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.

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 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.

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

JUFC Junior Award Winners 2018

Joondalup United held its Junior Presentation event for the 2018 season on Saturday, September 23 at Woodvale Tavern.

Players were served a meal before their parents joined in to see the presentation of 2018 Participation Awards.

Coaches also recognised an outstanding player from each team who were presented a trophy before Joondalup Joe made a special appearance during the Miniroos fun to “Floss” up a storm on the dance floor.

“We would like to thank City of Joondalup North Central Ward Councillor Nige Jones who presented JUFC’s first ever all girls team with their awards, along with the 18s Division 2 team and their Football West league winners’ medals,” said JUFC Junior Committee member Lyn Bartlett.

A huge thank you to those who attended the event, and also to our team of volunteers (pictured above) who worked tirelessly on the day to make sure everything went smoothly.

A list of the award winners can be seen below:

18s Division 2 Stephen
NPL 16s Shaun
NPL 15s Max
NPL 14s Billy
14s Division  2 Joshua
14s Girls Beny
NPL 13s Mal
13s Metro Division 1 Cameron
13s North Division 4 Bakari

 

12s Blue Metro Finlay
12s White Bilbies Austin
11s Blue metro James
11s Green Metro Ruari
11s Purple Bilbies Salam
11s White Bilbies Matthew
10s Blue Metro Lachlan
10s Orange Metro Elliot
10s Purple Bilbies Event
9s Blue Bilbies Declan
9s Purple Bilbies Jackson
9s Yellow Bilbies Chase
8s Blue Bilbies Finn
8s Purple Bilbies Alec

JUFC Junior trials get underway

Joondalup United’s preparations for the 2019 season get underway with the commencement of our Junior trials.

Trials for the NPL, 18s State League and 8s to 12s Development squads will take place at Beldon Park in Beldon.

All interested parties are required to fill out an expression of interest form which, along with the specific dates for each age group, can be found here.

Any queries can be directed to junioradmin@jufc.com.au.

 

JUFC girls get set for finals after strong first season

Joondalup United’s 14s girls’ team have performed superbly in their inaugural season at the club and now have a finals campaign to look forward to.

While their opponents have yet to be determined, the team will be confident of claiming a win in their semi-final to earn themselves a shot at silverware.

Coach Rob McCullagh has done stellar work to bring the side together, with his squad only being finalised three days before the campaign got underway.

Six of the girls had never played competitive football before, including the entire back four, while three others had only played one season previously.

As well as their relative inexperience, the squad is also one of the youngest in their age group but that hasn’t proved to be a barrier in any way.

In fact, they pushed hard for the regular season title and secured a finals spot with plenty of time to spare and can boast the best goal difference in the league as well as the second best defensive record.

“Given the girls’ inexperience and what I felt was important for both the team and club in their first year, I made the decision early to ensure they were competitive each match by first making them hard to beat,” says McCullagh.

“A national curriculum purist may not approve but the fact is, not one single team had an easy ride against this raw team and I could not be prouder of their determination and attitudes.

“The technique and game awareness will come; attitude and accountability are far harder to coach.”

The season has come with its challenges though, and at their home ground of Prince Regent Park in Heathridge there are not only no separate female changing rooms but no changing rooms whatsoever.

The situation is not ideal for participants in a winter sport but the girls haven’t let it impact them and their results have been testament to the dedication of the players, their families and their coach

In their most recent outing, they played out a 1-1 draw against Woodvale in what was essentially a dead rubber as McCullagh experimented with his squad.

Regular goalkeeper Becca Dahlstrom was given a chance to shine outfield with Catie McCullagh ably filling in between the sticks.

A goal down at half time, the team reverted to a more familiar set up and got back on level terms when Lily Hamilton found the net.

“Girls and women’s football is the next big sporting opportunity in the country at the moment,” says McCullagh.

“To this end, I would like to thank the club for the opportunity of putting together and coaching your first ever all girls team.”

Everyone at JUFC wishes Rob and the team well in their upcoming finals series.

JUFC Community 18s take first step to Triple Crown

Our Smarter than Smoking 18s Division Two Community team have completed the first step of an unlikely Triple Crown for 2018 by winning the league title following a 4-2 win over Subiaco AFC.

The boys had played some interesting fixtures, including in a hurricane at Rockingham and a few games with no substitutes.

Following this roller coaster season of mostly dominant football with a handful of odd defeats, JUFC found themselves in control of their own destiny going into the final game; needing three points from the final game against bottom side Subiaco.

No problem you might think but from the midpoint of the season, Subiaco had become inexplicably good, beating most of their opponents in the run up to the season finale.

