BDAFL Round 9 Preview

Round 9 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 
       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Maitland

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Terrigal Avoca

Weeraman Field

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

  9.00am

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Muswellbrook vs Warners Bay

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Killarney Vale

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City v Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Nelson Bay

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Gosford, Lake Macquarie & Nelson Bay - 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=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=9 .

This Saturday see the half way mark of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition with another three intriguing matches in the Black Diamond Cup competition. Neighbouring rivals Cardiff & Warners Bay meet at Hillsborough Oval;

Newcastle City host Killarney Vale in an evening fixture at No.1 Sportsground and in the BARTV Match of the Round, Nelson Bay take on unbeaten competition leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval.

Terrigal Avoca’s superb start to the season has been based on lock-down defence and control of the midfield. Coach Mark Skuse has been rotating up to 10 players through the midfield, led by the left-footed trio of Corey Billins and veterans Chris Bishop and Alastair Richardson. With Kurt Fleming and Skuse providing outside run, the Panthers have been in great form. A terrific backline is marshalled by the quietly-efficient Will McKellar and representative player James Hart. Corbin Bond is an ideal match up for opposition small forwards and the backline combination has been pivotal for Terrigal Avoca’s flawless start to the season.

Nelson Bay face a very tough task this Saturday as they visit Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this season. Coach Sean McGrath has to find a way to shut down the Panthers through the centre if the Marlins are any chance this week. Jayden Rymer was very good last week after coming back from a hamstring strain, and he, the Dews brothers, Billy Barton and Luke Price must get consistent first use of the ball over four quarters against a confident and well-organised Panthers outfit. Chris Eddy has been a revelation at fullback for Nelson Bay, but the height of Peter and Jayson Van Dam may cause match-up issues for Eddy and his medium-sized backline this week. Terrigal Avoca won their first encounter by 89 points, but expect this one to be closer.

Cardiff are 6-1, benefitting from a series of close victories (2 over City and also 2 over Nelson Bay). The Hawks’ composure under intense pressure is a testament to first-year coach Nathan Harkness and good leadership from players such as Simon O’Brien, Tom Yensch, Marcus DeLeur and backline general Zac Metcalfe. The Hawks will be looking to the return of leading Goalkicker, Aaron Wivell and classy Beau Heeney to provide spark in their attack, whilst youngster Trent Thompson has ben a revelation on the wing in recent weeks.

Warners Bay are struggling at the bottom of the ladder, a combination of injuries and inexperience. In recent weeks, they have played well in patches, particularly against undefeated leaders Terrigal Avoca and last Saturday against Killarney Vale. Lachlan Deverell has been excellent in a rebounding defensive role, whilst Rob Schindler-Taylor is getting more time on the ball as an outside runner, gaining possessions from inside midfielders Ben Hunter and Ben Kernahan.

The Bulldogs need to kick more goals, and last Saturday’s return from small forwards Matt Spinks and Corey Deverell (two goals each) will be pleasing for Coach Marty Reiman. Expect the Bulldogs to be in this game for a long time.

In the final game, Newcastle City will host Killarney Vale in the twilight game at No 1 Sportsground. Last week’s results were massive for Killarney Vale, as they now sit just one game behind both Nelson Bay and Newcastle. The return of key midfielders Josh Mifsud and Max Mumford was crucial for the Bombers last week, and the outstanding form of Coach Scott Reed and ruckman Tim Oosterhoff sees the Bombers with a realistic chance of sneaking into the bottom half of the Top Four. Kyall Walford has been very consistent all season for Killarney Vale, and his delivery to his forward line was a feature last week.

Despite sitting in fourth position on the ladder, City could quite easily be sitting just behind Terrigal Avoca had a couple of close results gone their way. Injuries and unavailabilities have hurt the Blues in recent weeks and coach, Mitch Knight will be looking forward to a number of these players, including himself to bolster the lineup in coming weeks. Conor Haswell and Matt Enright have been very solid this season in the backline for the Blues, whilst Macaulay O’Malley and Sam Payne have been excellent in the midfield along with youngster High Blachfield who is improving each week.

City are another team struggling to kick a winning score and have had to manufacture goals in the absence of key forwards Nick Gill and Pat Gillingham. Youngster Max Quinlan has been an effective target whilst Cameron Keast is also a great presence in front of goals. City are tough to beat at No 1 Sportsground. In the Black Diamond Plate this Saturday,

The Entrance Bateau Bay host Maitland; Gosford are away to Newcastle City; Lake Macquarie host Singleton and Terrigal Avoca make the longest journey in the League to take on Muswellbrook at Weeraman Field. Second-placed Wyong Lakes has the Bye.

