Famous F3 Derby’s to Remember


There have been some absolute cracker clashes over the years.

The F3 derby is as juicy as they come.

Across the history of the Jets and Mariners, some of the A-League’s most memorable matches have been produced.

We have taken a trip down memory lane and looked at some of our most notable victories.  

In the final round of the regular A-League 2017/18 season, the Newcastle Jets travelled down to the Central Coast and produced one of the Club’s most memorable victories.

The Jets defeated the Mariners 8-2 and it finished as the highest scoring game in the history of the A-League.

A fired-up Dimitri Petratos scored the eighth goal for the Jets and ran over to the travelling faithful, and karate kicked the corner post in a passionate celebration.

Riley McGree, who was on loan the Newcastle Jets at the time bagged an impressive hattrick while the Jets’ number nine Roy O’Donovan scored a brace.

It was a midfield masterclass from Steven Ugarkovic with the centre midfielder controlling the pace of the game and guiding the Jets forward in transition.

The travelling Jets fans took over Central Coast Stadium as the Club went on to secure a resounding win over their archrivals.


In the first game of the 2017/18 season, the Jets claimed a rather similar result by serving the Mariners a thumping 5-1 defeat.

O’Donovan crossed the ditch in the pre-season and signed a long-term contract with the Jets.

His first game for the Jets was against his former club and it was a day to remember for the Irishman.

O’Donovan scored a first half hattrick and left his former fans speechless.

It proved to be a special day also for Joey Champness, with the youngster scoring on his professional debut.

Petratos would cap off the victory with a rocket from the right boot which flew into the top corner of the yellow-coloured net.

The most significant F3 derby day is undeniably the 2007/08 A-League grand final.

Mark Bridge’s goal on the 64th minute went down in the history books and secured the Club’s first championship title.


The manager at the time, Gary Van Egmond rallied his side together and organised his team to produce a strong defensive performance which led to a rewarding clean sheet.

In the white and gold kit and in front of more than 35,000 spectators, the Jets lifted the A-League championship title and rightfully claimed bragging rights over the Mariners.