2012 Year In Review

2012 has been a remarkable year for the Central Coast Mariners.

2012 has been a remarkable year for the Central Coast Mariners. It has included a fifth finals campaign in seven seasons, qualification to the AFC Champions League in 2013, a National Youth League title and the Premiers- Plate. In this Year in Review, Jess Norton breaks down the matches and announcements that made 2012 a season to remember.

JANUARY

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory Wednesday 4 January at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Simon 1-, 85-) Melbourne Victory 0

Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 8 January at Allianz Stadium Sydney FC 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Bozanic 9-)

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets Saturday 14 January at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Zwaanswijk 60-) Newcastle Jets 1 (Haliti 17-)

Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners Wednesday 18 January at AAMI Park Melbourne Heart 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Kwasnik 89-)

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United Saturday 21 January at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 3 (McBreen 15-, Kwasnik 74-, Rose 78-) Adelaide United 2 (Van Dijk 16-, Djite 19-)

• Matt Simon made his final appearance for the yellow and navy in the round 13 clash with Melbourne Victory before joining K-League side Chunnam Dragons. • Central Coast confirmed the signing of young gun Tomas Rogic on a five-month contract following his time in Nike-s ‘The Chance- competition. • Former Mariners midfielder Mustafa Amini was named the December nominee for 2011/12 NAB Young Footballer of the Year. • Josh Rose signed a three-year contract extension, remaining with the yellow and navy until end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season. • Trent Sainsbury extended his deal with the club for a further two seasons. Attacker Mitchell Duke, utility James Oates and midfielder Anthony Caceres were promoted to the senior squad after a stellar season in the National Youth League. • Oliver Bozanic, Mat Ryan and Mustafa Amini were selected in Qantas Australian U/23-s squad for AFC Asian qualifiers for London Olympics against Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

FEBRUARY

Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar Saturday 4 February at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 0 Brisbane Roar 2 (Paartalu 5-, Berisha 38-)

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Friday 10 February at AAMI Park Melbourne Victory 2 (Hernandez 16-, Kewell 51-) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Rogic 9-)

Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Saturday 18 February at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Rogic 52-, Zwaanswijk 83-) Wellington Phoenix 0

Gold Coast United v Central Coast Mariners Wednesday 22 February at Skilled Park Gold Coast United 3 (Harold 9- (pen), Halloran 17-, Cooper 55-) Central Coast Mariners 3 (Kwasnik 4-, 66-, Ibini 58-)

Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 26 February at AAMI Park Melbourne Heart 1 (Babalj 50-) Central Coast Mariners 0

• Bernie Ibini renewed his contact with the yellow and navy for another two seasons. • Mat Ryan was voted the most outstanding U/21 player for the month of January, the third Mariners nominee for NAB Young Footballer of Year award. • The Mariners officially confirmed the signing of Scottish striker John Sutton on loan for a four-month period. • Central Coast announced Brad McDonald had extended his contract with the club for a further season. • Mat Ryan received his first full call up for the Qantas Socceroos World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne. • Trent McClenahan added to Graham Arnold-s squad for the AFC Asian Champions League. • Central Coast Mariners confirmed that the Club had agreed to terms with Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F to transfer midfielder Rostyn Griffiths.

MARCH

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC Saturday 3 March at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Hearfield 90+1-) Sydney FC 1 (Chianese 56-)

Tianjin Teda v Central Coast Mariners - AFC Champions League Matchday 1 Wednesday 7 March at Tianjin Teda Football Stadium Tianjin Teda 0 Central Coast Mariners 0

Perth Glory v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 11 March at nib Stadium Perth Glory 1 (Dodd 25-) Central Coast Mariners 0

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United Saturday 17 March at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ibini 47-) Adelaide United 0

Central Coast Mariners v Nagoya Grampus - AFC Champions League Matchday 2 Wednesday 21 March at Central Coast Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Zwaanswijk 28-) Nagoya Grampus 1 (Tulio Tanaka 21-)

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 25 March at Westpac Stadium Wellington Phoenix 1 (Bertos 80-) Central Coast Mariners 2 (Sutton 44-, Ibini 51-)

Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners - Hyundai A-League Major Semi Final Leg 1 Saturday 31 March at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Roar 2 (Henrique 8-, Paartalu 86-) Central Coast Mariners 0

• Tomas Rogic was named as the fifth nominee & fourth Mariner nominated for NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award for his performances in the month of February. • Central Coast Mariners Youth win National Youth League title. • Tomas Rogic, Bernie Ibini and Sam Gallagher selected for Qantas Australian U23s squad for match against Iraq. • The Mariners claimed their second Hyundai A-League Premiers- Plate courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium. • Mathew Ryan, Josh Rose, Patrick Zwaanswijk and Graham Arnold recognised by Professional Footballers Australia-s (PFA) Hyundai A-League Team of the Season.

