Maton takes role as JUFC State League Reserves coach

Joondalup United can today confirm the appointment of Terry Maton as the State League Reserves coach for the 2019 season.

The experienced Maton, who holds a UEFA B Licence, joins the club following spells with Stirling Lions and Joondalup City.

At City, Maton oversaw their 18s team who finished second in consecutive seasons.

Prior to moving to Australia, Maton was based in the United Kingdom where he coached at Hayes and Yeading, Fulham Ladies National Premier League, and Middlesex Ladies Representative, among others.

Maton will support first team head coach Nick Jennings as JUFC look to bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign.

Blaine Merredew and Adam Buckley will work with Maton at Reserves level and expressions of interest are now being sought from players keen to be part of the squad.

If you wish to to get involved, simply head to this link, fill out your details, and hit ‘Send’.

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 appoints Technical Director ahead of 2019 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Reid as the club’s new Technical Director.

Reid came to the club with plenty of experience having previously been with Stirling Lions as a National Premier League (NPL) coach and a Technical Director for the 6s to 11s age groups.

He will also be the club’s 18s coach for the upcoming State League campaign.

“Troy has a strong record of developing players and has the dedication and experience to be part of the future of our Club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“Having coached one of our Junior NPL teams this year we have been impressed with Troy’s personal leadership and ability to get the best out of his players on and off the pitch.”

JUFC is looking to the future and aims to focus on professionalism, performance, club culture with a strong emphasis on Junior development.

As Technical Director, Reid will be in a key position and will be working with our great team of coaches to assist players develop and transition through Junior NPL teams into senior football.

“I am excited by the role and the direction the club is going with the youth development focus, and I think I can use my experience to help foster and develop that vision,” said Reid, who also coached his way through the youth and senior ranks at club and representative level in Albany.

“Obviously we want to continue to develop young footballers and be competitive in the NPL competitions.

“Most importantly we want to focus on developing players who will be the future of our first team over the coming years, not only to get us back into the senior NPL but to be competing at that level.”

Reid has already commenced his new role and is overseeing the Junior trials which are taking place at Beldon Park for the next few weeks.

President’s Address – NPL seniors’ season finale

JUFC President Stephen Martin is encouraging all members and supporters to attend Saturday’s final game of the National Premier League (NPL) season at Percy Doyle Reserve.

Dear members and supporters,

Although Saturday’s fixture marks our last game as a National Premier League (NPL) senior club, we want this to be a day of celebration and not a day of dwelling on what could have been.

Our visitors Perth Soccer Club are one of the biggest clubs in Perth and still have a shot at winning the league if they secure victory over JUFC and Perth Glory slip up.

It’s a great way to see out the season and they are sure to bring with them a large crowd; we would like to do the same and make it a great day out for the JUFC family.

Entry will be free for all JUFC members wearing club gear.

Our first NPL game against ECU in 2017 was one of the biggest crowds witnessed at an NPL senior match so let’s go out in similar fashion and get down to support the guys for one last time.

Although we have officially been relegated from the NPL at a senior level we still retain our Junior NPL status.

Granted it’s not been the greatest season for the senior sides but that did not come as a surprise given the predicament that the City of Joondalup Council left us in.

Saying that though, outside of the NPL seniors there are still lots of positives to focus on throughout the club as we close out season 2018 and look toward 2019.

As most would have seen on our social media channels recently our Division Two 18s team were recently crowned league champions and are eyeing up more silverware before the season finishes.

The Top Four Cup campaign kicks off next week and the Junior Cup Final takes place this Saturday at 3:15pm at Ashfield.

It’s great having 18s of this calibre so well done to the coach Clive O’Brien, team manager Melinda Lewis and all the players involved; top effort so far and best of luck on Saturday and next week.

Without putting a mocker on it, our Belt Up Amateur Division One side are vying for promotion to the Premier Division again this season and with only a handful of games to go can achieve that goal with a win over third place Stirling Panthers this Sunday.

It was so close yet so far for Ben Williams and the lads last season as they conceded a goal in the last minute of the second last game of the season to thwart their promotion to the top flight.

With that in the back of their minds, the lads will be keen to get the result on Sunday and secure promotion so for all club members who are not playing at that time the Amateurs would love to have your support down at Stirling.

Our NPL juniors continue to make massive strides forward and the improvement on last season has been remarkable.

We are now reaching the time where our top junior NPL development sides are starting to come through the ranks and each year going forward, like this season, we will see a team enter the NPL 13s that will be a contender for the league.

