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Jets in full flight for opening ALM, ALW rounds

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The Newcastle Jets will be in full flight for the opening rounds of the A-League Men’s and Women’s seasons respectively.

The Australian Professional Leagues (APL) released the 2023/24 draws for both competitions this week, with each format kicking off in October.

The Newcastle Jets’ A-League Men’s draw for 2023/24.

For the Rob Stanton-coached ALM, they’ll begin their quest in Western Australia.

Newcastle tackles the Perth Glory at HBF on Sunday 22 October (7.45pm) before soaring to Victoria for a showdown with the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on 29 October.

The Jets’ inaugural clash at home, McDonald Jones Stadium, against the Western Sydney Wanderers is scheduled for 5 November (3pm).

The Newcastle Jets’ A-League Women’s draw for 2023/24.

Meanwhile, the Gary van Egmond-mentored ALW faces the Central Coast Mariners at Industree Group Stadium from 5pm on Saturday 14 October.

They’ll then lock horns with the Glory (22 October) and Wanderers (4 November).

Newcastle executive chairman Shane Mattiske said everyone was looking forward to a successful season.

“We’re delighted to announce a blockbuster draw containing 24 A-League Men and Women’s games plus rights to attend two Jets ALM and ALW away matches at the CCM,” he stated.

“The A-League Women’s competition has been expanded, delivering 11 home encounters, including the extension of our great F3 rivalry with the Mariners.

“We’ll also host two F3 derbies at McDonald Jones Stadium in the A-League Men’s, the first one within the opening month and the other to close out the season in round 26.”

Newcastle will also provide plenty of festive cheer, according to Mattiske.

“We’ll be a big part of the Christmas holidays with the men on 30 December and the women on New Year’s Eve, as well as the Australia Day long weekend,” he said.

“We’ve worked with Venues NSW to navigate the challenges posed by a number of major events at McDonald Jones Stadium and been able to deliver a strong spread of games every month, including two men’s matches in November and three in December.

“Our women’s team kicks off with the launch of the F3 Derby – our members will have reciprocal rights to attend this showdown.

“With the ALW draw now settled, the Jets are working with the APL and our other partners to make women’s games as big as possible. 

“In the next two weeks, we’ll be settling the locations of the 11 Newcastle ALW home fixtures with a focus on building bigger events and taking a number of them to areas outside of the city.”

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