The Newcastle Jets’ ninth-round meeting with Adelaide United on Friday evening, which was originally to be played as a double-header with the A-League squad, has been delayed due to “a combination of hazardous air quality and high temperatures.”
Although the club’s men’s squad will be continuing with their match against Sydney FC later in the evening, the W-League fixture has been postponed until February, in accordance with the FFA’s safety protocols.
The decision was made late on Thursday evening, with the FFA confirming the combination of hazardous air quality, and “high temperatures in the Hunter region at the scheduled kick-off time of 5pm” was behind their last-minute choice.
“In making decisions regarding whether a fixture will proceed, the safety, welfare, and comfort of our players, match officials, and fans remain the ongoing focus with regard to air quality issues as a result of these bushfires,” the Jets said in an official statement after confirmation the W-League fixture would be postponed.
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The Jets’ Adelaide meeting has now been pushed back to near the end of the season, with McDonald Jones Stadium set to host the delayed match on February 1.
Newcastle has confirmed any fans who have purchased tickets for the W-League/A-League double-header, but are only interested in the women’s match, can retain their tickets for use in the delayed game if they do not use them on Friday night.
The Jets will next take to the field in a road match against Emily van Egmond’s Melbourne City, who currently leading the W-League table by six points. Their only dropped points came against Newcastle in the season opener.
That match will be played on Sunday, January 18, at AAMI Park.