JUFC’s Rooney selected for Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad

Joondalup United youngster Isabella Rooney has been chosen to represent Western Australia as part of the Gold Fields State Girls U14 squad.

The team will fly to China for the Jinshan International Youth Football Championships, which will take place between August 21 to 26.

“Isabella is having a fantastic season again this year helping her team into the top six in the National Premier League (NPL) 13s and quarter finals of the 13s Cup,” says Darren Brogan, JUFC’s Junior NPL Technical Director.

“Her passion and commitment to the team have been outstanding and some of the reasons why she has been selected to play for the State 14 Girls.”

“Playing consistently and against top teams every week is giving her so much confidence and developing her talents to further herself in the game.”

According to Football West, the Jinshan Championships will consist of approximately four to six games, depending on results, plus a pre-tournament game against a local club that is to be confirmed.

Brogan believes that playing top level football will give Rooney an advantage that the other State players don’t have exposure to as she plays in the NPL while the rest are in Division One.

Indeed, Rooney is the only player outside of the Girls National Training Centre (NTC) program to make the State Team for 2019.

“It’s a great achievement and as a coach I couldn’t be more proud of her with the way she conducts herself in and around the club with her tremendous commitment to training and her positive attitude,” says Brogan.

Congratulations to Isabella, and best of luck for the trip to China!

JUFC appoints Technical Director ahead of 2019 season

Joondalup United is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Reid as the club’s new Technical Director.

Reid came to the club with plenty of experience having previously been with Stirling Lions as a National Premier League (NPL) coach and a Technical Director for the 6s to 11s age groups.

He will also be the club’s 18s coach for the upcoming State League campaign.

“Troy has a strong record of developing players and has the dedication and experience to be part of the future of our Club,” said JUFC President John Stone.

“Having coached one of our Junior NPL teams this year we have been impressed with Troy’s personal leadership and ability to get the best out of his players on and off the pitch.”

JUFC is looking to the future and aims to focus on professionalism, performance, club culture with a strong emphasis on Junior development.

As Technical Director, Reid will be in a key position and will be working with our great team of coaches to assist players develop and transition through Junior NPL teams into senior football.

“I am excited by the role and the direction the club is going with the youth development focus, and I think I can use my experience to help foster and develop that vision,” said Reid, who also coached his way through the youth and senior ranks at club and representative level in Albany.

“Obviously we want to continue to develop young footballers and be competitive in the NPL competitions.

“Most importantly we want to focus on developing players who will be the future of our first team over the coming years, not only to get us back into the senior NPL but to be competing at that level.”

Reid has already commenced his new role and is overseeing the Junior trials which are taking place at Beldon Park for the next few weeks.

JUFC Junior Award Winners 2018

Joondalup United held its Junior Presentation event for the 2018 season on Saturday, September 23 at Woodvale Tavern.

Players were served a meal before their parents joined in to see the presentation of 2018 Participation Awards.

Coaches also recognised an outstanding player from each team who were presented a trophy before Joondalup Joe made a special appearance during the Miniroos fun to “Floss” up a storm on the dance floor.

“We would like to thank City of Joondalup North Central Ward Councillor Nige Jones who presented JUFC’s first ever all girls team with their awards, along with the 18s Division 2 team and their Football West league winners’ medals,” said JUFC Junior Committee member Lyn Bartlett.

A huge thank you to those who attended the event, and also to our team of volunteers (pictured above) who worked tirelessly on the day to make sure everything went smoothly.

A list of the award winners can be seen below:

18s Division 2 Stephen
NPL 16s Shaun
NPL 15s Max
NPL 14s Billy
14s Division  2 Joshua
14s Girls Beny
NPL 13s Mal
13s Metro Division 1 Cameron
13s North Division 4 Bakari


12s Blue Metro Finlay
12s White Bilbies Austin
11s Blue metro James
11s Green Metro Ruari
11s Purple Bilbies Salam
11s White Bilbies Matthew
10s Blue Metro Lachlan
10s Orange Metro Elliot
10s Purple Bilbies Event
9s Blue Bilbies Declan
9s Purple Bilbies Jackson
9s Yellow Bilbies Chase
8s Blue Bilbies Finn
8s Purple Bilbies Alec

President’s Address – NPL seniors’ season finale

JUFC President Stephen Martin is encouraging all members and supporters to attend Saturday’s final game of the National Premier League (NPL) season at Percy Doyle Reserve.

Dear members and supporters,

Although Saturday’s fixture marks our last game as a National Premier League (NPL) senior club, we want this to be a day of celebration and not a day of dwelling on what could have been.

Our visitors Perth Soccer Club are one of the biggest clubs in Perth and still have a shot at winning the league if they secure victory over JUFC and Perth Glory slip up.

It’s a great way to see out the season and they are sure to bring with them a large crowd; we would like to do the same and make it a great day out for the JUFC family.

Entry will be free for all JUFC members wearing club gear.

Our first NPL game against ECU in 2017 was one of the biggest crowds witnessed at an NPL senior match so let’s go out in similar fashion and get down to support the guys for one last time.

Although we have officially been relegated from the NPL at a senior level we still retain our Junior NPL status.

Granted it’s not been the greatest season for the senior sides but that did not come as a surprise given the predicament that the City of Joondalup Council left us in.

Saying that though, outside of the NPL seniors there are still lots of positives to focus on throughout the club as we close out season 2018 and look toward 2019.

