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BLOG | Going Down F3-Derby Memory Lane

For many Jets fans, the first thing they look for upon the release of the A-League fixture list is when Newcastle play the Mariners. On Tuesday, Newcastle will play host to the Central Coast in the 43rd F3 Derby which has, over the years, brought many fans moments of brilliance, frustration, angst and elation. To mark the occasion, I decided to reflect on 5 moments I’ve remembered over the years from the A-League’s first derby.

1. Round 3, October 20th, 2012 – Zads Sets the Tone

It had been a massive off-season for the Jets, marked most notably with the highest-profile recruitment of Emile Heskey as marquee. The club were riding a wave of euphoria after a tight 3-2 win against Sydney FC the week before (yes it was the first Del Piero v Heskey clash).

What was most memorable about this derby for me wasn’t the result, which was a 2-1 win, but how the tone of the match was set from the kick-off when within the first few seconds Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich cleaned up left back Josh Rose in front of the Eastern Grandstand. For me, he was lucky to stay on the field but referee Ben Williams brandished the yellow, much to the Mariners’ disgust and Jets fan’s delight and Zadkovich stayed on the field.

2. Round 4, 2nd November 2013 – It Definitely Crossed the Line

What was he thinking? And what about the jubilation of Adam Taggart running away celebrating with absolute certainty that it was a goal? I had a really good view of Justin Pasfield’s brain fade, or drift of attention, that caused him to miscontrol the ball and scramble in a futile attempt to prevent an own goal in this match. It wasn’t like it was a particularly hard pass back to Pasfield, but I think the aggressive press from Taggart caused him to question what he was going to do and he managed to make a meal of it and allow the ball to trickle into the net.

Taggz, truth be told, almost had me convinced from his celebrations that it was legitimately his! Either way, this gave us a 2-0 lead in the derby that we unfortunately couldn’t retain as a penalty from Flores and an 80th minute goal from Sterjovski saw the Jets end up with a 2-2 draw.

3. Round 23, March 15th 2014 – Birraz Wasn’t Phased

I thought we could be the Mariners in this game. I really felt we could. The feeling around the club was changing because the results under Clayton Zane, who was interim coach at the time, were encouraging. The Jets had won consecutive games, and 3 in the last 4. Adam Taggart was starting to find the back of the net again and, most importantly, it was the first derby since the return of Joel Griffiths – and if anyone could explain what this fixture meant to the fans, it was him.

That feeling went away within the first minute, when a long range free kick by Eddy Bosnar skipped past Mark Birighitti. I couldn’t comprehend how that couldn’t be saved!? What was he thinking? Then after 6, we’re 2 down when Bernie Ibini scored. That was me done. Good feeling washed away. I was ready to leave a mates place in disgust, but Griffo brought us back to 2-1. But a 3rd for the Mariners finished us off and it was a long, silent drive back home for my wife and I from Rutherford.

4. Round 27, 9th April 2016 Izzo Has a Headache

What a start. We couldn’t have asked for better in what was my 2nd ever trip to Gosford for an F3 Derby. A long ball from Kantarovski in the Jets half put Ryan Kitto in behind and I recall taking a second to realise Paul Izzo was well out of his box as he contested the ball. He came off 2nd best in the challenge and I was convinced the play would be called back but Kitto, maintaining a level of composure delivered a wonderful cross to Nordstrand, who held his run and slotted the ball away. 1-0 Jets after 28 seconds.

That was only the beginning as the Jets would go on to score 3 more times in what would be Scott Miller’s last A-League game in charge of the club. To rub further salt in the wounds, travelling Jets fans would launch a plethora of wooden spoons on the turf in front of the away bay as the Mariners were consigned to last place on the table.

5. Round 1, 7th October 2017 – Da, Da, Da-Da-Da-Da ROY O’DONOVAN!

How good was Round 1 this year? There was understandably a sense of same-old Jets when Asdrubal scored after 5 minutes, but the response from the Jets was vicious and some-what unexpected. Not that we minded. A first half hat-trick, from a former Mariner’s player of all things, was the start of an emphatic 5-1 victory. Everyone played well and it was a bold statement of things to come, as we could only dream it would be at the time.

The train ride home went quickly, and the smile is still to fade. I haven’t felt such the levels of joy, elation and hope I did that night in a very long time. And it was definitely the quickest train ride back to Newcastle I’ve had in my living memory.

Now all remains is to back it up in a big was tomorrow night in what is a big game in its own right, but also the start of an important run of 3 home games. Hopefully we can see a big crowd at the Stadium tomorrow night that this team deserves.

Want to share some of the memories that stand out for you? Join the conversation in the forums on or on the various social media channels.

