The Wellington Phoenix have launched their ‘Get Fired Up’ campaign today, as the team begin final preparations for their Elimination Finals match versus Perth Glory this Saturday 22 August.
With Melbourne City’s 3-1 win over Western United last night, the Phoenix have locked in third spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder and the right to face six-placed Perth; a team the Nix beat 2-1 last month in the second match of the season re-start.
This is the club’s highest-ever finish in its 13-year history, and General Manager David Dome says that he hopes all of New Zealand gets in behind the Nix for their Finals run.
“This is a ‘home’ Finals match for us and although we can’t celebrate with all our supporters at Sky Stadium, we want as many Kiwis as possible to tune into the game this Saturday night at 7pm on Sky Sport 7.
“What the club has achieved this year, under the shadow of Covid-19 and all the challenges that occurred across the sporting and economic landscape as a result, is something that all Kiwis can take pride in.”
Dome says he is also extremely proud of the players, staff and their families and the sacrifices that have been made this season.
“What our players and the coaching staff in Sydney have gone through this season has been extremely tough; we’ve asked them to be in an isolation environment, separated from friends and family for over two months in order to reach the Finals and do something no New Zealand football club has ever done before – take home the Hyundai A-League trophy.
‘’This club has sacrificed more than any other in the A-League - I can’t speak highly enough of the commitment and the professionalism of all the staff based in Australia during these times, and for their sake and their families’ sake I want to see New Zealand get in behind the Nix this Saturday and to ‘get fired up’ for our Finals run.”
The Wellington Phoenix takes on Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League Elimination Finals this Saturday 22 August from 7pm NZT at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney. The winner of this match will advance to the Semi Finals and the right to face Melbourne City for the chance to book a place in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.