Jets to play Phoenix in Weston for QR National Cup

The Newcastle Jets will play a pre-season trial match against Wellington Phoenix in Weston on Saturday, August 18.

The Newcastle Jets can today confirm that they will play a pre-season trial match against Wellington Phoenix in Weston on Saturday, August 18.

The visit by the Jets to Weston and Cessnock will be supported by Newcastle Jets- Major Sponsor QR National with the two teams contesting the inaugural QR National Cup.

This match will represent the Jets- first hit-out ahead of the new season against A-League opposition and will see the Club return to Thomas and Coffey Park in Weston.

Thanks to the support of QR National, the Jets will also visit a junior football club in the region and hold a community clinic for local juniors. Details of this clinic will be announced shortly.

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said the fixture was an important part of the Club-s pre-season schedule.

"It-s great to be able to take a pre-season fixture against high quality A-League opposition to our Members and supporters in Weston and Cessnock," Middleby said.

“With the support of Major Sponsor QR National, we-re looking forward to being able to put something back into a part of our region that is renowned for having a very rich football history.

“This match is a fantastic opportunity to further engage with the Hunter community and is also a vital part of our preparations for the 2012/13 A-League season.

“We-re expecting Wellington to provide us with a very tough test which is exactly what our squad needs at this stage of the pre-season.”

Tickets can be purchased on the night at a cost of $5 for adults, while children under 16 will be admitted for free.

All money raised from gate takings will be retained by NNSWF for the purpose of providing grants to identified coaches to cover the costs associated with undertaking elite coaching accreditation.

Match details: QR National Cup Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix Thomas and Coffey Park, Weston Saturday, August 18 Kick-off 5pm