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Culina showdown - Just another game

Gold Coast United midfielder Jason Culina has labelled the Culina family showdown as 'just another game'. The new A-League franchise meet the Newcastle Jets, coached by Jason's father Branko, at EnergyAustralia Stadium this Sunday and despite the likely media build up of the contest, both Culina's have played it down.

"I did score in that game … thought I'd mention that," Jason recalled of the last time he played when Branko was coaching an opponent (in the mid-90s for Sydney United against Canberra Cosmos in the NSL).

"But for me and for Dad (Sunday's) just another game. At the end of the day it's another three points at stake.

"I'm just going to prepare like I normally do and not make a big deal out of it.

"Hopefully at the end of it we can have a good laugh."

The Jets coach jokingly told Sportal: "He keeps telling me we haven't got a player good enough to take him out of the game. I told him I don't want to embarrass him.

"He got me last time but maybe this is my turn.

"I am looking forward to the game but really all I want is three points."

Andrew Slevison
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