2017/18 Hyundai A-League – Round 4 Match Preview – Newcastle United Jets FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

2017/2018 Hyundai A-League
Season 13 Round 4
Newcastle United Jets FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers FC

When: Sunday 29th October, 2017
Where: Hunter Stadium, 294 Turton Road, New Lambton, NSW
Kickoff: 5pm AEDST (gates open 2pm, W-League kickoff 230pm)
Tickets: Ticketmaster Link

Watch: LIVE on FoxSports 1 and FoxSports 1HD
Listen: ABC Newcastle 1233 or ABC Grandstand Radio online/app
Tweet: @SquadronNewy @JetstreamNewy #NTUA #NEWvWSW


Overall – 15 matches between the two teams.
Jets Wins – 3, Wanderers Wins – 8, Drawn – 4

In Newcastle – 7 matches.
Jets Wins – 0, Wanderers Wins – 5, Drawn – 2
In Sydney – 8 matches
Jets Wins – 3, Wanderers Wins – 3, Drawn – 2

Average Home A-League Crowd – 14645
Average Away A-League Crowd – 11099

Goals in Fixture
Jets – 14, Wanderers – 24
In Newcastle – 
Jets – 4, Wanderers – 13

1st Goals in Fixture
Jets – 4, Wanderers – 11

Cards in Fixture
Jets – 31 (29 yellow, 2 red), Wanderers 22 (22 yellow, 0 red)

Recent Form (A-League)
Jets – WDW (7 point from last 9)
Wanderers – WDD (5 points from last 9)

Leading Scorers
Jets – Roy O’Donovan (5)
Wanderers – Oriol Riera (3)

Last Result – 
Newcastle Jets 0 – Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Cornthwaite 40, Sotirio 42′, Corthwaite 50′) at McDonald Jones Stadium, A-League, Round 25, Season 2016/17

Starting line-ups from Last Meeting in Season 2016/17 Round 25

Newcastle Jets Western Sydney Wanderers
Jack Duncan Vedran Janjetovic
Daniel Mullen Scott Neville
Nigel Boogaard Robert Cornthwaite
Lachlan Jackson Jonathan Aspropotamitis
Jason Hoffman Jack Clisby
Mateo Poljak Terry Antonis
Steven Ugarkovic Kearyn Baccus
Wayne Brown Nicolas Martinez
Andrew Hoole Jumpei Kusukami
Andrew Nabbout Jaushua Sotirio
Morten Nordstrand Lachlan Scott


Biggest Win

Jets 2 (Jaliens 37’, Taggart 64’) – Wanderers 0, Round 21, Season 2013/14 at Pirtek Stadium, 02/03/2014.

Heaviest Defeat

Jets 0 – Wanderers 3 (Bridge 6’, 33’, Visconte 80’), Round 27, Season 2012/13 at Hunter Stadium, 29/03/2013 & Jets 0 – Wanderers 3 (Corthwaite 40′, Sotirio 42′, Corthwaite 50′), Round 25, Season 2016/17 at Hunter Stadium, 1/4/2017.

Leading Scorers in fixture –

Jets – Adam Taggart (3)
Wanderers – Mark Bridge (5)


Number Name Appearances Starts Substitute Appearances Subbed off Minutes Played Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red – Second Bookable Straight Red
1 Jack Duncan 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0
3 Jason Hoffman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Nigel Boogaard 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 3 3 0 2 263 1 0 1 0 0
6 Steven Ugarkovic 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 1 0 0
7 Dimitri Petratos 3 3 0 0 270 2 0 0 0 0
8 Ronald Vargas 3 3 0 3 197 0 1 0 0 0
9 Roy O’Donovan 3 3 0 0 270 5 1 2 0 0
10 Wayne Brown 3 0 3 0 73 0 0 1 0 0
12 Mario Shabow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ivan Vujica 3 3 0 1 261 0 1 1 0 0
15 Andrew Nabbout 3 3 0 3 236 0 3 1 0 0
16 Nick Cowburn 2 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
17 Daniel Georgievski 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 2 0 0
18 John Koutroumbis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Kosta Petratos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Glen Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Lachlan Jackson 1 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
23 Devante Clut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Joe Champness 3 0 3 0 34 1 0 1 0 0
44 Nikolai Topor-Stanley 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0


Coaches Head to Head – 0 matches
Ernie Merrick – 0 wins, Hayden Foxe – 0 wins, 0 drawnNewcastle Jets A-League Coaching Records –

  • Ernie Merrick – 0 matches (0 wins, 0 drawn, 0 losses = N/A% win ratio)
  • Mark Jones – 3 matches (0 wins, 1 drawn, 2 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Scott Miller – 3 matches (0 win, 0 drawn, 3 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Phil Stubbins – 3 matches (1 win, 2 drawn, 0 losses = 33% win ratio)
  • Gary Van Egmond – 4 matches (1 win, 0 drawn and 3 losses = 25% win ratio)
  • Richard Money – No Matches
  • Branko Culina – No Matches
  • Nick Theodorakopoulos – No Matches
  • Craig Deans – No Matches
  • Clayton Zane – 2 matches (1 win, 1 drawn, 0 losses = 50% win ratio)



  • In the 15 times these two teams have met, the crowd has never been below 9000 – home and away.
  • Both teams are undefeated so far this season.
  • The Jets have conceded just one second half goal this season.
  • The Jets have claimed 1 point in the last 6 times these two teams have met.
  • The Jets A-League record at home in a Sunday 5:00pm kick off is 40 matches, 16 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses.


