Central Coast Mariners’ defender, Antony Golec has signed on to assist RSPCA NSW with their ‘Clear the Shelters’ initiative where potential adopters can visit their local RSPCA to adopt an animal for just $29.

Antony Golec

A cat lover at heart, Golec has become an ‘Adoption Advocate’ for the RSPCA who will not only help raise awareness for the RSPCA’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ initiative, but also spend his spare time volunteering in the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah.

On average, the RSPCA is filling up with 100 animals entering their care every day. Some animals in RSPCA NSW’s care have been waiting for new families for more than 200 days. The discount offered during the ‘Clear the Shelters’ campaign aims to bring more adopters into RSPCA NSW’s facilities to meet their fantastic residents to ultimately find them safe homes.

Growing up, the imposing centre-back had a cat named Simba and currently has a kitty named Nallah. Although cats are Antony’s animal of choice, he also has two Pomeranians named Mia & Ace.

Today at the RSPCA Care Centre Tuggerah, Antony was introduced to four of the resident cats, as well as eight kittens where he was unveiled as the RSPCA’s newest ‘Adoption Advocate’.

Antony’s newest charitable venture came when he approached the RSPCA and asked if he could be involved and make a difference after visiting their care centres on the Central Coast.

“I love animals, I grew up with cats and dogs so for me it was a no-brainer to get involved in such a great cause,” Golec said. “I have a soft spot for animals so it was a really easy decision for me.

“The care centre here at Tuggerah is really close to the training ground so to be able to come here and help out after training or on days off and to play with the animals is really exciting. I want to be able to help out as much as possible, whether it’s taking the dogs for a walk or to help promote rescue animals that need a home, the bonus is being able to play with the animals!

“There are a lot of animals out there that unfortunately people take on board and can’t look after them, so they need all the love and care they can get – they can bring a lot of love and excitement to your life so it’s not a hard decision to make,” Golec said.

Louise Bromly, Manager of the Tuggerah Care Centre spoke about the excitement of having Antony’s support.

Louise Bromly, Manager of the Tuggerah Care Centre

“It’s really exciting to have Antony on board,” Louise said. “He can really help us spread the word about our Clear the Shelters promotion this weekend so we can find these animals their forever homes.

“This is a great promotion because it gives people who are thinking about adopting an animal an incentive to pop on down to the RSPCA and find the next companion for their family. 

“Adopting an animal is a life-long commitment so although the prices are reduced, people just need to make sure they are prepared to spend the animal’s whole life with them and that it’s not a rushed decision.

“Antony was absolutely perfect with the cats here today so I have no doubt that he will be walking out of here with a few cats in no time,” Louise said.

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Quick facts about the RSPCA ‘Clear the Shelters’ promotion

  • RSPCA’s Clear the Shelters’ Promotion runs from February 23 – February 25
  • Last year saw NSW alone rehome a record-breaking 753 animals during Clear the Shelters, which was 90% of animals available for adoption
  • RSPCA Tuggerah staff do follow up calls for each animal adopted out
  • A large majority of people find out about Clear the Shelters promotion from social media 
  • Animals are $29 to adopt. All animals with an adoption fee less than $29 will be free.
  • Normal adoption procedures apply, so even though the adoption fee is discounted, the same time and effort goes into matching each animal to the right family. For example, a dog who prefers a quiet, mature household may not be well-suited to a home with young children.

Despite a maiden goal to Peter Skapetis who scored with his first touch of the ball at Central Coast Stadium, the Mariners fought until the final minute to narrowly fall 2-1 to the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Peter Skapetis - Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Skapetis 76’) Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Sotirio 14’, Riera 30’)

The run down

Skapetis wasted no time making a name for himself at his new home beside the palm trees. He came on as a second half substitute and scored with his first touch.

Super-sub Skapetis highlighted a dominant Mariners’ second half but goals to Jaushua Sotirio and Oriol Riera meant that Western Sydney went home with all three points.

The Wanderers’ attack looked dangerous from the opening. Early chances for Raul Llorenete and Mark Bridge were kept clear by shot-stopper Ben Kennedy, but a well-rehearsed set piece and a powerful volley from Sotirio put the visitors ahead in the 14th minute.

