BDAFL Round 11 Preview

Round 11 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures & Preview below.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

 
       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Singleton

Hylton Moore Oval

 12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle City

Weeraman Field

  2.00pm

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

Gosford - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Adcock Park

  11.00am

Singleton vs Cardiff

Rose Point Park

  11.00am

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Singleton

Hylton Moore Oval

 10.00am

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Adcock Park

1.00pm

Cardiff - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?a=ROUND&c=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=11

Round 11 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition is highlighted by the top of the table clash between Terrigal Avoca and Cardiff at Hylton Moore Oval. In other matches Nelson Bay host Killarney Vale and Warners Bay and Newcastle City will do battle at Feighan Oval with the “Plunger Dunn Trophy” up for grabs.

Terrigal Avoca hosting Cardiff in a blockbuster 1 v 2 matchup at Hylton Moore Oval. The Panthers have taken on all comers this season, with their perfect record a testament to their outstanding defence, talent-laden midfield and a versatile and mobile forward line. First year coach Mark Skuse has the Panthers playing committed team football, shutting down the opposition forwards with much the same systems coaching guru Chris Bishop has used over the past decade in moulding Terrigal Avoca into a powerhouse.

Cardiff coach Nathan Harkness clearly has all of his players switched on and committed to tenacious, disciplined football. They have a perfect record in every one of their many close games this year, against Newcastle City, Nelson Bay and Killarney Vale.

Terrigal Avoca has inflicted Cardiff’s only defeat this year back in Round 4, winning by 80 points . To reverse this result much will depend on Tom Yensch, Simon O’Brien and Marcus DeLeur getting on top in the middle of the ground for Cardiff to enable their forwards enough opportunities to kick a winning score against the very disciplined, well-structured Panthers back six.

You would expect this match to be much closer.

Dick Burwell Oval will be the venue for the extremely important match between Nelson Bay and Killarney Vale.

Sitting one game and almost 32% behind Nelson Bay, this is a game that the muchimproved Bombers outfit simply must win if they want to play deep into August.

To be placed precariously inside the top four is not what many experts expected from Nelson Bay at the beginning of the year, however a couple of close losses and a number of inconsistent performances has the Marlins in that predicament.

Killarney Vale went tantalisingly close to defeating second-placed Cardiff at Adelaide St Oval last Saturday, the disappointment which was compounded by the season ending broken ankle to inspirational skipper, Josh Mifsud.

With arguably their best player in Rick White also missing the Bombers will be looking to Max Mumford, Beau Cubillo and Alex Bailey to pick up the slack in the midfield and capitalise on the ruck work of the in form, Tim Oosterhoff. Up forward, Coach Scott Reed and youngster Harley Bernleitner have proved to be capable of kicking a bagful of goals.

Nelson Bay coach Sean McGrath has been frustrated by the inability to field a consistent 22 players for the majority of the season and this has contributed to their inconsistency.

At their best the Marlins have a very talented list at full strength however this has happened far too infrequent for the Marlins supporters.

Chris Eddy has been a shining light at fullback, whilst Jayden Rymer, Jeremy Eddy and Todd Thornton have had strong seasons in the midfield.

Newcastle City will be chock full of confidence when they take on Warners Bay at Feighan Oval after their thumping victory over Nelson Bay last week.

Aaron Seen has been in great form after overcoming a leg injury, well supported by Sam Payne, backline leaders Conor Haswell & Luke Rawnsley, veteran forward Nick Gill and the lightning Jackson Crawford.

Warners Bay have been solid all year despite sitting at the bottom of the ladder, with their inability to play a full four quarters, coach Marty Reiman’s main issue.

Lachlan Deverell has been a standout in a rebounding defensive role, however the Bulldogs have lacked firepower up front all season and this will surely be a focus for Warners Bay in the off-season.

The injection of a number of new recruits in recent weeks and they have also shown enough to indicate they will be good acquisitions for the Bulldogs.

All Cup games start at 2.00pm this week.

This week in the Black Diamond Plate, Terrigal Avoca host Singleton, The Entrance Bateau Bay host near-neighbours Wyong Lakes, Maitland are at home to Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City are away to Muswellbrook. Gosford have the Bye.

