BDAFL Semi-finals Preview

This weekend will see semi finals for the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup, Black Diamond Plate and Reserve Grade competitions as well as the Preliminary Final of the GE Women’s competitions. Fixtures and Preview below.

Please note this week both Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup matches will be broadcast LIVE.

The matches can be viewed as follows:

Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff – 11.30am       https://www.youtube.com/embed/vsdCP6fPswk?ecver=2

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay – 2.00pm https://www.youtube.com/embed/9eV4zT-vxn0?ecver=2

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dick Burwell Oval

Nelson Bay

vs

Gosford

Women’s Preliminary Final

4.30pm

 

Newcastle City

vs

Nelson Bay

Black Diamond Cup 1st Semi Final

2.00pm

LIVE

Terrigal Avoca

vs

Cardiff

Black Diamond Cup 2nd Semi Final

11.30am

LIVE

Newcastle City

vs

Maitland

Women’s Preliminary Final

9.30am

 

 Sunday, 20 August 2017

Adelaide St Oval

Singleton

vs

Newcastle City

Black Diamond Plate 1st Semi Final

3.15pm

 

Wyong Lakes

vs

Maitland

Black Diamond Plate 2nd Semi Final

1.15pm

 

Cardiff

vs

Killarney Vale

Reserve Grade 2nd Semi Final

11.15am

 

Warners Bay

vs

Terrigal Avoca

Reserve Grade 1st Semi Final

9.15am

 

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=1001&round=0&a=ROUND

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup semi-finals take place this Saturday at Dick Burwell Oval in Nelson Bay.

In the Qualifying Final at 11.30am, minor premiers Terrigal Avoca play Cardiff seven days after a composed and efficient Hawks outfit defeated the Panthers at Hillsborough.

The Panthers will be strengthened by the inclusion of stalwart Jayson Van Dam and backman Corbin Bond. Coach Mark Skuse will have done some serious planning throughout the week in a bid to combat Cardiff's gun ruckman-forward Tom Yensch.
Key Panthers backmen James Hart, Will McKellar and Jarrad Flint may all spend time on Yensch when the Hawks gun plays inside the forward 50 metre arc.

Skuse will also encourage the Panthers to get back to their playing style and structured after a somewhat lacklustre and undisciplined performance in last week's fixture. Small men Jack Grimmond, Kurt Fleming, Corey Billins and veteran Chris Bishop will look to get first hands on the ball, after Cardiff's Simon O'Brien and Jack Lennon won the clearances last week, especially in the second half. James Webster picked up plenty of touches against the Hawks as he continues his return from a longterm knee injury.

The return from injury of the vastly-experienced Alastair Richardson gives Skuse extra versatility. Richardson's ability to play loose in defence, on the ball and across half-forward will be pivotal as the Panthers seek direct qualification to yet another date with destiny at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground.

Cardiff coach Nathan Harkness has his players in a confident state of mind after securing the crucial double chance then knocking over Terrigal Avoca in an impressive late season run. An experienced back line will be further strengthened by the return of Zac Metcalfe this Saturday. Liam Gibson, Chad Mayo and John O'Regan were terrific last Saturday in defence, launching many attacking raids from across halfback. Tap ruckman Andrew Walker allows Harkness the luxury of playing Yensch changing between full-forward and ruck-rover, where he was superb last week, continually getting quality ball to O'Brien, Lennon and Matt Vukovic. Burly forward Cam Jones always provides a contest and will worry the Panthers back six with his size and strength.

In the sudden-death First Semi Final at 2.00pm, Nelson Bay host Newcastle City. The Marlins have had a frustrating and inconsistent season, with injuries and unavailability meaning coach Sean McGrath has had enormous difficulty in fielding a consistent 22 players each week. At their best, the Marlins are capable of kicking large scores, with Luke Price, twins Jeremy & Ben Eddy, Mathew Dews and Jayden Rymer all dangerous inside the forward 50 metre arc.


It is down back that the Marlins may have some difficulty. The lack of a key tall defender is exposed when City have Nick Gill and Max Quinlan playing out of the square, with veteran forward Courtney Knight close by. David Wood may spend time on Gill, but Gill’s strength and marking ability that will cause headaches for McGrath’s men.

