REVIEW: Our 2016 pre-season schedule


There are now just ten sleeps to go until the Newcastle Jets tackle Adelaide United in round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season at Hunter Stadium.

Ahead of the first game of the new campaign here’s a summary of our how our pre-season fixtures have panned out, starting all the way back in late July in Tuggerah.

The top goalscorer of the Club’s pre-season schedule was Andrew Hoole. Hoole hit the back of the net an impressive six (6) times, and hopefully the Newcastle born and bred flyer can take that great form into season 12 of the Hyundai A-League.

Match 1 vs. Central Coast Mariners FC (Tuggerah, Australia)
Date: Wednesday 27 July 2016
Result: 1-1 draw
Summary: New Jet Wayne Brown made an instant impression in Newcastle colours, finding the back of the net from outside the area against the Mariners in a match played behind closed doors. Roy O’Donovan levelled for Central Coast early in the second stanza.

Match 2 vs. Central Coast Mariners FC (Tamworth, Australia)
Date: Saturday 13 August 2016
Result: 2-1 loss
Summary: Scully Park was the venue for the Jets’ second pre-season match of 2016, and despite going ahead via a deft Devante Clut finish in the first 45, Newcastle gave up the lead in the game despite generally dominating. Some sloppy defending allowed Blake Powell to equalise, while Connor Pain scored the winner for Central Coast.

Match 3 vs. Liaoning Whowin FC (Huludao, China)
Date: Saturday 27 August 2016
Result: 3-2 win
Summary: Newcastle Jets began the Club’s 2016 tour of China in perfect fashion in late August, defeating Liaoning Whowin FC from the Chinese Super League 3-2 in Huludao. All five goals in the match came in the second stanza, with Devante Clut opening the scoring before Liaoning hit back. An Andrew Hoole penalty made the score 2-1, and once again Liaoning levelled. But a great Hoole finish from outside the area secured a great win for the Jets in front of 19,019 supporters.

Match 4 vs. Eastern SC (Shenzhen, China)
Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
Result: 2-1 win
Summary: The Jets made it two wins from two in China against the reigning Hong Kong Premier League Champions Eastern SC on the last day in August. At the Bao’an Stadium in Shenzhen the Jets took the lead through young gun Kristian Brymora. Miroslav Saric levelled for Eastern, however a late Andrew Nabbout penalty made it two from two for the Jets.

Match 5 vs. Kitchee SC (Shenzhen, China)
Date: Friday 2 September 2016
Result: 4-3 win
Summary: Goals to Andrew Hoole, Morten Nordstrand, Andrew Nabbout and Jason Hoffman secured another win for the Jets in China. Kitchee proved to be stern opposition, scoring three of their own, however Hoffman’s header in added time at the end of the second stanza ensured the Jets would depart China with a perfect record.

Match 6 vs. Edgeworth Eagles FC (Edgeworth, Australia)
Date: Sunday 11 September 2016
Result: 4-0 win
Summary: Back on home soil the Jets scored twice in either half to secure a fourth straight pre-season victory. Andrew Hoole grabbed a double, while Devante Clut and Morten Nordstrand also chimed in with goals.

Match 7 vs. Melbourne City FC (Ballarat, Australia)
Date: Sunday 18 September 2016
Result: 4-0 win
Summary: The Jets put a youthful Melbourne City side to the sword in regional Victoria in mid September. Andrew Nabbout continued his good goalscoring form in pre-season with a 16th minute strike, before Morten Nordstrand nabbed a brace. Kristian Brymora rounded out the scoring with a tidy finish from a fine Wayne Brown pass.

Match 8 vs. Western Sydney Wanderers FC (Cessnock, Australia)
Date: Saturday 24 September 2016
Result: 2-0 win
Summary: Newcastle Jets rounded out its Hyundai A-League 2016/17 pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers FC last week. Wanderers played with a mix of first and youth teamers, and restricted Wanderers to only one real chance in the contest. First half goals to Andrew Hoole and Andrew Nabbout did the damage for Newcastle to make it six wins from six leading into the season proper.

Newcastle Jets vs. Adelaide United – Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 1
Date: Sunday 9 October 2016
Venue: Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 5:00pm
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