This week in the GW Womens Competition, Nelson Bay host Wyong Lakes in a real test for both clubs; Warners Bay are at home to the Newcastle City juggernaut; Maitland host Lake Macquarie; Singleton are at home to Cardiff; Killarney Vale head to Gosford for a huge Central Coast derby for both finals aspirants and Muswellbrook & the Newcastle Novas do battle at Muswellbrook’s Weeraman Field, both looing for their first win.

BDAFL Round 10 Preview

Round 10 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Previews are listed below.

Friday, 16 June 2017

GE Women’s

Newcastle Nova’s vs Maitland

Hillsborough Oval

  7.00pm


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.30pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

 11.00am

Gosford vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Adcock Park    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

  2.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://bit.ly/2rocIPE

After a week off the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition resumes this week with players refreshed as they enter the second half of the season.

The highlight of Round 10 will at No1 Sportsground when not only will Newcastle City host Nelson Bay in an important clash, but the venue will also host “Big Freeze- Newcastle” which is part of a major project to raise funds and awareness for finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Whilst there will be a lot of activities off-field, there will be plenty of interest onfield when both the Blues and Marlins look to gain an important victory to push for an all important top two position on the ladder.

Both clubs have had a mixed first halves of the year with Newcastle City third with a four win, four loss record, although this record could be significantly better had they not suffered two narrow losses to Cardiff.

Nelson Bay on the other hand are in fourth position with a three and five record although they too have been on the end of three narrow losses.

The Blues are expected to welcome back a number of key players including their inspirational captain/coach, Mitch Knight who has not played since injuring his calf in the week following Round 1. Knight’s presence will assist the Blues midfield which has been manfully controlled this season by Aaron Seen and Macaulay O’Malley whilst Hugh Blanchfield has shown significant improvement in his first season.

Nelson Bay performed well, despite not getting the win, against league leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval last time out and coach, Sean McGrath will be looking for his troops to repeat those efforts this week.

The Marlins will welcome back two of their leaders in Tim Divall and Joel Ericson however Luke Price is a doubtful starting as he looks to overcome a troubling hamstring complaint. Price’s absence will be a blow for the Marlins as Newcastle City’s defence led by Conor Haswell, Ian Baker and Matt Enright has been excellent all year. There was just two points separating these teams when they met in Round 5 and another close match is expected.

It will be top versus bottom when Warners Bay host Terrigal Avoca at Feighan Oval. With Terrigal Avoca unbeaten and Warners Bay yet to win a game you would expect this game to be one way traffic however if you consider the matches between these two teams in recent years you will discover that Warners Bay record against Terrigal Avoca is very good, including two wins in 2016.

Earlier this year the Bulldogs had the upperhand for much of the day before the Panthers experience saw them get over the line for a win in the final term.

Warners Bay coach will welcome back representative player Ben Kernahan and NSW/ACT under 16’s player, Ky McGrath although this will tempered some what with the absence of bullocking midfielder, Ben Hunter with a calf injury.

The Panthers on the otherhand have been able to field a pretty settled line up this year which has been a luxury for new coach Mark Skuse, although the unavailability of a number of players including defenders Corbin Bond and Brandon Thomas could open the door for the Bulldogs. Expect the Bulldogs to once again be in this contest for a long while on their home track. In the final game Killarney Vale will host Cardiff looking to avenge their biggest loss of the season against the Hawks in Round 5.

The 97 point loss was the Bombers worst loss of the season and since then have rebounded strongly and were unlucky not the get the points against Newcastle City last round. The return of skipper Josh Mifsud has been instrumental for the Bombers in recent weeks as his combination with ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and fellow midfielders Kyal Walford and Alex Bailey has ensured the Bombers have a reasonable share of the football. Ryan Barrett has been a consistent performer in defence, whilst coach Scott Reed is always dangerous in front of goal.

They will need to be at their best however as Cardiff have had an excellent first half of the year, sitting in second position with a loss to Terrigal Avoca their only blemish this year. Their ability to win close matches (five of their seven wins have been by eleven points of less) speaks volume for their never say die attitude and with key players in Tom Yensch, Marcus deLeur and Zac Metcalfe leading the way the Hawks have shown that they can contend this year. Killarney Vale are tough to beat at home which will keep Cardiff on their toes.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition, the Match of the Round is at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground when Newcastle City host ladder leaders Maitland. In other matches Wyong Lakes are at home to Lake Macquarie,

The Entrance Bateau Bay make the short trip to Adcock Park to take on Gosford, whilst in the local derby Singleton will be at home to the improving Muswellbrook Cats.

