BDAFL Round 3 Preview

Round 3 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City   

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Muswellbrook   

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Gosford

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Newcastle City - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

 10.00am

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

  11.00am

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle  

Adelaide St Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle City

Weeraman Field    

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Gosford 

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

 12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Newcastle City - 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=3&a=ROUND

Round 3 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup this Saturday has another three intriguing matches scheduled. Newcastle City head to Adelaide St Oval for a potentially tricky fixture against Killarney Vale; Terrigal Avoca host Nelson Bay in a cracking fixture at Hylton Moore Oval; and in a massive local derby at a resurfaced Feighan Oval, traditional rivals Warners Bay host Cardiff in the BARTV Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Match of the Round.

21st century powerhouse Newcastle City are in a rare position; 0-2 after two games and heading to Adelaide St Oval to play a confident Killarney Vale outfit, fresh off a last-gasp, after-the-siren victory over Warners Bay on the Saturday before Easter.

City were under-manned in their recent loss to Terrigal Avoca and will look forward to the return of gun midfielder Aaron Seen this week. Seen’s speed and precise delivery were sorely missed at East Gosford, where the Panthers cleaned
up City in the contested ball and clearances.

City will also need to find a second key forward, after a gallant Nick Gill often had three men on him against a well-organised and structured Panthers defensive six.

The Bombers stole victory over Warners Bay last start on the back of an outstanding performance from centreman Josh Mifsud. Mifsud was injured at the end of last season and his successful return to the Killarney Vale engine room makes an enormous difference to the Bombers prospects. Mifsud has been aided and abetted by the reliable Max Mumford, ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and the returning Rick White, who will only get better with more games and match fitness under his belt.

Terrigal Avoca are exactly where they want to be after two games; 2-0, well organised in defence, and having the luxury of having Jayson Van Dam, Peter Van Dam and possibly the sublime James Webster returning to add some serious
firepower on the ball and up forward.

The very experienced Alastair Richardson was best on ground last start, playing loose in defence in the second half and launching many of the Panthers’ attacking thrusts with his reliable left boot. Coach Mark Skuse was very solid in his second game for his new club, possessing very clean hands and precise delivery to his forwards.

Experienced backmen James Hart, Corey Billins and Corbin Bond were superb against City and will have their hands full with the likes of Marlins key forwards Luke Price, Jayden Rymer and the veteran Aaron Clayden this week.

The Marlins were very good against Cardiff last start, coming home very hard but just failing to pip the Hawks at the death. Coach Sean McGrath has the Marlins fit and firing, with Bendigo recruit Tim Davison slotting in beautifully at centre-half back. Follower Matthew Dews has moved into the middle at the insistence of McGrath and has started the season in great form. Ruckman Billy Barton has had a big off-season and is providing champagne service to his gun midfielders in Rymer, Price and newcomer Harry Freund.

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup BARTV Match of the Round will be a belter. Traditional rivals Warners Bay and Cardiff clash in the first

The recruitment of quality ruckman Tom Yensch from Lavington has brought new life to the Cardiff Football Club. Yensch has quickly established himself as the League’s pre-eminent ruckman and will be pivotal as the Hawks seek a top-two
finish at the end of the Home and Away season. Regular goalsneak Aaron Wivell has kicked nine goals in his first two games and will be looking to kick another bag this week.

Warners Bay will be gutted by their last-gasp loss to Killarney Vale on April and will seek redemption against their local rival this week. The expected return of key players in Matt Spinks and Ben Hunter will be a bonus for the Bulldogs adding much needed experience to the youthful Bulldogs outfit. Another positive was the debut of new recruit Ben Kernahan who was impressive on is debut.

In Round 3 Plate action this Saturday, Terrigal Avoca host Muswellbrook; The Entrance Bateau has their first game this season in the form of a local derby against Gosford at Bateau Bay, Lake Macquarie host Wyong Lakes and in the
match of the Plate Competition so far, 2016 Grand Finalists Singleton and Maitland do battle in a blockbuster fixture at Rose Point Park in Singleton.

The Roosters and Saints are both undefeated and this fixture could very well be a dress-rehearsal for bigger matches in August and September. The Saints are gunning for the Roosters having recruited very well in the off-season, whilst the experienced Roosters are looking forward to a third successive fixture at home and by far their biggest test this season. The club swill also be playing for the Bryan Childs Memorial Trophy. Newcastle City has the Bye.

The BDAFL GE Women’s Competition Match of the Round will be at Dick Burwell Oval where the reigning premiers, Nelson Bay take on a challenger to their crown Gosford. Both sides have taken all before them in their opening two matches and
will relish a tight contest.

In other matches, Warners Bay host local rival Cardiff; Singleton welcome Maitland to Rose Point Park; Wyong Lakes have their second successive game at Tulkaba Oval, this time away to Lake Macquarie; Killarney Vale welcome the Newcastle Novas to Adelaide St and Muswellbrook has their first ever home game at Weeraman Field against the very much in-form Newcastle City.

Round 3 Reserve Grade action on Saturday sees Killarney Vale host local rivals Gosford; Warners Bay host close neighbour Cardiff; Nelson Bay travel to Terrigal Avoca; Maitland head up the Hunter Expressway to play Singleton and Lake
Macquarie are at home to Wyong Lakes. Newcastle City has the Bye.