Ruckman Billy Barton may play a kick behind the play in a bid to thwart Gill, and the talented Price may also spend time in the back half. Todd Thornton and Joel Erickson will look to provide rebound off half-back, and rugged utility Nathan Vaisey will spend time on the ball in an attempt to unsettle City’s followers.

City has had an excellent second half of the season and will be at full strength this week as they seek a Preliminary Final at their Newcastle No.1 Sportsground next week. Conor Haswell has rested in recent weeks after a minor hamstring strain, and his combination with Mac O’Malley, Luke Rawnsley, Matt Enright and Ian Baker on the wide-open spaces of Dick Burwell Oval will be pivotal if City are to defeat the Marlins.

Tap ruckman Dillon Calman had a week off last week and will be cherry ripe as he does battle with the experienced Barton. Barton will try to jump into the taller Calman at every opportunity as he tries to deny Calman spoon-feeding followers Aaron Seen, Sam Payne, Hugh Blanchfield and the returning Mitch Knight.

In-form Pat Gillingham adds to an already loaded forward line, along with youngster Reed van Huisstede. City will enter this fixture as firm favourites, with the Marlins having to dig deep into their bag of tricks to qualify for a second successive Preliminary Final..

In the Black Diamond Plate semi-finals on Sunday at Adelaide St Oval, minor premiers Wyong Lakes take on Maitland in what will be a cracking Qualifying Final. The two clubs share a close bond through their work with Beyond Blue, but the on-field rivalry will be intense as these evenly-matched sides bid to gain direct qualification the Plate Grand Final. First bounce is at 1.15pm.

In the Plate Elimination Final, reigning premiers Singleton, fresh off two very good wins over Maitland then Gosford, present a huge challenge for regular finalists Newcastle City. The Roosters excellent defence has been on show in recent weeks, with the Roosters forward line regularly kicking 10-12 goals each game. City has great depth across the grades and will benefit significantly from a series of “ins” in their Black Diamond Cup side. First bounce is at 3.15pm.

In the Reserve Grade semi-finals, minor premiers Cardiff, after a week off, take on a very experienced Killarney Vale side in the Second Semi Final at 11.15am. In the sudden-death First Semi Final at 9.15am, Warners Bay play Terrigal Avoca.

In the GE Womens Competition, it is Preliminary Final day on Saturday at Dick Burwell Oval in Nelson Bay. In the first Preliminary Final, Maitland has the massive task of playing a dominant and ruthless Newcastle City outfit coming off a week’s break. The return of Sarah James was a highlight for the Saints last week, but Maitland faces a City team who produced one of the greatest Home & Away seasons in the history of the BDAFL. An already powerful City line-up will receive a huge boost with the return of League ruck-rover Audrey Gillingham from a shoulder injury.

In the second Preliminary Final, Nelson Bay are at home to Gosford. The Marlins are aware of the pure quality of Gosford centre Alison Parkin, and it would not surprise to see Sophie Balcombe or Jemma Astley spend time tagging the brilliant Parkin as the Marlins seek qualification for their third Grand Final in a row.

BDAFL Round 18 Preview

Round 18 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup and Plate competition will be played this weekend as will the first week of finals for the GE Women’s and Reserve Grade competitions. Fixtures and Previews are listed below..

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

1.00pm

 

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough  Oval

1.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Nelson Bay

Adelaide St Oval

1.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Wyong Lakes

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

Gosford vs Singleton

Adcock Park

1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Bateau Bay Sporting Facility

   1.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Lake Macquarie

Weeraman Field

   1.00pm

Maitland - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Semi Final

Max McMahon Oval

1.15pm

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Semi Final

Max McMahon Oval

3.15pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Elimination Final

Max McMahon Oval

9.15am

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Qualifying Final

Max McMahon Oval

11.15am

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=18&a=ROUND

Round 18 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup, the final round of the Home & Away season, sees a dress rehearsal of the Second Semi Final between Cardiff and minor premiers Terrigal Avoca at Hillsborough Oval; near neighbours Warners Bay, still a chance of making the Final Four, host third-placed Newcastle City at the revamped Feighan Oval and Nelson Bay have a simple equation at Adelaide St Oval; win over Killarney Vale and they guarantee themselves a berth in First Semi-Final a week later.

Cardiff, a resilient and disciplined outfit under Nathan Harkness, get the perfect opportunity to closely examine minor premiers Terrigal Avoca at their Hillsborough headquarters seven days out from the Second Semi Final. The Hawks have played tough, committed football this season, winning several games by close margins and making the big step of ousting reigning premier and perennial powerhouse Newcastle City from the crucial double chance.

