Pre-season matches to begin in August

CENTRAL Coast Mariners will face no less than four Hyundai A-League opponents in the lead up to their season 8 opener against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 6 October.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners will face no less than four Hyundai A-League opponents in the lead up to their season 8 opener against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 6 October.

Matches against Hyundai A-League rivals Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC will form a key part of the Mariners pre-season campaign, which also includes clashes with numerous semi-professional outfits.

The annual Doug Turnbull Cup between the yellow and navy and Bankstown City - played in memory of Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull-s late brother - will be held on Wednesday 29 August in Sefton.

Central Coast will ramp-up their pre-season campaign with a minimum of six games in September, four of which will be played against Hyundai A-League opposition.

“September will be a key month for the team,” Arnold said. “Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar will each provide a different test for us.”

“Results will not be a concern for us throughout the pre-season. You can-t win an A-League title in August or September, but it is possible to damage your chances to win one.”

Keep an eye on ccmariners.com.au to for further information surrounding the Central Coast Mariners 2012 pre-season matches.

Central Coast Mariners Pre-Season Match Information

Wednesday 29 August vs. Bankstown City - “Doug Turnbull Cup” Jensen Park, Clapham Road, Sefton Kick-off: 7:30pm

Tuesday 4 September vs. Rockdale City Suns Ilinden Sports Centre, 468 West Botany Street, Rockdale Kick-off: 7:30pm

*Thursday 6 September vs. Central Coast Select

Wednesday 12 September vs. Adelaide United Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Kick-off: 7:30pm

Sunday 16 September vs. Melbourne Victory Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga Kick-off: 3:00pm

Sunday 23 September vs. Brisbane Roar Stockland Stadium, Kawana Waters, Sunshine Coast Kick-off: 3:00pm

**Thursday 27 September vs. Sydney FC Macquarie University Kick-off: 2:00pm

* Kick-off time/location to be confirmed ** Match to be played behind closed doors