BDAFL Round 8 Preview

Round 8 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Cardiff

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

 12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Newcastle City

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle

Tulkaba Park

  11.00am

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Maitland

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Gosford, Lake Macquarie & Nelson Bay - 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=8&a=ROUND

After a week off due to the Representative Fixture the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition will resume this Saturday with the league celebrating Indigenous Round highlighted by a number of clubs wearing specially designed guernseys for the day.

League heavyweights Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City will do battle at Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this year with the Blues looking to reverse the 36 point Round two loss.

Newcastle City currently sit in fourth position with a three win, three loss record however their record could be much better except for two narrow losses to Cardiff. Terrigal Avoca on the other hand currently sits on top of the ladder yet to taste defeat in 2017.

Injuries have affected Newcastle City this year however it has given opportunities to a number of young players including Aidan Watling, Hugh Blanchfield and Max Quinlan who are improving with every game. They are also getting excellent support from premiership players in Cameron Keast, Matt Enright and Sam Payne whilst representative players Aaron Seen, Conor Haswell and Macaulay O’Malley will once again be key players for Newcastle City.

Terrigal Avoca on the other hand are going along at full speed and coach, Mark Skuse has them playing a good brand of football.

The Panthers enjoyed the weekend off after a torrid last start derby win against Killarney Vale and they will be keen to match up against their rivals.

Along with Skuse the return of veterans Alastair Richardson and Jayson Van Dam have been great inclusions whilst the form of midfielder Kurt Fleming has been superb, although he is in doubt for Saturday with a knee injury.

Terrigal Avoca’s representative players in Corey Billins, Sam Ellis, Jimmy Hart, Skuse and Corbin Bond all got through the representative game unscathed and will suit up for the Panthers.

These two teams rarely put on a bad game so expect another good contest on Saturday.

At Dick Burwell Oval, it will be a battle of second versus third when Nelson Bay once again hosts Cardiff, looking to reverse their narrow loss in Round 2. On that occasion the Marlins allowed Cardiff to get a big break in the third quarter before making a late charge but fell 10 points short.

Nelson bay will be missing key midfielder Nathan Vaisey through suspension whilst doubts surround Luke Price and Jayden Rymer (both with hamstring injuries).

 If they do not play Nelson Bay will need to be at their very best to beat a Cardiff side who have only lost one game this year.

The Hawks have a well balanced side with recruits Tom Yensch, Marcus De Leur and Simon O’Brien in the midfield, Zac Metcalfe in defence and Aaron Wivell the leagues leading goalkicker up forward. The return of Beau Heeney has also added class to the Hawks line up.

Nelson Bay will be celebrating Joel Erickson’s 100th game for the club and will be looking for Billy Barton to curb Yensch’s influence in the ruck which will enable their midfield in Harry Fruend, Jeremy Eddy and Todd Thornton to gain the upperhand and provide forward entries, where in the absence of Price and Rymer the responsibility will rest with crafty veteran Aaron Clayden and skipper Tim Divall.

Should be great contest.

The final game should be a beauty when Warners Bay and Killarney Vale clash at Feighan Oval, which is also the BarTV Broadcast Match of the Week. These two teams sit at the foot of the table with just one win between them and that win belongs to Killarney Vale who defeated Warners Bay courtesy of a goal after the siren to Alex Wells in Round 2.

The bye could not have come soon enough for these two clubs with a number of players set to return.

The Bombers are expected to welcome back skipper Josh Mifsud from injury, former skipper Brendan Lewis from overseas and 2016 Team of the Year member Max Mumford in what will be a major boost for the Bombers.

Warners Bay themselves should also be able to include Jake Roach, Matt Spinks, Ben Hunter as well as youngsters Tom McDonnell and Ky McGrath, who has had a great debut season.

Both these teams are in the rebuilding stages but know they need to string a few wins together to stay in touch with the top four.

Expect another close game.

 In Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate, the Match of the Round will be at Rose Point Park where unbeaten reigning Premiers, Singleton take on third placed Wyong Lakes. Fourth placed Terrigal Avoca host second placed Maitland in an important game for the Panthers, whilst Gosford and the Entrance Bateau Bay host Muswellbrook and Newcastle City respectively. Lake Macquarie has the bye.

The GE Women’s competition also resumes after the bye with the match of the Round at Feighan Oval with Warners Bay hosting Killarney Vale. Both sides have only watched one match this year. In other matches Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Nova’s will both be looking for their first win when they meet at Tulkaba Park, Nelson Bay are at home to Maitland, Wyong Lakes travel to Singleton, Gosford host Muswellbrook whilst Cardiff have the unenviable task of taking on high flying competition leaders, Newcastle City.