Apart from classy imports Tom Yensch & ex-Calder Cannon Marcus DeLeur, Cardiff has had great service all season from Simon O’Brien, Chad Mayo, backline general Zac Metcalfe and Jack Lennon. The recent return of key forwards Cam Jones and Aaron Wivell has Cardiff primed for a big finals series.

Terrigal Avoca, after hanging on grimly against fierce rival Newcastle City last week, will look to re-calibrate this Saturday in the run into the Second SemiFinal. James Hart has been superb all season in the back half, and was the Panthers best player in their victory over City.

Kurt Fleming, coach Mark Skuse, the evergreen Chris Bishop and Corey Billins provide the Panthers with plenty of depth in the midfield, whilst Will McKellar, Dan Heuston and the Van Dam brothers provide size and strength at both ends of the ground. The significant improvement of Sam Ellis, both in the ruck and in the forward line, has been a great result for Skuse as he tries to secure his first BDAFL premiership as coach.

Warners Bay coach Marty Reiman will be the first to admit that his side were very lucky to defeat a gallant Killarney Vale last week, but the Bulldogs late victory has kept their season very much alive. Reiman will be sweating on the return of ruckman Ben Crawley (leg injury), rover David McGuinness (illness) and Luke Roach as Warners Bay face the daunting task of hosting a Newcastle City outfit on the rebound from a tough loss last Saturday.

Rob Schindler-Taylor was superb across half-back last week, having a great duel with Bombers stalwart Brendan Lewis and providing crucial rebound across halfback. Youngsters Tom McDonell and Ky McGrath are showing that their time spent playing for the Sydney Swans Academy has not gone to waste, playing football well above their age in recent weeks.

The arrival of Kayne Gibbs as a key forward for Warners Bay has been both surprising and timely. Often playing on two defenders last week, Gibbs kicked five vitally important goals to continue his recent run of excellent form.

Newcastle City will be licking their wounds after a great comeback against the Panthers last week just fell short. Aaron Seen, after early season ankle problems, has been brilliant in recent weeks and will cause headaches for Ben Hunter and Jake Roach in the centre this Saturday.

Coach Mitchell Knight will have some interesting decisions to make this week, particularly if the Bulldogs play Gibbs and the Roach brothers out of the goal square. A key to City’s performances in the last eight weeks has been veterans Ian Baker and Luke Rawnsley freeing up the League’s best rebounding defender, Conor Haswell, across half-back. Whether this can be done against a suddenlyresurgent Warners Bay remains to be seen. Young forwards Max Quinlan and Reed van Huisstede are very much the future for City and they will present a big challenge for the Bulldogs again this week.

Nelson Bay coach Sean McGrath, who showed admirable optimism after last Saturday’s ten-goal hiding at the hands of Cardiff, will spend a lot of time on the training track this getting his Marlins ready for a tough away trip to Tumbi Umbi to play a confident Killarney Vale, who were terrific in a last-gasp loss to Warners Bay last start.

Nelson Bay has had great difficulty getting the same 22 on the paddock each week this year, very much reminiscent of their 2016 season. However, in stark contrast to 2016, the Marlins are not taking winning form and confidence into the last round and Finals Series.

2016 Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer, fullback Chris Eddy and utility Todd Thornton have been Nelson Bay’s most consistent players all season. If McGrath can have a midfield rotation of Nathan Vaisey, Mathew & Louis Dews, Rymer, Thornton, Billy Barton, Harry Freund and Jeremy Eddy to choose from, Nelson Bay would go into this game as slight favourites.

Killarney Vale coach Scott Reed was a despondent man after last week’s gutting loss to Warners Bay last week, after kicking five goals and inspiring his developing squad to an excellent performance in front of the faithful at Adelaide Street Oval.

Reed and the Bombers, who have battled on all season despite the long-term absences of Josh Mifsud and Rick White, have turned the corner and will look forward to a promising 2018 after the significant development of Kyall Walford, Ryan Barrett, ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and small forward Harley Bernleitner in 2017. Stalwart Max Mumford has been his usual consistent self and coach Reed, finally injury-free, has been simply outstanding given limited opportunities at fullforward.

