BDAFL Round 15 Preview

Round 15 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Preview below:

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

No1 Sportsground

11.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Lake Macquarie

Rose Point Park

   2.00pm

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Warners Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Gosford

Adelaide St Oval

  10.00am

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No1 Sportsground

   1.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Killarney Vale

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Singleton - 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&round=15&client=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1

After a General Bye last week, the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup enters the run home with just four rounds remaining. This week we see arch rivals Newcastle city and Cardiff clash at No 1 Sportsground, Peter Van Dam will be celebrating his 300th game for Terrigal Avoca against Killarney Vale and Warners Bay host Nelson Bay.

When League captain, Terrigal Avoca legend and all round champion Peter Van Dam runs out onto Hylton Moore Oval this Saturday, he will join clubmates Ken O’Brien and Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond as the only Panthers in history to have played 300 games for their beloved club.

“You don’t get into sports looking to achieve milestones, but getting to 300 means I have stuck around for a long time, and I can’t wait for this Saturday, it will be a big day for my family and the club”.

Van Dam has played his entire career at Terrigal Avoca. “I played Rugby League from the age of 5, and came across to Australian Rules when I was 13, and never looked back.” Van Dam’s 300 games do not include his junior football, so his achievement is a massive one for both him and Terrigal Avoca.

When asked about his playing future, Van Dam said that this is his last season in black, red and white. “This is it for me. My wife Nyssa is due to give birth to our third child (a brother for daughter Bronte and son Archie) in about four weeks so my family needs to start taking priority. Bronte can’t wait to have another little brother to look after, and it will be great for Archie to have a little man to spend time with and hopefully get him walking around”.

In his last season, Van Dam stated that he was enjoying playing alongside his brother and helping guide and mentor the club’s younger players.

Van Dam listed two players as the best he has played alongside; Maurice Goolagong and Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond. When asked about his best opponents, Van Dam stated Newcastle City’s Jason Colloupas and Killarney Vale’s Corey Shackleton as the two players he found the toughest to play on.

Peter Van Dam has been an ornament to our great game and we wish him and his family all the very best for this Saturday, his 300th game with “my brothers”, the Terrigal Avoca AFC.

At No 1 Sportsground, Newcastle City have been in great form in recent weeks and have an ideal opportunity to put ladder pressure on Cardiff this Saturday. City sit eight points behind the Hawks and this game looms as pivotal to the Blues’ chances of a top two finish and the crucial double chance.

After a slow start to the season the Blues have hit top form on the back of the return of a number of key players including their coach, Mitch Knight who has been improving with each match following a calf injury.

Their defence has been excellent all year with star backmen Conor Haswell, Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker providing a great platform, whilst aaron seen has been a standout in the midfield as City get motoring towards yet another finals series.

Cardiff, after a lucky escape against a fast-finishing Warners Bay last week, will look to their composure and poise under intense pressure to get them home once again. The Hawks have only been beaten by League leaders Terrigal Avoca this season, winning several tight finishes, including two heart-stoppers over City. Simon O’Brien has been outstanding all season for Cardiff, and followers Tom Yensch and Marcus DeLeur, plus backline general Zac Metcalfe, will have to be at their best to stop the very much in-form Newcastle City outfit.

With only a combined total of six points separating these two teams in their two matches this season, expect another tight encounter under lights on Saturday.

Peter Van Dam’s 300th game is the huge highlight of the Central Coast derby between firstplaced Terrigal Avoca and fifth placed Killarney Vale at Hylton Moore Oval. Van Dam joins club legends Dave “Spoonman” Grimmond and Ken O’Brien as the only players to play 300 games for the Panthers. Van Dam, an extremely popular across the entire League, is in his final season for the Panthers and will look for a massive day in front of family and friends at East Gosford.

With the finals just around the corner The Panthers will look for a solid win over a Killarney Vale outfit that have played good footy in patches this years, despite the long-term injuries to a number of their key players.

Terrigal Avoca have their fingers crossed that three times Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster will be making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury suffered in last years Grand Final.

In the BARTV Match of the Round at Feighan Park, Nelson Bay will seek to start their run into the finals with a tricky away victory over Warners Bay.

The Marlins will welcome back their captain and vice captain Tim Divall and Joel Ericson and their return could not be more timely as the club looks to find some form in what has been a disappointing season to date for Nelson Bay despite sitting in fourth position and likely to compete in the finals.

Coach Sean McGrath knows however that finals are a different beast and if his team can rediscover their best form they can compete with the best sides in the competition.

Warners Bay on the otherhand, may be sitting on the bottom of the ladder with just the one win, however their form of late has been very good with four of their last five losses being by ten points or less which was interspersed by their lone win of the year over Killarney Vale.

Coach Marty Reiman, has just about a full list of players to choose from and knows a win over Nelson Bay keeps a flicker of hope of still making the finals.

Lachlan Deverell has been terrific for the Bulldogs all season as the leader of the backline, and followers Ben Hunter, Jake Roach, Ben Crawley and livewire rover Matt Spinks will look to put enormous pressure on the Marlins.

Despite having had two comfortable wins over Warners Bay this year, Nelson Bay have had trouble winning at Feighan Oval in recent years. Another close game is anticipated.

The Black Diamond Plate fixtures are highlighted by the annual Beyond Blue fundraiser day between second-placed Maitland and first-placed Wyong Lakes at Max McMahon Oval.

These two clubs have raised significant funds over the past two years for this worthy cause and a fundraising dinner will be held after the match.

The socialising will have to wait however until the on-field action is completed with the minor premiership up for grabs between the top two sides who have each only suffered one loss this year.

Gosford have a must win game when they travel to Hylton Moore Oval to take on Terrigal Avoca, Newcastle City are at home to a rejuvenated The Entrance Bateau Bay outfit, whilst Singleton will be looking to bounce back from last weeks loss when they host Lake Macquarie in the remaining Black Diamond Plate matches.

In the GE Women’s Competition, Maitland host Wyong Lakes in a match the Magpies need to win if they are to make the finals, Killarney Vale host Gosford, Warners Bay are at home to near-neighbour Lake Macquarie; Nelson Bay make the long trek to Rose Point Park to play Singleton, Newcastle City play Cardiff and Newcastle Nova’s play Muswellbrook both at No 1 Sportsground.