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

JUFC Masters look to strengthen squad ahead of 2018 season

Joondalup United Masters are keen to add more quality and depth to the playing group as we edge closer to the 2018 season.

The Masters currently run four squads, competing from the highest level in the State to the 45s, and our Central side made it to the 2017 Cup Final where they narrowly lost out to Spearwood Dalmatinac.

There is a strong club culture within the existing squads who pride themselves on being a well organised family run set up.

The Masters would welcome any individuals with strong football ethics and who like to enjoy the social side of being part of a club.

Light training has already commenced, and sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings during the season.

For more information on the Masters or to express an interest in joining, please send an email to masters@jufc.com.au.

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.