May 4

Hometown heroes vying to make history

Friday 4 May 2018 11:38am

Ministerial media release

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres has called on all of NSW to get behind the Newcastle Jets as they take on Melbourne Victory in tomorrow’s Hyundai A-League 2018 Grand Final in Newcastle.

“The Jets have staged one of the most remarkable sporting comebacks of recent times,” Mr Ayres said.

“You can’t help but be impressed by the sheer grit and determination of the players to overcome a turbulent period of ownership and coaching woes to become one of the great success stories of football.

“I urge all sports fans to cheer on the Jets as they attempt to become the first domestic football team in recent history to rise from wooden spooners to Grand Final winners in the space of a year.

“They say lightening doesn’t strike twice, but if Riley McGree can repeat his stunning ‘scorpion kick’ goal that captured the world’s attention - then this game will go down in the history books.

“Newcastle will be the centre of Australian sport this weekend and the atmosphere will be electric,” Mr Ayres said.  

A sold out crowd of 30,000 will witness the Jets take on the Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium. Scores of Novocastrians will watch the action at two live sites at King Edward Park in Newcastle and Speers Point Park in Lake Macquarie.

The NSW Government has also announced extra bus, train and ferry services to help transport fans to the game. Free shuttles buses will operate between the stadium and three park and ride locations at Newcastle’s CBD, Wallsend and Kotara.

Gates open at 6pm and kick-off is at 7.50pm with the match broadcast live on Fox Sports and One.


MEDIA: Vanessa Grimm I Minister Ayres I 0419 744 23

  • Venues NSW
  • CommBank Stadium
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Stadium Australia
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre