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 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.

Celebrating 20 years of JUFC (2000-2019)

Joondalup United is calling on all members past and present to be part of the club’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

The Executive Committee will be commemorating two decades of JUFC with a number of events over the next 12 months.

A special version of the club badge has been designed and will used on all official channels throughout 2019, displaying the pride we have in reaching such a big milestone.

“It’s been an incredible achievement for our club to just survive, let alone grow and achieve the huge successes we’ve enjoyed over these 20 years,” says JUFC President John Stone.

“This season we can celebrate those years with past and present members and as we enter a new era we are commemorating this event with a relaunch of the club training shirt in an original club colour, red, aided by a unique club emblem that we’re sure all members will embrace.”

The decision to go with a red training shirt in 2019 is a nod to the colour of the away kits worn during our first few seasons.

There will also be an extensive range of merchandise available over the course of the season, complete with the special club badge.

This also presents a number of sponsorship opportunities with packages tailored to the needs of the client, simply email admin@jufc.com.au to find out how you can come on board for the 20th anniversary of JUFC.

On the pitch, there is plenty to be excited about as we look to assert ourselves in the Football West State League, while the Amateurs will compete in the top division having gained promotion last time out.

The JUFC Masters remain strong, and our Juniors continue to grow year-on-year thanks to our great family ethos, qualified coaches, and reputation in the northern suburbs and beyond.

Our relationship with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic continues and details of more partnership events will be available over the coming months.

Overall it’s an exciting time to be a JUFC member, and we look forward to you helping us to make our 20th year a great one.

JUFC 20th Anniversary Events*

10 February 2019 – Junior Registration Day

24 February 2019 – Senior Registration Day

31 March 2019 – Family Fun Day

29 June 2019 – Junior Photo Day

26 October 2019 – Senior Presentation Night

*More to be confirmed

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.

Jennings to lead JUFC State League coaching staff in 2019

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm that Nick Jennings will continue in his role as first team coach for the 2019 Football West State League season.

Having overseen the club’s rise to the National Premier League (NPL), Jennings will again spearhead the coaching group as JUFC look to rebuild in the State League following relegation from the top flight.

Jennings will again be assisted by the experienced Steve Flint and Rudy Proctor, and plans are being finalised for the upcoming preseason schedule.

“Over the last few weeks since the NPL season ended I spent a long time thinking hard over the direction of my coaching career,” said Jennings.

“I fielded a couple of offers to jump on the coaching merry-go-round but decided that the challenge of rebuilding the club which I love was the best move for me.

“I’m looking to rebuild the playing group from scratch and with the restructuring that’s gone off the field I’ll be aiming for us to hit the ground running and be challenging at the top end of what will be an ultra competitive State League Division One.”

The State League reserves will include Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley in its coaching group, with a further appointment still to be confirmed.

The JUFC 18s will be coached by Troy Reid who is also the club’s new Technical Director, while Miguel de la Fuente will serve as his assistant.

More details regarding trials and preseason training will be made available in the near future.

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.

NPL fixtures released, JUFC head to Armadale in Round 1

The fixtures for the 2018 National Premier League (NPL) season have been released, and JUFC begin the campaign with three away fixtures.

While not ideal, it does mean that there will be a midseason run of three successive games at home when the schedule is reversed.

First up for Nick Jennings’ side is a road trip to Armadale, and the boys will be looking to improve on the 2-1 defeat suffered at Alfred Skeet Reserve last August.

“Obviously it’s a tough start with our first three games away from home,” says JUFC NPL Coordinator Rudy Proctor.

“Armadale away on a Saturday night at 7pm should be a good atmosphere and it is a game we will be looking to pick up something from.

“If we are to avoid being one of the three teams relegated this year, we will need to take points from those five or six teams that finished in the bottom half of the table last season.”

JUFC then head to Frank Drago Reserve and Ashfield Arena for games against Bayswater City and Perth Glory respectively.

“Bayswater in Round 2 is a game we will look forward to,” says Proctor.

“Last season we gave them a good contest at their place and we will have no fear going there with a young, fearless squad this year, though anything we pick up there will be a bonus in reality.”

The first game of the year at Percy Doyle Reserve comes in Round 4 when Subiaco AFC will be the visitors.

“In rounds 3 and 4 we will be looking to pick up maximum points from Perth Glory Youth and Subiaco, so really we want to have six or seven points on the board early,” says Proctor.

“We started with a bang in 2017 and we will be looking to repeat that good early season form.

“Our squad this year is really young and hungry; they cannot wait for the season to start so they can test themselves at this level.”

There are two Joondalup Derbies on the calendar, in April and July, and both games are sure to attract big crowds like those we saw in 2017.

Of the 26 games, 22 are scheduled to place on a Saturday (11 5pm or later kick offs), while there are two Friday night games on the cards, as well as one Sunday and one Wednesday game.

JUFC will end the season with a home contest against Perth SC on Saturday, August 25.

To view all of the NPL fixtures, including those for the 20s and 18s, click here.

JUFC NPL First Team fixtures 2018

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.

Bosdet and Taylor sign new deals to stay at JUFC

Joondalup United is delighted to confirm that James Bosdet and Anthony Taylor will remain with the club for the upcoming season.

Both players have been loyal to JUFC for a number of years and were key components of Coach Nick Jennings’ PlayStation 4 National Premier League (NPL) squad in 2017.

Bosdet has been one of the outstanding goalkeepers in Saturday football in his four seasons to date, while Taylor will make it a decade at JUFC having been with the team since the Sunday League days.

“It’s great to have secured Bozza and Tony this week; both lads are JUFC through and through and would run through a brick wall for the club and their team mates,” said JUFC NPL Operations Manager Rudy Proctor.

“Tony has been at the club for ten seasons and has played for us at every level from Sunday Amateurs to NPL, and his versatility means he has always been a very important player in every squad he has been apart of.

“Last year saw him play a new role at right back and he was outstanding considering he had previously been a forward or winger.”

Bosdet, meanwhile, took on more responsibility last season and stood in as captain when Arran Maplestone and Josh Whitmore were absent.

“Bozza on his day the best keeper in this state and for him the challenge is now to perform to his highest level week in week out in the NPL, in 2018 we will need him to lead by example and win us points every week,” said Proctor.

“He is now in his fifth consecutive season with JUFC and is one of our experienced players now so this will be a big year for him.”

Despite losing some key players to other NPL clubs this offseason, Proctor believes that JUFC will once again be competitive at the top level.

“The NPL first team squad is starting to come together nicely now, the most important thing for us is the JUFC boys that love this club are signing on for 2018,” he said.

“It looks like three teams are going to be relegated we need to make sure all players in our squad are up for a battle and will be there for each other in what is no doubt going to tough NPL in 2018.”

Bosdet and Taylor join Alex Wild, Matty Sparrow, Johnny Chalmers and Elliot Tattersall in the JUFC first team squad with more signings to come.

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