As most would have seen on our social media channels recently our Division Two 18s team were recently crowned league champions and are eyeing up more silverware before the season finishes.

The Top Four Cup campaign kicks off next week and the Junior Cup Final takes place this Saturday at 3:15pm at Ashfield.

It’s great having 18s of this calibre so well done to the coach Clive O’Brien, team manager Melinda Lewis and all the players involved; top effort so far and best of luck on Saturday and next week.

Without putting a mocker on it, our Belt Up Amateur Division One side are vying for promotion to the Premier Division again this season and with only a handful of games to go can achieve that goal with a win over third place Stirling Panthers this Sunday.

It was so close yet so far for Ben Williams and the lads last season as they conceded a goal in the last minute of the second last game of the season to thwart their promotion to the top flight.

With that in the back of their minds, the lads will be keen to get the result on Sunday and secure promotion so for all club members who are not playing at that time the Amateurs would love to have your support down at Stirling.

Our NPL juniors continue to make massive strides forward and the improvement on last season has been remarkable.

We are now reaching the time where our top junior NPL development sides are starting to come through the ranks and each year going forward, like this season, we will see a team enter the NPL 13s that will be a contender for the league.

Two years from now, if we can keep hold of current squads, we will have some of the top teams competing in the 13s to 16s NPL Junior leagues.

NPL Junior trial dates for season 2019 will be announced soon so please keep an eye out for that.

As the club continues to grow and the workload increases we are continually striving to improve on previous seasons and add people to the committee that can really add value.

Preparations are currently underway for next season and there will be even more changes in the coming months as we look to restructure major parts of the club in 2019, especially our State League set up which has been ongoing for a number of weeks now.

The 2018 presentation evenings will begin in earnest with the Junior presentations taking place on September 23rd at the Woodvale Tavern.

The full club presentation evening will take place on October 20th at the Breakwater Tavern and is open to anyone.

It’s a great way to round out the season so we look forward to seeing you all there for another night of celebration.

JUFC is more than just an NPL senior team, it’s a progressive club catering to all age groups and abilities with over 550 current playing members.

It’s not often we have the opportunity to all get together so let’s all get down on Saturday, farewell the NPL season, and celebrate the end of an era for the club while marking the beginning of another.

Stephen Martin
Club President

JUFC star Ngo selected for Celtic Academy experience in January

Joondalup United is delighted to learn that exciting young talent Khoa Ngo has been selected to travel to Scotland for a week-long Academy experience with Celtic FC.

Ngo recently impressed at the Celtic Elite Player Progamme which JUFC facilitated as HBF Arena in Joondalup as part of our international partnership.

“Having one of our own players, Khoa Ngo, selected from the Elite Player Programme WA to train at Celtics Academy shows just how far we have come in the development of our Juniors at JUFC,” said Darren Brogan, JUFC’s NPL Junior Technical Director.

“Considering the wealth of talent on show from Perth Glory, Sorrento, Perth Soccer Club, Bayswater City and ECU Joondalup, to name but a few, being chosen as one of the 60 from all the top players in the state is a massive reward for player and club for all the hard work that’s been put in so far.

“I’m sure Khoa will make a huge impression at Celtic’s Academy and hopefully Joondalup United Football Club will be sending more players Celtic’s way to be involved in these life changing opportunities in football.”

Ngo has been an integral part of our National Premier League (NPL) 13s this year and he expressed his delight at being selected to travel to Europe.

“I am so blessed to be getting in the Celtic elite camp as I cannot wait until I learn new skills and put it them the pitch,” said Khoa.

“At first I was scared because I had to play against the under 16s but I had to get on with it and play, and since then I was not scared of playing against older kids.”

Ngo was keen to stress the importance of the role that his JUFC coach, Greg Hart, has played in his development recently.

“My coach Greg has been such an influence on my life, he always motivates me and encourages me to be the best that I can,” said Ngo.

“He sees potential in me and always believes in me even when I don’t even believe in myself. It feels like I’ve known him all my life.

“He is the best coach I’ve ever had, and I really won’t be able to find a better coach. All his teaching has made me step up my game and has improved me a lot.

“Thank you, Greg, for being the best coach towards me.”

Ngo’s parents are equally ecstatic with their son’s progress, and said they are thankful for the once in a lifetime opportunity to improve his skills at one of the world’s best supported clubs.

Everyone at JUFC wishes Khoa Ngo all the best for the rest of the season, and we are proud to have such a talent wearing the club colours every week.

JUFC scores high representation in School Sport WA State Select Squad

Six players from Joondalup United’s National Premier League (NPL) Development 12s and 11s have been selected for the School Sport WA State Select Squad 2018.

Oliver Vrebac, Taj Filipe, Robert Cook, Finlay Clarke and Isabella Rooney from the 12s and Iona Mitchell from the 11s will travel to New South Wales in September for a week where they play against the best kids from all the other States in a competition.

This is the highest representation from any club in the competition so far, something which JUFC NPL Junior Technical Director Darren Brogan is very proud of.

“As a club we are so proud of the players that have made the squad as it’s a huge reward for all their efforts at training and matches that have got them this far to be part of such an event,” he said.

“From a coach’s perspective, it’s the best reward you can get when your players are successful through hard work, dedication and sheer determination to achieve such amazing things in the sport.”

The six JUFC players made it through six trials during a selection process that included around 60 players.

When they travel over east, they will play two matches per day at the Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood which will provide them with valuable experience.

Congratulations to all involved.

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.

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