APRIL

Central Coast Mariners v Seongnam IIhwa Chunma - AFC Champions League Matchday 3 Tuesday 3 April at Central Coast Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Kwasnik 50-) Seongnam IIhwa Chunma 1 (Everton 57-)

Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar - Hyundai A-League Major Semi Final Leg 2 Sunday 8 April at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Zwaanswijk 29-, Kwasnik 32-) Brisbane Roar 3 (Broich 2-, Nichols 25-, Henrique 67-)

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory - Hyundai A-League Preliminary Final Saturday 14 April at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Kwasnik 33-) Perth Glory 1 (Smeltz 34-) *Perth Glory won 5-3 on penalties after extra time

Seongnam IIhwa Chunma v Central Coast Mariners - AFC Champions League - Matchday 4 Wednesday 18 April at Tancheon Sports Complex Seongnam IIhwa Chunma 5 (Changhoon 39-, Everton 43-, 73-, Sunghwan 69-, Jovancic 83-) Central Coast Mariners 0

• Mat Ryan and Graham Arnold honoured at Hyundai A-League Awards Gala in Sydney, named Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year respectively. • Marauding right-back Pedj Bojic reached the milestone of 100 competitive appearances for the yellow and navy. • Daniel McBreen extended his contract with the Club for another year.

MAY

Central Coast Mariners v Tianjin Teda - AFC Champions League - Matchday 5 Tuesday 1 May at Central Coast Stadium Central Coast Mariners 5 (McBreen 10-, 20-, Rose 48-, McGlinchey 71-, Amini 85-) Tianjin Teda 1 (Bochao 73-)

Central Coast Mariners v Nagoya Grampus - AFC Champions League - Matchday 6 Tuesday 15 May at Mizuho Athletic Stadium Nagoya Grampus 3 (Tamada 19-, Fujimoto 36-, Tulio Tanaka 87-) Central Coast Mariners 0

• Mat Ryan named 2011/12 Mariners Medal winner at a gala dinner held at Kooindah Waters Golf Resort, Wyong. • Graham Arnold agreed to extend his deal with the yellow and navy, which will see him remain at the Club until the end of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season. • Fan favourite Mustafa Amini departed for German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund. • Pedj Bojic re-signed for another two seasons, former Gold Coast United young gun Zac Anderson also joined Central Coast on a two-season deal. • Tomas Rogic and Patrick Zwaanswijk both signed on for the 2012/13 season.

JUNE

• New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey was over in the Solomon Islands representing the All Whites at the OFC Nations Cup.

JULY

• The Mariners confirmed former Qantas Socceroo Mile Sterjovski had agreed to terms with the Club on an initial one-season contract. • Long-serving Mariner Brad Porter confirmed his retirement from professional football due to injury. • The Club announced Mat Ryan would spend a week training with Barclays Premier League giant Tottenham Hotspur in early August. • Central Coast Mariners Development Trust announced the signing of a 25 year lease for the soon to be built Hotel at the Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah. • Captain Alex Wilkinson joined K-League heavyweight Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC on a two-and-a-half year deal. • Central Coast secured the services of Brent Griffiths, younger brother of former Mariner Rostyn on a one-season contract.

AUGUST

New Caledonia v Central Coast Mariners (Pre-season friendly match) Friday 17 August at Stade Numa Daly, Noumea New Caledonia 1 Central Coast Mariners 1

New Caledonia v Central Coast Mariners (Pre-season friendly match) Saturday 18 August at Stade Numa Daly, Noumea New Caledonia 2 Central Coast Mariners 4

Bankstown City Lions v Central Coast Mariners (Doug Turnbull Cup) Wednesday 29 August at Jensen Park, Sefton Bankstown City Lions 0 Central Coast Mariners 4 (McBreen (pen) 28-, Hearfield 29-, 72-, Rogic 85-)

• Central Coast announced Mathew Ryan would extend his stay over in the UK, also spending time training with West Bromwich Albion. • The yellow and navy headed to New Caledonia for a two-match tour of the Pacific Island. • National Youth League star Hayden Morton was added to the Qantas Young Socceroos squad to tour Hong Kong and Vietnam.

