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.

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.

Goalkeepers required for JUFC Amateur squads

Joondalup United is seeking goalkeepers for both of its Amateur squads ahead of the 2018 season.

The Division One and Division Four squads are both in the middle of a good preseason programme, and have friendlies every week right up until April when the main campaign gets underway.

Training takes place at Beldon Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm, and club fees for the year are negotiable for the right candidate(s).

If you are interested in joining either of the JUFC squads, email admin@jufc.com.au or call Division One first team coach Ben Williams on 0416 019 922.

JUFC Amateur preseason to commence in early January

Joondalup United’s Amateur teams will begin their preseason programme in the first week of January with a mixture of fitness and football.

Division One coach Ben Williams invites all players, old and new, to attend the sessions as he looks to build a squad capable of achieving promotion to the Amateur Premier Division after narrowly missing out last season.

JUFC will also field a squad in Division Four, and they will be looking to build on a solid mid-table finish in 2017.

Friendlies will begin in February ahead of the season proper which kicks off at the start of April.

Early preseason dates (6.30pm start except Area 5)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 – Mullaloo Beach (bring water)

Sunday, 14 January 2018 – Area 5 Football, Wanneroo (10am start, bring appropriate footwear and water)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 – Mullaloo Beach (bring water)

Thursday, 18 January 2018 – Venue tbc (bring boots and water)

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.