The North Shore Mariners Men’s NPL 2 teams will trial the revamped Northbridge Oval for the first time when they face the Central Coast Mariners Academy this Sunday.
The highly-anticipated fixture will showcase the talent that the Academy currently has and continues to produce.
1st Grade coach Joe Haywood is looking forward to the match so his squad can display their mounting potential in front of a packed home crowd.
Haywood praised his squad for their positive attitude and sense of togetherness during hard circumstances over the past few months while they had no training field.
“It’s a chance for the Academy staff and players to face each other in a competitive environment,” said Haywood.
“We are also really looking forward to playing at the new field.”
“The game will be a great spectacle and always bring talented young and older players onto Northbridge Oval.”
Before kick-off, the North Shore Mariners will commemorate the life of Max Meyer, who tragically passed away in January this year.
Max was a part of the U16 Northbridge FC Academy team in 2018 and had played for the club since he was six years of age.
NSM & CCM players will be wearing black armbands this Sunday and a minute’s silence will be observed before the match – Max’s Northbridge FC teammates will be joining both squads on the ground.
“All NBFC and NSM teams should come and support the family of Max this weekend,” said Haywood.
“This is the most important part of the weekend – the game comes second to this occasion.”
With a working BBQ and coffee available at the match, Northbridge FC and the North Shore Mariners highly encourage all members of the local football community to take part in this highlight of the 2019 calendar.
Kicking off with the U18 gents at 12pm, the in-form U20 squad will start at 2pm, followed soon after by the 1st Grade Men’s team at 4pm.