Melbourne Heart's pre-season heads west

Melbourne Heart FC’s pre-season will head west in the second week of September with the Club lining up two matches against Hyundai A-League opponent Perth Glory in Western Australia.

Melbourne Heart FC-s pre-season will head west in the second week of September with the Club lining up two matches against Hyundai A-League opponent Perth Glory in Western Australia.

The Red and White will travel to Perth on Tuesday 10 September for a five-day pre-season camp, which includes two matches against the Glory - on Wednesday 11 September at Intiga Stadium, Inglewood, and Saturday 14 September at Hyundai Stadium, Mandurah.

Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn said the Club was looking forward to forming part of a week-long ‘Festival of Football- in the Mandurah and Peel communities.

“We-re really looking forward to heading to Western Australia and to have lined up two high-quality matches against Perth Glory is the perfect preparation for our team,” Munn said.

“It is important that we play high level matches during the pre-season, but we-re also excited about the opportunity to engage with the local communities in Western Australia.”

The visit will comprise an extensive local club, school and general community engagement program culminating in a Hyundai A-League pre-season fixture at Hyundai Stadium against Perth Glory.

The Festival of Football initiative has been made possible through the funding provided under the Department of Sport and Recreation-s Community Sports Enrichment Scheme (CSES).

Mandurah and Peel Tourism boss, Mr Steven Hollë also welcomed the announcement.

“The football festival will be a great opportunity for supporters of both clubs and fans of the game generally to come to the Peel region to see some great action," Hollë said.

"Mandurah is a great place for a weekend escape and there are plenty of online opportunities for fans to book and stay.”

Mandurah City Mayor Paddi Creevy was similarly delighted at the prospect of Glory and Heart locking horns at the city's splendidly-appointed Hyundai Stadium.

“This promises to be a great sporting event for our community to enjoy, and it will further highlight the work of our local soccer clubs and healthy activity in Mandurah,” Creevy said.

"Mandurah is home to a number of first class facilities and this is a great opportunity to see some outstanding players.”

Football West Chief Executive Office Peter Hugg, meanwhile, was keen to hail the level of cross-body co-operation that helped make the plan a reality.

“This sort of exercise demonstrates what can be done when Hyundai A-League clubs, governing bodies, community clubs and councils all work together for the benefit of the game," he said.

Glory will also take on the Red and White at Inglewood's Intiga Stadium three days before the two sides clash again in Mandurah.

Match Details Hyundai A-League Pre-season Match Wednesday 11 September 2013 Perth Glory FC vs Melbourne Heart FC Intiga Stadium, Hamer Parade Inglewood Kick-Off: 3.30pm (WST), 5.30pm (EST)

Hyundai A-League Pre-season Match Saturday 14 September 2013 Perth Glory FC v Melbourne Heart FC Hyundai Stadium, Mandurah City FC, Peelwood Reserve, Mandurah Kick-Off: 3pm (WST), 5pm (EST)