BDAFL Round 14 Preview

Round 14 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend and is highlighted by “BDAFL Women’s Round”. Fixtures are listed below with preview.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

General Bye

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Lake Macquarie vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Tulkaba Park

1.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Gosford

Weeraman Field

1.00pm

Maitland vs Terrigal Avoca

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Singleton

Don Small Oval

   2.00pm

Newcastle City - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Maitland vs Cardiff

No1 Sportsground

9.00am

Broadcast Match of the Week

Muswellbrook vs Lake Macquarie

No1 Sportsground

10.50am

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Singleton

No1 Sportsground

12.40pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle vs Wyong Lakes

No1 Sportsground

2.30pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Gosford vs Warners Bay

No1 Sportsground

4.20pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No1 Sportsground

6.10pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Lake Macquarie vs Cardiff

Tulkaba Park

 11.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Terrigal Avoca

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Warners Bay

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City - 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=0-916-0-435917-0&pool=1&round=14

With the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition having a general bye this weekend all eyes will centre on No 1 Sportsground as the league celebrates “Women’s Round”.

Six matches, involving all twelve GE Women’s teams, will be played back to back at the venue with the first game commencing at 9am and the final game being a rematch of the 2016 Grand Final between Newcastle City and Nelson Bay commencing at 6.10pm.

Since the BDAFL introduced the women’s competition in 2015 it has gone from strength to strength and Women’s Round is an important component of the BDAFL calender.

The women’s competition commenced in 2015 with six teams (Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Newcastle City, Warners Bay, Wyong Lakes) and 180 participants. Newcastle City won the inaugural premiership defeating Nelson Bay in the final.

In 2016, Cardiff, Killarney Vale and Singleton fielded sides for the first time whilst Gosford joined the competition from AFL Sydney, making it a ten team competition. 329 women played in the 2016 competition which was won by
Nelson Bay, who defeated Newcastle City in a thrilling final, and also saw the Marlins go through the season undefeated.

Muswellbrook and a second Newcastle side entered teams in 2017 increasing the number of teams to twelve. So far in 2017, 385 women have pulled on the boots for one of the twelve teams.

Even though we are only midway through the 2017 season, two additional teams, including one from a new club have had their applications approved to join the competition in 2018.

Women players have come from a myriad of backgrounds and of all ages. Many have come from other sports, some having played at an elite level, whilst more and more are progressing from the Hunter and Central Coast Youth Girls competitions.

A highlight has been a number of instances where mothers and daughters have been able to play together, whilst after many years of playing football in the backyard with their brothers, the sisters have been now been able to play too.
Even from the start women’s matches have always been well attended, initially it was for the novelty factor but now those watchers do so due to the skill level shown by the women.


The introduction of the AFLW has created plenty of interest across the country and also locally with the women now having a designated pathway to play AFL at an elite level.

No local players featured in the first season of AFLW however reigning BDAFL Best & Fairest winner and Nelson Bay midfielder Lisa Steane was a member of the GWS Giants training squad and was even an emergency for one match. Lets hope
Lisa can go one better this year and make the Giants main squad.

With the introduction of the AFL NSW/ACT Women’s Academy, local women are getting the opportunity to train at an elite level which can only improve their chances of making into onto the big stage.

This Saturday’s fixtures:
9am Maitland vs Cardiff
10.50am Lake Macquarie vs Muswellbrook
12.40pm Killarney Vale vs Singleton
2.30pm Newcastle Nova’s vs Wyong Lakes
4.20pm Gosford vs Warners Bay
6.10pm Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

In Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate matches this week, third placed Singleton travel to ladder leaders Wyong Lakes looking to reverse the result of their previous meeting. Terrigal Avoca will be putting their finals hopes on the line
when they travel to Max McMahon Oval to take on second placed Maitland. Lake Macquarie areat home to The Entrance Bateau Bay who will be buoyant after recording their win of the season last week whilst in the final game, Muswellbrook
will relish the return to Weeraman Field when they host Gosford.