In the Black Diamond Plate, major interest will be focussed on Adcock Park and Newcastle No.1 Sportsground. With the Final Four of Maitland, Wyong Lakes, Singleton and Newcastle City now set, the focus will fall on whether Wyong Lakes, playing fourth-placed City at No.1, can secure four points and the Minor Premiership.

At Adcock Park in West Gosford, Singleton are coming off a great win in the Hunter Valley derby in Maitland last week and will look to continue their winning form over Gosford, who will just miss out on the Finals and will be playing their last game of the season.

It is the first round of finals in the GE Womens Competition and Reserve Grade this Saturday at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford.

Newcastle City and Nelson Bay have earned the week off in the GE Womens Competition and will closely monitor the two Elimination Finals; Gosford v Killarney Vale and then Maitland v Wyong Lakes.

By virtue of being Minor Premiers, Cardiff has a week off in Reserve Grade this Saturday. The Hawks will play the winner of the Qualifying Final between a vastly-experienced Killarney Vale and Warners Bay, whilst the sudden-death Elimination Final sees Terrigal Avoca up against Nelson Bay.

BDAFL Round 17 Preview

Round 17 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures are listed below with preview below.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

   2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Newcastle

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

  10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

  10.00am

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes - 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&round=17&client=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1

Just two rounds remain in the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition and whilst Terrigal Avoca may have wrapped up the minor premierships there is still a battle on in earnest for a top two berth, as well as the last final position and also the wooden spoon.

Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca, the two dominant sides of the generation, meet at No.1 Sportsground in a huge clash for the Blues. City sit 4 points behind Cardiff, but their superior percentage means the Blues are in a position to claim the all important second position on the ladder if they win their final two matches, and Cardiff slip up in either of their last two matches.

Newcastle City will welcome back Conor Haswell who was rested last week with a slight hamstring strain, and the gun backman will relish playing at home against the Panthers. The expected return of gun forwards Nick Gill and Courtney Knight gives the Blues a seriously potent forward line, in combination with the experienced Matt Enright and youngsters Reed van Huisstede and Max Quinlan. Veterans Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker combine brilliantly with Haswell in the backline, well supported by the impressive left-footer Ethan Durbridge.

Minor premiers Terrigal Avoca will look to the final two rounds to fine-tune their run into the Second Semi Final. James Webster’s timely return from a long-term knee injury gives the Panthers an embarrassment of riches through the midfield, in combination with Chris Bishop, Corey Billins, Mark Skuse, Jack Grimmond and Sam O’Brien. Ruckman/forward Sam Ellis has improved significantly this year, adding regular goalkicking to his bag of tricks, whilst first-year player Dan Heuston has been a revelation up forward, under the expert tutelage of the Van Dam brothers, Peter & Jayson.

Terrigal Avoca have only lost once this year and that was the last clash with Newcastle City so expect there to be plenty of feeling in this contest.

It will be a big day both on and off the field at Adelaide St Oval as Killarney Vale celebrate the Reunion of the 1987, 1997 and 2007 Premiership-winning sides and also host Warners Bay in a match where the winner keeps their faint hopes a finals berth alive, whilst the loser will have one hand on the wooden spoon.

It has been a tough year for the Bombers losing arguably six of their top ten players through unavailability and major injuries.

This however will not stop the twenty two players who take the field on Saturday from wanting to put in a top performance in front of the clubs past heroes as they look to avoid back to back wooden spoons.

Ruckman Tim Oosterhoff has had an excellent season as has Max Mumford, whilst coach Scott Reed is currently the leagues leading Goalkicker.

Warners Bay have produced two good performances in the last two weeks as they cling to their faint hopes of sneaking into the Final Four. Jake Roach has been in very good form of late after shaking off mid-season injuries. Lachlan Deverell and veteran Linc Stewart have been the centrepiece of Marty Reiman’s back six, whilst rover Matt Spinks is starting to regain his top form. Full-forward Kayne Gibbs has been a revelation in the second half of the season and provides the Bulldogs with forward target they have been missing.

Head to head meetings this year favours Killarney Vale two to one, so this is expected to be close.

