ACADEMY: Three teams make a run for the finals

The Central Coast Mariners Academy have two senior male teams vying to lock in a finals spot this weekend and one female team playing in a semi-final of the PS4 NPL 2.

Our female under 15s side have experienced a great season to finish fourth on the ladder with 10 wins to their name. The 15s will face off against Bankstown City in their first finals match of the campaign this Saturday at Valentine Sports Park (10:15am kick-off).

In the under 20s male competition our Central Coast Mariners Academy will face Northern Tigers and can also secure a place in the finals with at least a draw.

The 18s male side are sitting fourth on the ladder and have already secured a finals position but with a win over the Tigers this weekend they have an opportunity to finish as high as third (on top of the Tigers who currently sit third).  

Both the 18s and 20s kick-off at 11am and 1pm this Sunday at Valentine Sports Park.

Central Coast Mariners Academy Director, Ken Schembri is proud of the Academy players and staff after its first season and congratulated all teams on their efforts.

“In our first season as the Central Coast Mariners Academy we have started to set the foundation for building a true Academy, it is nice that these teams are rewarded for their efforts by participating in the finals series,” Schembri said. “As an academy the first priority is developing good footballers and gaining recognition for our program in the play-offs is a good bonus.

“The 15s girls have had a great season and we wish them all the best in their semi-final this weekend against Bankstown City. We are optimistic that they will progress on the weekend.”

With preparations for the 2017 PS4 NPL 2 season underway the Central Coast Mariners Academy have opened applications for coaching opportunities and urge any qualified and passionate coaches to contact Ken Schembri on: academy@ccmariners.com.au by 5pm September 2 2016 to be considered for this opportunity.