Key Stats from Previous Round

  • Roy O’Donovan became the first player since Edson Montano to score in 3 consecutive games.
  • Roy’s 5 shots on target this season have all resulted in goals.
  • This win was the Jets’ 100th in the A-League.
  • This was the 11th consecutive game the Jets have failed to keep a clean sheet.
  • The Jets scored the 1st goal in a match for the first time in 9 competitive matches.



  • Jaushua Sotirio has scored in his last 3 games against the Jets.
  • A Wanderers defender scored in each of the 3 fixtures between these teams last season.
  • Roy O’Donovan can become the first player since Adam Taggart to score in 4 consecutive matches.
  • Nigel Boogaard will equal the most A-League appearances as captain, with 44.
  • Nick Cowburn could make his 50th appearance for the Jets this weekend.


Newcastle Jets

  • The Jets have kept just 1 clean sheet in this fixture.
  • The Jets have scored in just one match of the last 5 times these two teams have met.

Jetstream Announce “The Championship Chronicles” Series

The Jetstream is excited to officially announce the upcoming release of “The Championship Chronicles”, a special series of podcasts to commemorate 10 years since the Newcastle Jets won the A-League.

This series, 3 years in the making, has been produced to allow the fans recall the best season as a supporter of the Newcastle Jets. It will also recognise those involved on and off the field for their contribution to creating lasting memories for everyone in attendance at Energy Australia Stadium that year.
With the first episode due to hit your ears November 22nd, David Keating (@jeterpool) will take a chronological look over the entire season – from recruitment to the Pre-Season Cup campaign, the whole A-League season and, of course, the finals series.

Over 9 episodes, you will hear from 24 former players, coaches, media and administrators involved with that successful campaign – including Gary van Egmond, Joel Griffiths, Jade North, Ante Covic, Adam Griffiths, Remo Nogorotto, Stuart Musialik, Matt Thompson, Andrew Durante, Mark Bridge, Tarek Elrich Adam D’Apuzzo, James Holland, Noel Spencer, Paul Kohler, Steve Eagleton, Jason Hoffman, Jobe Wheelhouse, John Tsatsimis and Aaron Kearney. All talking points, goals, victories, defeats, highs and lows are discussed – and includes some stories and insights you haven’t heard before!
The episodes are titled:

Episode 1 – Continuing The Momentum (Released 22nd November 2017)
The Jets have finished the 2006/07 season with a heart breaking loss to Adelaide and are facing the task of replacing key players who have departed. We review the process of recruiting new additions, the pre-season cup and the first 4 rounds of the A-League.

Episode 2 – Starting to Build (Released 6th December 2017)
The Jets are undefeated in the A-League and we cover the team’s results in the A-League between Round 5 and Round 10.

Episode 3 – Coming Back to Earth (Released 20th December 2017)
The Jets are cruising in the A-League, sitting comfortably in the Top 4. However, during the month of November the team began to falter, as we cover the matches between Round 11 and 16.

Episode 4 – Flying Towards the Finals (Released 10th January 2018)
There are 4 games for the Jets to cement their spot in the Grand Final prior to the end of the A-League season. We cover the Jets end of the regular season between Round 17 and 21, including the unique situation in Round 21 where all Top 4 teams were on the same points, playing teams outside finals contention.

Episode 5 – The Rivalry Resumes (Released 24th January 2018)
The Jets and Mariners face off in the Semi Final after finishing 2nd and 1st place respectively. We cover the home and away legs in this fixture, with the winner progressing to the Grand Final.

Episode 6 – The Greatest Match of the Season (Released 8th February 2018)
After Queensland Roar defeated Sydney, they travelled to Newcastle to face the Jets in the Preliminary Final. This episode focusses on one of the greatest matches in Newcastle football history as the Jets progress to the Grand Final and, at the same time, qualify for the Asian Champions League.

Episode 7 – The Ultimate F3 Derby (Released 15th February 2018)
The Jets will face the Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium in the Grand Final. This episode covers the lead up to the match, including training, the memories of the players of what they remember around town, the trip down the F3 and untold stories as the team prepared for the match. Also – we pay tribute to the giant TIFO unveiled by the Squadron and learn how it came to be.

Episode 8 – We Got It! We Won It! It’s Ours! (Released 24th February 2018)
The Jets kick off the Grand Final and the one of the biggest match in Newcastle football’s storied history begins. We cover the match, the (spoilers!) celebrations and the team’s trip back up the F3 to celebrate the fans in Adamstown.

Episode 9 – Season Reflection (Released 1st March 2018)
In the final episode, we cover the after-math of the Grand Final, hear some additional stories from the players and hear what that season meant to all players in the squad.

The Jetstream is a podcast run by a group of fans simply for their love of the team. We would love your support to help spread the word to all Jets fans to allow them the opportunity to hear from their favourite players and experience, again, the emotional rollercoaster that was Season 2007/2008.

If you’re interested in listening to this series, you can subscribe to the Jetstream. You can find The Jetstream in all podcast apps, through iTunes and stitcher. I encourage you to give us an iTunes review if you enjoy this series.

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* Picture sourced from Newcastle Herald.