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Mariners launch 9th annual Pink Round

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that the annual Pink Round will return this year, when the Mariners face Macarthur FC at Central Coast Stadium on Monday, 8th March.

The match, which will take place on International Women’s Day, will feature the Mariners in a brand-new Pink home strip, and the club will take on several fundraising initiatives to hit a target of $10,000 for the Cancer Council NSW.

To help reach this goal, the Mariners will host the 2021 Pink Appeal function at Mingara next Tuesday, 2nd March.

The Pink Appeal will be a corporate function involving a MarinersTV ‘telethon’, with viewers able to donate live via prompts on the screen, while attendees can watch the Mariners take on Perth that night on the big screen.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said the Club was delighted to be supporting the cause once more and encouraged the community to get behind it on March 8th.

“Pink Round is always a very special occasion and we’re excited to be able to host it as a club once again this year,” he said.

“We are hoping to raise more than $10,000 for Cancer Council NSW so that they are able to continue to put money into cancer research and continue to support individuals and families living with this disease.”

“The Pink Appeal is set to be an awesome night at Mingara and we’d like to encourage any of our fans, members or partners who would like to attend to get in contact with us.”

Jaynie Moloney, Community Relations Coordinator for Cancer Council NSW said partnerships such as this one are imperative for the organisation and what they do.

“Throughout Covid19, cancer patients told us they were feeling more isolated than ever before,” Moloney said.

“We are so grateful for the support of our local community, and our partnerships with organisations like the Central Coast Mariners.”

“Their commitment to support us with awareness and fundraising ensures that we can continue to provide our critical services to local patients and their families, when they need us the most.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with a new diagnosis occurring every 27 minutes.

Thankfully, through research, improvements in early detection and treatment for breast cancer have led to a significant increase in survival rate in recent decades. 

A typical woman diagnosed today has around a 91% chance of surviving beyond five years.

However, aggressive and advanced breast cancers still pose a huge challenge.

More research is needed to investigate new treatment methods, overcome treatment resistance and improve the quality of life of advanced breast cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Statistics |

Across NSW, it is estimated that approximately 6,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with around 973 deaths expected.

Every day, around 17 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in NSW, or one every 84 minutes.

Every day, around three women die from breast cancer in NSW. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in NSW women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).

One in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

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Mariners left empty handed in Adelaide

A hat-trick of penalties from Tomi Juric has helped Adelaide United to a 3-2 win over league leaders Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

The Mariners endured a frustrating night at Coopers Stadium on Friday, as three penalties helped Adelaide United overcome goals from Danny DeSilva and Alou Kuol.

With Gianni Stensness out Jaden Casella was slotted into the starting lineup, and Michal Janota dropped back to play alongside Oliver Bozanic at the base of midfield.

Both teams started slowly but the hosts did have chances, and milestone man Jack Clisby did well to block Ben Halloran’s strike eight minutes in, before an inch perfect cross from him found Matt Simon moments later, only for James Delianov to claim it.

The Mariners found the lead after a quarter of an hour though with great attacking pressure playing dividends. Clisby toed Ollie Bozanic’s pass through into the path of DeSilva and although Jordan Elsey reached it first, his back pass under pressure was woefully under hit, and DeSilva pounced to toe the ball past Delianov and in for the lead.

Adelaide were handed a lifeline 10 minutes before the break though with a penalty, as Stefan Mauk appeared to fall into Ruon Tongyik in the 18-yard box.

Tomi Juric converted calmly and the two sides headed into the break all even.

Alen Stajcic turned to his bench 10 minutes into the second half, bringing on energy with Josh Nisbet and Kuol, and the latter was involved almost straight away as he headed Clisby’s cross straight at Delianov.

He would get his goal though, and just inside the final half hour Kuol calmly collected a pass into the area before beating his defender and rifling a strike off the inside of the post and in to put his side back ahead, and go outright top of the golden boot race.

Minutes later though it was a penalty again for the hosts as Mauk and Nisbet tangled in the box, and Juric once more fired home the spot kick to draw his team level.

The Mariners hassled and harried and continued to push, and just inside the final 10 minutes looked to have a golden chance.

A superb defensive scramble kept the Reds at bay before Kuol broke up field and was fouled on the edge of the area, but a lengthy VAR review brought play back for a handball penalty down the other end, which Juric converted to give Adelaide the lead.

Bozanic nearly caught Delianov out with a header in the dying seconds but the goalkeeper somehow kept it out, and United prevailed to take the three points.

Stajcic and his side now turn their attentions to Perth, who they will face on Tuesday, 2nd March in Perth after the latest batch of A-League fixtures were confirmed this week.

Check out what’s ahead here!