Two years from now, if we can keep hold of current squads, we will have some of the top teams competing in the 13s to 16s NPL Junior leagues.

NPL Junior trial dates for season 2019 will be announced soon so please keep an eye out for that.

As the club continues to grow and the workload increases we are continually striving to improve on previous seasons and add people to the committee that can really add value.

Preparations are currently underway for next season and there will be even more changes in the coming months as we look to restructure major parts of the club in 2019, especially our State League set up which has been ongoing for a number of weeks now.

The 2018 presentation evenings will begin in earnest with the Junior presentations taking place on September 23rd at the Woodvale Tavern.

The full club presentation evening will take place on October 20th at the Breakwater Tavern and is open to anyone.

It’s a great way to round out the season so we look forward to seeing you all there for another night of celebration.

JUFC is more than just an NPL senior team, it’s a progressive club catering to all age groups and abilities with over 550 current playing members.

It’s not often we have the opportunity to all get together so let’s all get down on Saturday, farewell the NPL season, and celebrate the end of an era for the club while marking the beginning of another.

Stephen Martin
Club President

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

Jennings bolsters NPL squad with four transfer window signings

Joondalup United have been busy during the National Premier League (NPL) transfer window, adding four new players to the first team squad.

First team coach Nick Jennings knows that results need to improve with JUFC sitting on the bottom of the ladder but both he and the playing group are determined to turn things round.

“The mid-season break, and the opening of the transfer window, has seen plenty of movement of players around the league and I’m more than happy with the business that we have conducted in this manic period,” said Jennings.

“One out was Alex Wild to Balcatta but we’ve replaced his 1 goal in 13 games with a couple of top quality forwards in Jamie Gibson from Carramar who has been a long term target of mine and the return of the prolific and club talisman Lee Jones who has been snowboarding in Canada for a year but is determined to show people he hasn’t lost his goal touch.

“Add to that the energetic and physical presence of young Matt Cherrie from Stirling Lions, as well as, 21-year-old Liam Kessel from UWA, and it’s clear that we’ve added depth and quality to the squad.”

The new acquisitions will get their first opportunity to impress in the home game against Armadale Soccer Club which takes place this Saturday at Percy Doyle Reserve.

JUFC squad numbers

Lee Jones – 9
Liam Kessel – 12
Matt Cherrie – 17
Jamie Gibson – 22

Players wanted for JUFC’s 20s and 18s NPL sides

Joondalup United is seeking additional players for two of its National Premier League (NPL) teams.

Injuries have impacted the club massively this season, but this has opened up opportunities for some younger players to play at a higher level.

Already a number of teenagers have featured for Nick Jennings’ first team, while some of the 18s have gained valuable experience playing in the 20s.

Consequently, our 20s and 18s are in need of some reinforcements and discounted fees will be discussed with those who come on board.

If you are interested in joining JUFC for the rest of 2018 and beyond, please contact NPL co-ordinator Rudy Proctor on npl@jufc.com.au.

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

Young defender O’Shea earns NPL first team squad spot

Joondalup United’s faith in its talented youngsters continues with 16-year-old Danny O’Shea Jr. being handed a senior contract for the National Premier League (NPL).

The giant defender has impressed first team coach Nick Jennings during preseason and returns to the club where he played some of his junior football.

“I was under 20s last season with ECU Joondalup, I got moved in very quickly from the 18s, so this is another step in the right direction for me,” he said.

“A senior contract is something I’ve wanted for the last few years so it’s good for me going forward.”

O’Shea was delighted to agree terms with JUFC who could offer him the chance to play in the first team, and he is keen to make the most of the opportunity.

“It’s a bit more challenging playing with older players but that’s all part of it, I’m getting more and more out of training to be come a better player so it’s all good,” he said.

“I’ve been learning off the likes of Joel [Ledsham] and Luke Serra, and the captain Matty Sparrow so far. I plan to take the season as it comes and I just want to get as much game time under my belt as possible.

“I’ll look to be a regular starter by the end of the season, that’s my aim.”

In 2017, O’Shea was chosen to captain the WA State team that travelled to China for three games against local opposition.

O’Shea’s father, Danny O’Shea Sr., played more than 400 professional games in England for Arsenal, Southend, Cambridge United and Northampton Town, among others, and still runs out for the JUFC Masters side.

The proud parents were understandably delighted with their son’s quick progression to the first team squad, despite some initial reservations.