This week in the GE Womens Competition, the Newcastle Novas host Gosford; Cardiff host Wyong Lakes; Nelson Bay visit Maitland; Lake Macquarie host Singleton; Warners Bay head to Muswellbrook and Newcastle City have their first tough test of the season when they host Killarney Vale.

BDAFL Round 8 Preview

Round 8 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Cardiff

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

 12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Newcastle City

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle

Tulkaba Park

  11.00am

Gosford vs Muswellbrook 

Adcock Park

  12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Maitland

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Gosford, Lake Macquarie & Nelson Bay - 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=8&a=ROUND

After a week off due to the Representative Fixture the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition will resume this Saturday with the league celebrating Indigenous Round highlighted by a number of clubs wearing specially designed guernseys for the day.

League heavyweights Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City will do battle at Hylton Moore Oval for the second time this year with the Blues looking to reverse the 36 point Round two loss.

Newcastle City currently sit in fourth position with a three win, three loss record however their record could be much better except for two narrow losses to Cardiff. Terrigal Avoca on the other hand currently sits on top of the ladder yet to taste defeat in 2017.

Injuries have affected Newcastle City this year however it has given opportunities to a number of young players including Aidan Watling, Hugh Blanchfield and Max Quinlan who are improving with every game. They are also getting excellent support from premiership players in Cameron Keast, Matt Enright and Sam Payne whilst representative players Aaron Seen, Conor Haswell and Macaulay O’Malley will once again be key players for Newcastle City.

Terrigal Avoca on the other hand are going along at full speed and coach, Mark Skuse has them playing a good brand of football.

The Panthers enjoyed the weekend off after a torrid last start derby win against Killarney Vale and they will be keen to match up against their rivals.

Along with Skuse the return of veterans Alastair Richardson and Jayson Van Dam have been great inclusions whilst the form of midfielder Kurt Fleming has been superb, although he is in doubt for Saturday with a knee injury.

Terrigal Avoca’s representative players in Corey Billins, Sam Ellis, Jimmy Hart, Skuse and Corbin Bond all got through the representative game unscathed and will suit up for the Panthers.

These two teams rarely put on a bad game so expect another good contest on Saturday.

At Dick Burwell Oval, it will be a battle of second versus third when Nelson Bay once again hosts Cardiff, looking to reverse their narrow loss in Round 2. On that occasion the Marlins allowed Cardiff to get a big break in the third quarter before making a late charge but fell 10 points short.

Nelson bay will be missing key midfielder Nathan Vaisey through suspension whilst doubts surround Luke Price and Jayden Rymer (both with hamstring injuries).

 If they do not play Nelson Bay will need to be at their very best to beat a Cardiff side who have only lost one game this year.

The Hawks have a well balanced side with recruits Tom Yensch, Marcus De Leur and Simon O’Brien in the midfield, Zac Metcalfe in defence and Aaron Wivell the leagues leading goalkicker up forward. The return of Beau Heeney has also added class to the Hawks line up.

Nelson Bay will be celebrating Joel Erickson’s 100th game for the club and will be looking for Billy Barton to curb Yensch’s influence in the ruck which will enable their midfield in Harry Fruend, Jeremy Eddy and Todd Thornton to gain the upperhand and provide forward entries, where in the absence of Price and Rymer the responsibility will rest with crafty veteran Aaron Clayden and skipper Tim Divall.

Should be great contest.

The final game should be a beauty when Warners Bay and Killarney Vale clash at Feighan Oval, which is also the BarTV Broadcast Match of the Week. These two teams sit at the foot of the table with just one win between them and that win belongs to Killarney Vale who defeated Warners Bay courtesy of a goal after the siren to Alex Wells in Round 2.

The bye could not have come soon enough for these two clubs with a number of players set to return.

The Bombers are expected to welcome back skipper Josh Mifsud from injury, former skipper Brendan Lewis from overseas and 2016 Team of the Year member Max Mumford in what will be a major boost for the Bombers.

Warners Bay themselves should also be able to include Jake Roach, Matt Spinks, Ben Hunter as well as youngsters Tom McDonnell and Ky McGrath, who has had a great debut season.

Both these teams are in the rebuilding stages but know they need to string a few wins together to stay in touch with the top four.

Expect another close game.

