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Central Coast Mariners FC

Central Coast Wednesday, 8th April

Central Coast Mariners to launch Community Support line

The Central Coast Mariners will this week launch the Mariners Community support program to provide assistance and support to Members and the Central Coast Community during the unprecedented and ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Beginning on Thursday, the Mariners will contact Members in what is considered the ‘at-risk’ category for COVID-19, ensuring those who they speak to are educated and prepared for the time ahead and helping out with supplies or shopping where necessary.

A page will be set up on ccmariners.com.au as a dedicated hub for resources relating to the crisis including contact numbers, fact sheets and links to relevant health authorities.

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said it is an important time for the Club to play its role in the Community and support those who have supported it for so long.

“We’re really excited to get this initiative off the ground, and start reaching out to Members immediately,” Mielekamp said.

“It’s such an important time for us all to band together and work to get through this, and the Club has a part to play in that.”

“This project will start off small but we’ll look to grow it into a program that can benefit as many people as possible, and provide wide-ranging support to the Central Coast community.”

For further information or if you would like to be involved in the program, contact the club via email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Central Coast Mariners COVID-19 hub is available to access by clicking here.

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COURTESY RELAY: FFA Media Release

Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Sydney, Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that it has postponed the final rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season. This postponement is effective immediately.

The decision is the latest in a series of measures introduced by FFA in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and comes with the unanimous support of all Hyundai A-League clubs. FFA will review the situation over the coming weeks with a further formal status assessment now scheduled for April 22nd.

The goal at this stage is to reschedule games as soon as it is reasonably possible to do so in order to complete the season. The clubs and players have indicated to FFA that they will be ready to continue should the competition be able to resume.

The decision reflects the stringent social distancing measures that have now been introduced by Government, the introduction of State border restrictions within Australia and the implementation of the highest levels of border restrictions for New Zealand. The accumulative effect making the continuation of the competition impossible at the present time.

FFA CEO James Johnson said: “Our priority is to ensure the safety of both the football community and the community at large. As each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of both, it is imperative that we follow the lead of Governments at National and State level and take the necessary precautionary and proactive measures and in doing so play our part in preventing the spread and impact of COVID-19.”

“To get so close to completing the competition, only to pull up a few weeks short, has been heartbreaking for the players, clubs and fans. That said, the health and safety of our fans, players, volunteers and staff has always been the overriding consideration for us. That is fundamentally what led – with the unanimous support of the State and Territory Member Federations – to the suspension of grassroots football until 14 April 2020. Today’s decision was equally difficult to make but it is borne form the same rationale.

“As the largest club-based participation sport with nearly two million participants, we have a clear and obvious duty to play our part in doing whatever we can to support the efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“On behalf of FFA Board and each Hyundai A-League Club, we thank the players for their assistance during these extraordinary times. We have done everything in our power to ensure the physical and mental welfare of the players and club staff and this decision means that, like the majority of Australians, they can now return home to be with their families during this difficult time.”

“We’d like to thank our members, sponsors, volunteers and fans for their continued support during this unprecedented time.”

FFA asks that all football fans, players, coaches, and officials continue to abide by the measures put in place by the Federal and State Governments and follow all precautionary protocols.

FFA will continue to monitor the situation in consultation with the National COVID-19 Working Committee and provide updates as they become available.

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Murray brace not enough to keep City down

In the first Hyundai A-League match behind closed doors the Mariners were defeated 4-2 by Melbourne City in the sides second meeting of this campaign.

Having suffered a 3-1 defeat in Melbourne to City earlier in the season the Mariners made two alterations to the side who went down to Brisbane last weekend.

Tommy Oar returned to the starting eleven alongside Joshua Nisbet at the expense of Milan Milan Ðurić who began on the bench and Daniel DeSilva who was absent through injury.

The match began at a frantic pace with three goals in the opening ten minutes seeing the hosts both take the lead then fall behind.

Jack Clisby’s whipped ball from the sideline found Jordan Murray with space to run through on Thomas Glover’s goal.

Some acute control and precise finishing saw Murray net his third of the season and second against City, after scoring in the previous meeting.

The visitors replied almost immediately though, striking back through Jamie Maclaren as he was teed up by Markel Susaeta, and ten minutes in to the game City were ahead, this time Susaeta netted himself as he ghosted at the back post to head home Craig Noone’s cross.

The half was an even affair as it continued with no real clear cut chances for any side, and the Mariners remained down by a goal at the break.

