BDAFL Round 6 Preview

Round 6 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview are listed below.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Friday, 12 May 2017 (late change)
Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup
Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca @ Adelaide St Oval 7.15pm

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

 1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Terrigal Avoca 

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Muswellbrook - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

 9.00am

Warners Bay vs Newcastle

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Gosford vs Cardiff 

Adcock Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

  10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Muswellbrook

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca   

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Gosford vs Cardiff 

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

 12.00pm

Warners 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=6 

Round 6 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup sees a Central Coast Derby, with Killarney Vale hosting Terrigal Avoca at Adelaide St Oval; Nelson Bay host Warners Bay at Dick Burwell Oval and arch rivals Newcastle City are at home to Cardiff in a crucial third v second clash.

The BARTV Match of the Round will be played at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground, where hosts and reigning premier Newcastle City, fresh off three successive victories, host 4-1 Cardiff in quite possibly the match of the year so far.
Round 1 at Hillsborough saw an epic clash between the Blues & Hawks, with a late goal from Tom Yensch proving the difference.

City have steadied in recent weeks after a wobbly start to the season with the return from injury of centreman Aaron Seen being pivotal, along with the consistency of follower Matthew Enright, forward Pat Gillingham and the experienced back line trio of Conor Haswell, Ian Baker and Luke Rawnsley.
The Blues will be buoyed by a gritty, heart-stopping two-point win over the talented Nelson Bay line-up last week.

Cardiff have started the season well with a Round 4 loss to Terrigal Avoca the only blip so far, however Nathan Harkness' Hawks returned to top form last week in their demolition of Killarney Vale.
The forward duo of Aaron Wivell and Cam Jones provides serious match-up problems for defences, with Wivell's speed and Jones' ability to break packs forming a handy combination for the Hawks. The midfield combination of Tom Yensch, Marcus De Leur and Simon O’Brien give Cardiff real class and drive on the ball.

This game has the portents of a classic. It's a real "eight-pointer", as Cardiff will sneak two games in front of the pack with victory whilst if City produce their fourth successive victory, they and Cardiff will be separated by percentage only.

At Adelaide St Oval, Terrigal Avoca will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they take on Killarney Vale.

Terrigal Avoca were out-enthused, out-hustled and out-tackled in the first half last week by a game Warners Bay. Coach Mark Skuse and his brains trust worked wonders at half-time and the Panthers returned to their early season form, keeping the Bulldogs to one point in the second half whilst their followers Chris Bishop, Alastair Richardson, Jay Lewis and Corey Billins delivered quality ball to a forward line featuring the Van Dam brothers and Alexander White. Ruck duo Sam Ellis and youngster Jasper Davis are working well together, changing off the bench in a move to keep up the pressure on the opposition ruckmen. Back line leaders James Hart and Will McKellar have the Panthers defence in great form, shutting down their direct opponents and providing a third man in marking contests inside their defensive 50m arc.

Killarney Vale have sorely missed gun players Josh Mifsud (ribs) and Rick White (medial ligament) in recent weeks. Must rests on the shoulders of rover Beau Cubillo and ruckmen Tim Oosterhoff, who is in the best form of his Black Diamond Cup career, often rucking unchanged for the entire game. Coach Scott Reed has returned well from injury, with nine goals in two games, but it is the Bombers defence under enormous and consistent pressure, as highlighted by a 97-point hiding at the hands of Cardiff last week.

In the final Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup match, nelson Bay will host Warners Bay for the second time this season.

Nelson Bay will have to regroup after a tough two-point loss to Newcastle City last week. The Marlins will again be missing talented swingman Luke Price whilst veteran centre-half back Tim Davison still at least two weeks, both with hamstring injuries. Nelson Bay are slightly under-sized in defence, with Chris Eddy in a new role at fullback, supported by veteran 100-gamer Ben Grace and rebounding half-back flanker Joel Erickson. Billy Barton provides a dual threat as a ruckmen-forward, whilst small forwards Ben Eddy and Aaron Clayden present headaches for all defenses.

Marty Reiman's Bulldogs are giving 110% each week, but a combination of a relatively young, inexperienced side and and a struggling forward line has led to Warners Bay's 0-5 start to the season. Lachlan Deverell has been outstanding all season at fullback and would be leading the Bulldogs Best & Fairest count right now. New recruit Ben Kernahan kicked three of the Bulldogs five goals last week and rotates through the middle, giving Warners Bay two hard nuts in Kernahan and Ben Hunter on the ball. Ruck combination Ben Crawley and youngster Tim McDonell are winning 60% of tap-outs, but Reiman will need to quickly sort out a functioning forward line capable of regularly kicking fifteen goals or more if Warners Bay are to start winning games on a consistent basis.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Newcastle City host undefeated Singleton in what should be a very good game at No.1 Sportsground; The Entrance Bateau Bay welcome Lake Macquarie to Passage Rd; near-neighbours Gosford and Terrigal Avoca clash in what is always a keenly-contested clash and in the final game, Maitland head to Don Small Oval in Tacoma to play Wyong Lakes in the Plate match of the round. Muswellbrook has the Bye.

In the GE Womens Competition; Singleton has the massive and daunting task of visiting a rampant Newcastle City; Cardiff visit Gosford; undefeated Nelson Bay host Lake Macquarie; Warners Bay are at home to the Newcastle Novas; Wyong Lakes host Maitland and Muswelllbrook make the long journey to Tumbi Umbi to play Killarney Vale.