JUFC Masters Quiz Night 2018

Joondalup United’s annual quiz/disco is upon us again, with Currambine Community Centre the venue for the event which takes place on 20 July 2018.

The past few years has seen great success with approximately $10,000 being raised for the club, all of which go towards future projects that the club will undertake in its quest for improved facilities.

Not only is it a worthy fundraising event, it’s also a really fun night that brings the club together to enjoy themselves entirely away from football.

Once again the Masters would like to challenge everybody at the club to take part and see if their table can take the crown of “Club Smart Arse 2018”.

We are back at The Currambine Community Centre on Friday, 20 July 2018; doors open at 6.30pm and the quiz will start at 7pm sharp.

There are a total of 30 tables available for the night, which will hold a maximum of 10 people each, and it will cost $100 per table no matter how many people are on it.

As well as the quiz, which will have unbelievable prizes, there’s plenty of other entertainment to follow, including stand up bingo and a raffle.

On the night there will be a fully licensed cash bar with ‘cheaper than the pub’ prices for your refreshments, so no need to BYO, and you are more than welcome to bring a plate (with food on it) for your team’s table.

When the quiz is over and done with, the real fun will start with an ‘Old Skool Disco’, so platforms, flares and big collars are the go if you choose to live it up that way!

Boogie Knights is the club’s resident DJ and will be on hand to kick out the tunes so be sure to invite all your family and friends.

To purchase a table you will need to contact Danny Middleton at training, via SMS on 0425 192998 or via email – masters@JUFC.com.au.

This is a first come, first served event so you need to pay for your table before your name goes on the list.

Payment can be made via cash or bank transfer to the JUFC Masters account (BSB 806-015, Acc No. 01894749).

Please reference your name and the quiz, and then let Danny know that you have made payment.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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

Masters ready for Dianella challenge in season opener

Joondalup United’s Masters first team will go head-to-head with Dianella White Eagles at Percy Doyle Reserve as they get their 2018 campaign underway.

The game adds to an already exciting Super Saturday and follows the three National Premier League (NPL) fixtures against Forrestfield United.

Coach Graeme Reid is looking forward to the season, which sees JUFC compete in the North Premier Division.

“Preseason has been a mixed bag to be fair,” he says.

“We have played one Masters team, two social teams and our Division One Amateur team, resulting in one and three losses; the Amateurs gave us a footballing lesson.

“If I’m being honest, most managers would be disappointed going into the season with that record, however I’m a realist and you don’t win trophies in preseason so that’s why I’m looking forward to Saturday night’s game!”

Last season saw JUFC finish in fourth spot in the old Central Division, and they reached the Cup Final where they were beaten 2-1 by Spearwood Dalmatinac.

They claimed six points from the two games against tonight’s opponents but Reid won’t be taking them lightly.

“Dianella are a hard them to gauge as they have some really good ex-professionals in the team who, on their day, will give anyone a decent game,” he says.

“However, after watching and participating in training this week I know the boys are hungry and chomping at the bit to start the season on a high so hopefully we take that into the game.

“Here’s hoping that we can sit back and enjoy our beers on Saturday night with three points under our belt.”

Meanwhile, the Masters North Division One side travel to Inglewood City on Sunday in their first game, while the 45s North A and B are away to Subiaco AFC and Sorrento FC respectively.

JUFC v Dianella White Eagles

Rudy Proctor
Graeme Reid
Liam McComas
Richie Mills
Jack Clarke-O’Reilly
Daniel Demidh
Paul Townson
Scott Evans
Gary Andrews
Ian Devlin
Stephen Martin
Matthew Bourne
Ben Davies-Smith
Danny Fowler
Ricky Embleton
Mark Makhouli

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

JUFC Masters look to strengthen squad ahead of 2018 season

Joondalup United Masters are keen to add more quality and depth to the playing group as we edge closer to the 2018 season.

The Masters currently run four squads, competing from the highest level in the State to the 45s, and our Central side made it to the 2017 Cup Final where they narrowly lost out to Spearwood Dalmatinac.

There is a strong club culture within the existing squads who pride themselves on being a well organised family run set up.

The Masters would welcome any individuals with strong football ethics and who like to enjoy the social side of being part of a club.

Light training has already commenced, and sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings during the season.

For more information on the Masters or to express an interest in joining, please send an email to masters@jufc.com.au.

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.