Preview: #F3Derby in the Hunter


It’s the one-and-only F3 Derby at McDonald Jones Stadium for the 2017/18 season, as the Jets host the Central Coast Mariners in Round 15.

It was an absolute demolition in the Round 1 fixture between the two sides, as the Jets put 5 past Paul Okon’s men in a clinical performance.

The win was the start of what has been an outstanding first half of the season for the Novocatrians, who sit a comfortable second on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

The Jets will be buoyed by a gallant last-start performance against Sydney FC, pushing the reigning Champions all the way to earn a point on the road.

Likewise, the Mariners shared the spoils with the Victory in sweltering conditions in Geelong and will be looking to atone for their Round 1 defeat.

Both sides find themselves amidst a busy period of matches during the league’s Summer Football Festival, with the Jets set to host the Roar on Friday night at McDonald Jones Stadium – just three days after the Derby fixture.

For the home side, they will welcome back skipper Nigel Boogaard and Jack Duncan from injury, while Ivan Vujica returns from a one-week suspension.

The match also marks the debut of the Jets’ latest signing, Patricio Rodriguez who is expected to play a role of the bench in the fixture.

It will also be the last match for Joe Champness in Jets’ colours for a number of weeks, as the young star earned a call up to the Australian squad for the AFC U23 Championships in China – flying out to join teammates straight after the Tuesday night fixture.                                                  

By the numbers:

  • Each of the last six clashes between these teams at McDonald Jones Stadium has ended in a draw.
  • Newcastle Jets will be searching for a third consecutive win at McDonald Jones Stadium under the same manager for the first time since 2009/10.
  • Newcastle Jets have made 1,015 passes into the final third this campaign, the only team to have broken into four digits in the category.
  • Nikolai Topor-Stanley is the only player to have played every of the Jets’ 1,260 minutes this season.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 7:50 PM (AEDT)

Referee: Kurt Ams

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: myfootballnation.com (SWR99.9), ABC News on Radio, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Listen App – A-League Live

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Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimitri PETRATOS, 10.Wayne BROWN, 11.Patricio RODRIGUEZ, 12.Mario SHABOW, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Glenn MOSS (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Devante CLUT, 24.Joe CHAMPNESS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 1.Jack DUNCAN (gk) (returns from injury), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c) (returns from injury), 11.Patricio RODRIGUEZ (new signing), 13.Ivan VUJICA (returns from suspension)

Outs: 30.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk) (omitted), 32.Angus THURGATE (omitted)

Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (back – 1 week), 8.Ronald VARGAS (ankle – indefinite), 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (groin – 8 weeks), 16.Nick COWBURN (international duty)


Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Blake POWELL, 9.ASDRUBAL, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 15.Alan BARO (c), 16.Liam ROSE, 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 21.Kye ROWLES, 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Wout BRAMA, 24.Lachlan WALES

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 21.Kye ROWLES (promoted), 22.Jacob MELLING (promoted)

Outs: Nil 

Unavailable: 10.Daniel De SILVA (international duty), 18.Tom GLOVER (gk) (international duty), 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (international duty)