Melbourne Victory draw in Queenstown

Melbourne Victory recorded a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Wellington Phoenix in chilly conditions at Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday.

Melbourne Victory recorded a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Wellington Phoenix in chilly conditions at Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday.

Around 2000 fans braved the wintry weather as part of Queenstown's famous Winter Festival to see Nick Ward score for Melbourne Victory on 55 minutes, before Troy Hearfield equalised 21 minutes later.

Costa Rican star Carlos Hernandez had a chance to put Melbourne Victory in front in the dying stages, however his header from close range sailed over the crossbar.

Melbourne Victory will now focus on its matches against the Victorian Premier League's best players in Shepparton on Saturday, July 4 (kick off 2pm) and English Premier League side Fulham at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, July 11 (kick off 7.30pm).

Melbourne Victory will then host Adelaide United at Aurora Stadium, Launceston on Sunday, July 26 (kick off 1pm) in preparation for its Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season opener against Central Coast Mariners at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, August 6 (kick off 8pm).

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Troy Hearfield 76') Melbourne Victory 1 (Nick Ward 55') Saturday, June 27, 2009 Queenstown Events Centre, Queenstown, New Zealand

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