Cardiff have been very steady in second place for most of the season, winning several close fixtures whilst struggling to field a consistent forward line for most of the season. At full strength, the Hawks are clearly capable of qualifying for the Grand Final and more. Star ruckman Tom Yensch is the best ruckman in the BDAFL and has been a model of consistency all season, aided by the skilful Simon O’Brien, centre Marcus DeLeur and stalwart Nick Chapman. Chad Mayo and Zac Metcalfe have been great down back for Nathan Harkness, and the return from injury of Aaron Wivell gives the Hawks great speed and dash at centrehalf forward.

Nelson Bay have been disappointing in recent weeks, copping two recent thrashings from Warners Bay and a talent-laden Newcastle City outfit. Sean McGrath has struggled all year to put a consistent 22 on the paddock, highlighted by last Saturday when the Marlins only fielded 21 players. McGrath will be sweating on the fitness of ruckman Billy Barton, who came off late last week with a left ankle injury. The expected return of Nathan Vaisey this week gives the Marlins real grunt in the centre, and the rebound of Joel Erickson and Todd Thornton across half-back will be pivotal at the tiny Hillsborough Oval.

Cardiff have won all three matches this year and it would take a big form reversal for the Marlins to get over the top of the Hawks at home.

In the Black Diamond Plate, a massive Hunter Valley Derby ensues at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford, with fierce local rivals Maitland hosting Singleton as the clash for the Brian Childs Memorial Shield. The Roosters will be after victory in their chase for an all important top two finish, whilst Maitland will use this game as their final preparation for the finals, as they have the Bye in the final round. Wyong Lakes head to Muswellbrook to take on the Cats, Newcastle City host Terrigal Avoca looking to wrap up fourth position on the ladder and Lake Macquarie host Gosford.

In the final round of the GE Womens Competition, Warners Bay head to Adelaide St Oval to take on Killarney Vale in a finals elimination game. Wyong Lakes are away to Muswellbrook, Singleton head to Maitland full of confidence after a great win over the Bulldogs last Saturday, Nelson Bay visit Cardiff, Newcastle City and the Novas play at No.1 and Lake Macquarie are at home to Gosford.

BDAFL Round 16 Preview

Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and preview are listed below.

Saturday,29 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale

Hillsborough Oval

1.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs Warners Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Lake Macquarie

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Rose Point Park

  1.00pm

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Maitland

Weeraman Field

   2.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Lake Macquarie

Hillsborough Oval

9.00am

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Killarney Vale

Don Small Oval

  10.00am

Singleton vs Warners Bay

Rose Point Park

  11.00am

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City

Dick Burwell Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Maitland

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Warners Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Cardiff vs Singleton

Hillsborough Oval

11.00am

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Killarney Vale

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Nelson Bay

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

Singleton - 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=16&a=ROUND

This week’s Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup sees Cardiff hosting the struggling Killarney Vale, Warners Bay making the tough trek to East Gosford to play first-placed Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval, and Nelson Bay hosting a very confident Newcastle City at Dick Burwell Oval.

Cardiff, after a heart-stopping loss to Newcastle City last week, will look to consolidate second place on the ladder when they host Killarney Vale at Hillsborough Oval in front of what is expected to be a big crowd with the club holding their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Coach, Nathan Harkness is relishing the return of a number of his key players and knows that there is plenty of improvement to come.

Whilst the top players have been good performers all year it is the improvement in players such as Jack Lennon, Josh Murphy, Lachlan Carey and Chad Mayo which has been pivotal for the Hawks.

The Bombers are limping towards the finishing line in what has been a tough year for the club, which currently sees them sitting at the foot of the table.

With injuries and unavailabilities playing their part the Bombers have relied heavily on the likes of Max Mumford, Tim Oosterhoff, Scott Reed and Kyall Walford to carry the load.

With plenty on the line you would expect the Hawks to be in a ruthless mood. The Terrigal Avoca machine just keeps on rolling, destroying Killarney Vale last Saturday in celebration of Peter Van Dam’s 300th game. This week they take on Warners Bay, who at present are in as good as form as any team in the competition and demolished Nelson Bay last week.

The match will be an exciting time for the Panthers with the expected return of three time Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster who will be returning to action for the first time since injuring his knee in last years Grand Final.

His return will add further depth to an already imposing Terrigal Avoca midfield, which was further boosted last week with the return from injury of Chris Bishop and return to form of Jack Grimmond.

Dan Heuston has been a great find for Terrigal Avoca, proving to be a reliable forward target and complimenting the Van Dam brothers.