In the GE Women’s competition all eye’s will be on No 1 Sportsground when the unbeaten heavyweights Newcastle City and Nelson Bay do battle. Nelson Bay have not suffered a loss since the 2015 Grand Final, which was at the hands of Newcastle City, whilst the Blues have taken all before them this year recording big wins each week.

In other matches Warners Bay and Gosford meet in an intriguing match at Feighan Park, Singleton and Muswellbrook meet at Rose Park Park, Wyong Lakes will host Lake Macquarie and Killarney Vale are at home to Cardiff. The round will kick off on Friday night when Newcastle Nova’s host Maitland.

 

BDAFL Round 9 Preview

Round 9 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 
       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Maitland

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Terrigal Avoca

Weeraman Field

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  9.00am

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Muswellbrook vs Warners Bay

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Gosford, Lake Macquarie & Nelson Bay - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?a=ROUND&c=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=9 .

This Saturday see the half way mark of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition with another three intriguing matches in the Black Diamond Cup competition. Neighbouring rivals Cardiff & Warners Bay meet at Hillsborough Oval;

Newcastle City host Killarney Vale in an evening fixture at No.1 Sportsground and in the BARTV Match of the Round, Nelson Bay take on unbeaten competition leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval.

Terrigal Avoca’s superb start to the season has been based on lock-down defence and control of the midfield. Coach Mark Skuse has been rotating up to 10 players through the midfield, led by the left-footed trio of Corey Billins and veterans Chris Bishop and Alastair Richardson. With Kurt Fleming and Skuse providing outside run, the Panthers have been in great form. A terrific backline is marshalled by the quietly-efficient Will McKellar and representative player James Hart. Corbin Bond is an ideal match up for opposition small forwards and the backline combination has been pivotal for Terrigal Avoca’s flawless start to the season.

Nelson Bay face a very tough task this Saturday as they visit Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this season. Coach Sean McGrath has to find a way to shut down the Panthers through the centre if the Marlins are any chance this week. Jayden Rymer was very good last week after coming back from a hamstring strain, and he, the Dews brothers, Billy Barton and Luke Price must get consistent first use of the ball over four quarters against a confident and well-organised Panthers outfit. Chris Eddy has been a revelation at fullback for Nelson Bay, but the height of Peter and Jayson Van Dam may cause match-up issues for Eddy and his medium-sized backline this week. Terrigal Avoca won their first encounter by 89 points, but expect this one to be closer.

Cardiff are 6-1, benefitting from a series of close victories (2 over City and also 2 over Nelson Bay). The Hawks’ composure under intense pressure is a testament to first-year coach Nathan Harkness and good leadership from players such as Simon O’Brien, Tom Yensch, Marcus DeLeur and backline general Zac Metcalfe. The Hawks will be looking to the return of leading Goalkicker, Aaron Wivell and classy Beau Heeney to provide spark in their attack, whilst youngster Trent Thompson has ben a revelation on the wing in recent weeks.

Warners Bay are struggling at the bottom of the ladder, a combination of injuries and inexperience. In recent weeks, they have played well in patches, particularly against undefeated leaders Terrigal Avoca and last Saturday against Killarney Vale. Lachlan Deverell has been excellent in a rebounding defensive role, whilst Rob Schindler-Taylor is getting more time on the ball as an outside runner, gaining possessions from inside midfielders Ben Hunter and Ben Kernahan.

The Bulldogs need to kick more goals, and last Saturday’s return from small forwards Matt Spinks and Corey Deverell (two goals each) will be pleasing for Coach Marty Reiman. Expect the Bulldogs to be in this game for a long time.