 In Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate, the Match of the Round will be at Rose Point Park where unbeaten reigning Premiers, Singleton take on third placed Wyong Lakes. Fourth placed Terrigal Avoca host second placed Maitland in an important game for the Panthers, whilst Gosford and the Entrance Bateau Bay host Muswellbrook and Newcastle City respectively. Lake Macquarie has the bye.

The GE Women’s competition also resumes after the bye with the match of the Round at Feighan Oval with Warners Bay hosting Killarney Vale. Both sides have only watched one match this year. In other matches Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Nova’s will both be looking for their first win when they meet at Tulkaba Park, Nelson Bay are at home to Maitland, Wyong Lakes travel to Singleton, Gosford host Muswellbrook whilst Cardiff have the unenviable task of taking on high flying competition leaders, Newcastle City.

BDAFL Round 7 Preview

Round 7 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will see a General Bye for both the Black Diamond Cup and GE Women’s competition due to the representative fixtures being played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Tomorrow is one of the big days of the Black Diamond AFL season with both men’s and women’s representative matches being played at Adelaide St Oval. If you are on the Central Coast it will be well worth calling in for a look.

If you can’t make it to the ground don’t worry as both matches will be shown LIVE over the internet as follows:

Women’s from 12pm https://www.youtube.com/embed/KBQyByC4wwc

Men’s from 2.15pm https://www.youtube.com/embed/jwZp80llnSk

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Representative Football

BDAFL vs AFL Sydney   

Adelaide St Oval

2.15pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

BDAFL Women vs AFL Sydney Women

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

General Bye

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Maitland vs Gosford   

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Singleton - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

General Bye

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Nelson Bay   

Adelaide St Oval

9.45am

Maitland vs Gosford   

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Singleton vs Warners Bay

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Cradiff - Bye

 

The Black Diamond AFL hosts the Sydney AFL in Mens and Womens representative football this Saturday on the Central Coast at Adelaide St Oval. BDAFL Mens Coach Chris Bishop and his assistant Marty Reiman have chosen an in-form squad to take on what is expected to be a powerful Sydney outfit.

The squad is:

Marcus DeLeur, Tom Yensch, Zac Metcalfe (Cardiff) Scott Reed, Beau Cubillo, Alex Bailey, Tim Oosterhoff (Killarney Vale) Wade Beard, Pat McMahon (Maitland) Chris Eddy, Jeremy Eddy, Luke Price, Todd Thornton (Nelson Bay) Conor Haswell, Mac O'Malley, Aaron Seen (Newcastle City) Alex Mitchell (Singleton) Corey Billins, Corbin Bond, Sam Ellis, Kurt Fleming, James Hart, Mark Skuse (Terrigal Avoca) Ben Kernahan, Rob Schindler-Taylor (Warners Bay)

 It is the first time these two teams have met at senior level and the BDAFL will be looking to make it five representative wins on the trot, although it will be fair to say that AFL Sydney will be their toughest test to date.

Yensch and Ellis will shoulder the vast majority of ruckwork, with the versatile Price, who performed superbly in the 2016 representative fixture when put into backline, as backup around the ground.

Teammates Beard and McMahon form part of mobile and talented forward line, supported by club coaches Skuse and Reed (who played for the same club in Sydney and will have some inside knowledge of their playing roster).

The BDAFL side, as you would expect, has many players who can rotate through the middle. Fleming and DeLeur provide classy options at ruck-rover; Seen, Cubillo and Mitchell are talented rovers who are lethal given any room to move. Billins, an abrasive & tough player with representative experience. Kernahan has been switching between the centre and the half-forward line for the Bulldogs & gives Bishop and Reiman another dual-purpose option.

Metcalfe, in excellent form this season for Cardiff, is the general of the backline. Hart and Bond are likely to start alongside Metcalfe deep in defence. Haswell will provide the rebounding half-back flank option, a role he has performed with aplomb for Newcastle City this season. Thornton and O’Malley provide more options across half-back, with O'Malley also well- suited to playing on Sydney's small forwards.

First bounce in this fixture is at 2.15pm.