“Dad at first was unsure whether it was too soon or not, but I think he realised that it was the best thing for me to get as much experience as I can, as soon as I can,” said O’Shea.

“Once he took that into consideration he was really happy for me.”

O’Shea will wear the number 4 shirt for JUFC.

NPL season preview – Sparrow and Jennings relish second top flight campaign

New Joondalup United captain Matty Sparrow is looking forward to a challenging season in the National Premier League (NPL), which gets underway this weekend.

The vastly experienced midfielder knows that there will be a battle to survive in the top flight with three sides set to be relegated back to the State League, but Sparrow is aiming higher than 2017’s tenth place finish.

“The NPL is quite an open league really, we started off well last season but faded towards the end so we want to learn from that and hopefully we can be better this time,” he says.

“In the first 10 or 12 games last season no one expected us to come out and play as we did but obviously they know a bit more about us ahead of the second season in the NPL.

“We’ve got to all play to our capabilities, both individually and as a team, to get some points on the board early with three teams going down but we want to be looking at the top half of the table.”

Sparrow, who played over 400 professional games for Scunthorpe United and Brighton & Hove Albion, takes the armband from Arran Maplestone who departed for Bayswater City.

JUFC have also had to deal with the loss of 2017’s top scorer Richard Howles and Player of the Year Josh Whitmore following their moves to Perth SC and ECU Joondalup respectively.

In their place have come the likes of ex-Benfica Academy defender Fraser Garnaut, exciting forwards Elliot Tattersall and Parviz Shizadi, and defensive duo John Chalmers and Greg Pellow who have returned to JUFC having won the State League title with Western Knights last season.

“I can’t wait to get started, we’ve had a good preseason of six to eight weeks hard and all the lads are raring to go,” says Sparrow.

“There’s always going to be a turn around of players; we’ve lost a few but we’ve also gained a few good youngsters.

“We’re in good shape and it’s a good blend so far. Hopefully I can use my experience, along with Ross Edwards and James Bosdet, and we’ve got a few old boys in the team to help the young lads.”

First team coach Nick Jennings has worked hard in the offseason to bolster his squad, and he had no hesitation in handing first team contracts to teenagers Sam Wynne, Danny O’Shea and Jai Rawling.

“The offseason has seen a big overhaul of the playing group, with plenty of new faces arriving,” says Jennings, who will be assisted by Steve Flint and Rudy Proctor.

“We’ve recruited a number of young, quick and hungry players who in the main have had limited exposure to NPL first team football; these boys have quickly gelled together and have bought into the JUFC ethos.

“Something I firmly believe in is giving opportunities to individuals and age certainly is no barrier”

Overall, Jennings was pleased with the team’s preseason programme, though the loss to Subiaco AFC in the Night Series was a major disappointment.

However, wins over the likes of Forrestfield United and Gwelup Croatia has given confidence to a squad that has bonded well over the past couple of months.

“I am under no illusion that we will have to hit the ground running and the first four or five games could set the tempo for our season,” says Jennings.

“With five or six sides in the league throwing silly money around no doubt you will see the usual suspects at the top of the ladder, the remaining sides will be in a real dogfight with very little setting us all apart.”

Jennings believes that the decision to relegate three sides is excessive but also has faith in the players at his disposal to ensure that JUFC

“I believe we have enough quality to survive the second season syndrome and providing our work ethic is high throughout, then we are certainly capable of upsetting some of these big clubs like we did last year,” he says.

“The big kick off this weekend is fast approaching we’ll do a bit of fine tuning on the training ground to prepare for Armadale, but the whole squad is up and about and eagerly anticipating the first of many six pointers this year.”

JUFC head to Armadale SC on Saturday to open the season, with further away games to follow against Bayswater City and Perth Glory.

The first home game is against Subiaco AFC at Percy Doyle Reserve on Saturday, March 17.

JUFC first team squad and fixtures 2018

1. James Bosdet
2. John Chalmers
3. Fraser Garnaut
4. Danny O’Shea
5. Joel Ledsham
6. Sam Wynne
7. Matthew Sparrow (c)
8. Jason Marsden
9. Alex Wild
10. Elliot Tattersall
11. Tony Taylor
14. Jai Rawling
15. Callum Stocks
16. Ross Edwards
17. Luke Serra
19. Adam Buckley
21 Luke Green
22. Parviz Shizadi
23. Jake Benson-Cooper
25. Greg Pellow