Jets legends to take on CCM side in F3 Derby curtain raiser

Those making the pilgrimage to Central Coast Stadium for the F3 Derby will be treated to a spectacle from yesteryear, as a travelling contingent of Jets legends take on former Central Coast Mariners in the Legends Challenge.

Supporting Men of Football, the curtain raiser will kick off at 4pm and will feature two 15-minute halves in a full-field hit out.

The match carries on from last season’s inaugural Legends Challenge, as the history of the F3 Derby will be celebrated with the likes of Joel Griffiths, Matt Thompson and Labinot Haliti step out onto Central Coast Stadium.

The Jets’ legends will be looking to defend their title after last year, after taking bragging rights with a nail biting win on penalties in 2016/17.

CEO, Lawrie McKinna said that the club had assembled a classy bunch of former Jets to challenge the host side.

“They’re not only a talented bunch of footballers, but a great bunch of guys to represent our club and community as part of this Legends Challenge,” said McKinna.

“It’s a great initiative that we’re happy to be a part of, the F3 Derby rivalry is alive and well, and this is a great curtain raiser for a big night of football.”

The game will take place shortly before the commencement of the Jets’ first match of the Hyundai A-League season – kicking off at 5:35pm.

The Newcastle Jets:

Matt Thompson

Steve Eagleton

Joel Griffiths

Adam Griffiths

Kaz Patafta

Nick Carle

Mark Wilson

Ante Covic

Scott Ballie

Labinot Haliti


*Squad list it subject to change due to late signings or injury concerns

Central Coast Mariners:

Daniel McBreen

Patrick Zwaanswijk

Andre Gumprecht

Dean Heffernan

Adam Kwasnik

Justin Pasfield

Damien Brown

Brad Porter

Matt Trott


*Squad list it subject to change due to late signings or injury concerns

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‘Legends Challenge’ - Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Round 1

Central Coast Mariners Legends vs. Newcastle Jets Legends
followed by Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets

Date: Saturday 7 October

Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford


Gates Open: 3:45pm


Kick-off: 4:00pm