Phoenix Continue Pre-Season Preparations


The Wellington Phoenix continue their preparations for the upcoming Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season with three games open to the public.

Head Coach Mark Rudan is keen to continue the development within his squad while recognising local talent and taking the Phoenix to the local community. 

“Three pre-season games in the wider Wellington region is a great opportunity to work on improvements required in competitive match situations.

“As we now enter into the second phase of the pre-season, it is important we play as many competitive games as possible to prepare the squad tactically and physically for the A-League, while also getting the team out in the community and connecting with the fans.”

All games are open to the public.

The team then head back to Australia for another intensive 10-day closed door training camp where Rudan will look to test his squad further as they look to increase preparations heading toward the start of the season.

Game 1 – Saturday 18th August

Wellington Phoenix vs. Lower Hutt

Martin Luckie Park, Wellington, 12:00pm kick off. 

Free entry, public to be outside the perimeter fencing.

Game 2 – Saturday 25th August

Napier City Rovers vs. Wellington Phoenix

Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, 12:00pm kick off.

Free entry, curtain raiser for second leg of the Central League Play off, Palmerston North Marist FC vs. North Wellington.

Game 3 – Saturday 1st September

Central League Select vs. Wellington Phoenix

Weka Park, Raumati Beach, 2:00pm kick off.

Kapiti club fundraiser to support local family in fight against cancer.


Available Squad for each game

1.Filip KURTO (Gk), 3. Ben WAINE (Academy) 5.Ryan LOWRY, 6.Dylan FOX, 7.Nathan BURNS, 8.Mitch NICHOLS,10. David WILLIAMS, 14. Alex RUFER 15. Michal KOPZCYNSKI, 16. Louis FENTON, 18.Sarpreet SINGH, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Oliver SAIL (Gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 26.Liberato CACACE, 27. Steven TAYLOR