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Name: Central Coast Mariners SC
Nickname: The Mariners
Founded: 2004
Home Colours: Navy, Gold, White
Away Colours: Unknown
City: Gosford
State: New South Wales

Stadium: Central Coast Stadium
Capacity: 20,119









Squad (as of 28/12): 20/20
Keepers:
John Crawley
Danny Vukovic
Matthew Trott loan

Defenders:
Nigel Boogaard u/20*
Michael Beauchamp
Paul O'Grady
Andrew Clark
Alex Wilkinson
Dean Heffernan

Midfielders:
Noel Spencer
Damien Brown
Andre Gumprecht
Tom Pondeljak
Matthew Osman
Wayne O'Sullivan
Lee Carle
Jamie McMaster loan
Bradley Porter u20 loan

Forwards:
John Hutchison
Adam Kwasnik
Nick Mrdja*
Stewart Petrie
Russell Woodruffe u20

(* = long term injury list)

Manager: Lawrie McKinna
Assistant: Alex Tobin

Website: http://www.ccmariners.com.au/
Fansite: http://www.marinators.net/
 

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T'is, one of my mates drove by it last year on his way to the Gold Coast for Surfers. I know the people of Gosford will get behind the Mariners :shades:
 

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NSL winner and former Northern Spirit skipper Noel Spencer will captain the first Central Coast Mariners side in the Hyundai A-League.

Spencer, 27, was announced as captain at the Mariners launch at Central Coast Stadium last night.

A veteran of 171 NSL appearances and an Australian Schoolboy international, Spencer said he was "very honoured" with the appointment.

"It's a bonus to be the first ever captain and I can't wait for the season to kick off," he said.

Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna said the midfielder was the perfect man to lead the Mariners' first title challenge.

"He's a really good leader and really well respected by all the boys in the team," McKinna said.

"He's had an outstanding season at Spirit last year under difficult circumstances and was a natural and easy choice."

Spencer will captain the side for the first time when the Mariners take on the Newcastle United Jets at Central Coast Stadium on May 7 for the Club World Championship qualifiers.

"It's going to be very special running out for the first game for the Mariners in such a big tournament," Spencer said.

"And hopefully we can get a result to top the night off."
 

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Upcoming trials for Central Coast:

Central Coast Mariners have a trial game tonight (19/04) against Manly United at Cromer Park, Dee Why, KO 7PM.

Mon 25/4 Blacktown City at Central Coast Stadium 3pm (behind closed doors)

Wed 27/4 Bonnyrigg White Eagles at the Serbian Centre in Bonnyrigg at 7pm

trials already played:

30/3 Gladesville Spirit FC 0-3 Central Coast Mariners
Goals: Andrew Clark 16', Nigel Boogaard 50', Adam Kwasnik 55'

14/4 Central Coast Mariners 9-0 Wyoming
Goals: Stuart Petrie 16', Tom Pondeljak 50', 72', Nick Mrdja 56', Adam Kwasnik 58', 85', Russell Woodruffe 60', 69', 77'
 

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Queensland Junior Russell Woodruffe becomes the Central Coast Mariners 3rd U20 signing.
 

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Central Coast Mariners' chance of winning the CWC, according to SMH:

The first team to represent 'The Coast' in national competition (not sure if the ice hockey team counts) are going to do it tough, and the question is whether the local football community - based on 12,000 registered players - will persevere through a difficult initiation to the big time. With a fine stadium, and a region that wants to establish its own identity, the Mariners have plenty of long-term potential. For now, the squad assembled by coach Lawrie McKinna looks shy of matchwinners, especially in front of goal. Pre-season form against average opposition has not allayed those fears, although Nick Mrdja has at least started to find the net. Adam Kwasnik and Stewart Petrie are supposed to play the supporting role but both are under an injury cloud this weekend and Damien Brown may be pressed into service in attack. Tom Pondeljak and Andre Gumprecht will at least add some penetration from midfield, but while the Mariners will be fit (thanks to utility Andrew Clark, who doubles as the conditioning coach) and hungry, they look short of finesse.
 

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Mariners coach confident of victory
By RICHARD EARLE
11may05
CENTRAL Coast coach Lawrie McKinna rates his injury ravaged Mariners favourite to defeat Adelaide United in tonight's Club World Championship semi-final in Gosford.

