BDAFL Round 10 Preview

Round 10 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Previews are listed below.

Friday, 16 June 2017

GE Women’s

Newcastle Nova’s vs Maitland

Hillsborough Oval

  7.00pm


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.30pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

 11.00am

Gosford vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Adcock Park    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

  2.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

   

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After a week off the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition resumes this week with players refreshed as they enter the second half of the season.

The highlight of Round 10 will at No1 Sportsground when not only will Newcastle City host Nelson Bay in an important clash, but the venue will also host “Big Freeze- Newcastle” which is part of a major project to raise funds and awareness for finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Whilst there will be a lot of activities off-field, there will be plenty of interest onfield when both the Blues and Marlins look to gain an important victory to push for an all important top two position on the ladder.

Both clubs have had a mixed first halves of the year with Newcastle City third with a four win, four loss record, although this record could be significantly better had they not suffered two narrow losses to Cardiff.

Nelson Bay on the other hand are in fourth position with a three and five record although they too have been on the end of three narrow losses.

The Blues are expected to welcome back a number of key players including their inspirational captain/coach, Mitch Knight who has not played since injuring his calf in the week following Round 1. Knight’s presence will assist the Blues midfield which has been manfully controlled this season by Aaron Seen and Macaulay O’Malley whilst Hugh Blanchfield has shown significant improvement in his first season.

Nelson Bay performed well, despite not getting the win, against league leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval last time out and coach, Sean McGrath will be looking for his troops to repeat those efforts this week.

The Marlins will welcome back two of their leaders in Tim Divall and Joel Ericson however Luke Price is a doubtful starting as he looks to overcome a troubling hamstring complaint. Price’s absence will be a blow for the Marlins as Newcastle City’s defence led by Conor Haswell, Ian Baker and Matt Enright has been excellent all year. There was just two points separating these teams when they met in Round 5 and another close match is expected.

It will be top versus bottom when Warners Bay host Terrigal Avoca at Feighan Oval. With Terrigal Avoca unbeaten and Warners Bay yet to win a game you would expect this game to be one way traffic however if you consider the matches between these two teams in recent years you will discover that Warners Bay record against Terrigal Avoca is very good, including two wins in 2016.

Earlier this year the Bulldogs had the upperhand for much of the day before the Panthers experience saw them get over the line for a win in the final term.

Warners Bay coach will welcome back representative player Ben Kernahan and NSW/ACT under 16’s player, Ky McGrath although this will tempered some what with the absence of bullocking midfielder, Ben Hunter with a calf injury.

The Panthers on the otherhand have been able to field a pretty settled line up this year which has been a luxury for new coach Mark Skuse, although the unavailability of a number of players including defenders Corbin Bond and Brandon Thomas could open the door for the Bulldogs. Expect the Bulldogs to once again be in this contest for a long while on their home track. In the final game Killarney Vale will host Cardiff looking to avenge their biggest loss of the season against the Hawks in Round 5.

The 97 point loss was the Bombers worst loss of the season and since then have rebounded strongly and were unlucky not the get the points against Newcastle City last round. The return of skipper Josh Mifsud has been instrumental for the Bombers in recent weeks as his combination with ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and fellow midfielders Kyal Walford and Alex Bailey has ensured the Bombers have a reasonable share of the football. Ryan Barrett has been a consistent performer in defence, whilst coach Scott Reed is always dangerous in front of goal.

They will need to be at their best however as Cardiff have had an excellent first half of the year, sitting in second position with a loss to Terrigal Avoca their only blemish this year. Their ability to win close matches (five of their seven wins have been by eleven points of less) speaks volume for their never say die attitude and with key players in Tom Yensch, Marcus deLeur and Zac Metcalfe leading the way the Hawks have shown that they can contend this year. Killarney Vale are tough to beat at home which will keep Cardiff on their toes.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition, the Match of the Round is at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground when Newcastle City host ladder leaders Maitland. In other matches Wyong Lakes are at home to Lake Macquarie,

The Entrance Bateau Bay make the short trip to Adcock Park to take on Gosford, whilst in the local derby Singleton will be at home to the improving Muswellbrook Cats.

In the GE Women’s competition all eye’s will be on No 1 Sportsground when the unbeaten heavyweights Newcastle City and Nelson Bay do battle. Nelson Bay have not suffered a loss since the 2015 Grand Final, which was at the hands of Newcastle City, whilst the Blues have taken all before them this year recording big wins each week.

In other matches Warners Bay and Gosford meet in an intriguing match at Feighan Park, Singleton and Muswellbrook meet at Rose Park Park, Wyong Lakes will host Lake Macquarie and Killarney Vale are at home to Cardiff. The round will kick off on Friday night when Newcastle Nova’s host Maitland.