The second half began like the first with a goal after three minutes, MacLaren grabbing his second of the match so give Melbourne some breathing distance.

Some sloppy Mariners defending allowed Nathaniel Atkinson to make it to the byline and cut back for a grateful MacLaren to toe in his 17th of the season from six yards.

Birighitti denied MacLaren his hat-trick with a point blank save to keep the score at 3 ten minutes into the half, before producing a stunning stop to deny Florin Berenguer-Bohrer a fourth.

After riding the pressure the hosts regained a foothold in the game through a second goal of the game for Murray. A well worked cross from Chris Harold was met highest by Murray who powered a header past Glover to give the former NPL top scorer his first brace in the A-League.

However the Mariners determination was extinguished when MacLaren ensured he’d be leaving Gosford with the match ball, latching onto a blocked shot before looping an effort into the net.

The Mariners will now face Perth midweek, with details to be confirmed for that fixture.

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Sydney, Australia
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that following the latest Government advice re mass gatherings that the next series of 5 matches will be played however with a closed stadiums policy and only with essential match day personnel involved.

FFA Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, has been working with his team and all stakeholders to reschedule the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season in a condensed period.

“As we mentioned on Monday, we have made the decision to continue playing the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season, behind closed doors, whilst closely monitoring and adhering to the current Government directives and expert advice available to us at this time,” said O’Rourke

“Due to the recent decision by the Federal Government that all travellers to Australia arriving from Monday 16 March will have to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, Wellington Phoenix’s rescheduled Round 21 match against Sydney FC and their Round 24 fixture against the Newcastle Jets have been postponed. Likewise, Melbourne Victory’s Round 24 fixture against Brisbane Roar FC and their Round 25 match against Perth Glory have also been postponed. These postponements are due to both Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory self-isolating after arriving in Australia having been in NZ for their last match.

“Working in collaboration with our clubs, Fox Sports & ABC TV, PFA, venues and other stakeholders, we are looking to play the remaining 31 matches of the regular season in a condensed period by bringing forward matches from later rounds.

“We will continue to release the remaining fixtures on a rolling basis as we acknowledge the evolving COVID-19 protocols.

“We understand that these are difficult times for everyone and we will always put the health, welfare and safety of our players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, administrators and fans at the centre of our decision making process. Whilst fans will not be able to attend in person we urge you to continue to support your club and the Hyundai A-League by watching the matches on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo or the My Football Live App and to get involved on social media channels” concluded O’Rourke.

Please note the following update to the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season Draw.

Round

DATE

HOME

 

AWAY

Kick-Off (Local)

Kick-Off (AEDT)

VENUE

Comments

24

Friday, 20  March 2020

Central Coast Mariners

v

Melbourne City FC

5:30pm

5:30pm

Central Coast Stadium

Updated Kick-off Time

27

Friday, 20  March 2020

Brisbane Roar FC

v

Newcastle Jets

6:30pm

7:30pm

CBus Stadium

Updated Venue, Date and Kick-off Time

24

Saturday 21 March 2020

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

v

Sydney FC

7:30pm

7:30pm

Bankwest Stadium

No change

26

Monday, 23 March 2020

Newcastle Jets

v

Melbourne City FC

7:30pm

7:30pm

McDonald Jones Stadium

Updated Venue, Date and Kick-off Time

24

Monday 23 March 2020

Perth Glory

v

Western United FC

6:30pm

9:30pm

HBF Park

Updated Date and Kick-off Time

Postponed Matches

Round

DATE

HOME

 

AWAY

Kick-Off

(Local)

Kick-Off (AEDT)

VENUE

Comments

21

TBC

Sydney FC

v

Wellington Phoenix

TBC

TBC

TBC

Match postponed

24

TBC

Newcastle Jets

v

Wellington Phoenix

TBC

TBC

TBC

Match postponed

24

TBC

Melbourne Victory

v

Brisbane Roar FC

TBC

TBC

TBC

Match postponed

25

TBC

Perth Glory

v

Melbourne Victory

TBC

TBC

TBC

Match postponed

For the complete Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season Draw, please see attachment or visit www.a-league.com.au

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Abraham Majok & Mario Shabow depart Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners can confirm it has reached agreements with Mario Shabow and Abraham Majok for both players to depart the club, effective immediately.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank the players for their professionalism and time at the club.

“We are appreciative of the contribution Abraham and Mario have made to the club, and wish them all the best for the future.”

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