With almost a full list to choose from, and the addition of three mid year recruits Warners Bay’s fortunes have turned and resulted in their first complete performance of the year to thrash Nelson Bay in front of their faithful last week.

Jake Roach has finally shrugged off some niggling injuries and has produced two best-on-ground performances in his last two games and he will be again required to repeat this performance against the leagues benchmark. He along with Ben Hunter has provided great midfield drive.

Kayne Gibbs has been a revelation up front for Warners Bay having kicked twenty goals in the last five rounds and he along with Ben Kernahan is providing a focal point for Marty Reiman’s young charges.

Whilst you cannot see the Bulldogs winning at Hylton Moore Oval, expect a bold showing.

Newcastle City head to the Nelson Bay extremely confident after recent victories over Terrigal Avoca and Cardiff.

After injuries and unavailabilities hampered the Blues start to the season they have now strung six wins together to make a charge for a top two finish and the all important double chance.

Nelson Bay on the other hand are in free fall, having lost to Warners Bay last week by 78 points, making it six losses from their past seven games.

Pat Gillingham, Nick Gill and Courtney Knight provide the Blues with a vastly experienced and dangerous forward line and will put plenty of pressure on the Nelson Bay defence, especially if City’s midfield get on top.

The expected return of Luke Price, Jeremy & Chris Eddy will be vitally important for Sean McGrath’s men as they need to start winning leading into an expected minor semi-final appearance at home. Todd Thornton has been very consistent all season for the Marlins, and Jayden Rymer will look to shrug off a leg injury picked up last week in order to combat the talent-laden Blues midfield. Difficult to see anything but a Blues victory here.

The Black Diamond Plate fixtures have Terrigal Avoca hosting Lake Macquarie; Singleton at home to struggling The Entrance Bateau Bay; Gosford have a big game at home against Newcastle City, and Muswellbrook have the daunting task of hosting first-placed Maitland in a Hunter Valley derby at Weeraman Field.

In the GE Womens Competition, Lake Macquarie will look for victory over battlers Cardiff at Hillsborough; the match of the round sees finals-bound Gosford hosting the rampant and ruthless Newcastle City at Adcock Park; Wyong Lakes host near neighbour Killarney Vale at Don Small Oval; Singleton will seek to the winners list when they host Warners Bay; reigning premier Nelson Bay host the Newcastle Novas at Dick Burwell Oval and strugglers Muswellbrook host Maitland at Weeraman Field.

BDAFL Round 15 Preview

Round 15 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Preview below:

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

No1 Sportsground

11.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Lake Macquarie

Rose Point Park

   2.00pm

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Warners Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Gosford

Adelaide St Oval

  10.00am

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No1 Sportsground

   1.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Killarney Vale

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Singleton - Bye

   

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After a General Bye last week, the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup enters the run home with just four rounds remaining. This week we see arch rivals Newcastle city and Cardiff clash at No 1 Sportsground, Peter Van Dam will be celebrating his 300th game for Terrigal Avoca against Killarney Vale and Warners Bay host Nelson Bay.

When League captain, Terrigal Avoca legend and all round champion Peter Van Dam runs out onto Hylton Moore Oval this Saturday, he will join clubmates Ken O’Brien and Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond as the only Panthers in history to have played 300 games for their beloved club.

“You don’t get into sports looking to achieve milestones, but getting to 300 means I have stuck around for a long time, and I can’t wait for this Saturday, it will be a big day for my family and the club”.

Van Dam has played his entire career at Terrigal Avoca. “I played Rugby League from the age of 5, and came across to Australian Rules when I was 13, and never looked back.” Van Dam’s 300 games do not include his junior football, so his achievement is a massive one for both him and Terrigal Avoca.

When asked about his playing future, Van Dam said that this is his last season in black, red and white. “This is it for me. My wife Nyssa is due to give birth to our third child (a brother for daughter Bronte and son Archie) in about four weeks so my family needs to start taking priority. Bronte can’t wait to have another little brother to look after, and it will be great for Archie to have a little man to spend time with and hopefully get him walking around”.

In his last season, Van Dam stated that he was enjoying playing alongside his brother and helping guide and mentor the club’s younger players.

Van Dam listed two players as the best he has played alongside; Maurice Goolagong and Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond. When asked about his best opponents, Van Dam stated Newcastle City’s Jason Colloupas and Killarney Vale’s Corey Shackleton as the two players he found the toughest to play on.