The home team pushed back, with Danny De Silva working hard to create chances with Lachie Wales, Blake Powell, and Andrew Hoole on the right wing.

However, a pocket of space on the left gave Llorente a chance to tee up Riera with a well-balanced cross, and the striker put it away with a powerful header to double the Wanderers’ lead.

The Mariners very nearly took a goal back in the final ten minutes of the first half when a cross from Hoole grazed the top of Blake Powell’s head by the far post, but the Central Coast stayed scoreless at the break.

The Mariners returned from the dressing room with a vengeance, and Western Sydney found themselves on the back foot as opportunities kept coming for the Central Coast. De Silva, Hoole, Powell and substitute Trent Buhagiar all made promising appearances in the penalty area, and a gutsy distance strike from Jacob Melling had keeper Janjetovic diving to clear the ball. With the attacking momentum building, the energy at Central Coast Stadium spiked as the fans sensed a goal on the way.

In the 75th minute, Peter Skapetis made his first appearance at Central Coast Stadium as a substitute for Powell, and within seconds, he made it count. With his very first touch, he got behind a cross from Melling and headed the ball into the back of the net.

As the final whistle drew nearer, there was still plenty of energy on the pitch as the Central Coast fought hard for an equaliser. Trent Buhagiar looked certain set to steal a point in stoppage time, putting in a curling strike from out wide, but the ball found the post instead of the net, and the Wanderers limped across the finish line with their lead intact.

With a split round in the Hyundai A-League the Mariners have no match this weekend and all players will be sent to local clubs on the Central Coast to assist with grassroots registrations and team gradings. Stay tuned for further details.


14’ SOTIRIO GOAL (0-1): A well-rehearsed set piece from the Wanderers. An expertly-taken corner from Marcelo Carrusca found Sotorio at the top of the box who didn’t hesitate with a powerful volley. Kennedy looked to have it covered but a deflection on the way through helped it into the Mariners’ net.

30’ RIERA GOAL: (0-2): Oriol Riera matched the quality of a superb delivery from Raul Llorente with a precision header that bounced past Kennedy into the bottom right corner.

76’ SKAPETIS GOAL: (1-2): In the 75th minute, Peter Skapetis took to the field. In the 76th, he scored. He met a ball in from Jacob Melling, and headed it home to bag his maiden goal for the Mariners with his very first touch of the game.

Paolo in the press

“I thought we looked really flat.” Okon said. “The energy wasn’t great, then we conceded two. The first one is a set piece, it takes a deflection of Liam Rose’s head, but I’m disappointed that we gave away two goals. It becomes really difficult to get back into the game in the first half, because the heads drop, you’re second guessing yourself a little bit,” Okon said.

“Then we get a response in the second half, and we probably could have drawn the game at the end there. Powell definitely had a good chance after half time to score, and if that goes in obviously you have more time to get another one. In the end, we left it a little bit too late. The second half was a really good effort, but it becomes difficult when you go in 2-0 down to a very good football team.

“In the second half, you’ve really got nothing to lose I guess, and the mind works in many ways. In the end, if we started the game like we played the second half, then I’m quite confident that we would have a different result but you can’t whinge or complain when you do that, and that’s the disappointing thing. We didn’t give ourselves a big enough chance today to win the football game, with the way we performed in the first half.

“We tried really hard [to sign a striker], but unfortunately when it comes time to find out how much the nines want, the numbers just don’t stack up. We have six attackers at the football club, and we will soldier on with those six attackers. Peter’s goal – I think he took that really well. We do feel like we have people that can find the back of the net, but we know that’s an area that, all season, we’ve been disappointing in. We also understand where we are as a football club, in being able to spend what maybe other clubs do in that position," Okon said.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY(gk), 2. Storm ROUX, 4. Jake McGING, 5. Antony GOLEC, 6. Tom HIARIEJ, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Blake POWELL (27. Peter SKAPETIS 75’),10. Danny De SILVA, 16. Liam ROSE 22. Jacob MELLING (14. Adam BERRY 85’), 24. Lachlan WALES (62’ 12. Trent BUHAGIAR)