Womens Coach Simon Berry has a talented squad to choose from as his players face up to a strong and experienced Sydney outfit. The squad, as expected dominated by players from Nelson Bay, Newcastle City & Gosford, is:

Karina Berry, Rebecca Collins, Emily Crookes, Rachael Elcoate, Alison Parkin (Gosford) Georgia Butler, Tarryn O'Hehir (Killarney Vale) Jacqui Dudgeon, Sarah Burns, Sarah James (Maitland) Jemma Astley, Sophie Balcombe, Lauren Cooper, Kate Holland, Jess Phillips, Pippa Smyth, Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay) Audrey Gillingham, Kailee Goodwin, Sarah Halvorsen, Meaghan MacDonald, Paige Mathewson, Erin White (Newcastle City) Kate Booth (Warners Bay) Rebecca Ives (Wyong Lakes)

It will be the second time the BDAFL have fielded a women’s representative side after making their debut against AFL Canberra last year.

Whilst many of the players are still only young in relation to AFL experience the improvement shown in recent seasons will ensure they put in a bold showig against a far more experienced AFL line up.

Berry has a plethora of options on the ball, particularly some team combinations who have a great understanding of each other's play. Smyth and Ives provide mobile and super-fit options in the ruck. Smyth can run all day and can run off traditional ruckman and provide an extra follower all over the ground. Ives has been in great form for Wyong Lakes and will be very keen to make a big impact, having been a emergency for last year's representative fixtures. A noticeably fitter Astley can provide a third ruck option in the forward 50.

Steane, the reigning League Best & Fairest, has shown that her time training with GWS has been put to good use, as her skill levels and fitness have gone through the roof. Her combination with hard-hitting and tough-tackling Balcombe has been key to Nelson Bay's 13-month unbeaten run. Their clearance work, particularly roving to Smyth and Ives, will be critical for the BDAFL. Gillingham, the vastly experienced Parkin and Cooper will also rotate through the middle. Parkin, who spent a decade playing in Sydney, will have some "inside knowledge" on the Sydney squad that will be vital for Berry in his plans.

Berry has some serious strike power in their forward line. Astley, James, MacDonald, Halvorsen, Butler, Crookes and O'Hehir have all been in great goalkicking form for their clubs, and will provide serious match-up problems for Sydney.

Elcoate and Holland will presumably take up tall defender positions, roles they perform weekly for their respective clubs. Booth, Phillips, White, Goodwin, Mathewson and the experienced Berry could also spend time in the defensive 50. Balcombe also spent some time on the backline in recent Academy trials, and Astley can also comfortably play at centre-half back, her long kicking becoming an attacking weapon for Berry and his charges.

 First bounce in this fixture is at 12 noon.

Both games will be broadcast on BARTV.

You will be able to keep to date with all results from the representative match at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=1-9047-0-455121-0&pool=0&round=0&a=ROUND whilst the Black Diamond Plate and Reserve Grade scores can be followed at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?a=ROUND&round=7&client=0-916-0-435917-0&pool=1

BDAFL Round 6 Preview

Round 6 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview are listed below.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Friday, 12 May 2017 (late change)
Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup
Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca @ Adelaide St Oval 7.15pm

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

 1.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Terrigal Avoca 

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Muswellbrook - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

 9.00am

Warners Bay vs Newcastle

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Gosford vs Cardiff 

Adcock Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

  10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Muswellbrook

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca   

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Newcastle City vs Singleton   

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Gosford vs Cardiff 

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

 12.00pm

Warners Bay - 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=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1&round=6 

Round 6 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup sees a Central Coast Derby, with Killarney Vale hosting Terrigal Avoca at Adelaide St Oval; Nelson Bay host Warners Bay at Dick Burwell Oval and arch rivals Newcastle City are at home to Cardiff in a crucial third v second clash.

The BARTV Match of the Round will be played at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground, where hosts and reigning premier Newcastle City, fresh off three successive victories, host 4-1 Cardiff in quite possibly the match of the year so far.
Round 1 at Hillsborough saw an epic clash between the Blues & Hawks, with a late goal from Tom Yensch proving the difference.

City have steadied in recent weeks after a wobbly start to the season with the return from injury of centreman Aaron Seen being pivotal, along with the consistency of follower Matthew Enright, forward Pat Gillingham and the experienced back line trio of Conor Haswell, Ian Baker and Luke Rawnsley.
The Blues will be buoyed by a gritty, heart-stopping two-point win over the talented Nelson Bay line-up last week.

Cardiff have started the season well with a Round 4 loss to Terrigal Avoca the only blip so far, however Nathan Harkness' Hawks returned to top form last week in their demolition of Killarney Vale.
The forward duo of Aaron Wivell and Cam Jones provides serious match-up problems for defences, with Wivell's speed and Jones' ability to break packs forming a handy combination for the Hawks. The midfield combination of Tom Yensch, Marcus De Leur and Simon O’Brien give Cardiff real class and drive on the ball.

