Four reasons why the Mariners should be one of Australia’s most loved clubs

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Central Coast Mariners fosters community values and nurtures young and local talents.

Located between Sydney and Newcastle, the club is one of the smallest in the A-League Men competition. Yet, no side in the competition matches the Mariners’ reputation for punching above its weight and taking on the big guys.

Need more to prove they deserve the title of Australia’s most loved club?

Then consider these four reasons.

  1. The first club in the ALM to have three Socceroos at a World Cup

The Mariners make history, becoming the first A-League Men club in Australian football history to have three players selected in a Socceroos’ World Cup team this year.

Garang Kuol, Jason Cummings, and Danny Vukovic were all selected for Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup. Before their selection, the trio played a vital role in returning the Mariners to competing with the finest in the A-League Men competition.

  1. They believe in academy talents and young Australians 

With the lowest budget in the A-League, the Mariners decided to revamp their youth development program.

In recent years, we have seen academy products such as Dan Hall and Jacob Farrell sign senior contract deals.

Central Coast Mariners have produced many young Australian talents, including Lewis Miller, Alou and Garang Kuol. After being nurtured by the club, both brothers landed overseas deals.

You can rest assured that there is more to come from Gosford.

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  1. They put on an extraordinary half-time performance

This season has seen the Mariners aggressively attack their opponents, scoring 10 goals in their first four games.

Even more impressive is that coach Nick Montgomery is not afraid to take risks when things don’t pan out in the first half.

For instance, take their Round 4 match against Western United. The Mariners found themselves two goals down at halftime, despite their best efforts.

But Montgomery’s decision to make three significant changes at halftime eventually saw all three of his halftime substitutes impact the game. The Mariners scored four unanswered goals to run away with the win.

Similar tactics were employed against the Wanderers. The Mariners looked for another half-time winner, with Michael Ruhs and Garang Kuol entering the contest. The Mariners reaped the rewards of their substitutions, as the duo linked up twice to score and seal a win.

4. A club with an incredibly resilient spirit

During seasons 2014/15 to 2019/20, the once proud Mariners only made the finals once, finishing eighth and as low as 11th. For a club that once expected championships, this was a far cry.

After hitting rock bottom on and off the field, the Mariners needed to reset and innovate to once again become a viable A-League Men club. That is precisely what happened under its last head coach Alen Stajcic and now Montgomery.

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With a few eye-catching initiatives, the Mariners have been able to make two consecutive finals appearances and are on track for a third.

This is once again a club the community wants to support and be a part of.

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Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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Edith Yankuba
Edith Yankubahttps://www.afroaussiesandsuccess.com
A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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