Home' Hunter Its People : Hunter-Glory Days June 2012 Contents is now
Like us on Facebook
More than a name change
We've changed our name, but it's not just for show.
Hunter Urban Medicare Local is the newly announced name for a
trusted Novocastrian organisation.
Officially transitioning from GP Access in 2011, Hunter Urban
Medicare Local is committed to strengthening partnerships
between health care providers and integrating care to benefit
As the new Hunter Urban Medicare Local, we will be expanding
our services for the community. This means our membership has
broadened beyond just GPs to include allied health professionals
like physiotherapists, dentists, psychologists and dietitians.
GP Access After Hours service will remain the same, with
community members still being able to access high quality after
hours care by calling 1300 130 147.
For more information on how
Hunter Urban Medicare Local can assist you,
please visit www.huml.com.au or call (02) 4925 2259.
[ GLORY DAYS ]
14. Jets blast off to
take grand final
The sign at Wallsend read “The last one out, turn
off the lights”, as Novocastrians lined the streets for
a glimpse of their football heroes on February 24,
Thousands of supporters made the trip down the
F3 to the Sydney Football Stadium for the 2007/08
A-League decider, the ultimate F3 derby: The
Newcastle Jets versus the Central Coast Mariners.
The grand fnal attracted a crowd of 33,354 and
a 64th-minute howler from Jets striker Mark Bridge
sealed the game for the Novocastrians.
“It’s every boy’s dream to score the winning goal
in a grand fnal . . . it’s an amazing feeling,” Bridge
said after the match.
The journey to the grand fnal was a tumultuous
one for Newcastle. The frst major semi-fnal
leg against the Mariners was at EnergyAustralia
Stadium in front of 22,960 fans, the Jets prevailing
after the Griffths brothers scored a goal apiece for
a 2-0 lead to take to the second leg, where the Jets
were on Mariners’ turf.
A 37th-minute goal to Adam Kwasnik gave the
Mariners a 1-0 lead in the second leg, and when
Mariner Sasho Petrovski scored in the 74th minute
the aggregate score was 2-all. In front of 19,112 fans
at Blue Tongue Stadium, the teams slogged it out
in extra time until Petrovski broke the hearts of
Jets fans with a second goal in the 95th minute –
Mariners 3-2 on aggregate and through to the grand
To get a second shot at the Mariners, the Jets
had to overcome the Roar at EnergyAustralia
Stadium, and at the end of regulation time the
teams were locked 1-all. It was more extra time, but
with a penalty shoot out looming, Joel Griffths
slotted home a penalty in the 104th minute, and the
16,000-strong crowd went into a frenzy when fan
favourite Tarek Elrich scored a 111th minute goal to
give the Jets a 3-1 lead. A 118th-minute penalty by
Reinaldo wasn’t enough for the Roar, and the Jets
booked their spot in the grand fnal with a 3-2 win.
A week later at Sydney Football Stadium, coach
Gary Van Egmond’s Jets, the youngest squad in the
league, ran out to a rapturous reception from an
army of fans and achieved the unlikely - they beat
a team that had pounded them 3-0 just two weeks
Bridge’s lone goal presented them the title. The
Sydney Football Stadium erupted. Newcastle were
the champions. Players laughed, cried, cheered, and
Jets defender Andrew Durante was awarded the
Joe Marston Medal for player of the match, and
captain Jade North lifted the trophy for the coach,
players and fans.
Fifty-fve busloads of fans and a cavalcade of cars
headed back to Newcastle, 3000 fans congregated
at Adamstown Oval and when the team bus pulled in
around midnight, the party began.
“It’s unbelievable the way Newcastle has
embraced soccer,” said Joel Griffths.
Van Egmond and then owner Con Constantine
thanked supporters, lord mayor John Tate
called for a ticker-tape parade and messages of
congratulations came in from around the world.
“They’ve made us all proud,” was the message from
expatriate Novocastrian and former Liverpool star
The celebrations continued into the week, when
the Jets swept the A-League awards with Van
Egmond named Coach of the Year, Joel Griffths
taking the Reebok Golden Boot award and the team
the Fair Play Award.
– HeatHer Williams
Newcastle Jets wiN a-league premiership: February, 2008
The team: Ante Covic, Adam Griffths, Jade North (c), Stuart
Musalik, Andrew Durante, Matt Thompson, Joel Griffths,
Tarek Elrich, Adam D’Apuzzo, Mark Bridge, Song Jin-Hyung,
Ben Kennedy, Denni, Noel Spencer, Jason Hoffman, James
Holland. Coach: Gary Van Egmond.
Fans celebrate at the Jets civic reception after the grand-fnal
victory, above, and the team celebrates after the game, below. Captain
Jade North, right, holds the trophy aloft.
Links Archive Hunter Our Backyard June 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page