BDAFL Round 18 Preview

Round 18 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup and Plate competition will be played this weekend as will the first week of finals for the GE Women’s and Reserve Grade competitions. Fixtures and Previews are listed below..

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval



Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough  Oval


Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Nelson Bay

Adelaide St Oval



Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Wyong Lakes

No 1 Sportsground


Gosford vs Singleton

Adcock Park


The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Bateau Bay Sporting Facility


Muswellbrook vs Lake Macquarie

Weeraman Field


Maitland - Bye


GE Women’s

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Semi Final

Max McMahon Oval


Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Semi Final

Max McMahon Oval


Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Elimination Final

Max McMahon Oval


Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Qualifying Final

Max McMahon Oval


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Round 18 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup, the final round of the Home & Away season, sees a dress rehearsal of the Second Semi Final between Cardiff and minor premiers Terrigal Avoca at Hillsborough Oval; near neighbours Warners Bay, still a chance of making the Final Four, host third-placed Newcastle City at the revamped Feighan Oval and Nelson Bay have a simple equation at Adelaide St Oval; win over Killarney Vale and they guarantee themselves a berth in First Semi-Final a week later.

Cardiff, a resilient and disciplined outfit under Nathan Harkness, get the perfect opportunity to closely examine minor premiers Terrigal Avoca at their Hillsborough headquarters seven days out from the Second Semi Final. The Hawks have played tough, committed football this season, winning several games by close margins and making the big step of ousting reigning premier and perennial powerhouse Newcastle City from the crucial double chance.

Apart from classy imports Tom Yensch & ex-Calder Cannon Marcus DeLeur, Cardiff has had great service all season from Simon O’Brien, Chad Mayo, backline general Zac Metcalfe and Jack Lennon. The recent return of key forwards Cam Jones and Aaron Wivell has Cardiff primed for a big finals series.

Terrigal Avoca, after hanging on grimly against fierce rival Newcastle City last week, will look to re-calibrate this Saturday in the run into the Second SemiFinal. James Hart has been superb all season in the back half, and was the Panthers best player in their victory over City.

Kurt Fleming, coach Mark Skuse, the evergreen Chris Bishop and Corey Billins provide the Panthers with plenty of depth in the midfield, whilst Will McKellar, Dan Heuston and the Van Dam brothers provide size and strength at both ends of the ground. The significant improvement of Sam Ellis, both in the ruck and in the forward line, has been a great result for Skuse as he tries to secure his first BDAFL premiership as coach.

Warners Bay coach Marty Reiman will be the first to admit that his side were very lucky to defeat a gallant Killarney Vale last week, but the Bulldogs late victory has kept their season very much alive. Reiman will be sweating on the return of ruckman Ben Crawley (leg injury), rover David McGuinness (illness) and Luke Roach as Warners Bay face the daunting task of hosting a Newcastle City outfit on the rebound from a tough loss last Saturday.

Rob Schindler-Taylor was superb across half-back last week, having a great duel with Bombers stalwart Brendan Lewis and providing crucial rebound across halfback. Youngsters Tom McDonell and Ky McGrath are showing that their time spent playing for the Sydney Swans Academy has not gone to waste, playing football well above their age in recent weeks.

The arrival of Kayne Gibbs as a key forward for Warners Bay has been both surprising and timely. Often playing on two defenders last week, Gibbs kicked five vitally important goals to continue his recent run of excellent form.

Newcastle City will be licking their wounds after a great comeback against the Panthers last week just fell short. Aaron Seen, after early season ankle problems, has been brilliant in recent weeks and will cause headaches for Ben Hunter and Jake Roach in the centre this Saturday.

Coach Mitchell Knight will have some interesting decisions to make this week, particularly if the Bulldogs play Gibbs and the Roach brothers out of the goal square. A key to City’s performances in the last eight weeks has been veterans Ian Baker and Luke Rawnsley freeing up the League’s best rebounding defender, Conor Haswell, across half-back. Whether this can be done against a suddenlyresurgent Warners Bay remains to be seen. Young forwards Max Quinlan and Reed van Huisstede are very much the future for City and they will present a big challenge for the Bulldogs again this week.

Nelson Bay coach Sean McGrath, who showed admirable optimism after last Saturday’s ten-goal hiding at the hands of Cardiff, will spend a lot of time on the training track this getting his Marlins ready for a tough away trip to Tumbi Umbi to play a confident Killarney Vale, who were terrific in a last-gasp loss to Warners Bay last start.

Nelson Bay has had great difficulty getting the same 22 on the paddock each week this year, very much reminiscent of their 2016 season. However, in stark contrast to 2016, the Marlins are not taking winning form and confidence into the last round and Finals Series.

2016 Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer, fullback Chris Eddy and utility Todd Thornton have been Nelson Bay’s most consistent players all season. If McGrath can have a midfield rotation of Nathan Vaisey, Mathew & Louis Dews, Rymer, Thornton, Billy Barton, Harry Freund and Jeremy Eddy to choose from, Nelson Bay would go into this game as slight favourites.

Killarney Vale coach Scott Reed was a despondent man after last week’s gutting loss to Warners Bay last week, after kicking five goals and inspiring his developing squad to an excellent performance in front of the faithful at Adelaide Street Oval.

Reed and the Bombers, who have battled on all season despite the long-term absences of Josh Mifsud and Rick White, have turned the corner and will look forward to a promising 2018 after the significant development of Kyall Walford, Ryan Barrett, ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and small forward Harley Bernleitner in 2017. Stalwart Max Mumford has been his usual consistent self and coach Reed, finally injury-free, has been simply outstanding given limited opportunities at fullforward.

In the Black Diamond Plate, major interest will be focussed on Adcock Park and Newcastle No.1 Sportsground. With the Final Four of Maitland, Wyong Lakes, Singleton and Newcastle City now set, the focus will fall on whether Wyong Lakes, playing fourth-placed City at No.1, can secure four points and the Minor Premiership.

At Adcock Park in West Gosford, Singleton are coming off a great win in the Hunter Valley derby in Maitland last week and will look to continue their winning form over Gosford, who will just miss out on the Finals and will be playing their last game of the season.

It is the first round of finals in the GE Womens Competition and Reserve Grade this Saturday at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford.

Newcastle City and Nelson Bay have earned the week off in the GE Womens Competition and will closely monitor the two Elimination Finals; Gosford v Killarney Vale and then Maitland v Wyong Lakes.

By virtue of being Minor Premiers, Cardiff has a week off in Reserve Grade this Saturday. The Hawks will play the winner of the Qualifying Final between a vastly-experienced Killarney Vale and Warners Bay, whilst the sudden-death Elimination Final sees Terrigal Avoca up against Nelson Bay.