Ultimate guide to tonight’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final

The day is here! Newcastle Jets will take on Melbourne Victory in the 2018 Hyundai A-League Grand Final tonight (Sat) in what will be a pumping McDonald Jones Stadium.

A sellout crowd will be on hand in the Hunter to see who will be crowned the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League champions.

Here’s our ultimate guide to Grand Final Day!



Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Kick-Off: 7:50pm (Local) (7:50pm AEST)

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Nigel Boogaard; Besart Berisha


Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Cetrangolo

Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Fifth Official: Andrew Lindsay

Video Assistant Referee: Craig Zetter

Jarred Gillett


Newcastle Jets squad: 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Ronald VARGAS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Patricio RODRIGUEZ, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Glen MOSS (Gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 24.Joseph CHAMPNESS, 27.Riley MCGREE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Ivan NECEVSKI (GK)

**two to be omitted**

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (Gk), 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.James TROISI, 14.Thomas DENG, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.James DONACHIE, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 19. Pierce WARING, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (Gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22. Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 24.Terry ANTONIS, 31.Christian THEOHAROUS, 41.Leroy GEORGE

**two to be omitted**

Jai Ingham; Kevin Muscat


You can catch all the action Live on FOX Sports and simulcast FREE on One HD.

Fox Sports’ world-class football experts and commentary team will have everything covered, with the broadcast commencing from 7pm (AEST).

As well as being LIVE and FREE on OneHD, you can Live Stream the match on TEN PLAY.

And if you can’t get to a TV you can also keep up with all the action in our Live Match Centre, which features all the goals, in-play action and highlights as it happens.

There’s also radio Broadcasts on: myfootballnation.com (1377AM Classic Rock Melbourne, 2SM & SRN, SWR99.9 and SportFM Perth). ABC News on Radio, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Listen App – A-League Live.

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  • NEWCASTLE: Newcastle City Council has teamed up with Revitalising Newcastle and Newcastle Grammar School to screen the match at King Edward Park.

Food stalls and merchandising stands will be in the park and shuttle buses will run between the live site, Queens Wharf and Bar Beach carpark.

Newcastle Transport bus services will also operate between Customs House, Westfield Kotara and Wallsend from 5.00pm until late Saturday night.

  • MELBOURNE: Melbourne Victory members and fans are invited to watch the Hyundai A-League 2018 Grand Final at the club's official Live Site at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The game will be shown live on five big screens in the Victory Room, as well as the two main scoreboard screens, with part of the seating bowl open on Level 1.

Entry is free.

Gates open at 6.30pm, with kick-off at 7.50pm. Members and fans can enter via Victory Promenade between Gates 8 and 9 on the harbour side of the venue.

Tickets are not required, but standard conditions of entry apply (including bag searches).

Food and beverage outlets will be open, while parking is available at a capped rate of $10.


Extra train, bus and ferry services will be in effect this weekend to help get more than 30,000 fans to Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium for the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

Extra trains will run to Broadmeadow from Telarah on the Hunter Line and from Gosford on the Central Coast and Newcastle Lines from the early afternoon.

For fans coming from Sydney, train services will depart Central as normal.

Three extra bus services will run from Swansea and Queens Wharf (via Mayfield) while an extra two will run from Glendale.

Once the final whistle has blown there will be five special trains on standby at Broadmeadow to get fans home from the game and buses ready to depart.

Jets fans

Port Stephens Coaches will also operate buses to and from Newcastle Airport to cater for fans who will be travelling from every state in Australia.

Additional shuttle buses will be operating between the airport and Newcastle Interchange at Wickham to support large crowds travelling from interstate over the weekend.

Buses will meet incoming flights at Newcastle Airport on Saturday and arrive at Newcastle Interchange at Wickham about 35 minutes after leaving the airport.

On Sunday, buses will depart the interchange to connect with flights.

Ferry services have also been extended with the last ferry service to leave Newcastle at 1am on Sunday.