On seven minutes, Subiaco were awarded a soft free kick 30 yards out and took advantage with an opening goal off the right post.

JUFC responded with a good move down the left and equalised through Presley Etto who scored from the tightest of angles on ten minutes.

JUFC dominated for the rest of the first half at Prince Regent Park but the score remained locked at 1-1. In the second half, JUFC continued to dominate, although time was starting to tick away.

On 65 minutes, a barrage of shots were saved by the Subiaco goalkeeper and the ball came to Struan Horne who buried it from eight yards for a 2-1 lead.

JUFC pressed again and a resulting corner found Will Kearns on the end of the cross for a two-goal lead.

As Subiaco pressed, JUFC came on the break and a through pass to striker Callum Burn saw all players miss the ball, allowing Burn to walk it into the net.

The visitors weren’t finished though and another soft free kick allowed them to throw everything but the kitchen sink into JUFC’s six-yard area and a header into the net made the final score 4-2 to the home side.

The team now moves on to the Football West Cup Final at Ashfield Arena where they will face the a tough challenge in the form of Perth Soccer Club who lost just once on their way to the Division One title.

Kick-off in the cup final is 3:15pm this Saturday, August 25.

The following weekend, the boys will face Noranda FC in the top four finals.

JUFC girls team do club proud in milestone match

Joondalup United’s first ever girls team took to the park last Sunday and faced Rockingham United in the Smarter Than Smoking 14s Division Three.

According to coach Rob McCullagh, JUFC put in a superb performance and were competitive throughout, with the score locked at a goal apiece until the closing stages before Rockingham scored twice to claim three points.

“As well as being a very young team for the 14s age group put together at the eleventh hour, there was a variety of experience levels with most having played just one season,” he said.

“I mention this not as an excuse, because none is required, and the girls did us all proud and exceeded expectations.”

The first half saw JUFC dominate possession in Rockingham territory and McCullagh was delighted with their discipline in terms of structure and shape, which they had worked on in training ahead of the game.

The only thing missing was a goal and, despite controlling the game after half time, they went behind as the home side found the net after a counter attack.

JUFC responded quickly, with Lily Hamilton providing the assist for Catie McCullagh to score her first goal for her new club.

Unfortunately, fatigue kicked in for JUFC with eight minutes to as Rockingham began to play more direct football.

The long balls up the middle caught out the JUFC midfield and created space in behind where there had been none previously, and couple of powerful finishes from Rockingham gave them a 3-1 win.

“The game was played in great spirit and while the girls deserved to get at least a point from the match,” said McCullagh.

“This is really beside the point as a mixed bunch of girls, who in some cases had not even met each other until less than a week ago, turned up on the day looking like a football team that had been in training for weeks and represented the club admirably.”

While every player played their part in a good performance, McCullagh was pleased with the efforts of Nadia Godley who worked tirelessly on the wing and caused Rockingham all sorts of problems with her speed, endurance and touch.

Godley is regarded as one of the best track and field athletes in the country for her age and will be a handful for any opposition.

Lily Hamilton, who only joined the group just last week, put together a composed, very strong performance as the team’s number 8, and bagged an assist on the goal for her troubles.

At just 11 years of age, Nicole Ward played her first ever full pitch game and showed a composure and maturity beyond her years in the midfield engine room.

“All told, it was a very fine performance from the girls and with so much we can build on and refine,” said McCullagh.

“We are very excited for the rest of the season and would encourage the club faithful to come out to support our first ever girls team this Sunday when we will have the chance to turn the tables on Rockingham at home!”

All the best to the girls in this week’s fixture which takes place at Prince Regent Park (12pm kick off).

JUFC and Glasgow Celtic team up for Elite Player Program in April

As part of Joondalup United’s international partnership with Glasgow Celtic, an Elite Player Program will be hosted at HBF Arena in Joondalup next month.

The unique event takes place across three days – Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26 – and will be staffed with coaches from the Celtic Academy who are some of the best in Europe.

The three days will consist of coaching sessions, classroom activity and game time in an environment designed to challenge every player.

A number of JUFC’s National Premier League (NPL) players aged between 11 and 16 will be selected to participate in the program.

“We enjoy a strong partnership with Celtic FC and it’s always fantastic when Celtic coaches visit Australia,” says Darren Brogan, JUFC’s NPL Juniors Technical Director.

“The Elite Player Program provides an opportunity for young players to be challenged over three days working with Celtic FC staff, and the event provides a unique opportunity for players to be selected and travel to Glasgow to experience an unforgettable week at a top European club.”

JUFC has been an international partner of Celtic FC since 2016.