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