THE Western NSW Mariners FC take to Orange’s Wade Park for the first time this Saturday in the round three Men’s (1) State League Football clash with Hawkesbury City FC.
Based at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex, the Mariners have played all their previous home games there or in Bathurst.
Coinciding with Wade Park’s scoreboard upgrade, Mariners first grade coach Andrew Fearnley said the club has been sweating on a chance to play at Wade Park for some time.
“Unfortunately with Wade Park predominantly being used by two rugby league teams it hasn’t happened yet,” Fearnley said.
“But we spoke to Ben (Keegan, Orange City Council sport and recreation coordinator) some time ago and with the break in Group 10, this weekend proved a good chance to finally play at Wade.”
The Mariners junior teams will play in the lead up to the main event and Fearnley said with a number of Orange natives in the club, Saturday’s game provides them an opportunity to play on home turf.
“We’re particularly happy to get some real footballers, as we call ourselves, on Wade Park,” he laughed.
“It’s the first time we’ve played a Men’s State League firsts game here, and with our Orange players it’s a great opportunity for them to play without having to travel. It also gives everyone else the chance to play at a different venue, on a quality pitch.”
The Mariners take on Hawkesbury in four grades, with under 16s, under 18s and under 20s kicking off at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm respectively before the main event at 6pm.