Jets to kick-off season with F3 Derby

The Newcastle Jets will kick-off the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season on the road with a blockbuster F3 Derby clash.

The Newcastle Jets will kick-off the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season on the road with a blockbuster F3 Derby clash against the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, October 11.

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The Round 1 fixture will one of four away matches the Jets will play to start the season while the playing surface at Hunter Stadium is re-laid ahead of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

The Jets- first home match will take place against Melbourne Victory in Round 5 on Saturday November 8.

The first home F3 Derby of the season is set for Sunday November 30 at Hunter Stadium, with the Central Coast Mariners making a second visit to Newcastle on Saturday, February 28.

The Jets also host reigning Champions Brisbane Roar and NSW rivals Sydney FC twice each at Hunter Stadium.

Other blockbuster home fixtures include a clash with start-studded Melbourne City on Tuesday, December 30, a showdown with Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, February 14, and an Easter Monday match-up against Perth Glory.

The Hyundai A-League competition will take a three-week hiatus during January for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, for which Newcastle is one of the host cities.

The Jets- wrap up their season with a final round showdown with Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium.

In total, the Jets play 13 matches at Hunter Stadium during the 2014/15 season, including four Friday night matches, five Saturday matches, two Sunday games and one game each on Monday and Tuesday.

Newcastle Jets CEO Robbie Middleby welcomed the announcement of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League draw.

“We-re excited to host a number of big matches on a brand new playing surface at Hunter Stadium this coming season and we believe the re-laid pitch will contribute to a more entertaining football spectacle for our Members to enjoy,” Middleby said.

“Playing the first four matches of the season away from home presents its challenges in a football sense, especially with back-to-back matches in Wellington and Perth.

“However, we believe playing seven of our final 11 matches in front of our Members in Newcastle could be very beneficial for us come the pointy end of the season.”

CLICK HERE to see the Newcastle Jets full 2014/15 fixture list.