Moss: “It’s time!”


Time for every genuine Mariners, football and sports fan on the Central Coast to vote with your feet.
Your team, your region needs you.

IT-S time!

Time for every genuine Mariners, football and sports fan on the Central Coast to vote with your feet.
Your team, your region needs you.

The Mariners have qualified for five out of seven Hyundai A-League finals series, won the Premier-s Plate twice and finished on the wrong end of the score line in three Grand Finals.

We are competing in our second AFC Champions League campaign and by virtue of the Premier-s Plate have qualified automatically for our third next season.

An incredible effort on Wednesday night – down to 10 men for the last 30 minutes backing up just three days after a major semi-final loss to Brisbane in Brisbane – enabled us to grab a draw against South Korean outfit Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to keep our hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of Asia-s top club competition alive and kicking.

By anyone-s calculations the Mariners record is outstanding for a club of our size.
Which brings us to Sunday. We go into battle against archrivals Brisbane 2-0 down from the first leg of the major semi-final.

It-s a dangerous score line for the Roar to defend as we all know and there is not a doubt in anyone-s mind at the Mariners that we can take out the tie. A 3-0 win would take us straight to the Grand Final – our fourth in seven attempts. A 2-0 win would force the tie into extra time and perhaps penalties.

Brisbane had a mid-week Champions League game away in Korea against the highly regarded Ulsan Hyundai, and you can bet your bottom dollar we-ll be doing everything possible to run them off their travel-weary feet.

It-s Easter Sunday and while the morning may be all about chocolate eggs, there is one of the golden variety waiting at the end of an intriguing game of football at Bluetongue Stadium later in the day.

The only support that truly counts on Sunday is by turning up to Bluetongue Stadium and occupying a seat. Kick-off is 5pm.

As a result of the club-s on-field success four Mariners were recently rewarded for their performances this season. Defenders Patrick Zwaanswijk and Josh Rose along with goalkeeper Matty Ryan were selected last week in the PFA A-League Team of the Year.

Mariners boss Graham Arnold was named Coach of the Year and is the hot tip for the FFA Coach of the Year at next week-s Hyundai A-League Awards night in Sydney.

Everyone at the club is delighted and very proud of the players and Arnie – awards that are richly deserved!

Lastly, on a sad note, the football community is this week mourning the loss of Jimmy McBreen, father of Mariners striker Daniel, who passed away last weekend.

He was very well known and popular in football circles – a larger than life character who will be missed but not forgotten. On behalf of everyone at the club our condolences go out to Daniel and his family.