BDAFL Round 1 Preview

 

Round 1 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca   

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 
       

Black Diamond Plate

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Maitland vs Muswellbrook   

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

9.45am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

 10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

10.00am

     

Cardiff vs Newcastle Nova’s

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Muswellbrook   

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Reserve Grade

Maitland vs Cardiff   

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

 11.45am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Singleton

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Killarney Vale - Bye

 

 

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition gets underway this Saturday, with fascinating match ups across all four competitions.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition, The BARTV match of the round sees the Nelson Bay Marlins hosting Warners Bay at Dick Burwell Oval. The Marlins came home at the end of the 2016 season like a wet sail, defeating Terrigal Avoca after 32 previous attempts had failed and then upsetting Cardiff with a remarkable last quarter in the First Semi-Final.

Nelson Bay’s two gun players are Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer and utility Luke Price. Price hurt his hamstring at the time last season, meaning a slow start for him and the Marlins. Nelson Bay were noticeably improved in the second half of last year, with Price at full fitness and with coach Sean McGrath rotating Rymer and Price between ruck-roving duties and playing out of the goalsquare.

Warners Bay came close to the finals series last season, but paid for inconsistency and ill-discipline at times. The Bulldogs will again field a youthful line up however will welcome Adelaide recruit Ben Kernahan into the line up. A lot will depend on Best & Fairest winner Jake Roach, rover Matt Spinks and returning ruckman Ben Crawley. The Bulldogs know that the wide-open spaces of Dick Burwell Oval suit the Marlins, and will accordingly try to get lots of players around the ball to stop Nelson Bay’s outside runners.

Cardiff, return to Hillsborough Oval this season before moving to the purposebuilt Cameron Park in 2018, have recruited well and are serious contenders in 2017. Their credentials will be put to the test early when they host 2016 premiers, Newcastle City.

The Hawks were up and down last season and will want to become a consistent, four-quarter side this year. Despite losing Best & Fairest winner Max Hillier, Michael Norton and Dustin Spriggs, the Hawks picked up some very handy players from the Riverina and Albury regions and will be after a win first up.

City have lost Matt Bailey, Chris Jackson, Josh Wheeler and Mitchell Crawford, who were 4 of their best 10 players one year ago. However, the Blues still have class all over the park in Aaron Seen, Mitch Knight and Conor Haswell whilst up forward Pat Gillingham and Courtney Knight will pose a danger to the Hawks defence.

Killarney Vale host Terrigal Avoca in a Round 1 Central Coast derby.

Bombers coach Scott Reed, who bravely ignored a debilitating ankle injury for most of season 2016, will look for a much-improved effort this year with the return of key midfielders Rick White and Alex Bailey. Killarney Vale are a proud club and Reed will have his men primed for an upset first-up victory over the Panthers.

Terrigal Avoca, under new coach Mark Skuse, will want leave to Adelaide St Oval on Saturday evening with four points safely tucked away. The retirement of Angus Darling and the loss of Mitch Betson means Doug Clark and Sam Ellis will perform key forward and No.1 ruck duties respectively all season.

The return of inspirational skipper Jayson Van Dam and premiership defender Alastair Richardson will be a bonus for the Panthers, who will be missing three time Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster for the early rounds due to a knee injury.

In the Black Diamond Plate competition, Singleton will open their defence of the premiership at home against Terrigal Avoca, Wyong Lakes will be looking for a first up over Gosford as they celebrate “Back to Don” day whilst Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City will be playing for the “Bob Hooten Trophy” when they clash at Teralba. In the final game, Muswellbrook will make a return to the senior grade when they travel to Maitland to take on the 2016 Grand Finalists. The Entrance Bateau Bay have the bye.

In the GE Women’s competition, Muswellbrook will take to the field for the first time when they travel to Maitland to take on an improved Saints outfit. Just down the road at Rose Point Park, Singleton enter their match full of optimism after an encouraging pre-season when they take on Killarney Vale. Undefeated premiers
will unfurl their premiership flag when they are at home to Warners Bay, whilst Newcastle City travel to Teralba to take on Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle Nova’s make their debut at Hillsborough Oval against Cardiff. The Match of the Round is at Don Small Oval when Wyong Lakes take on Gosford.