Substitutes not used: 18. Tom GLOVER (gk) & 19. Jacob POSCOLIERO,

Yellow Cards: Antony Golec 29’, Trent Buhagiar 88’

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 4. Joshua RISDON, 5. Brendon HAMILL, 6. Marcelo CARRUSCA, 7. Steven LUSTICA, 8. Rolieny BONEVACIA (15. Kearyn BACCUS 83’), 9. Oriol RIERA (11. Brendon SANTALAB 77’), 16. Jaushua SOTIRIO (46’ 18. Christopher IKONOMIDIS), 19. Mark BRIDGE, 24. Raul LLORENTE, 33. Michael THWAIT

Substitutes not used: 3. Jack CLISBY & 40. Nicholas SUMAN (gk)

Sunday, 4 February 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 7046
Central Coast Mariners vs. Western Sydney Wanderers

Jacob Poscoliero returns to Central Coast Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that Jacob Poscoliero has today completed a transfer from Perth Glory. ‘Posco’ has signed a contract that will see him remain with the Mariners until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Before making the move to Perth Glory, the 27-year-old defender made 47 appearances for the Yellow & Navy between 2014 and 2017.

Poscoliero will be available for selection to take on the Western Sydney Wanderers this Sunday at Central Coast Stadium.

During the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season, Poscoliero has made eight appearances under Kenny Lowe which includes six starts.

Upon his return to the Central Coast, ‘Posco’ said that he was delighted to be pulling on the Yellow & Navy jersey and once again call Central Coast Stadium home.

“I’m thrilled and delighted to be able to put a Mariners jersey back on,” Poscoliero said. “It was really hard to leave this club where I made many great friendships and formed close relationships with the Central Coast Community and Mariners’ supporters.

“I can’t wait to get back to training – I’ve really missed both the coaching and style of play here at the Mariners and I am very grateful to be given this opportunity to play under Paolo again,” Poscoliero said.

Jacob Poscoliero will make his return to the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence and train with the team for the first time on Friday.

Poscoliero will wear number 19 for the Central Coast Mariners.

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Contini and Adam D’Apuzzo – convened on Monday, 29 January 2018 to consider the below incident in Round 18 of the Hyundai A-League.

Wout Brama

The MRP considered an incident involving Wout Brama (Brama) of Central Coast Mariners in or around the 94th minute of Central Coast Mariners’ Round 18 Match against Brisbane Roar FC on Saturday, 27 January 2018.

The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Brama was issued with a direct Red Card by the Referee.

The MRP determined that Brama committed the offence of serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball). The MRP proposed a sanction of two (2) matches, being the Mandatory Match Suspension plus one (1) additional match. The minimum sanction for the offence is one (1) match, being the Mandatory Match Suspension.

Under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations (the Regulations), Brama may refer the matter to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of either

a. what additional sanction should be imposed above the minimum sanction (inclusive of the Mandatory Match Suspension which must be served), applying the Range at the Table of Offences; or

b. whether Exceptional Circumstances apply and therefore a sanction outside the Range at the Table of Offences should be imposed, provided always that the Mandatory Match Suspension must be served.

Brama has until 12:00pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 30 January 2018 to advise whether he wishes to appeal the two (2) match sanction proposed by the MRP.

The Central Coast Mariners will not appeal the decision, and accepts the minimum two match sanction proposed by the MRP.

Despite an impressive goal to Blake Powell, the Central Coast Mariners suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar at Central Coast Stadium.

Mariners fall short to Brisbane Roar

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Powell 63’) Brisbane Roar 2 (Holman 23’, McKay 54’)

The run down

The Mariners and Roar played out an end-to-end match on a hot and humid Saturday evening in Gosford where a spot in the top six was up for grabs.

Daniel De Silva looked the most likely Mariner to create a goal in the early stages, several times tearing apart the defence with his runs into the front third and precision play making. Solid in the midfield with him were Jacob Melling and Tom Hiariej who won numerous challenges against the Roar’s middle men.

Mid-way through the first half the game took a shock turn when against the run of play, the Roar pounced on some loose passing at the back by the Mariners, Brett Holman capitalised to make it 1-0.

