BDAFL Round 16 Preview

Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and preview are listed below.

Saturday,29 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale

Hillsborough Oval

1.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs Warners Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Lake Macquarie

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Rose Point Park

  1.00pm

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Maitland

Weeraman Field

   2.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Lake Macquarie

Hillsborough Oval

9.00am

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Killarney Vale

Don Small Oval

  10.00am

Singleton vs Warners Bay

Rose Point Park

  11.00am

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City

Dick Burwell Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Maitland

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Warners Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Cardiff vs Singleton

Hillsborough Oval

11.00am

Gosford vs Newcastle City

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Killarney Vale

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Nelson Bay

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

Singleton - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=16&a=ROUND

This week’s Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup sees Cardiff hosting the struggling Killarney Vale, Warners Bay making the tough trek to East Gosford to play first-placed Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval, and Nelson Bay hosting a very confident Newcastle City at Dick Burwell Oval.

Cardiff, after a heart-stopping loss to Newcastle City last week, will look to consolidate second place on the ladder when they host Killarney Vale at Hillsborough Oval in front of what is expected to be a big crowd with the club holding their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Coach, Nathan Harkness is relishing the return of a number of his key players and knows that there is plenty of improvement to come.

Whilst the top players have been good performers all year it is the improvement in players such as Jack Lennon, Josh Murphy, Lachlan Carey and Chad Mayo which has been pivotal for the Hawks.

The Bombers are limping towards the finishing line in what has been a tough year for the club, which currently sees them sitting at the foot of the table.

With injuries and unavailabilities playing their part the Bombers have relied heavily on the likes of Max Mumford, Tim Oosterhoff, Scott Reed and Kyall Walford to carry the load.

With plenty on the line you would expect the Hawks to be in a ruthless mood. The Terrigal Avoca machine just keeps on rolling, destroying Killarney Vale last Saturday in celebration of Peter Van Dam’s 300th game. This week they take on Warners Bay, who at present are in as good as form as any team in the competition and demolished Nelson Bay last week.

The match will be an exciting time for the Panthers with the expected return of three time Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster who will be returning to action for the first time since injuring his knee in last years Grand Final.

His return will add further depth to an already imposing Terrigal Avoca midfield, which was further boosted last week with the return from injury of Chris Bishop and return to form of Jack Grimmond.

Dan Heuston has been a great find for Terrigal Avoca, proving to be a reliable forward target and complimenting the Van Dam brothers.

With almost a full list to choose from, and the addition of three mid year recruits Warners Bay’s fortunes have turned and resulted in their first complete performance of the year to thrash Nelson Bay in front of their faithful last week.

Jake Roach has finally shrugged off some niggling injuries and has produced two best-on-ground performances in his last two games and he will be again required to repeat this performance against the leagues benchmark. He along with Ben Hunter has provided great midfield drive.

Kayne Gibbs has been a revelation up front for Warners Bay having kicked twenty goals in the last five rounds and he along with Ben Kernahan is providing a focal point for Marty Reiman’s young charges.

Whilst you cannot see the Bulldogs winning at Hylton Moore Oval, expect a bold showing.

Newcastle City head to the Nelson Bay extremely confident after recent victories over Terrigal Avoca and Cardiff.

After injuries and unavailabilities hampered the Blues start to the season they have now strung six wins together to make a charge for a top two finish and the all important double chance.

Nelson Bay on the other hand are in free fall, having lost to Warners Bay last week by 78 points, making it six losses from their past seven games.

Pat Gillingham, Nick Gill and Courtney Knight provide the Blues with a vastly experienced and dangerous forward line and will put plenty of pressure on the Nelson Bay defence, especially if City’s midfield get on top.

The expected return of Luke Price, Jeremy & Chris Eddy will be vitally important for Sean McGrath’s men as they need to start winning leading into an expected minor semi-final appearance at home. Todd Thornton has been very consistent all season for the Marlins, and Jayden Rymer will look to shrug off a leg injury picked up last week in order to combat the talent-laden Blues midfield. Difficult to see anything but a Blues victory here.

The Black Diamond Plate fixtures have Terrigal Avoca hosting Lake Macquarie; Singleton at home to struggling The Entrance Bateau Bay; Gosford have a big game at home against Newcastle City, and Muswellbrook have the daunting task of hosting first-placed Maitland in a Hunter Valley derby at Weeraman Field.

In the GE Womens Competition, Lake Macquarie will look for victory over battlers Cardiff at Hillsborough; the match of the round sees finals-bound Gosford hosting the rampant and ruthless Newcastle City at Adcock Park; Wyong Lakes host near neighbour Killarney Vale at Don Small Oval; Singleton will seek to the winners list when they host Warners Bay; reigning premier Nelson Bay host the Newcastle Novas at Dick Burwell Oval and strugglers Muswellbrook host Maitland at Weeraman Field.