JUFC to expand girls set up for 2020 season

Joondalup United is looking to expand its young but successful girls program for 2020, with the goal to have competitive 14s and 16s squads for the upcoming season.

We have a core group of of girls for both squads already but are looking to complete them with some more experienced players.

Maybe you have played for your school and are looking to play club football next season? Maybe you were not selected for the team you trialed at but are still looking to play next season? Or maybe you are just looking for a change? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, JUFC could be the club for you.

JUFC is very passionate about girls football, and playing for our club will include:

  • Quality coaching with FFA accredited coaches, including a C-License coach and fully accredited Coerver Skills coach.
  • Personal player development plans and programs, with drills targeted specifically towards identified development areas.
  • End of season player progress report.
  • Two training sessions per week.
  • Full playing kit with name on back.
  • Summer preseason training camp (additional costs apply).

Whilst JUFC strives for our players to give their best, development as players and people is paramount.

Trial dates

Both sessions will be held at Charonia Park in Mullaloo.

  • Saturday, November 23, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday, November 30, 11am to 12.30pm

A registration form for the trials can be found here.

JUFC girls get set for finals after strong first season

Joondalup United’s 14s girls’ team have performed superbly in their inaugural season at the club and now have a finals campaign to look forward to.

While their opponents have yet to be determined, the team will be confident of claiming a win in their semi-final to earn themselves a shot at silverware.

Coach Rob McCullagh has done stellar work to bring the side together, with his squad only being finalised three days before the campaign got underway.

Six of the girls had never played competitive football before, including the entire back four, while three others had only played one season previously.

As well as their relative inexperience, the squad is also one of the youngest in their age group but that hasn’t proved to be a barrier in any way.

In fact, they pushed hard for the regular season title and secured a finals spot with plenty of time to spare and can boast the best goal difference in the league as well as the second best defensive record.

“Given the girls’ inexperience and what I felt was important for both the team and club in their first year, I made the decision early to ensure they were competitive each match by first making them hard to beat,” says McCullagh.

“A national curriculum purist may not approve but the fact is, not one single team had an easy ride against this raw team and I could not be prouder of their determination and attitudes.

“The technique and game awareness will come; attitude and accountability are far harder to coach.”

The season has come with its challenges though, and at their home ground of Prince Regent Park in Heathridge there are not only no separate female changing rooms but no changing rooms whatsoever.

The situation is not ideal for participants in a winter sport but the girls haven’t let it impact them and their results have been testament to the dedication of the players, their families and their coach

In their most recent outing, they played out a 1-1 draw against Woodvale in what was essentially a dead rubber as McCullagh experimented with his squad.

Regular goalkeeper Becca Dahlstrom was given a chance to shine outfield with Catie McCullagh ably filling in between the sticks.

A goal down at half time, the team reverted to a more familiar set up and got back on level terms when Lily Hamilton found the net.

“Girls and women’s football is the next big sporting opportunity in the country at the moment,” says McCullagh.

“To this end, I would like to thank the club for the opportunity of putting together and coaching your first ever all girls team.”

Everyone at JUFC wishes Rob and the team well in their upcoming finals series.

JUFC girls team do club proud in milestone match

Joondalup United’s first ever girls team took to the park last Sunday and faced Rockingham United in the Smarter Than Smoking 14s Division Three.

According to coach Rob McCullagh, JUFC put in a superb performance and were competitive throughout, with the score locked at a goal apiece until the closing stages before Rockingham scored twice to claim three points.

“As well as being a very young team for the 14s age group put together at the eleventh hour, there was a variety of experience levels with most having played just one season,” he said.

“I mention this not as an excuse, because none is required, and the girls did us all proud and exceeded expectations.”

The first half saw JUFC dominate possession in Rockingham territory and McCullagh was delighted with their discipline in terms of structure and shape, which they had worked on in training ahead of the game.

The only thing missing was a goal and, despite controlling the game after half time, they went behind as the home side found the net after a counter attack.

JUFC responded quickly, with Lily Hamilton providing the assist for Catie McCullagh to score her first goal for her new club.

Unfortunately, fatigue kicked in for JUFC with eight minutes to as Rockingham began to play more direct football.

The long balls up the middle caught out the JUFC midfield and created space in behind where there had been none previously, and couple of powerful finishes from Rockingham gave them a 3-1 win.

“The game was played in great spirit and while the girls deserved to get at least a point from the match,” said McCullagh.

“This is really beside the point as a mixed bunch of girls, who in some cases had not even met each other until less than a week ago, turned up on the day looking like a football team that had been in training for weeks and represented the club admirably.”

While every player played their part in a good performance, McCullagh was pleased with the efforts of Nadia Godley who worked tirelessly on the wing and caused Rockingham all sorts of problems with her speed, endurance and touch.

Godley is regarded as one of the best track and field athletes in the country for her age and will be a handful for any opposition.

Lily Hamilton, who only joined the group just last week, put together a composed, very strong performance as the team’s number 8, and bagged an assist on the goal for her troubles.

At just 11 years of age, Nicole Ward played her first ever full pitch game and showed a composure and maturity beyond her years in the midfield engine room.

“All told, it was a very fine performance from the girls and with so much we can build on and refine,” said McCullagh.

“We are very excited for the rest of the season and would encourage the club faithful to come out to support our first ever girls team this Sunday when we will have the chance to turn the tables on Rockingham at home!”

All the best to the girls in this week’s fixture which takes place at Prince Regent Park (12pm kick off).