Soccer: Joondalup United claims four senior titles


State League Division One winners Joondalup United celebrate.
State League Division One winners Joondalup United celebrate.

JOONDALUP United achieved a club first in 2016 by claiming four senior titles across State and amateur leagues.

By winning the State League Division One, the club has gone from the bottom of amateurs to the National Premier Leagues WA in just 16 years.

“It’s a fantastic achievement from both the State and amateur groups, with all four squads finishing champions of their respective leagues,” club president John Stone said.

“2016 will go down as a landmark season for Joondalup United and just highlights the depth and quality we maintain throughout our club.”

A final day win away to Western Knights sealed promotion for Nick Jennings’ Saturday side who are now looking forward to mixing it with the biggest clubs in WA.

Meanwhile, Stephen McDowall’s reserves dominated for a second successive season and comfortably took out the title by 12 points.

They scored 84 goals in 22 games, with under-18 youngsters impressing.

The amateurs will play division 1 football next year as they finished top of the third tier, ahead of UWA and local rival rivals Carramar FC.

Ben Williams’ side were disappointed to miss promotion in 2015 but more than made up for it, and sealed silverware with a home win over Warnbro Strikers in the penultimate game.

The reserves, under the guidance of Phil Rogers, saw off Forrestfield United on the final day of the season to make it consecutive titles.

They lost just once in the league all season, and reached the semi-finals of the cup having beaten holders North Perth United in the opening round.

Joondalup United’s new division 5 amateur teams acquitted themselves very well after stepping up from socials, and laid some solid foundations for the next campaign.

The Masters Central team were boosted by players stepping in from the amateurs, and finished second in the league while also making the semis of the cup.

The club finished safely in mid-table in both the Masters North division 1 and North division 3, while the over 45s did very well to finish runners-up in Group B.