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Jets to land in Maitland for Australia Cup showdown

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The Newcastle Jets are set to land in Maitland next month after the A-League Men’s side claimed a thrilling victory in the Australia Cup.

Fresh from its nail-biting triumph over the Melbourne Victory on Monday, the Rob Stanton-coached outfit will now play its Round of 32 clash with the Brisbane Roar at the Maitland Regional Sportsground on 14 August from 7.30pm.

Despite conceding two goals in the second half, the Jets prevailed 4-2 in the penalty shootout to progress in the prestigious knockout tournament.

Maitland City mayor Phillip Penfold and Newcastle Jets attacker Jacob Dowse at the Maitland Regional Sportsground.

Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold said it was a major coup to host the Newcastle club.

“Some people might not realise it, but the Jets regularly train here,” he explained.

“We’ve long been eager to work with them.

“So, when the opportunity arose, we both jumped at the chance.

“And, given the FIFA Women’s World Cup is about to kick-off in Australia, the timing’s right.

“However, the best element of it is that we’ve got this new whizz-bang stadium that everyone loves – and wants to come and see.

“We’ve just erected a 10-metre by five-metre scoreboard with a LED visual display, too.

“So, it’s all just coming together nicely for us with that facility.

“Like the quote from Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams, ‘if you build it, they will come’.

“Plus, we’re also staging the ‘live’ sites at the venue, from Thursday 20 July, for the Women’s World Cup.

“Everything’s lining up… and that’s good news for the region.

“Maitland’s home to a regional sportsground.

“And, now, no longer do clubs like the Jets only have Newcastle as an option.”

Cr Penfold said he hoped to entice more big events to the area in the near future.

“Absolutely, that’s the plan,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“We’ve got a team dedicated to it… to approach and attract those larger fixtures like NRL trials.

“Just recently, the Newcastle Knights’ NRLW side played the Brisbane Broncos here in a pre-season hit-out.

“But, it’s not just sporting contests though.

“Any major event that’s suitable for that location, we’re really eager to hear from them and host them.

“There is a new kid on the block with a new venue… and we want to show it off to the region.

“I’m a little bit of a football tragic; sadly, a master of none.

“However, what I love about sporting events is that they bring the community together.

“And, at the end of the day, that’s a great thing.”

Jets executive chairman Shane Mattiske said Newcastle was excited to take a top-flight football match to Maitland.

“We’re keen to showcase the high-quality training facilities that the team trains out of on a day-to-day basis,” he added.

“Maitland and the surrounding towns are an important part of our fan base.

“So, we’re pleased to bring this Australia Cup tie to them.

“We also want to thank Maitland City Council for its continued support.”

Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Friday 21 July.

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