Big Day Out in Ballarat

We’ve waited three long weeks but our first A-League Men home match is finally here this Saturday when we take on interstate rivals Newcastle Jets. 

We need our WUFC family to make some noise as we battle for a crucial three points. Kids go FREE this Saturday so come along to Mars Stadium with the whole family for some football and fun.

BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Tomoki Imai of Western United tackles Angus Thurgate of the Jets during the round 12 A-League Men’s match between Western United and Newcastle Jets at Mars Stadium, on January 15, 2023, in Ballarat, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

The Match:  Western United v Newcastle Jets

Western United plays host to Newcastle Jets at Mars Stadium for the third season in a row, with this clash set to bring just as much entertainment as the previous two versions.

The Green and Black defeated Newcastle 2-1 in Ballarat on the way to the Championship in 2021/22 before an entertaining 1-1 draw last season which featured a stunning strike from Lachie Wales.

After failing to score in any of the first three fixtures against the Jets, United has failed to lose any of the following six meetings with four wins and two draws since April 2021.

That strong record against the Jets is coupled with a positive recent run of results at Mars Stadium, with United losing just one of the last five fixtures at the venue.

This match will have a number of extra storylines on the pitch with reunions on both sides. Angus Thurgate and Daniel Penha will play against Newcastle Jets for the first time while United will welcome back former goalkeeper Ryan Scott.

Newcastle have been involved in three thrilling matches to start the new season – they scored an injury time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Perth Glory in Round 1, went down 5-3 in a crazy Round 2 clash against Melbourne Victory and had another 2-2 tie last week against Western Sydney Wanderers.

If that is anything to go by, and judging by Western United’s serious attacking talent, this game is bound to bring goals galore for the Ballarat faithful to enjoy.

The Unite and WIN promotion, presented by Teqball Australia, challenges community clubs from the west to gather their players, friends and families and attend the three matches to be in the running to win some fantastic prizes, including the major prize of a Teqball table valued at $3,000.

For the Kids

We will have free Paramount+ Western United ‘clappers’ and a face painter on the concourse inside the gate. Our Unite and Win stand will be next to our merch van with a variety of food trucks too. The A-League Men’s team will be available post-match for selfies and autographs along the ground boundary.

Lucky WU Member – Exclusive Member Lucky Dip

An exclusive match day surprise for Members ONLY. On entry to Mars Stadium, members will have the chance to pick a lucky dip on the door and win some prizes! Only 10 winners, good luck all.

WUFC Merchandise

Our Western United merchandise van will be open on the concourse as you enter the gate. The team have fresh new stock including new season kits, member hoodies and an adult and youth supporter range of hoodies and tees. We will have a Jersey Clearance Sale outside the van – all jerseys under $50. Western United Members get 10 percent discount too, so make sure you’ve signed on!

Important Information

  • The match is located at Mars Stadium in Ballarat. 
  • The best way to be part of the WUFC family is to become a member. Memberships start from $35. Join ahead of Saturday to get entry to this match, visit wufcmembership.com.au.
  • The Liberty A-League Pass will get kids 16 and under free entry to this match. Sign up for a Liberty Pass at wufcmembership.com.au
  • Members and Liberty Pass holders will not need to redeem tickets for this match, simply scan in at the gate with your digital or physical pass.
  • Tickets for the match are available online at ticketek.com.au and at the Ticket Box Office on match day. We strongly encourage pre-purchase to ensure the best match day arrival experience.
  • If you are travelling via train, from Ballarat station take the bus from the Ballarat bus interchange to North Ballarat Sports Club/Creswick Rd. From there it is just a three minute walk to Mars Stadium. 
  • If you are driving, please note there are limited parking spots due to the Ballarat show, however if full there will be street parking around the precinct. 
  • Please enter through gate 1 located on Creswick Road on the same side as the Eastern Stand.
  • The Ticket Box Office is located at Gate 1, open from 2.30PM
  • There is only one gate to enter the match.
  • Gates open 2.30PM and kick-off 3.30PM