The affable Scot believes his bargain-counter outfit's home advantage, fanatical supporters and high-octane "intensity" will overcome the potential loss of leading midfielders Tom Pondeljak, Wayne O'Sullivan and the Nick Mrdja/Stewart Petrie strike union.

John Kosmina's blue-chip United will confront "old mate" McKinna's ambitious band of self-described "battlers" with the smallest A-League budget. At stake is a berth in Sunday's grand final at Hindmarsh Stadium against Sydney or Perth Glory.

Asked if the Mariners, who upset Newcastle 4-2 in last Saturday's penalty shoot-out, were front-runners to down United, McKinna said: "I think so."

"The game is in Gosford and we don't need to travel which is an advantage. We are confident we can do it, not that we have big heads, we have to focus to win."

Petrie (hamstring) trained on Monday but is in serious doubt while Pondeljak (groin) must prove his fitness this morning. Right wing danger O'Sullivan (soreness) is expected to recover while Mrdja is still hampered by a leg fluid build-up.

If Mrdja or Petrie are ruled out, lightning quick former Sydney United forward Dean Heffernan and new under-20 signing Russell Woodruffe will be promoted. Heffernan shot-down Ned Zelic's Jets with the winning spot kick last weekend.

"We know it will be a tough game. Adelaide have the bulk last year's side, they are fit and Kossie will have them pumped up," said former Kilmarnock striker McKinna.

"We have to make do with what we have got."

The Mariners swamped Newcastle with superior fitness and attacking forays -- McKinna ranks his side's collective stamina the equal of Adelaide.

"Our boys went through the 120 minutes no problem. Newcastle actually struggled with cramp," said McKinna, Northern Spirit boss from 2002-04.

Adelaide should retain the same XI that started against Melbourne. Lucas Pantelis is challenging for Matthew Kemp's left-midfield spot while Chad Bugeja could graduate to the bench as back-up for class forward Shengqing Qu.

McKinna confirmed the Central Coast craved the $1.3 Club Championship bounty, saying: "How much higher can you get than playing against Liverpool or AC Milan in Japan," he said.
 

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guess what guys?
i was at work yesterday and my mate called me at 5:50pm and sadi 'let's go to Gosford' -- i packed up, went home, got chanegd and we left for Gosford at 6:33pm. We were 10 minutes late but we got there :thmbup:

As soon as we got there, the goals started coming, bloody hell was the trip worth it (even though i'm tires as shit today).

Adelaide were crap, they had no clue what they were trying to do :eek: while the Mariners fought like crazy and deservedly won. Some great shots from distance (which i what i love).

The crowd was very vocal but the turnout (4500) was a bit dissapointing...

I'm conteplating flying to Adelaide for the final :D
 

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Saved from the bus

THE soon-to-be-launched A-League aims to turn soccer in Australia into an elite football code. But there was nothing elite about the Central Coast Mariners' travel plans for the 1500km trip to Adelaide for Sunday's final of the Club World Championship qualifiers. The Mariners were about to board a bus – yes, a bus – when they got the good news that Football Federation Australia, run by John O'Neill and Frank Lowy, had shifted the final to Gosford, NSW. A successful home final could land the Mariners in Tokyo in December against the likes of football giants AC Milan or Liverpool.

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A bus!? :googly:
 

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But there was nothing elite about the Central Coast Mariners' travel plans for the 1500km trip to Adelaide for Sunday's final of the Club World Championship qualifiers. The Mariners were about to board a bus – yes, a bus –
This is rather lame! How much would flying have really cost them??


 

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I find that rather amusing :p
Shows the FFA thought Adelaide would be in the final though.
 

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That can't be it, a governing body is plain stupid if they automatically assume teams will be in the final. They said they gave it to Adelaide cause they got high crowds in the NSL last season.
 

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Mariners happy as underdogs
By Ray Gatt
14may05

KYLIE MINOGUE and peasants are an unusual mix to associate with a football club, but Central Coast Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna was not afraid to mention the two in the same breath in the lead-up to tomorrow's World Club Championship qualifier against Sydney FC in Gosford.

If the affable Scotsman is struggling under the pressure that comes with a $1.2million windfall beckoning, he wasn't showing it yesterday.

