BDAFL Round 5 Preview

Round 5 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures are listed below with preview.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca  

Feighan Oval

2.40pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City  vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Wyong Lakes vs Terrigal Avoca  

Feighan Oval

10.50am

Newcastle City vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Singleton

Bateau Bay    

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Gosford - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

 9.00am

Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes  

Feighan Oval

   9.00am

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

  10.00am

Gosford vs Singleton  

Adcock Park

  11.00am

Newcastle vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes  

Feighan Oval

12.45pm

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City  vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

 1.00pm

Gosford - Bye 

   

Singleton - Bye

   

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

   

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Round 5 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition will be played this Saturday with another three intriguing matches before us.

In arguably the best match up Newcastle City and Nelson Bay will meet at No 1 Sportsground in the first twilight match of the season.

Both teams have a two win/two loss record for the year and as such will be looking to get into the positive and also gain an edge over a rival, both of whom are considered to be challengers for this years premiership.

After opening the season with two losses Newcastle City have recorded two wins in a row and with a number of key players returning are putting together some solid performances.

Nelson Bay on the otherhand responded from back to back losses with a clinical display against Killarney Vale last week.

The Marlins big men have been potent in recent weeks with both Luke Price and Billy Barton having in impact whether it be in the ruck or up forward where they kicked nine goal between them last week.

Their height could trouble the Blues defence, with Harry Keast to possibly get the job on them, however what they lack in height they make up with experience with Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker rarely putting a foot wrong, whilst Conor
Haswell will look to spark attacking forays from defence.

The return of Cameron Keast certainly adds strength to the City forward line who along with Pat Gillingham will test the Marlins defence. Chris Eddy would be expected to get the job on Gillingham after having an excellent start to the
season. Nick Gill, who has also had an excellent start to the 2017 season, is likely to miss with a hamstring injury whilst youngster Max Quinlan is also in doubt after going off early in last weeks clash with Warners Bay.

The return of Mark Wheeler gives the Blues some depth in the ruck and he will be able to support Chol Arou who has impressed in his early games. They along with midfielders Aaron Seen, Sam Payne and Matt Enright will be looking to give their side the ascendancy however it won’t be easy against the classy Nelson Bay midfield which has plenty of depth led by Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer, Jeremy Eddy, Todd Thornton and Nathan Vaisey.
This should be a great contest.

After opening up with three wins, Cardiff were brought back to earth by Terrigal Avoca however coach Nathan Harkness will be keen for his charges to return to winning ways against Killarney vale at Hillsborough Oval.

The Hawks will welcome back a number of key players however also have a number of players in doubt through injury including Liam Gibson and Jack Pratt. Killarney Vale too will be sweating on the return of key players including captain,
Josh Mifsud as they look for their second win of the year.

Coach, Scott Reed made a welcome return to the team last week and will again be a key for the Bombers after kicking seven goals last week.

Beau Cubillo has been a great acquisition whilst Alex Bailey, Ryan Barrett and Max Mumford are always reliable and young ruckmen Tim Oosterhoff is arguably the most improved big man in the league.

The Hawks welcomed back the classy Beau Heeney last week, whilst Tom Quade provided them with another option up forward.

Cardiff’s midfield in Tom Yensch, Simon O’Brien, Marcus De Lear and Nic Chapman is equal to any in the competition however they will need support if they are going to be a threat this year.

In the final game it is the unbeaten Terrigal Avoca against the winless Warners Bay at Feighan Park.

Normally this match would not create much interest except for the fact that Warners Bay last year defeated the Panthers on two occasions and will enter the match with this knowledge.

Coach Marty Reiman acknowledges that his team will need to stick to game plan if they are to upset the Panthers.

“We will need to do our homework on our matchups because if you ignore their good players you risk getting blown off the park” Reiman said.

The problem is however which players do you match up on as if you watch Kurt Fleming, Jay Lewis, Alastair Richardson and Corey Billins up steps Mark Skuse, Jack Grimmond, Sam O’Brien, Brandon Thomas and the evergreen Chris Bishop.

Warners bay have struggled in front goals this year which is emphasised by the fact that they are the lowest scoring team in the competition with no individual player having kicked more than three goals.

They will come up against the leagues stingiest defence led by James Hart, Corbin Bond and Will McKellar who are letting in just 38 points on average per game.

The Bulldogs are expected to welcome back experienced players in Todd Krause, Ben Hunter, Dean Crotty and Matt Spinks which will give the team a better balance between youth and experience.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate competition, Maitland travel to Tulkaba Park to take on Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City are at home to Muswellbrook, The Entrance Bateau Bay will host Singleton and Wyong Lakes take on Terrigal Avoca in the Match of the Round at a neutral venue, Feighan Oval.

The GE Women’s competition sees Warners Bay and Wyong Lakes, both on the back of three consecutive wins, clash at Feighan Park. Cardiff and Killarney Vale will do battle at Hillsborough Oval; Singleton on the back of their first ever win
Nova’s will both play at No 1 Sportsground hosting Muswellbrook and Nelson Bay respectively.