Mariners lock in pre-season clash with Jets

The Central Coast Mariners will take on derby rivals Newcastle Jets in Orange as both teams ramp up their preparations for the 2015/16 A-League campaign.

The western NSW road trip will see Tony Walmsley’s men face new coach Scott Miller’s outfit at Wade Park on September 20.

Meanwhile the Western Sydney Wanderers will take on Canberra FC next Tuesday at Deakin Stadium in Canberra as they prepare for the start of their season at home to Brisbane Roar on October 8.

The Mariners have an established relationship with regional Australia through the Central Coast Mariners Academy Squad (Western Region) who the A-League squad will also play while out west.

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp enforced the importance of the Mariners’ relationship with Western NSW and the significance of the community element to the trip.

“We have found a strong connection and support for the Mariners right across regional NSW,” Mielekamp said.

“The synergy of being a club based in a regional city means that we understand that we cannot just simply drive in and out of town, we are passionate about delivering to the community and intend to form partnerships that will see us return.”

“For the football fans in Western NSW our trip presents several opportunities to not only see a Hyundai A-League team in action on the field but also meet and interact with them off the field which is something that can be difficult for other franchises to bring to town, but this community engagement is very important to us.”

Orange hosted a pre-season clash between the Mariners and Adelaide United in July 2006 when more than 4,300 fans turned out to watch a local lad turned Socceroo, Nathan Burns. The Mariners returned the following year to take on Queensland Roar (Brisbane Roar).