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Super sub Kuol seals Mariners comeback

Central Coast Mariners 3 (Matt Simon 16', Alou Kuol 77', 81') def. Western United 2 (Tomislav Uskok 4', Besart Berisha 42')

Two goals in five minutes from substitute Alou Kuol led the Mariners to a comeback victory against Western United at a boisterous Central Coast Stadium on Wednesday night.

The sun was shining upon the hallowed Gosford turf but the Mariners defence was caught off guard early on, when Alessandro Diamanti’s free kick found Tomislav Uskok in the middle to give Western United the lead just four minutes in.

It didn’t take the home side long to respond however, Marco Ureña’s header from a Jack Clisby corner crashed off the upright and Wednesday’s milestone man, Matt Simon, thrashed home the equaliser off the underside of the bar.

The rest of the first half would pass without much incident outside a shot from Ureña that was saved well by United goalkeeper Filip Kurto, and an ongoing battle with Ruon Tongyik and Besart Berisha, which drew plenty of attention from the referee.

Berisha got the upper hand just before the half-time break, backing down Tongyik before turning and firing high into the net past Birighitti to give the visitors a lead at the break.

Jaden Casella was introduced at half-time for Michal Janota in the midfield as Alen Stajcic looked to change the game with substitutions once more, and it was a double substitution with 30 minutes to play that did exactly that.

Birthday boy Daniel Bouman was introduced alongside Kuol, with Mark Rudan bringing on pace through Dylan Pierias and Max Burgess just minutes later as Western looked to see out the game having already looked dangerous on the break.

It was Kuol who popped up for the equaliser with 13 minutes to play, peeling away from the pack at Danny DeSilva’s corner and nodding the ball back across Kurto to score.

Five minutes later it was the Mariners ahead as superb pressure on Western United forced a turnover out wide. Stefan Nigro rushed up on Max Burgess to win the ball and then played Bouman down the wing into space. The substitute delivered an inch perfect cross for Kuol and he beat Kurto at the near post with a diving header that sent the home crowd into raptures.

The Mariners held on in the final stages on for yet another three points, showing plenty of desire and resolve to win back-to-back home games having been down 2-1 at half time in both.

After three games in eight days, attention turns to a trip to Wollongong next weekend to face Wellington Phoenix once again.

Join us on the supporter bus to Wollongong next weekend!

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Mariners celebrate Simon with comeback win

The Central Coast Mariners came from 2-0 down to defeat Melbourne City 3-2 in Gosford on Wednesday night in Matt Simon’s 200th A-League game for the Mariners.

On a milestone night it was the milestone man who played a key role, assisting Jaden Casella’s first ever A-League goal and scoring the second as the Mariners stormed over the top of a 10-man City outfit.

With the Mariners down Joshua Nisbet once again and resting skipper Oliver Bozanic, Daniel DeSilva’s second goal of the season proved to be the winner as the hosts clawed back into the match.

Marco Ureña and Michal Janota both made their starting debuts, with Casella inserted back into the starting lineup as Alen Stajcic rotated the squad after yet another short turnaround.

The Mariners started strong but a couple of chances were not put away, and City punished them 23 minutes in when Adrian Luna turned in a cross from close range. Eight minutes later the deficit was two goals, this time it was Jamie Maclaren as he was set free to poke the ball home past Mark Birighitti.

But four minutes before the break, the Mariners struck back. Gianni Stensness won a header from Tom Glover’s goal kick, and Simon held off two City players before nodding the ball towards DeSilva.

The return ball found Ureña to play a perfect quick ball in for Simon, and he had the poise to see Casella running into space for a tap in to cut the lead in half at the break.

Max Balard and Alou Kuol were introduced 10 minutes into the second half and two minutes later Simon won a penalty as Nathaniel Atkinson barged into him underneath a high ball.

There was never any doubt about the result as Simon stepped up and thrashed the ball home, and three minutes after that City were on their heels when Kuol forced Kerrin Stokes into a foul that saw him earn a second yellow card and his marching orders.

From there the home side pushed on, and it was DeSilva’s strike, worthy of winning any game, that proved the difference between the two sides.

The midfielder chased down the ball after losing it, before playing a one-two with Kuol, driving towards the area and rifling a drive past Glover and into the corner to send the home fans into raptures.

The final 10 minutes saw City have chances, but they could not convert as the Mariners returned to the summit of the A-League table.

Another short turnaround now awaits, with Western United visiting Central Coast Stadium on Sunday in Match Week 7 of the A-League.

Kids Go Free for Sunday’s game, and you can purchase tickets by clicking here!

