Quinns Football Club History

Quinns Football Club History

BACKGROUND:

The club was founded in 1993 by Steve Hallam, Howard Crump, Steve Reely and Paul Hollins, kicking a ball around at what was to become Abbeville, Mindarie. There was a loose affiliation between Joondalup City Junior Soccer Club and the then Joondalup City Soccer Club that went on to become ECU Joondalup. However JCJSC was always an independant associated body, as it still is today and known as Quinns FC or simply “The Jacks”.

1994 registration brought in 160 youngsters from the rapidly expanding surrounding suburbs, and the home ground was established at Gumblossom Park, Quinns Rocks.

The 1995 registration day at Lakeside Shopping Centre saw 280 budding players, aged between 5 and 16, sign up for the expanding club. This enabled 10 under 8 teams and 14 JSA teams to compete that season.

JCJSC became the largest and one of the most successful clubs in the state within 2 years. As with JCSC we were known as “The Jacks” and adopted this nickname as the official club name, until 2008, as the representative shire boundaries changed and “The Jacks” are now represented by Wanneroo shire. Since 2008 the club official name has been Quinns Football Club with “The Jacks” reverting back to the status of nickname.

PROGRESS:

1999: The 1999 registrations totalled 268 players, making up 21 teams which compete in the JSA competition. Another 128 players (12 teams) battled it out at Gumblossom each Sunday morning in our highly successful under 8’s competition.

2000: Season 2000 saw 132 under 8’s and 314 JSA players take to the pitch.

2001: Season 2001 has seen a new dimension in players added to the club. We have created a Senior element for a twofold reason:

  • A Social side to give the youth somewhere to go once they have finished with Junior Soccer.
  • A Vets side to allow the coaches and friends to continue there support for the club which they have spent the morning already doing.

This is an important experiment that all involved are hoping to succeed. We are acutely aware of some of the pitfalls of such a move in direction, but we (the committee) are 100% in agreement that the focus should not be taken away from the original reason this club was created. Any child that has a pair of soccer boots is guaranteed a game with Joondalup City Juniors, providing the registration requirements are met. So season 2001 stats are thus far 133 Under 8s, 116 RooBall, 194 Junior Soccer and 27 Seniors. For the record that is 470 registrations, phew.

2002: Continuing our move to a more centralised base we even held our main registration day event at the new local Ocean Keys Shopping Centre. The numbers as at 10th May are: U8’s – 120, U9-10’s – 145, U11-U16’s – 194 and Seniors – 32. We should note that there are 44 girls at various age levels playing with the club.

2003-2007: We have grown to almost bursting point. There are more than 700 members playing in around 40 teams each Sunday on Gumblossom Park and across the road on Peter Moyes Oval. We saw the coming and going of a social side that had some success in the cup and league.

2008: Saw the membership spike to 800 plus of all shapes and sizes. It also marked a new era for the club by adopting a name more fitting of where and what sport we play, Quinns Football Club. We also embarked on a training schedule for the inaugural Amateur side which will be playing out of the newly built facilities on Gumblossom Park.

2009: Saw the implementation and success of the inaugural Amateur squad. Also the new change facilities passed the test on Gumblossom Park for the whole club to enjoy.

2010: The Junior side of the club remains at bursting point with the numbers remaining constant around the 700 mark. The remainder is made up of the senior element consisting of 2 Ladies, 4 Vets and now 4 Amateur sides due to promotion last year.

2011: The U6/7 end of the club found themselves competing in the Football West Small Sided Game competition, while the remainder of the junior element remained strong and competitive. All FW junior league sides competed in the Premier divisions for the first time, while the vets opened up a Golden Oldies (O45) team. The Amateur squads competed in Div4 and Div3 with mixed success having both been promoted from Div5 and Div4 respectively. FW have accepted an application from Quinns FC to enter the State League in 2012 which is a great achievement after 18 years hard work.

2012: Registrations have brought in once again between 850 and 900 players of all shapes and sizes. The junior base has remained fairly consistent while the senior end has changed shape. We only have 1 amateur squad but now gain a state league squad. We lost a ladies team but have gained a ladies state league team. We also saw the return of a social team that sits in between to ensure everybody has the chance to play for Quinns FC.

2013-2014: Sees the club in a period of consolidation with a slight reduction in membership, but still strong at all levels from U6 thru to State League. Amateurs are now known as Sunday League and have climbed up to Division one ready for 2015. While the State League ladies have gained promotion to the State League Premiership.