In the final game, Newcastle City will host Killarney Vale in the twilight game at No 1 Sportsground. Last week’s results were massive for Killarney Vale, as they now sit just one game behind both Nelson Bay and Newcastle. The return of key midfielders Josh Mifsud and Max Mumford was crucial for the Bombers last week, and the outstanding form of Coach Scott Reed and ruckman Tim Oosterhoff sees the Bombers with a realistic chance of sneaking into the bottom half of the Top Four. Kyall Walford has been very consistent all season for Killarney Vale, and his delivery to his forward line was a feature last week.

Despite sitting in fourth position on the ladder, City could quite easily be sitting just behind Terrigal Avoca had a couple of close results gone their way. Injuries and unavailabilities have hurt the Blues in recent weeks and coach, Mitch Knight will be looking forward to a number of these players, including himself to bolster the lineup in coming weeks. Conor Haswell and Matt Enright have been very solid this season in the backline for the Blues, whilst Macaulay O’Malley and Sam Payne have been excellent in the midfield along with youngster High Blachfield who is improving each week.

City are another team struggling to kick a winning score and have had to manufacture goals in the absence of key forwards Nick Gill and Pat Gillingham. Youngster Max Quinlan has been an effective target whilst Cameron Keast is also a great presence in front of goals. City are tough to beat at No 1 Sportsground. In the Black Diamond Plate this Saturday,

The Entrance Bateau Bay host Maitland; Gosford are away to Newcastle City; Lake Macquarie host Singleton and Terrigal Avoca make the longest journey in the League to take on Muswellbrook at Weeraman Field. Second-placed Wyong Lakes has the Bye.

This week in the GE Womens Competition, the Newcastle Novas host Gosford; Cardiff host Wyong Lakes; Nelson Bay visit Maitland; Lake Macquarie host Singleton; Warners Bay head to Muswellbrook and Newcastle City have their first tough test of the season when they host Killarney Vale.

BDAFL Round 8 Preview

Round 8 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Cardiff

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

 12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Newcastle City

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle

Tulkaba Park

  11.00am

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Maitland

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Gosford, Lake Macquarie & Nelson Bay - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=8&a=ROUND

After a week off due to the Representative Fixture the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition will resume this Saturday with the league celebrating Indigenous Round highlighted by a number of clubs wearing specially designed guernseys for the day.

League heavyweights Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City will do battle at Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this year with the Blues looking to reverse the 36 point Round two loss.

Newcastle City currently sit in fourth position with a three win, three loss record however their record could be much better except for two narrow losses to Cardiff. Terrigal Avoca on the other hand currently sits on top of the ladder yet to taste defeat in 2017.

Injuries have affected Newcastle City this year however it has given opportunities to a number of young players including Aidan Watling, Hugh Blanchfield and Max Quinlan who are improving with every game. They are also getting excellent support from premiership players in Cameron Keast, Matt Enright and Sam Payne whilst representative players Aaron Seen, Conor Haswell and Macaulay O’Malley will once again be key players for Newcastle City.

Terrigal Avoca on the other hand are going along at full speed and coach, Mark Skuse has them playing a good brand of football.

The Panthers enjoyed the weekend off after a torrid last start derby win against Killarney Vale and they will be keen to match up against their rivals.

Along with Skuse the return of veterans Alastair Richardson and Jayson Van Dam have been great inclusions whilst the form of midfielder Kurt Fleming has been superb, although he is in doubt for Saturday with a knee injury.

Terrigal Avoca’s representative players in Corey Billins, Sam Ellis, Jimmy Hart, Skuse and Corbin Bond all got through the representative game unscathed and will suit up for the Panthers.

These two teams rarely put on a bad game so expect another good contest on Saturday.

At Dick Burwell Oval, it will be a battle of second versus third when Nelson Bay once again hosts Cardiff, looking to reverse their narrow loss in Round 2. On that occasion the Marlins allowed Cardiff to get a big break in the third quarter before making a late charge but fell 10 points short.

Nelson bay will be missing key midfielder Nathan Vaisey through suspension whilst doubts surround Luke Price and Jayden Rymer (both with hamstring injuries).

 If they do not play Nelson Bay will need to be at their very best to beat a Cardiff side who have only lost one game this year.

The Hawks have a well balanced side with recruits Tom Yensch, Marcus De Leur and Simon O’Brien in the midfield, Zac Metcalfe in defence and Aaron Wivell the leagues leading goalkicker up forward. The return of Beau Heeney has also added class to the Hawks line up.