Peter Van Dam has been an ornament to our great game and we wish him and his family all the very best for this Saturday, his 300th game with “my brothers”, the Terrigal Avoca AFC.

At No 1 Sportsground, Newcastle City have been in great form in recent weeks and have an ideal opportunity to put ladder pressure on Cardiff this Saturday. City sit eight points behind the Hawks and this game looms as pivotal to the Blues’ chances of a top two finish and the crucial double chance.

After a slow start to the season the Blues have hit top form on the back of the return of a number of key players including their coach, Mitch Knight who has been improving with each match following a calf injury.

Their defence has been excellent all year with star backmen Conor Haswell, Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker providing a great platform, whilst aaron seen has been a standout in the midfield as City get motoring towards yet another finals series.

Cardiff, after a lucky escape against a fast-finishing Warners Bay last week, will look to their composure and poise under intense pressure to get them home once again. The Hawks have only been beaten by League leaders Terrigal Avoca this season, winning several tight finishes, including two heart-stoppers over City. Simon O’Brien has been outstanding all season for Cardiff, and followers Tom Yensch and Marcus DeLeur, plus backline general Zac Metcalfe, will have to be at their best to stop the very much in-form Newcastle City outfit.

With only a combined total of six points separating these two teams in their two matches this season, expect another tight encounter under lights on Saturday.

Peter Van Dam’s 300th game is the huge highlight of the Central Coast derby between firstplaced Terrigal Avoca and fifth placed Killarney Vale at Hylton Moore Oval. Van Dam joins club legends Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond and Ken O’Brien as the only players to play 300 games for the Panthers. Van Dam, an extremely popular across the entire League, is in his final season for the Panthers and will look for a massive day in front of family and friends at East Gosford.

With the finals just around the corner The Panthers will look for a solid win over a Killarney Vale outfit that have played good footy in patches this years, despite the long-term injuries to a number of their key players.

Terrigal Avoca have their fingers crossed that three times Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster will be making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury suffered in last years Grand Final.

In the BARTV Match of the Round at Feighan Park, Nelson Bay will seek to start their run into the finals with a tricky away victory over Warners Bay.

The Marlins will welcome back their captain and vice captain Tim Divall and Joel Ericson and their return could not be more timely as the club looks to find some form in what has been a disappointing season to date for Nelson Bay despite sitting in fourth position and likely to compete in the finals.

Coach Sean McGrath knows however that finals are a different beast and if his team can rediscover their best form they can compete with the best sides in the competition.

Warners Bay on the otherhand, may be sitting on the bottom of the ladder with just the one win, however their form of late has been very good with four of their last five losses being by ten points or less which was interspersed by their lone win of the year over Killarney Vale.

Coach Marty Reiman, has just about a full list of players to choose from and knows a win over Nelson Bay keeps a flicker of hope of still making the finals.

Lachlan Deverell has been terrific for the Bulldogs all season as the leader of the backline, and followers Ben Hunter, Jake Roach, Ben Crawley and livewire rover Matt Spinks will look to put enormous pressure on the Marlins.

Despite having had two comfortable wins over Warners Bay this year, Nelson Bay have had trouble winning at Feighan Oval in recent years. Another close game is anticipated.

The Black Diamond Plate fixtures are highlighted by the annual Beyond Blue fundraiser day between second-placed Maitland and first-placed Wyong Lakes at Max McMahon Oval.

These two clubs have raised significant funds over the past two years for this worthy cause and a fundraising dinner will be held after the match.

The socialising will have to wait however until the on-field action is completed with the minor premiership up for grabs between the top two sides who have each only suffered one loss this year.

Gosford have a must win game when they travel to Hylton Moore Oval to take on Terrigal Avoca, Newcastle City are at home to a rejuvenated The Entrance Bateau Bay outfit, whilst Singleton will be looking to bounce back from last weeks loss when they host Lake Macquarie in the remaining Black Diamond Plate matches.

In the GE Women’s Competition, Maitland host Wyong Lakes in a match the Magpies need to win if they are to make the finals, Killarney Vale host Gosford, Warners Bay are at home to near-neighbour Lake Macquarie; Nelson Bay make the long trek to Rose Point Park to play Singleton, Newcastle City play Cardiff and Newcastle Nova’s play Muswellbrook both at No 1 Sportsground.

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