Academy: It’s our biggest game of the NPL Season


This Saturday at Pluim Park, the Central Coast Mariners Academy host the biggest game of the NPL 2 season against the Mt Druitt Town Rangers where results in all three grades will play a big part in the battle for promotion to NPL 1. First grade kick-off at 4pm and entry is free.

Both the Mariners Academy and Mt Druitt have occupied first and second places on the all-important Club Championship standings for majority of the season. The top spot will be promoted to the prestige of NPL 1.

This Saturday across 18s, 20s and first grade there are 21 points to be played for and the Mariners currently lead the Club Championship by seven points. Game on!

Click here to view the Club Championship standings

Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Mt. Druitt Town Rangers FC

The men’s winning streak may have drawn to an end last weekend, but they’ll have to leave that far behind them and focus their energy on their most important match of the NPL2 season.

It’s a top of the table clash between the Mariners’ Academy and Mt. Druitt, and the result will be crucial in deciding the winners of not only the competition but also the Club Championship.

Whilst the Mariners lead the Club Championship, Mt. Druitt Town Rangers sit seven points clear of the Mariners Academy on the competition ladder.

With the end of the season in sight, a win is crucial for the Academy Men to keep their promotion hopes in firm focus.

Mt. Druitt will be coming to Pluim Park with a five-game winning streak, but the Central Coast will have the home advantage and confidence in the knowledge that the last time they took on the Rangers, the Mariners Academy returned to the Coast with a 4-1 victory.

Academy prospects: Charles M’Mombwa,Peter Kekeris, Josh Nisbet, Alec Vinci and Lewis Miller who all travelled with the first team for FFA Cup duties will be assessed upon their return to the Central Coast to determine their eligibility to play on Saturday. 

Academy Assistant Coach Will Vazquez praised the four academy boys who travelled with the first-team to Adelaide for FFA Cup duties and spoke about the motivation to bounce back this Saturday against the Rangers.

“Last weekend’s clash was the first time in a while we were truly disappointed with ourselves as a group and what was produced,” Vazquez said. “This is a reflection of the standards the group has developed with the core of the group still down and reflective in our first session back two days after the match.

“This is sure to fuel the group as we prepare for a very big clash against an in-form Mt Druitt. The opportunity for the boys to travel to Adelaide has also been a big highlight as we set some goals as a group earlier in the year to have the maximum amount of squad members exposed to the first team environment as often as possible.

“This will only serve as a further motivation for the boys, and we expect to see this come out on the pitch against Mt Druitt this Saturday,” Vazquez said.

Match Details
Saturday, 4 August 2018
NSW NPL 2 Round 23
Central Coast Mariners Academy vs. Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC
Venue: Pluim Park, Lisarow
Kick-off: 4:00pm (18s kick-off at 12pm and 20s kick-off at 2pm)

Gladesville Ravens FC vs. Central Coast Mariners’ Academy Women

Our girls will be hoping to end their season on a high when they hit the road to face Gladesville Ravens FC on Sunday.

It was a massive round of football for our Academy women last week, with three games and three phenomenal wins. With a full week of recovery after an intensive 8 days, they’ll be on the road to face Gladesville Ravens FC away for their final game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon.

The Academy handed the fifth-placed Ravens a 2-1 defeat last time these two teams faced off at the International Football School. A win for the Academy, who sit in second place, won’t cause much upset on the competition ladder, but will round off an exceptional season of outstanding performances for the Mariners Academy Women.

Match Details
Sunday, 5 August 2018
NSW NPL 2 Round 22
Gladesville Ravens FC vs. Central Coast Mariners Academy Venue: Christie Park, Macquarie Park
Kick-off: 3:00pm