Members first in line for Finals Series

Central Coast Mariners Members will be able to purchase tickets for the Mariners’ Minor Semi Final – 1st Leg match up against the Queensland Roar at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 6 February from 9am to 9pm today (Tuesday, 27 January).

Central Coast Mariners Members will be able to purchase tickets for the Mariners- Minor Semi Final - 1st Leg match up against the Queensland Roar at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 6 February from 9am to 9pm today (Tuesday, 27 January).

The Mariners- historic third Finals Series campaign will begin with the aforementioned clash at their waterfront home, before continuing at the Suncorp Stadium home of the Roar the week after on Friday, 13 February.

Following the Mariners Members priority purchasing period today, members of the Football Federation Australia Football Family will be able to purchase tickets from 9am to 9pm tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 January), before tickets are made available to the general public at 9am on Thursday, 29 January.

"We must firstly congratulate our playing group and coaching staff for navigating our path to a third Finals Series appearance - indeed a magnificent achievement for our club," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

"Our Members have now been given the first opportunity to join us for what is guaranteed to be a special occasion played out in front of an electric Finals Series atmosphere.

"We encourage all of our Members to take advantage of this priority purchase period and secure their seats for another memorable evening at Bluetongue Stadium, where we hope to write another successful chapter in the history of our club."

The Mariners- Minor Semi Final playoff against the Roar will kick off the fourth Hyundai A-League Finals Series, where the Mariners are the only NSW representatives alongside interstate rivals Queensland, the Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United.

The clash at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 6 February will be the third Hyundai A-League Finals Series home match in Mariners history, with the two previous attracting bumper crowds to the Mariners- picturesque bay side arena - 17,429 in 2006 and 19,112 in 2008.

In order to progress to the Preliminary Final - a one-off fixture against the loser of the Major Semi Final playoff between the Victory and Adelaide - the Mariners will need to defeat the Roar on aggregate over two matches.

Friday-s weeks match against the Roar will be the Mariners- last at Bluetongue Stadium in the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 before the yellow and navy commence their maiden AFC Champions League campaign against Korea-s Pohang Steelers on Wednesday, 11 March.

"We-ll be going into this Finals Series as the outsiders, most certainly, but that suits us down to the ground," said Gorman.

"As the fourth placed club, we have the toughest route to the Grand Final but we-ve shown on many occasions that this is perhaps the scenario where our club thrives most.

"We look forward to welcoming the Roar to Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 6 February and then doing battle the week after at Suncorp Stadium, where we-ll hopefully extend our participation in the Finals Series and give ourselves another shot at the Hyundai A-League Championship."

The Mariners- third Finals Series campaign will begin with a blockbuster clash against the Queensland Roar in the Minor Semi Final - 1st Leg at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 6 February. Kick off is at 8pm.

Tickets for this match are available from Ticketek outlets, from the Ticketek website - www.ticketek.com.au, or via phone on 132 849.

Mariners Members will be able to purchase tickets from 9am to 9pm on Tuesday, 27 January, before members of the Football Federation Australia Football Family are given their right to purchase tickets from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday, 28 January.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public from 9am, Thursday, 29 January.