Wanderers keen to win back the Sister Cities Shield
Published on 31 July 2020
Western Sydney Wanderers FC will be eager to win back a prized Shield in their A-League clash with Wellington Phoenix tonight at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta.
Wellington Phoenix are the current holders of the Sister Cities Shield. The shield recognises the Sister Cities partnership between Blacktown City and Porirua, a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand.
The Wanderers will obviously be representing their home base of Blacktown City – with the Phoenix representing Porirua.
This will be the third Sister Cities Hyundai A-League match between the two teams, with the Western Sydney Wanderers claiming victory in 2018, before the Wellington Phoenix took back the honour in 2019.
The Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix were originally scheduled to go head-to-head in April this year, before COVID-19 brought the A-League to a halt.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said, “The recent lifting of restrictions was welcomed by sporting clubs and it’s wonderful to have the players back on the field to deliver professional football to the community.
“Both teams will be playing for the pride of their city and local community, with the Western Sydney Wanderers looking to claim back the title at their home ground.”
Blacktown City and Porirua have enjoyed a long relationship of friendship and learning through the Sister Cities program. The opportunity for educational, cultural, sporting and social exchanges with our Sister City has brought many benefits to the people of both our cities.
Mayor Bleasdale said, “It’s great that this relationship can be celebrated both on and off the football pitch.
“The Sister Cities Shield is a fitting way to acknowledge the strong relationship between our two cities and the strong links both teams have with their local communities.”
Blacktown City has been part of the Wanderers journey since day one – with the team now calling the city home following the development of the Club’s long term-training and administration headquarters at Blacktown International Sportspark.
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