This game has the portents of a classic. It's a real "eight-pointer", as Cardiff will sneak two games in front of the pack with victory whilst if City produce their fourth successive victory, they and Cardiff will be separated by percentage only.

At Adelaide St Oval, Terrigal Avoca will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they take on Killarney Vale.

Terrigal Avoca were out-enthused, out-hustled and out-tackled in the first half last week by a game Warners Bay. Coach Mark Skuse and his brains trust worked wonders at half-time and the Panthers returned to their early season form, keeping the Bulldogs to one point in the second half whilst their followers Chris Bishop, Alastair Richardson, Jay Lewis and Corey Billins delivered quality ball to a forward line featuring the Van Dam brothers and Alexander White. Ruck duo Sam Ellis and youngster Jasper Davis are working well together, changing off the bench in a move to keep up the pressure on the opposition ruckmen. Back line leaders James Hart and Will McKellar have the Panthers defence in great form, shutting down their direct opponents and providing a third man in marking contests inside their defensive 50m arc.

Killarney Vale have sorely missed gun players Josh Mifsud (ribs) and Rick White (medial ligament) in recent weeks. Must rests on the shoulders of rover Beau Cubillo and ruckmen Tim Oosterhoff, who is in the best form of his Black Diamond Cup career, often rucking unchanged for the entire game. Coach Scott Reed has returned well from injury, with nine goals in two games, but it is the Bombers defence under enormous and consistent pressure, as highlighted by a 97-point hiding at the hands of Cardiff last week.

In the final Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup match, nelson Bay will host Warners Bay for the second time this season.

Nelson Bay will have to regroup after a tough two-point loss to Newcastle City last week. The Marlins will again be missing talented swingman Luke Price whilst veteran centre-half back Tim Davison still at least two weeks, both with hamstring injuries. Nelson Bay are slightly under-sized in defence, with Chris Eddy in a new role at fullback, supported by veteran 100-gamer Ben Grace and rebounding half-back flanker Joel Erickson. Billy Barton provides a dual threat as a ruckmen-forward, whilst small forwards Ben Eddy and Aaron Clayden present headaches for all defenses.

Marty Reiman's Bulldogs are giving 110% each week, but a combination of a relatively young, inexperienced side and and a struggling forward line has led to Warners Bay's 0-5 start to the season. Lachlan Deverell has been outstanding all season at fullback and would be leading the Bulldogs Best & Fairest count right now. New recruit Ben Kernahan kicked three of the Bulldogs five goals last week and rotates through the middle, giving Warners Bay two hard nuts in Kernahan and Ben Hunter on the ball. Ruck combination Ben Crawley and youngster Tim McDonell are winning 60% of tap-outs, but Reiman will need to quickly sort out a functioning forward line capable of regularly kicking fifteen goals or more if Warners Bay are to start winning games on a consistent basis.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Newcastle City host undefeated Singleton in what should be a very good game at No.1 Sportsground; The Entrance Bateau Bay welcome Lake Macquarie to Passage Rd; near-neighbours Gosford and Terrigal Avoca clash in what is always a keenly-contested clash and in the final game, Maitland head to Don Small Oval in Tacoma to play Wyong Lakes in the Plate match of the round. Muswellbrook has the Bye.

In the GE Womens Competition; Singleton has the massive and daunting task of visiting a rampant Newcastle City; Cardiff visit Gosford; undefeated Nelson Bay host Lake Macquarie; Warners Bay are at home to the Newcastle Novas; Wyong Lakes host Maitland and Muswelllbrook make the long journey to Tumbi Umbi to play Killarney Vale.

BDAFL Round 5 Preview

Round 5 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures are listed below with preview.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca  

Feighan Oval

2.40pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City  vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

5.00pm

 

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Wyong Lakes vs Terrigal Avoca  

Feighan Oval

10.50am

Newcastle City vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Singleton

Bateau Bay    

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Gosford - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle City vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

 9.00am

Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes  

Feighan Oval

   9.00am

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

  10.00am

Gosford vs Singleton  

Adcock Park

  11.00am

Newcastle vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes  

Feighan Oval

12.45pm

Lake Macquarie vs Maitland 

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Killarney Vale   

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City  vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

 1.00pm

Gosford - Bye 

   

Singleton - Bye

   

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at https://goo.gl/Y9E7PI

Round 5 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition will be played this Saturday with another three intriguing matches before us.

