Mariners and Victory to clash in Tasmania

The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed another date in their Pre-Season diary, with a trip to Launceston added to an ever-expanding schedule, where they will meet Hyundai A-League 2009/10 Grand Finalist Melbourne Victory on Sunday, 25 July.

The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed another date in their Pre-Season diary, with a trip to Launceston added to an ever-expanding schedule, where they will meet Hyundai A-League 2010 Grand Finalist Melbourne Victory on Sunday, 25 July.

It will be the fifth time the Victory has used Aurora Stadium for a Pre-Season fixture, however, for the first time, the Mariners will provide the opposition, after Adelaide United had filled that role for the four previous visits.

For Mariners- Assistant Coach Tony Walmsley, it will be a return to where it all began, with the Manchester born mentor starting out his Australian coaching career in the Tasmanian Premier League, before taking on a job with the state-s Under age teams.

"I have many wonderful memories from my time in Tasmania, it-s a great part of the world and they are very passionate football fans.

"I actually went to the Victory-s trial with Adelaide last season and there were about 6,000 people making plenty of noise, so I-m sure it will be a great atmosphere.

"My dad still lives down there as well, so it-s really exciting for me personally, as I-m sure it is for the team to be able to play a Pre-Season match in Launceston," said Walmsley.

Melbourne Victory play the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday, 25 July 2010 at Aurora Stadium, Launceston. Kick-off is at 1:00pm AEST, and ticket details will be advised in due course.