BDAFL Round 17 Preview

Round 17 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures are listed below with preview below.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

   2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

   2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Newcastle

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

  10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

  10.00am

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes - 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=17&client=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1

Just two rounds remain in the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition and whilst Terrigal Avoca may have wrapped up the minor premierships there is still a battle on in earnest for a top two berth, as well as the last final position and also the wooden spoon.

Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca, the two dominant sides of the generation, meet at No.1 Sportsground in a huge clash for the Blues. City sit 4 points behind Cardiff, but their superior percentage means the Blues are in a position to claim the all important second position on the ladder if they win their final two matches, and Cardiff slip up in either of their last two matches.

Newcastle City will welcome back Conor Haswell who was rested last week with a slight hamstring strain, and the gun backman will relish playing at home against the Panthers. The expected return of gun forwards Nick Gill and Courtney Knight gives the Blues a seriously potent forward line, in combination with the experienced Matt Enright and youngsters Reed van Huisstede and Max Quinlan. Veterans Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker combine brilliantly with Haswell in the backline, well supported by the impressive left-footer Ethan Durbridge.

Minor premiers Terrigal Avoca will look to the final two rounds to fine-tune their run into the Second Semi Final. James Webster’s timely return from a long-term knee injury gives the Panthers an embarrassment of riches through the midfield, in combination with Chris Bishop, Corey Billins, Mark Skuse, Jack Grimmond and Sam O’Brien. Ruckman/forward Sam Ellis has improved significantly this year, adding regular goalkicking to his bag of tricks, whilst first-year player Dan Heuston has been a revelation up forward, under the expert tutelage of the Van Dam brothers, Peter & Jayson.

Terrigal Avoca have only lost once this year and that was the last clash with Newcastle City so expect there to be plenty of feeling in this contest.

It will be a big day both on and off the field at Adelaide St Oval as Killarney Vale celebrate the Reunion of the 1987, 1997 and 2007 Premiership-winning sides and also host Warners Bay in a match where the winner keeps their faint hopes a finals berth alive, whilst the loser will have one hand on the wooden spoon.

It has been a tough year for the Bombers losing arguably six of their top ten players through unavailability and major injuries.

This however will not stop the twenty two players who take the field on Saturday from wanting to put in a top performance in front of the clubs past heroes as they look to avoid back to back wooden spoons.

Ruckman Tim Oosterhoff has had an excellent season as has Max Mumford, whilst coach Scott Reed is currently the leagues leading Goalkicker.

Warners Bay have produced two good performances in the last two weeks as they cling to their faint hopes of sneaking into the Final Four. Jake Roach has been in very good form of late after shaking off mid-season injuries. Lachlan Deverell and veteran Linc Stewart have been the centrepiece of Marty Reiman’s back six, whilst rover Matt Spinks is starting to regain his top form. Full-forward Kayne Gibbs has been a revelation in the second half of the season and provides the Bulldogs with forward target they have been missing.

Head to head meetings this year favours Killarney Vale two to one, so this is expected to be close.

Cardiff have been very steady in second place for most of the season, winning several close fixtures whilst struggling to field a consistent forward line for most of the season. At full strength, the Hawks are clearly capable of qualifying for the Grand Final and more. Star ruckman Tom Yensch is the best ruckman in the BDAFL and has been a model of consistency all season, aided by the skilful Simon O’Brien, centre Marcus DeLeur and stalwart Nick Chapman. Chad Mayo and Zac Metcalfe have been great down back for Nathan Harkness, and the return from injury of Aaron Wivell gives the Hawks great speed and dash at centrehalf forward.

Nelson Bay have been disappointing in recent weeks, copping two recent thrashings from Warners Bay and a talent-laden Newcastle City outfit. Sean McGrath has struggled all year to put a consistent 22 on the paddock, highlighted by last Saturday when the Marlins only fielded 21 players. McGrath will be sweating on the fitness of ruckman Billy Barton, who came off late last week with a left ankle injury. The expected return of Nathan Vaisey this week gives the Marlins real grunt in the centre, and the rebound of Joel Erickson and Todd Thornton across half-back will be pivotal at the tiny Hillsborough Oval.

Cardiff have won all three matches this year and it would take a big form reversal for the Marlins to get over the top of the Hawks at home.

In the Black Diamond Plate, a massive Hunter Valley Derby ensues at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford, with fierce local rivals Maitland hosting Singleton as the clash for the Brian Childs Memorial Shield. The Roosters will be after victory in their chase for an all important top two finish, whilst Maitland will use this game as their final preparation for the finals, as they have the Bye in the final round. Wyong Lakes head to Muswellbrook to take on the Cats, Newcastle City host Terrigal Avoca looking to wrap up fourth position on the ladder and Lake Macquarie host Gosford.

In the final round of the GE Womens Competition, Warners Bay head to Adelaide St Oval to take on Killarney Vale in a finals elimination game. Wyong Lakes are away to Muswellbrook, Singleton head to Maitland full of confidence after a great win over the Bulldogs last Saturday, Nelson Bay visit Cardiff, Newcastle City and the Novas play at No.1 and Lake Macquarie are at home to Gosford.