On Saturday we’ll take on the ‘Nix at our fortress. Ben Ingram gives you his top four reasons to get to the game!
1. Supporting Pink!
Round 2 sees the Mariners supporting Pink Ribbon Day for another season. The pink strip, this year supported by Brightfield Integrated Facilities Management, will again be donned by the boys, who will be desperate to secure a victory on this very special day. The Mariners have helped raise over $40,000 for the Cancer Council through match day initiatives and the post-match online auctions over the last two years, with all proceeds going straight to the Cancer Council. With 16 women being diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer every day in NSW, Saturday’s game is a perfect way to show your support to those affected in our community. You can help support Pink Ribbon Day by coming to the game dressed in pink, or by purchasing a pink jersey ($10 from each sale will be donated straight to the Cancer Council)!
2. Solid Start
Last week’s #F3Derby saw the boys in yellow secure all three points and help set the pace atop the Hyundai A-League standings. The same outcome against the Phoenix will have the Mariners with some great early momentum, especially given the team has a “week off” next week due to Western Sydney Wanderers’ involvement in the 2014 AFC Champions League Final. The boys are looking sharp, fresh and ready to go after their win over Palm Beach Sharks in the Westfield FFA Cup in midweek, so bring on another victory!
3. The return of McGlinchey
Five seasons, 133 appearances, 11 goals and countless chances created, one of the Mariner’s fan favorites from the last few seasons will make his highly anticipated return to Central Coast Stadium. Michael McGlinchey moved across the ditch in September this year after the Club agreed to mutually terminate the last five months of his contract after he and his management made it clear that he did not wish to honour the remainder of his deal. McGlinchey performed strongly in his first appearance for his new side, scoring their only goal and looking dangerous throughout the match. McGlinchey will no doubt be looking to impress against his former employers while the Mariners will be looking for the bragging rights over their ex-employee.
4. Great Atmosphere!
10,500 people made their way to the Mariners fortress last Saturday and in doing so created a buzzing atmosphere! When cheers, screams and chants weren’t as prominent, the buzz from the Mariners Brass Band added significantly to the celebration like atmosphere. The chants form the Yellow Army kept the boys motivated and inspired right into added time, where Mitch Duke netted the winner!
Central Coast Mariners vs. Wellington Phoenix (#CCMvWEL) – Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Round 2
Where: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
When: Saturday 18 October 2014
Tickets: www.Ticketek.com.au or www.CCMariners-Memberships.com.au
Twitter: @CCMariners #CCMvWEL