Nelson Bay will be celebrating Joel Erickson’s 100th game for the club and will be looking for Billy Barton to curb Yensch’s influence in the ruck which will enable their midfield in Harry Fruend, Jeremy Eddy and Todd Thornton to gain the upperhand and provide forward entries, where in the absence of Price and Rymer the responsibility will rest with crafty veteran Aaron Clayden and skipper Tim Divall.

Should be great contest.

The final game should be a beauty when Warners Bay and Killarney Vale clash at Feighan Oval, which is also the BarTV Broadcast Match of the Week. These two teams sit at the foot of the table with just one win between them and that win belongs to Killarney Vale who defeated Warners Bay courtesy of a goal after the siren to Alex Wells in Round 2.

The bye could not have come soon enough for these two clubs with a number of players set to return.

The Bombers are expected to welcome back skipper Josh Mifsud from injury, former skipper Brendan Lewis from overseas and 2016 Team of the Year member Max Mumford in what will be a major boost for the Bombers.

Warners Bay themselves should also be able to include Jake Roach, Matt Spinks, Ben Hunter as well as youngsters Tom McDonnell and Ky McGrath, who has had a great debut season.

Both these teams are in the rebuilding stages but know they need to string a few wins together to stay in touch with the top four.

Expect another close game.

 In Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate, the Match of the Round will be at Rose Point Park where unbeaten reigning Premiers, Singleton take on third placed Wyong Lakes. Fourth placed Terrigal Avoca host second placed Maitland in an important game for the Panthers, whilst Gosford and the Entrance Bateau Bay host Muswellbrook and Newcastle City respectively. Lake Macquarie has the bye.

The GE Women’s competition also resumes after the bye with the match of the Round at Feighan Oval with Warners Bay hosting Killarney Vale. Both sides have only watched one match this year. In other matches Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Nova’s will both be looking for their first win when they meet at Tulkaba Park, Nelson Bay are at home to Maitland, Wyong Lakes travel to Singleton, Gosford host Muswellbrook whilst Cardiff have the unenviable task of taking on high flying competition leaders, Newcastle City.

BDAFL Round 7 Preview

Round 7 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will see a General Bye for both the Black Diamond Cup and GE Women’s competition due to the representative fixtures being played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Tomorrow is one of the big days of the Black Diamond AFL season with both men’s and women’s representative matches being played at Adelaide St Oval. If you are on the Central Coast it will be well worth calling in for a look.

If you can’t make it to the ground don’t worry as both matches will be shown LIVE over the internet as follows:

Women’s from 12pm https://www.youtube.com/embed/KBQyByC4wwc

Men’s from 2.15pm https://www.youtube.com/embed/jwZp80llnSk

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Representative Football

BDAFL vs AFL Sydney   

Adelaide St Oval

2.15pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

BDAFL Women vs AFL Sydney Women

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

General Bye

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Maitland vs Gosford   

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Singleton - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

General Bye

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Nelson Bay   

Adelaide St Oval

9.45am

Maitland vs Gosford   

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Singleton vs Warners Bay

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Cradiff - Bye

 

The Black Diamond AFL hosts the Sydney AFL in Mens and Womens representative football this Saturday on the Central Coast at Adelaide St Oval. BDAFL Mens Coach Chris Bishop and his assistant Marty Reiman have chosen an in-form squad to take on what is expected to be a powerful Sydney outfit.

The squad is:

Marcus DeLeur, Tom Yensch, Zac Metcalfe (Cardiff) Scott Reed, Beau Cubillo, Alex Bailey, Tim Oosterhoff (Killarney Vale) Wade Beard, Pat McMahon (Maitland) Chris Eddy, Jeremy Eddy, Luke Price, Todd Thornton (Nelson Bay) Conor Haswell, Mac O'Malley, Aaron Seen (Newcastle City) Alex Mitchell (Singleton) Corey Billins, Corbin Bond, Sam Ellis, Kurt Fleming, James Hart, Mark Skuse (Terrigal Avoca) Ben Kernahan, Rob Schindler-Taylor (Warners Bay)

 It is the first time these two teams have met at senior level and the BDAFL will be looking to make it five representative wins on the trot, although it will be fair to say that AFL Sydney will be their toughest test to date.