In arguably the best match up Newcastle City and Nelson Bay will meet at No 1 Sportsground in the first twilight match of the season.

Both teams have a two win/two loss record for the year and as such will be looking to get into the positive and also gain an edge over a rival, both of whom are considered to be challengers for this years premiership.

After opening the season with two losses Newcastle City have recorded two wins in a row and with a number of key players returning are putting together some solid performances.

Nelson Bay on the otherhand responded from back to back losses with a clinical display against Killarney Vale last week.

The Marlins big men have been potent in recent weeks with both Luke Price and Billy Barton having in impact whether it be in the ruck or up forward where they kicked nine goal between them last week.

Their height could trouble the Blues defence, with Harry Keast to possibly get the job on them, however what they lack in height they make up with experience with Luke Rawnsley and Ian Baker rarely putting a foot wrong, whilst Conor
Haswell will look to spark attacking forays from defence.

The return of Cameron Keast certainly adds strength to the City forward line who along with Pat Gillingham will test the Marlins defence. Chris Eddy would be expected to get the job on Gillingham after having an excellent start to the
season. Nick Gill, who has also had an excellent start to the 2017 season, is likely to miss with a hamstring injury whilst youngster Max Quinlan is also in doubt after going off early in last weeks clash with Warners Bay.

The return of Mark Wheeler gives the Blues some depth in the ruck and he will be able to support Chol Arou who has impressed in his early games. They along with midfielders Aaron Seen, Sam Payne and Matt Enright will be looking to give their side the ascendancy however it won’t be easy against the classy Nelson Bay midfield which has plenty of depth led by Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer, Jeremy Eddy, Todd Thornton and Nathan Vaisey.
This should be a great contest.

After opening up with three wins, Cardiff were brought back to earth by Terrigal Avoca however coach Nathan Harkness will be keen for his charges to return to winning ways against Killarney vale at Hillsborough Oval.

The Hawks will welcome back a number of key players however also have a number of players in doubt through injury including Liam Gibson and Jack Pratt. Killarney Vale too will be sweating on the return of key players including captain,
Josh Mifsud as they look for their second win of the year.

Coach, Scott Reed made a welcome return to the team last week and will again be a key for the Bombers after kicking seven goals last week.

Beau Cubillo has been a great acquisition whilst Alex Bailey, Ryan Barrett and Max Mumford are always reliable and young ruckmen Tim Oosterhoff is arguably the most improved big man in the league.

The Hawks welcomed back the classy Beau Heeney last week, whilst Tom Quade provided them with another option up forward.

Cardiff’s midfield in Tom Yensch, Simon O’Brien, Marcus De Lear and Nic Chapman is equal to any in the competition however they will need support if they are going to be a threat this year.

In the final game it is the unbeaten Terrigal Avoca against the winless Warners Bay at Feighan Park.

Normally this match would not create much interest except for the fact that Warners Bay last year defeated the Panthers on two occasions and will enter the match with this knowledge.

Coach Marty Reiman acknowledges that his team will need to stick to game plan if they are to upset the Panthers.

“We will need to do our homework on our matchups because if you ignore their good players you risk getting blown off the park” Reiman said.

The problem is however which players do you match up on as if you watch Kurt Fleming, Jay Lewis, Alastair Richardson and Corey Billins up steps Mark Skuse, Jack Grimmond, Sam O’Brien, Brandon Thomas and the evergreen Chris Bishop.

Warners bay have struggled in front goals this year which is emphasised by the fact that they are the lowest scoring team in the competition with no individual player having kicked more than three goals.

They will come up against the leagues stingiest defence led by James Hart, Corbin Bond and Will McKellar who are letting in just 38 points on average per game.

The Bulldogs are expected to welcome back experienced players in Todd Krause, Ben Hunter, Dean Crotty and Matt Spinks which will give the team a better balance between youth and experience.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate competition, Maitland travel to Tulkaba Park to take on Lake Macquarie, Newcastle City are at home to Muswellbrook, The Entrance Bateau Bay will host Singleton and Wyong Lakes take on Terrigal Avoca in the Match of the Round at a neutral venue, Feighan Oval.

The GE Women’s competition sees Warners Bay and Wyong Lakes, both on the back of three consecutive wins, clash at Feighan Park. Cardiff and Killarney Vale will do battle at Hillsborough Oval; Singleton on the back of their first ever win
Nova’s will both play at No 1 Sportsground hosting Muswellbrook and Nelson Bay respectively.

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