When I arrived a little early at the Maitland Regional Sports Facility it was quiet but for the chatter of the local birdlife, the movements of coaching staff setting up for the session and the sound of ping pong!
Yes there was a game of table tennis taking place. I sat back to take in the view from the Grandstand. Beautiful surface, and a great facility….ah the serenity.
On Friday 13th approximately 250 members got to attend a Newcastle Jets trial match against WSW. This took place at the Maitland Regional Sports Facility and was scheduled to be three 45 minute thirds.
The Jets started proceedings with arguably their strongest available side and one that may well take the field for the round one fixture against Perth Glory.
Ryan(GK), Jenkinson, Hoffman, Natta, Mauragis (Back 4), Berthomier, Grozos, Ingham, Taylor (Mid 4) and Buhagiar, Stamatelopoulos (Forwards).
Furns (@SquadronNewy) & Matt (@Ego2K) catch up for an chat to review @NewcastleJetsFC vs @CCMariners #F3Derby @aleaguewomen and preview @aleaguemen vs @PerthGloryFC #PERvNEW #NTUA
Central Coast Mariners 0 – Newcastle United Jets FC 1 (ALW)
Perth Glory FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC
ALW 5pm AEDST (2pm local)
ALM 745pm AEDST (445pm local)
Sunday 22nd October 2023
HBF Park, Perth, WA
Talk started with the A-League Women season opener in Gosford against the Coast in a hotly contested F3Derby with the Jets women coming out on top after both teams had a player sent off in the second half
News in the lead up to the season start was then discussed with the major headline being the scrapping of the Sydney Grand Final deal with Destination NSW to be replaced by a January “Unite Round” across the Mens and Womens A-Leagues
Arthur Papas departed the club in the offseason to be replaced by Sydney FC assistant coach Rob Stanton. We talk about the player movements in the offseason, preseason results and what it could mean for us in the season ahead.
Then we previewed the Men’s trip to Perth to face the Glory on Sunday night with the WA side having faced their own upheavals in the offseason and whether it means anything for our chances
We finished off by talking over the rest of the Round 1 Men’s fixtures and gave our tips
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