Yensch and Ellis will shoulder the vast majority of ruckwork, with the versatile Price, who performed superbly in the 2016 representative fixture when put into backline, as backup around the ground.

Teammates Beard and McMahon form part of mobile and talented forward line, supported by club coaches Skuse and Reed (who played for the same club in Sydney and will have some inside knowledge of their playing roster).

The BDAFL side, as you would expect, has many players who can rotate through the middle. Fleming and DeLeur provide classy options at ruck-rover; Seen, Cubillo and Mitchell are talented rovers who are lethal given any room to move. Billins, an abrasive & tough player with representative experience. Kernahan has been switching between the centre and the half-forward line for the Bulldogs & gives Bishop and Reiman another dual-purpose option.

Metcalfe, in excellent form this season for Cardiff, is the general of the backline. Hart and Bond are likely to start alongside Metcalfe deep in defence. Haswell will provide the rebounding half-back flank option, a role he has performed with aplomb for Newcastle City this season. Thornton and O’Malley provide more options across half-back, with O'Malley also well- suited to playing on Sydney's small forwards.

First bounce in this fixture is at 2.15pm.

Womens Coach Simon Berry has a talented squad to choose from as his players face up to a strong and experienced Sydney outfit. The squad, as expected dominated by players from Nelson Bay, Newcastle City & Gosford, is:

Karina Berry, Rebecca Collins, Emily Crookes, Rachael Elcoate, Alison Parkin (Gosford) Georgia Butler, Tarryn O'Hehir (Killarney Vale) Jacqui Dudgeon, Sarah Burns, Sarah James (Maitland) Jemma Astley, Sophie Balcombe, Lauren Cooper, Kate Holland, Jess Phillips, Pippa Smyth, Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay) Audrey Gillingham, Kailee Goodwin, Sarah Halvorsen, Meaghan MacDonald, Paige Mathewson, Erin White (Newcastle City) Kate Booth (Warners Bay) Rebecca Ives (Wyong Lakes)

It will be the second time the BDAFL have fielded a women’s representative side after making their debut against AFL Canberra last year.

Whilst many of the players are still only young in relation to AFL experience the improvement shown in recent seasons will ensure they put in a bold showig against a far more experienced AFL line up.

Berry has a plethora of options on the ball, particularly some team combinations who have a great understanding of each other's play. Smyth and Ives provide mobile and super-fit options in the ruck. Smyth can run all day and can run off traditional ruckman and provide an extra follower all over the ground. Ives has been in great form for Wyong Lakes and will be very keen to make a big impact, having been a emergency for last year's representative fixtures. A noticeably fitter Astley can provide a third ruck option in the forward 50.

Steane, the reigning League Best & Fairest, has shown that her time training with GWS has been put to good use, as her skill levels and fitness have gone through the roof. Her combination with hard-hitting and tough-tackling Balcombe has been key to Nelson Bay's 13-month unbeaten run. Their clearance work, particularly roving to Smyth and Ives, will be critical for the BDAFL. Gillingham, the vastly experienced Parkin and Cooper will also rotate through the middle. Parkin, who spent a decade playing in Sydney, will have some "inside knowledge" on the Sydney squad that will be vital for Berry in his plans.

Berry has some serious strike power in their forward line. Astley, James, MacDonald, Halvorsen, Butler, Crookes and O'Hehir have all been in great goalkicking form for their clubs, and will provide serious match-up problems for Sydney.

Elcoate and Holland will presumably take up tall defender positions, roles they perform weekly for their respective clubs. Booth, Phillips, White, Goodwin, Mathewson and the experienced Berry could also spend time in the defensive 50. Balcombe also spent some time on the backline in recent Academy trials, and Astley can also comfortably play at centre-half back, her long kicking becoming an attacking weapon for Berry and his charges.

 First bounce in this fixture is at 12 noon.

Both games will be broadcast on BARTV.

You will be able to keep to date with all results from the representative match at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=1-9047-0-455121-0&pool=0&round=0&a=ROUND whilst the Black Diamond Plate and Reserve Grade scores can be followed at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?a=ROUND&round=7&client=0-916-0-435917-0&pool=1

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