BDAFL Round 9 Preview

Round 9 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 
       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Maitland

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Terrigal Avoca

Weeraman Field

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  9.00am

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Muswellbrook vs Warners Bay

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough 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?a=ROUND&c=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=9 .

This Saturday see the half way mark of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition with another three intriguing matches in the Black Diamond Cup competition. Neighbouring rivals Cardiff & Warners Bay meet at Hillsborough Oval;

Newcastle City host Killarney Vale in an evening fixture at No.1 Sportsground and in the BARTV Match of the Round, Nelson Bay take on unbeaten competition leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval.

Terrigal Avoca’s superb start to the season has been based on lock-down defence and control of the midfield. Coach Mark Skuse has been rotating up to 10 players through the midfield, led by the left-footed trio of Corey Billins and veterans Chris Bishop and Alastair Richardson. With Kurt Fleming and Skuse providing outside run, the Panthers have been in great form. A terrific backline is marshalled by the quietly-efficient Will McKellar and representative player James Hart. Corbin Bond is an ideal match up for opposition small forwards and the backline combination has been pivotal for Terrigal Avoca’s flawless start to the season.

Nelson Bay face a very tough task this Saturday as they visit Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this season. Coach Sean McGrath has to find a way to shut down the Panthers through the centre if the Marlins are any chance this week. Jayden Rymer was very good last week after coming back from a hamstring strain, and he, the Dews brothers, Billy Barton and Luke Price must get consistent first use of the ball over four quarters against a confident and well-organised Panthers outfit. Chris Eddy has been a revelation at fullback for Nelson Bay, but the height of Peter and Jayson Van Dam may cause match-up issues for Eddy and his medium-sized backline this week. Terrigal Avoca won their first encounter by 89 points, but expect this one to be closer.

Cardiff are 6-1, benefitting from a series of close victories (2 over City and also 2 over Nelson Bay). The Hawks’ composure under intense pressure is a testament to first-year coach Nathan Harkness and good leadership from players such as Simon O’Brien, Tom Yensch, Marcus DeLeur and backline general Zac Metcalfe. The Hawks will be looking to the return of leading Goalkicker, Aaron Wivell and classy Beau Heeney to provide spark in their attack, whilst youngster Trent Thompson has ben a revelation on the wing in recent weeks.

Warners Bay are struggling at the bottom of the ladder, a combination of injuries and inexperience. In recent weeks, they have played well in patches, particularly against undefeated leaders Terrigal Avoca and last Saturday against Killarney Vale. Lachlan Deverell has been excellent in a rebounding defensive role, whilst Rob Schindler-Taylor is getting more time on the ball as an outside runner, gaining possessions from inside midfielders Ben Hunter and Ben Kernahan.

The Bulldogs need to kick more goals, and last Saturday’s return from small forwards Matt Spinks and Corey Deverell (two goals each) will be pleasing for Coach Marty Reiman. Expect the Bulldogs to be in this game for a long time.

In the final game, Newcastle City will host Killarney Vale in the twilight game at No 1 Sportsground. Last week’s results were massive for Killarney Vale, as they now sit just one game behind both Nelson Bay and Newcastle. The return of key midfielders Josh Mifsud and Max Mumford was crucial for the Bombers last week, and the outstanding form of Coach Scott Reed and ruckman Tim Oosterhoff sees the Bombers with a realistic chance of sneaking into the bottom half of the Top Four. Kyall Walford has been very consistent all season for Killarney Vale, and his delivery to his forward line was a feature last week.

Despite sitting in fourth position on the ladder, City could quite easily be sitting just behind Terrigal Avoca had a couple of close results gone their way. Injuries and unavailabilities have hurt the Blues in recent weeks and coach, Mitch Knight will be looking forward to a number of these players, including himself to bolster the lineup in coming weeks. Conor Haswell and Matt Enright have been very solid this season in the backline for the Blues, whilst Macaulay O’Malley and Sam Payne have been excellent in the midfield along with youngster High Blachfield who is improving each week.

City are another team struggling to kick a winning score and have had to manufacture goals in the absence of key forwards Nick Gill and Pat Gillingham. Youngster Max Quinlan has been an effective target whilst Cameron Keast is also a great presence in front of goals. City are tough to beat at No 1 Sportsground. In the Black Diamond Plate this Saturday,

The Entrance Bateau Bay host Maitland; Gosford are away to Newcastle City; Lake Macquarie host Singleton and Terrigal Avoca make the longest journey in the League to take on Muswellbrook at Weeraman Field. Second-placed Wyong Lakes has the Bye.

This week in the GE Womens Competition, the Newcastle Novas host Gosford; Cardiff host Wyong Lakes; Nelson Bay visit Maitland; Lake Macquarie host Singleton; Warners Bay head to Muswellbrook and Newcastle City have their first tough test of the season when they host Killarney Vale.