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Wellington Phoenix Sinks Central Coast Mariners 2-1

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The Wellington Phoenix have earnt their first win tonight with a riveting 2-1 victory against Central Coast Mariners, thanks to a solid effort by Ulises Dávila in the first half and Jaushua Sotirio’s go-ahead goal just before full time – not to mention an outstanding defensive performance from Nix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

The welcome return of Alex Rufer to the line-up also saw Clayton Lewis back in a starting role, with coach Ufuk Talay electing to use speedster Sotirio as an impact player off the bench.

The match would kick off in wet conditions with possession evenly shared in the first 10 minutes, with both sides content to feel each other out. An early attempt by James McGarry would be off target, and a pair of chances by the Mariner’s Matt Simon would also be thwarted.

Ulises Dávila would strike first at the 15 minute mark, with a brilliant strike from just outside the box - taking a clever pass from Tomer Hemed to rocket one home past a sliding Mark Birighitti, putting the Nix up 1-0 early.

It would be Davila’s second goal of the season and Hemed’s first assist; also only the second goal given up so far this season by the Mariners stingy defense, which had included three clean sheets in its first four matches.

Dávila would have more chances before the half; an attempt at 25 minutes sailing over the net, and then a free kick he was unable to convert after David Ball was taken down outside the box.

It would be 19-year old Alou Kuol who would equalise for the Mariners at 40 minutes, heading home his third goal of the season off of a set piece to bring Central Coast back into the match.

Marinovic would palm away a last-ditch attempt by the Mariners just before 45 minutes, taking the Phoenix into half-time all squared up at one apiece; the Nix looking in control thanks to strong performances from McGarry, Dávila and Cameron Devlin in particular.

The second half would again see both teams trading possession in the first ten minutes; Kuol almost picking up a second goal but blowing his opportunity in front of the goal.

The Mariners would continue to put pressure on the Phoenix, taking control of possession for much of the second half. A ten minute span would see the Mariner’s Oliver Bozanic unsuccessful on three occasions thanks to a swarming Marinovic; the imposing goalkeeper dominating in goal as part of a strong second-half defensive performance by the Phoenix.

DeVere would make the defensive play of the match at the 87 minute mark, preventing an opportune goal attempt by Jordan Smylie. That effort would allow the Phoenix to recover and go on the attack minutes later, with Rufer chipping a perfect pass to a blazing Jaushua Sotirio for his first goal of the season – putting the Nix up 2-1 just before 90 minutes.

The Phoenix would hold on to win the match 2-1 for their first win of the 2020/21 A-League season, and coach Ufuk Talay says that the club will “take the three points and move on.”

“Those three points are important to build confidence within the group, to get that boost,” said Talay.

“The first half we were really really good, we played really good football; the second half was totally different but I’m pleased with the boys being able to fight and grind and get the final result.

“It’s a cliched game of two halves; we played well the first half and the Mariners attacked in the second half, but I’m very pleased with our defensive performance tonight – they put a lot of balls into the box that we dealt with, and they resorted to shooting from distance which Stefan dealt with comfortably as well.”

Talay also had praise for Sotirio’s contribution off the bench tonight.

“You want your subs to come on and make an impact and he [Sotirio] came on to score the winner – he was very effective for us and most importantly we walk away with the three points.

“Jaushua is effective when he has space and he’s got a lot of pace to go in behind – Rufer played a ball over the top with a great finish from [Jaushua].”

The Phoenix will now have eight days to prepare for their next match, away to Sydney FC at Netstrata Stadium on Monday 8 February, with Wellington looking to seek revenge for their 2-1 loss against Sydney back in Match Week 2.

Wellington Phoenix Starting XI
1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE, 5.James MCGARRY, 6.Tim PAYNE, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9.David BALL, 10.Ulises DAVILA(c), 14.Alex RUFER, 17.Tomer HEMED, 21.Joshua LAWS, 23.Clayton Lewis

Central Coast Mariners Starting XI
1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 5.Stefan NIGRO, 6.Gianni STENSNESS, 8.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 10.Daniel DESILVA, 11.Jack CLISBY, 14.Daniel BOUMAN, 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON, 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 29.Alou KUOL

Wellington Phoenix Substitutes
61’ ON 15.Mirza MURATOVIC OFF 23.Clayton LEWIS
83’ ON 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO OFF 9.David BALL
90+1’ ON 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI OFF 10.Ulises DAVILA

Central Coast Mariners Substitutions
54’ ON 26.Jaden CASELLA OFF 14.Daniel BOUMAN
70’ ON 30.Jordan SMYLIE OFF 29.Alou KUOL
70’ ON 12.Marcos UREÑA OFF 19.Matt SIMON
90’ ON 22.Michal JANOTA OFF 10.Daniel DESILVA

15’ Ulises DAVILA (Wellington Phoenix)
41’ Alou KUOL (Central Coast Mariners)
88’ Jaushua SOTIRIO (Wellington Phoenix)


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