Melbourne City faces Mariners at Lismore Sunday

FOUR A-League teams will have played in Lismore by the time Melbourne City (formally Melbourne Heart) and the Central Coast Mariners take the field on Sunday.

It is the third consecutive year Melbourne has come to Lismore for one of its pre-season trials at Oakes Oval.

Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers were both well received after they took on Melbourne in the previous two trial games.

"It's a great achievement and the relationship with Melbourne continues to grow," Lismore City Council tourism co-ordinator Mitch Lowe said.

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Tickets for the Melbourne City versus Central Coast Mariners game at Oakes Oval, Lismore, can be bought online. Gates open at 12.30pm, with the kick-off at 2.30pm.

"Especially considering they're owned by Manchester City now, they could probably go anywhere in the world.

"It will be from London to Lismore for them by the time they get here; they've spent a few weeks over there as part of the pre-season."

The Melbourne franchise first bought A-League to Lismore with a Friday night game in 2012 when they took on the Western Sydney Wanderers.

It was one of the first times Wanderers coach Tony Popovic got to see the new Sydney Franchise in action.

TOP TIPS: Central Coast Mariners head coach Phil Moss with some of the region’s talented juniors at a coaching session held at Oakes Oval. The Mariners play Melbourne City on Sunday.
TOP TIPS: Central Coast Mariners head coach Phil Moss with some of the region’s talented juniors at a coaching session held at Oakes Oval. The Mariners play Melbourne City on Sunday. Steve Mackney

Brisbane Roar joined the party last year and Australian soccer great Harry Kewell played for Melbourne in front of 5200 spectators.

The Mariners are sure to leave their mark this year after arriving in Lismore on Monday.

Lismore City Council and Football Far North Coast have worked alongside each other to keep the A-League trial as an annual fixture in Lismore.

"As long as there is interest we'll do what we can to keep bringing A-League to town," Lowe said.

"The crowd numbers have increased over the years and the popularity is there.

"The clubs have done their bit on the field and played full-strength teams

ON THE BALL: Scenes from last year’s pre-season A League game at Oakes Oval in Lismore, between Brisbane Roar (in orange) and Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne City).
ON THE BALL: Scenes from last year’s pre-season A League game at Oakes Oval in Lismore, between Brisbane Roar (in orange) and Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne City). The Northern Star

Can't make it? You can still see it!

CENTRAL Coast Mariners announced football fans around Australia and globally will be able to stream the Club's friendly against Melbourne City from Oakes Oval, Lismore this Sunday live on http://www.ccmariners.com.au.

The Mariners have again teamed up with Central Coast company, VPA Productions, to provide a live stream option to supporters via the Club's website.

The stream (#LiveFromLismore) will be presented with the on-ground support of Melbourne City FC, as both Clubs aim to service and engage with their supporter base in the lead up to Hyundai A-League season ten.

Over 8000 interested football fans from some 80 countries logged on to the Central Coast Mariners' last live stream on Wednesday August 20 when the yellow and navy defeated South Coast Wolves 1-0 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in the Westfield FFA Cup.

Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bruce Stalder, said that the Club is excited by the chance to take the game and the City of Lismore into the homes of football fans around the world.

"With our live stream the game will be accessible to people all around the globe.

The game kicks off at 2:30pm.

#LiveFromLismore will start about 10 minutes earlier.



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