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Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:20 am
Mariners expect a capital gain even if Canberra misses out

Michael Cockerill
August 28, 2009

CENTRAL COAST Mariners remain confident there will be no boycott of next week's historic A-League match in Canberra even if the national capital misses out on its bid to join the competition next year.

Football Federation Australia this week again delayed a decision on awarding the 12th licence, but it's widely accepted that western Sydney remains the preferred choice ahead of Canberra. If an announcement that goes against Canberra is made next week, as seems likely, there are fears the locals will turn away in protest from next Friday night's match between the Mariners and Perth Glory - the first A-League fixture to be staged in the national capital.

But Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman believes far from boycotting the game, locals will embrace it.

''Knowing the people down there, like I do, my gut feeling is they'll want to prove a point,'' Gorman said. ''I don't know where the FFA is at with the decision, but if Canberra does miss out I'm sure they won't be going away. They'll be like a chihuahua biting at the heels of the FFA, making sure they get noticed. If anything, I expect more people to come to the game, not less. They'll want to link arms with us and prove how strong football is down there. That's the reaction I'm expecting.''

Central Coast will play two ''home'' games in Canberra this season - the second against Adelaide United on October 31 - to allow remedial work to be done on the much-criticised pitch at Bluetongue Stadium. The Mariners have had a relationship with [ACT] Capital Football since 2006, holding coaching clinics and pre-season games in Canberra annually ever since.

Gorman is confident the relationship will continue regardless of the outcome of Canberra's bid to have its own A-League team, but in the meantime he is confident next week's target of 10,000 spectators against Perth Glory will be met.

''We've built a wonderful rapport with Capital Football, they have the same philosophies as us about building from the grassroots and we always enjoy our pre-seasons down there,'' he said.

''Hopefully, we'll get our 10,000 for these games. I'd like to think the people in Canberra will support what we've both been trying to achieve out of the relationship. If they do end up with their own team then clearly they'd start going their own way. But even then, if there was anything we could still contribute, we would.''
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