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.

Players wanted for JUFC 14s Development Team

There are limited places available in Joondalup United’s 14s Development Team for the upcoming season.

The team will be competing in Metro Division Two and currently trains twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday.

If you are a player who is dedicated and willing to push yourself to further develop your football skills, then we encourage you to join the team.

Players born in 2004 are preferred but those born in 2005 are also invited to apply.

The team is very fortunate to have an experience coach in place who is currently completing the Football Federation Australia (FFA) C Licence course.

If you are interested in joining the team or would like more information, email juniornpl@jufc.com.au or phone 0458 119 930.

JUFC and Target Sports Soccer School to return for the January holidays

Joondalup United and Target Sports will once again team up for two weeks of soccer school training early next year.

The three-day camps will be held at Forrest Park in Padbury for players aged between 7 and 13 under the guidance of qualified and experienced coaches.

Players will develop skills, tactical awareness, game psychology and physical training techniques in a safe and fun environment.

The cost is $35 per or $100 per week and to enrol, simply click here and follow the instructions, and you can view the timetables below.