 2014-2017. He then played for ECU Joondalup in 2018 before taking a break to focus on his studies.

“Johns is a young and exciting talent and has been on my target list for some time now and I’m excited to be working with him for the upcoming season,”said head coach Nick Jennings.

“He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to uplift the squad and I am sure will gel well with the rest of the team,”added Jennings.

Club president Ghaz Ramli welcomes Johns to United: “Ben (Johns) is a much sought after player within the league and I am sure has been offered by many other clubs. However, for him to choose Joondalup United proves that the club is building on the right momentum. His professionalism on and off the field and his attitude to his teammates and peers is an instant fit to the players and backroom staff. Welcome to Joondalup United, Ben.”

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