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Six players depart Mariners ranks

Central Coast Mariners can officially confirm the departure of six players from its Isuzu UTE A-League squad.

Midfielders Nicolai Müller, Oliver Bozanic, Matt Hatch and Noah Smith along with defenders Ruon Tongyik and Lewis Miller have all been released by the Mariners as they pursue other opportunities in their career.

Mariners Head of Football Ken Schembri thanked the out-going players for their efforts during this season and seasons past.

“On behalf of our Club I would like to thank Nicolai, Ollie, Noah, Matt, Ruon and Lewis for their contributions to season 2021-22,” said Schembri.

“They have all added their own uniqueness to building our team and our success this season. We wish them and their families all the very best for the next chapter in their football journey.”

Head Coach Nick Montgomery also applauded the boys for their efforts this season.

“All of these players have played a part in our success this season, breaking many records,” Montgomery added.

Everyone at the Central Coast Mariners would like to thank Nicolai, Oliver, Noah, Matt, Ruon and Lewis for their contributions over the years and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

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The Central Coast Mariners have cemented their place in the finals after a 2-nil win in Brisbane Roar.

The club also hitting a milestone with 600 goals now under its belt.

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Central Coast Mariners have moved to within a game of the A-League Men's finals places after brushing aside a free-falling Wellington Phoenix.

Central Coast coach Nick Montgomery believes his side can and will continue to improve as they stage a furious push for a spot in the A-League Men finals.

First-half goals from Marco Urena and Beni N'Kololo combined with second-half strikes from Jason Cummings, Garang Kuol and Matt Hatch lifted the Mariners to a commanding 5-0 rout of Wellington Phoenix on Tuesday evening.

Not only did the three points earned at Central Coast Stadium move them to within two of the top six with two games in hand, it also gave the Gosford-based club the second-best goal difference in A-League behind only Melbourne City.

After experiencing a mid-season dip in form due to injuries and COVID, the Mariners are suddenly unbeaten in their last seven games and one of the form teams in the competition.

"We can get better, there's no doubt we can get better," Montgomery said.

"It's consistency, believing in the process and keeping playing.

"We don't feel there's any pressure on us.

"Everyone wrote us off at the start of the season but for us, we don't listen to any outside noise, we just concentrate on ourselves."

While the regular contributors played their part on Tuesday, the contest will go down as the one in which Kuol netted a maiden A-League goal on debut.

"This is just the beginning, and I thank Monty for giving me the opportunity," he told Paramount.

The 17-year-old is the younger brother of Alou Kuol, who earned a move to German side Stuttgart off the back of a sensational, star-making 2020-21 season with the Mariners.

"He's got plenty of work to do but the kid is very, very good and he's part of our family here," Montgomery said of Garang.

"We've brought him in from Shepparton as well. He's only young but has massive potential."

The evening, however, was one to forget for the Phoenix.

Ravaged by injury and COVID, Ufuk Talay's side, though still above the Mariners on the table with equal games played, has now lost four of their last six and their last two hitouts by a combined score of 11-0.

"You can see that we're desperately in need of certain players coming back into the team," Talay said.

"The lack of having that depth is starting to hurt us."

Phoenix will look to regroup away to Western United on Saturday, the same day the Mariners host fifth-placed Sydney.

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Pink Round is back for it’s 10th year and you can support through various methods of fundraising.

Pink Round is back for it’s 10th year and you can support through various methods of fundraising

Buying Tickets

By purchasing a ticket to this weekend’s match, you are helping create a great atmosphere at the world famous Central Coast Stadium. We need as many fans in the stands as the Mariners push for a top six position against Sydney FC, a team that we have enjoyed plenty of entertaining matches with in the past.

Looking to get in the active support for this one, tickets are only $10 to join the Yellow Army and add to the atmosphere as you take in the football behind the goal.

GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE

CEO Half Time Penalty Shoot-Out

If you are a CEO and have been waiting on the perfect opportunity to show your football skills, this Saturday is the day!

At half time, various CEO’s will fundraise their way onto the hallowed turf of Grahame Park and attempt to beat a Mariners keeper from 12 yards.

All funds raised for these kicks will go toward Cancer Council NSW.

CONTACT US TO GET INVOLVED

Match Worn Jersey Auction

Back again this year, the match-worn jerseys will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the match.

You can bid on your favourite player’s jersey and have your piece of Pink Round history.

Each jersey will be signed by the player and you can be part of the 10 year anniversary of Pink Round.

BID ON THE JERSEYS HERE

General Fundraising

Throughout the week and at the match, general donations are encouraged to Cancer Council.

As per every week, the Loose Cannon will be available free of charge as your enter the gates however we encourage a Gold Coin Donation goes with this special edition with all proceeds going to this worthy cause.

At the match, we will have collection buckets or alternatively you can donate online through the link below.

DONATE TO CANCER COUNCIL HERE

However you choose to support the club through this special round, we thank you for being part of the Mariners family and hope to see you there this weekend.

 

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Monday 28/03/2022

E-League offers Central Coast local the chance to play at the highest level

The 2022 E-League is back, and this year will be running a little differently with a local champion able to represent the club.

In the 2022 edition of the E-League the competition will be ran slightly differently with a number of changes from last season. To start, the competition will be a PlayStation exclusive as clubs search for two champions to represent them in the national FIFA 22 competition as a decision was made to align with International FIFA tournaments.

In another exciting change, the Central Coast Mariners are proud to announce that they will be choosing one champion and searching for their second.

In a first for the Central Coast, a local competition will be held, allowing a local player to possibly be the next E-League star.

This competition will be held at Westfield Tuggerah on Sunday the 3rd of April and will feature a large number of matches across the day, culminating in the final, with every match streamed live online.

Centre Court at Westfield Tuggerah will be the venue for the whole day’s entertainment where players will come across the Coast to play for their spot in the E-League.

The competition will be structured around a Group Stage with 32 participants before they are whittled down into a Round of 16, then Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and the final. In the Semi Final and Final, competitors will then load up their Ultimate Team allowing them to mimic the style and structure of the E-League Finals.

This is set to be an exciting day at Westfield Tuggerah where the best FIFA 22 players battle out for the remaining spot to represent the Central Coast Mariners in the 2022 E-League.

Mariners E-League Head Coach Jordan Purcell is excited about the new method of finding a champion.

“We are looking at taking the E-League on the coast to bigger and better places than we have previously. Through this competition, we have big plans for the space over the next couple of E-League Seasons and are excited to see how this sport can grow on the Central Coast.”

The Central Coast Mariners would also like to thank Westfield Tuggerah and Chair King for their support of this event and look forward to seeing as many people at Westfield Tuggerah supporting the best e-sport stars the Coast has to offer.

An announcement will be made in the coming days of the name of the Mariners first pro in the quest for E-League glory.

There is room for a few more entrants and if you are interested in being the next E-League star, you can register your interest here.

For further information, please contact Robbie Szafranek on 0415 626 028 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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