Mariners go West, but this is no "pet shop"

The Central Coast Mariners will use the backdrop of Dubbo’s iconic Western Plains Zoo to launch their official Hyundai A-League 2009-10 season pre-season campaign, with a trial match against the Wellington Phoenix in the Central West city on Saturday, 25 July.

The Central Coast Mariners will use the backdrop of Dubbo-s iconic Western Plains Zoo to launch their official Hyundai A-League 2009-10 season pre-season campaign, with a trial match against the Wellington Phoenix in the Central West city on Saturday, 25 July.

The announcement continues the Mariners strong presence in the Central West of New South Wales, having played out draws against both Adelaide and Queensland in visits to Orange in the 2006 and 2007 pre-season cup competitions.

"Our club is committed to spreading the football gospel to the wider community and is passionate about continuing to expand the support base of the Mariners. People in the Central West have proven their love of the game in the past and we think Dubbo deserves a chance to witness top class football," said Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman.

"We thank everyone at Western Football NSW for the effort they have made, and congratulate them in successfully attracting top class football to the region, and look forward to contributing to its continued growth in the Central West."

"I know the lads always enjoy taking matches to new locations and I-m sure everyone will be excited about the prospect of introducing themselves to the people of Dubbo. I was out there last week and was impressed with what I saw.

"There is a large football community out there, so it should make for a fantastic spectacle," said Mariners football manager Lawrie McKinna.

The clash will provide the perfect platform for the Mariners to go in search of an elusive goal against their trans-Tasman rivals, having not netted in the past three matches involving the two sides.

It will also be a chance for Mariners marksman Adam Kwasnik to renew acquaintances with the club he departed at the end of the last Hyundai A-League campaign, in order to return to the Mariners.

The Mariners visit will involve community activities scheduled around the match, details of which will be announced in due course.

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Match Details Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix Saturday, 25th July 2009 Apex Oval, Dubbo Kick Off 6:00pm