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

JUFC welcomes The Rigging Shed as major club sponsor

Joondalup United is delighted to announce that The Rigging Shed is the club’s major sponsor ahead of the new National Premier League (NPL) season.

The Rigging Shed logo will adorn the new NPL home kit, which was revealed this week at Prince Regent Park.

Based in Wangara, The Rigging Shed offers onsite and in-house solutions to all your lifting and rigging equipment requirements.

The company was founded in 2000 and services clients all across Western Australia.

“JUFC are extremely pleased to have The Rigging Shed on board again in season 2018 as not only a sponsor but as the club’s major sponsor,” said JUFC President Stephen Martin.

“Company owner Steve Flint, a long time member of the club and also assistant coach to Nick Jennings in the NPL first team for 2018, has been a continued supporter of JUFC and this year has come to the table with the biggest sponsorship deal in the clubs history.

“A further thank you goes out to the clubs sponsorship rep Dan Demidh for his work in securing the deal.”

JUFC committee members Peter Rustidge, Rudy Proctor and Dan Demidh joined Flint, first team coach Nick Jennings, and new NPL captain Matty Sparrow to announce the new sponsorship.

“The Rigging Shed is very pleased to partner with JUFC in 2018 and to be involved with a local club that has similar core values to our business,” said Flint.

“It is also pleasing to know that we are part of the local community, and helping all members of the JUFC club from the juniors through to the NPL teams with support which is very hard to find financially.”

As well as the NPL playing kits, The Rigging Shed will also sponsored the coaches’ shirt, shorts and tracksuit for the year, and have generously offered a $100 Man of the Match prize for every JUFC game.

For more information on The Rigging Shed and for a full list of the services they offer, simply head to their website.

JUFC welcomes exciting attacker Shirzadi after successful trial

With less than a week to go until the start of the National Premier League (NPL) season, JUFC has bolstered its attack with the signing of Parviz Shirzadi.

The 22-year-old has previous NPL experience with Balcatta FC and spent last season playing Amateur football with Fraser Park.

“Following a successful trial period it’s great to welcome Pav to Joondalup United for the forthcoming season,” said coach Nick Jennings.

“He has impressive technical ability and combines his individuality with an impressive work rate.

“I have always believed in giving players opportunities and having spent last season playing Sunday football, Pav is keen to make an impact at NPL level after a brief experience at Balcatta a couple of seasons ago.”

Fraser Park were convincing winners of the Amateur Division Four title in 2017, and Jennings will be hoping that his latest signing from the Amateur ranks can have a similar impact to that of Richard Howles who was the club’s top scorer in 2017 having been picked up from Carramar FC.

“I signed for JUFC because I wanted to challenge myself in the NPL competition again, as well as playing with different types of players,” said Shirzadi.

“I really like it at JUFC because there are a lot of good players in the team, the coaches and the staff are awesome and love facing new challenges.

“In terms of expectations both individually and for the club, obviously I want to help the team win games and score as many goals as I can, and just work hard to try to improve myself day by day.”

Shirzadi will wear the 22 number shirt this season and will be part of the squad for the opening game of the year against Armadale SC at Alfred Skeet Oval on Saturday night.

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

Jennings boosts his NPL stocks with new signing

Callum Stocks is the latest player to sign for Joondalup United’s 2018 National Premier League (NPL) squad having impressed during preseason training.

Head coach Nick Jennings said that he was pleased to bring Stocks back into contention for a first team role after visa restrictions limited the 26-year-old’s game time in 2017.

“Callum was a key member of our State League Division Two and then Division One title winning sides,” says Jennings.

“Unfortunately, with the restrictions on via players, he was unable to be part of our first season in the NPL, but it’s great to welcome him back to the squad now that he has his Permanent Residency.

“He’s super fit and has a point to prove; I’m sure his pace and trickery are going to give a number of defenders sleepless nights this season!”

Prior to joining JUFC, Stocks played un the United Kingdom for Wisbech Town in the United Counties League (check out one his superb goals in the video below).

“I’m delighted to finally be back playing for the club I love after such a frustrating year with visa restrictions,” he says.

“I’ve been working hard in the offseason and can’t wait to get started and show what I can do at the top level in Western Australia.”

JUFC will have their first preseason hit out against State League side Gwelup Croatia on Saturday at the all-weather sporting facility in Ellenbrook.

JUFC NPL 2018
  • James Bosdet
  • Anthony Taylor
  • Fraser Garnaut
  • Jay Marsden
  • Johnny Chalmers
  • Matty Sparrow
  • Sam Wynne
  • Alex Wild
  • Elliot Tattersall
  • Jake Benson-Cooper
  • Callum Stocks