SEPTEMBER

Central Coast Mariners v Central Coast Football Select (Pre-season friendly match) Thursday 6 September at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 7 (Duke 9-, 37-, Hutchinson 30-, Kwasnik 42-, Hearfield 45+1-, Sainsbury 48-, Gibbs 84-) CCF Select 0

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United (Pre-season friendly match) Wednesday 12 September at Hindmarsh Stadium Adelaide United 2 Central Coast Mariners 1

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory (Pre-season friendly match) Sunday 16 September at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga Central Coast Mariners 1 (Zwaanswijk 3-) Melbourne Victory 1 (Thompson 61-)

Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners (Pre-season friendly match) Sunday 23 September at Stockland Stadium, Sunshine Coast Brisbane Roar 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Rogic 80-)

• Defensive midfielder Nick Montgomery joined the Mariners for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season from Sheffield United. • The Mariners confirmed Kappa would be the club-s official apparel supplier for the next two seasons. • Central Coast confirmed NYL Coach Tony Walmsley to leave the club in October, after being appointed as Head of Academy Recruitment at Sheffield United. • John Hutchinson named as captain of the Mariners following the departure of Alex Wilkinson.

OCTOBER

Western Sydney Wanderers v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 6 October at Parramatta Stadium Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Central Coast Mariners 0

Central Coast Mariners v Perth Glory Sunday 14 October at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (McBreen 70-) Perth Glory 0

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 20 October at Hunter Stadium Newcastle Jets 2 (Griffiths 5-, Heskey 61-) Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ibini 71-)

Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 28 October at AAMI Park Melbourne Heart 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (Bojic 51-)

• John Hutchinson became just the second player in Mariners history to reach the 150-game milestone against Perth Glory in the first home match of the campaign. • Central Coast Mariners confirmed John McLafferty to be promoted to National Youth League Head Coach following the departure of Tony Walmsley. • Hayden Morton was selected in the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for AFC U-19 Championship held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

NOVEMBER

Central Coast Mariners v Sydney FC Saturday 3 November at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 7 (Rogic 16-, 62-, McBreen (pen) 39-, 65-, 67-, Ryall (og) 30-, McGlinchey 56-) Sydney FC 2 (Yau 8-, Abbas 55-)

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners Sunday 11 November at Westpac Stadium Wellington Phoenix 0 Central Coast Mariners 1 (McBreen 68-)

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 17 November at Etihad Stadium Melbourne Victory 2 (Nabbout 10-, Milligan 40-) Central Coast Mariners 2 (McBreen 4-, 22-)

Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar Sunday 25 November at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Ibini 4-, Rogic 81-) Brisbane Roar 1 (Murdocca 32-)

• Mariners duo Mat Ryan and Tomas Rogic were selected in Qantas Socceroos squad for international friendly against Korea Republic in Hwaseong. • Graham Arnold was named as Coach of the Year at the 2012 Central Coast Sports Federation Awards. • Mat Ryan claimed the U/20 Male Footballer of the Year Award for a second year in a row. • Ryan and Rogic were included in Holger Osieck-s squad for 2013 East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) East Asia Cup qualifying tournament held in Hong Kong.

DECEMBER

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United Saturday 1 December at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Rose 45, Montgomery 76-) Adelaide United 1 (Djite 17-)

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 8 December at Hunter Stadium Newcastle Jets 0 Central Coast Mariners 2 (McBreen 49-, 67-)

Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Heart Friday 14 December at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 2 (Bojic 49-, 69-) Melbourne Heart 0

Wellington Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners Saturday 22 December at Westpac Stadium Wellington Phoenix 1 (Sanchez 84-) Central Coast Mariners 1 (McBreen 45-)

Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners Thursday 27 December at Allianz Stadium Sydney FC 1 (Emerton 89-) Central Coast Mariners 0

Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory Monday 31 December at Bluetongue Stadium Central Coast Mariners 1 (Ibini 68') Perth Glory 0

• Central Coast Mariners drew Chinese Super League (CSL) side Guizhou Renhe, K-League outfit Suwon Bluewings and the yet to be determined Japanese Emperor-s Cup winner in the group stage of the 2013 AFC Champions League. • Young midfielder Anthony Caceres signed a new deal with the club, which will keep him in yellow and navy until 2015. • In cooperation with Central Coast Tourism, Destination NSW and Onion TV, the Club announced details of an exclusive six-part documentary series entitled ‘The Code: Life with the Mariners- to be launched on Fox Sports next year.