Joondalup Sports Association Club History
The Joondalup Sports Association has been a proud fixture of the local community since April 1999.
The JSA hosts the Joondalup Bowling Club, Joondalup City Football Club and Joondalup Districts Cricket Club.
It has more than 1,800 members, with an active list of players, parents and social members, as well as a sports bar, function rooms and independently run restaurant, The Pitch Inn.
Back in 1996, the City of Wanneroo (before the City of Joondalup was created) approached the Craigie Lawn Bowls Club (which later became the Beaumaris Bowling Club and in 2013, the Joondalup Bowling Club), the North Perth Cricket Club (later renamed the Joondalup Districts Cricket Club) and the Joondalup Lakers Hockey Club to relocate to Iluka and become the Beaumaris Sports Association (later re-named the Joondalup Sports Association). Joondalup Lakers Hockey Club relocated in 2018.
After funding from the State Government was received in 1997, work began on the Iluka Sports Complex.
The inaugural members of the bowling committee were involved in preparing the international sized greens by spreading turf and the cricket club funded special spoil for their wicket facilities.
The first bowl on the green was in October 1998 and with a liquor licence granted later that year, the first beer in the sports bar was pulled in January 1999.
The Joondalup Districts Cricket Club moved to Iluka in the 2000-01 season after 25 years at Charles Veryard Reserve in North Perth as the North Perth Districts Cricket Club. The Club was founded in 1889 and is the most successful club in the WACA competition. It has four senior and eight junior teams and has produced test players including Wally Edwards, Mike Veletta, Martin McCague and Stuart MacGill.
The Joondalup Bowling Club, originally the Craigie Lawn Bowling Club, was established in 1996 and now has four high quality grass greens. It has ladies and mens pennants teams and is home to state under 18 representatives. The Club also has free coaching, community and corporate bowls and social bowls all year round, along with bingo every Monday night.
The Joondalup City Football Club was founded in 1989 and now has 55 teams ranging from under-five to over-45, as well as state league senior, junior NPL and community teams.
The JSA celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 and looks forward to another 20 years in partnership with the local community.