The game then opened up and Lachlan Wales sprung into action, racing past his defender and chipping a menacing ball into the box, which just cleared the heads of several Mariners’ attackers in the box. Soon after, Wales whipped in a clever curling corner, which eventually found De Silva who was unlucky in judging the flight of the ball only just misconnecting his shot.

Despite coming out from the sheds a goal down, the Mariners started positively and immediately began to attack the Roar’s goal. Clever interplay up front created a few promising chances though the Roar managed to hold their lead.

The game took another shock turn when early in the second half Brisbane doubled their lead. The Mariners gave up possession cheaply in front of their own box, this time Matt Mckay made the most of it.

Going behind a second goal sprung the Mariners to life who responded with positive and aggressive play. It paid off when some individual brilliance from Blake Powell resulted in the Yellow & Navy’s first goal to get them back in the match.

Full of confidence, the Mariners took control of the game, with Jake McGing and Kwabena Appiah playing in threatening balls down the right flank which were just denied by a desperate Roar defence.

With humidity slowing the game down in the dying stages, the Mariners looked to their substitutes to break open the Roar defence and grab an equaliser. Trent Buhagiar’s fresh legs looked to have made the difference when he was found in space down the wing but his low cross was just too heavy and beat everybody.

Mariners’ keeper Kennedy made a late save to keep the Mariners in the hunt and despite some late chances to the Mariners, Brisbane maintained their lead and eventually won 2-1.

The Mariners finished the game with 10 men after Brama was shown red for his challenge on Cory Gameiro and will miss next Saturday’s home game against the Western Sydney Wanderers.


23’ HOLMAN (0-1): Against the run of play the Mariners failed to clear their line and lost the ball cheaply. Holman was waiting at the edge of the box and tucked his shot into the bottom corner.

54’ MCKAY (0-2): The Mariners gave away possession cheaply on the edge of their own box and Mckay was gifted a soft goal in the second half.

63’ POWELL (1-2): Brama started the move with a beautiful pass to free up Wales, who dribbled towards goal drawing in the defenders before sliding a pass to Powell who beat his defender and smashed it home from a tough angle.

Paolo in the press

“You’re going lose a football game any day of the week [by giving balls like that away] we weren’t at our best tonight I think that was obvious. We had some moments, giving away those goals was extremely disappointing.

“No just not selected [Andrew Hoole], Trent has been training well, Lachie has been doing great. Daniel is back in. No particular reason, just not selected.

“We’re aware that we need to do better, we’ve had some good performances in recent weeks. We have matched up against the top teams. Lost to Newcastle after dominating the whole game before the red card. Then the other three games against Sydney, Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory, we are really disappointed we didn’t get more points to show for it. We will keep working hard, we have a tough game next week against the Wanderers, got a couple of boys missing, opportunities for other players, we will keep fighting.

“Lachie is still a young kid and still probably not at the peak level of fitness needed for A-League, he is getting better at it. Kabsy, you know he runs so hard early on that you sort of know that there is going to come a time when you are going to need to change him. We didn’t plan for Josh to come off so early as well.

"We probably would have used the subs a bit differently but they are things you can’t control and you try and deal with them as best as you can at that moment.

Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY(gk), 3.Josh ROSE (2.Storm ROUX 65’), 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 8.Blake POWELL, 10. Danny De SILVA, 13. Kwabena APPIAH (12.Trent BUHAGIAR 75’), 15. Alan BARO, 22.Jacob MELLING (23.Wout BRAMA 45’), 24.Lachlan WALES

Substitutes not used: 18.Tom GLOVER(gk), 27.Petros SKAPETIS

Yellow cards: Baro 53’, McGing 83’

Red Cards: Brama 90+2’

Brisbane Roar FC: 21.Jamie YOUNG(gk), 5.Corey BROWN, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (16.Mitchell OXBORROW 8’), 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH (14.Daniel BOWLES 68’), 17.Matthew MCKAY, 19.Jack HINGERT, 22. Eric BAUTHEAC, 36.Daniel LECK (11.Corey GAMEIRO 75’)

Substitutes not used: 20.Shannon BRADY, 31.Brendan WHITE (gk)

Yellow cards: Brown 64’

Saturday, 27 January 2018
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Brisbane Roar Glory vs. Central Coast Mariners