"I don't think the local Ticketek office has seen anything like this since they put Kylie Minogue concert tickets up for sale," McKinna quipped.

"The reaction to the game has been phenomenal. There were queues of fans 50 metres deep outside the Central Coast Leagues Club today wanting to buy tickets.

"I reckon we can get over 12,000 (4000 have been pre-sold) and that's not bad for a poor, old peasant club like the Mariners!"

McKinna is revelling in the fairytale story that is the Mariners - a club virtually written off before a ball had been kicked in the Australian series of the WCC.

Not surprisingly, the Mariners have been lost in the media hype surrounding the glamour and glitz of Sydney FC and its high-profile owners such as award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia.

The Central Coast was supposed to be eliminated in the first match against highly fancied neighbour Newcastle Jets. After winning in a penalty shoot-out, the Mariners were again given little or no chance against Adelaide United.

Even Football Federation Australia was tipping United to make the final, pre-booking Hindmarsh Stadium for the WCC decider. But the Mariners pounded Adelaide 4-0 on Wednesday night and forced FFA to switch the final to Central Coast Stadium.

Not that any of that has worried McKinna, who has been happy to play up the underdog tag.

"Sydney FC is good for Australian football," he said. "They have the stars on and off the field, the marquee player (Dwight Yorke) and the publicity and we are just the poor peasant lads from the Coast.

"I'm delighted most of the emphasis is on them (Sydney) and not us."

McKinna conceded, however, that perceptions are often misleading.

"While it is good to be the underdogs, it is a bit rough to say we don't have any money and that we are running on the smell of an oily rag," he said. "Every club has to abide by the salary cap and that's what we have been doing. If we were so poor we would not have spent what we were supposed to on the salary cap."

The Mariners are by no means bereft of talent or quality players, with the likes of striker Nick Mrdja, midfielders Andre Gumprecht and Tom Pondeljak and Scottish import Stewart Petrie.

Mrdja, who scored a hat-trick against Adelaide, is regarded as one of the best players in the country, while Gumprecht is a quality midfielder.

Gumprecht and Pondeljak have groin injuries and will miss the final - a match that will decide Australia's representative for the Oceania WCC qualifiers in Tahiti this month.

The Australian winner is regarded as a near certainty to qualify for the WCC finals in Tokyo in December, for which it will receive an automatic $1.2m prize.

Sydney coach, World Cup-winning player Pierre Littbarski, was remaining coy about his likely line-up.

Sydney had a morning session on the beach at Bondi yesterday after its long flight from Perth, where it beat the locals 2-1.

Littbarski is likely to make changes to the side with former Australian Steve Corica, Robbie Middleby and Jacob Timpano battling for two places in the starting line-up.

"We need some fresh legs," Littbarski said. "It has already been a tough campaign with two matches in five days and all that travelling."
 

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The Central Coast Mariners will take on Scottish giant Celtic in the annual Hong Kong International football Sevens Tournament later this month.

The Mariners accepted an invitation to the two-day, 16-team series on May 28 and 29, and will take a 10-man squad to a tournament which also features Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven.

"This is a great chance for the club to gain some exposure on the world stage," Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna said of the tournament which was won last year by Aston Villa.

"It'll be a tremendous experience for all of the boys and we look forward to rubbing shoulders with some of the giants of world football."

The Mariners have been drawn in Group A, which also features Hong Kong Football Association Chairman's Select and Hong Kong Football Club 2, and matches in the preliminary round will run for seven minutes each half, with a one-minute break in between.

The top two in each group progress, with matches later in the tournament running for 10 minutes each half, with a three-minute break in between.

Central Coast has included trialist Leo Carle in its squad.

Central Coast Mariners Hong Kong International football Sevens Squad: Nigel Boogaard, Leo Carle, Andrew Clark, John Crawley, Dean Heffernan, John Hutchinson, Adam Kwasnik, Paul O’Grady, Matthew Osman, Noel Spencer.

The Central Coast Mariners Match Schedule:

Central Coast Mariners v Hong Kong Football Association Chairman’s Select
May 28, 9.20am (11.20am AEST)

Central Coast Mariners v Hong Kong Football Club 2
May 28, 11.40am (1.40pm AEST)

Central Coast Mariners v Celtic
May 28, 1.20pm (3.20pm AEST)
 
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