BDAFL Round 4 Preview

Round 4 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures & Preview below.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Newcastle City vs Warners Bay

No 1 Sportsground

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Muswellbrook vs Singleton

Weeraman Field

 2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vsThe Entrance Bateau Bay

Don Small Oval    

2.00pm

Maitland vs Newcastle City

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

Gosford vs Lake Macquarie

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Newcastle vs Warners Bay

No 1 Sportsground

 10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Cardiff

Don Small Oval    

10.00am

Gosford vs Lake Macquarie

Adcock Park

  10.00am

Muswellbrook vs Singleton

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Maitland vs Newcastle City

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle vs Warners Bay

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Singleton

Don Small Oval    

12.00pm

Gosford vs Lake Macquarie

Adcock Park

 12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Maitland - 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=4

 

Round 4 action of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup this Saturday sees Newcastle City at home at No.1 Sportsground for the first time this year, hosting Warners Bay. A potential blockbuster ensues at Hylton Moore Oval, with the clash
of the only two remaining undefeated teams; Terrigal Avoca and Cardiff. The BARTV Match of the Round is at Dick Burwell Oval in Nelson Bay, with Killarney Vale making the trek to the Tomaree Peninsula to play the Nelson Bay Marlins.
A top of the table clash between undefeated competition leaders is always a mouth-watering proposition, and this Saturday’s fixture between visitors Cardiff and Terrigal Avoca should be a cracker.

Terrigal Avoca have been very convincing in the first three rounds, getting better each week in victories over the Bombers, Blues and Marlins. New coach Mark Skuse has the backline in superb form, shutting down forward lines and working
in numbers to both repel attacks and rebounding via key backmen Corey Billins, James Hart, Will McKellar and veteran Alastair Richardson.

Skuse will be very happy with his options down forward, with Jayson Van Dam, Doug Clark and small forward Brandon Thomas amongst the goals last week. Kurt Fleming is arguably the best player in the competition at the moment and
his ball winning ability along, with veteran Chris Bishop ensures there forwards get plenty of opportunities.

Cardiff have had a perfect start to the season, with three wins but they have not faced the might of the Panthers on their home ground.

New recruits Tom Yensch, Simon O’Brien and Marcus De Lear give the Hawks real grunt and class on the ball. Zac Metcalfe is the general of the backline, working in harmony with Chad Mayo and Nick Chapman. Burly forward Cam Jones is an ideal foil for sharp-shooter Aaron Wivell, and their combination will only improve in coming weeks.

Newcastle City produced a solid performance last start away to Killarney Vale. They will need to continue this form against Warners Bay, who sorely tested undefeated Cardiff last week.

City will be sweating on the return of key forward Nick Gill and rebounding halfback flanker Jake Hartikainen this week. In Gill’s absence, Max Quinlan (6 goals) and the versatile Abe Gibson (3 goals) produced the goods up forward for the Blues. The return of the outstanding Aaron Seen made a significant difference to City’s clearance work, supported by Sam Payne.


Warners Bay gave Cardiff a real fright for three quarters last Saturday, before fading late as Cardiff’s senior players took control. Bulldogs coach Marty Reiman has a very young and inexperienced squad in 2017, and views the first few weeks of the season as important development for his young charges.

A combination of injury and discipline issues have meant a difficult start to the season at Feighan Oval. Lachlan Deverell is shining in the backline, newcomer Ben Kernahan provides in an under support for Jake Roach and the ruck duo of
Ben Crawley and Swans Academy player Tom McDonell are developing a strong combination. The Bulldogs will be missing key midfielder, Ben Hunter due to suspension which will be a big blow.

The BARTV Match of the Round sees hosts Nelson Bay up against Killarney Vale in an intriguing fixture between two teams with identical 1-2 records.

After a fine win in Round 1 over Warners Bay and a very close loss to undefeated Cardiff, the Marlins outfit were hammered by Terrigal Avoca last week. The expected return of ruckman Billy Barton and midfielder Harry Freund this
Saturday will be a bonus for coach Sean McGrath however new recruit Tim Davison will be out for at least a month with a hamstring injury.

At full strength, Nelson Bay has one of the best midfields in the competition, with Barton and Freund joined by the Dews brothers, Matthew and Louis, Jeremy Eddy, Nathan Vaisey plus swingman Luke Price and the exquisite skills of Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer. Chris Eddy is performing very well is his new role deep in the backline, whilst the evergreen Aaron Clayden keeps producing on a consistent basis.

Killarney Vale went toe to toe with City for three quarters last week, but cannot afford another first-quarter lapse this week as the Marlins are excellent frontrunners who love the wide-open spaces of their beloved Dick Burwell Oval.

Coach Scott Reed and White will again be missing however skipper Josh Mifsud should return. Reed appears to have found a key forward in youngster Harley Bernleitner, who kicked five of Killarney Vale’s eight goals last week. Whilst
Darwin recruit Beau Cubillo is showing plenty of promise.

Round 4 Black Diamond Plate action this week sees Lake Macquarie away to Gosford; Wyong Lakes host near neighbour The Entrance Bateau Bay; the potential match of the round sees Maitland host Newcastle City at Max McMahon Oval and Muswellbrook play their first home game in the Plate against local rival Singleton on Nathan Duncan Memorial Shield Day at Weeraman Field. Terrigal Avoca has the Bye.

Round 4 of the GE Womens Competition takes place this Saturday. Gosford host Lake Macquarie; Nelson Bay face a serious challenge when they host in-form Killarney Vale; Wyong Lakes are at home to Cardiff; the Newcastle Novas host
Warners Bay at No.1 Sportsground; Maitland face the daunting task of hosting the undefeated Newcastle City and Singleton head to Muswellbrook for their firstever local derby against Muswellbrook.

 

BDAFL Round 3 Preview

Round 3 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City   

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Muswellbrook   

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Gosford

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Newcastle City - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

 10.00am

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

  11.00am

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle  

Adelaide St Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle City

Weeraman Field    

12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Killarney Vale vs Gosford 

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Maitland

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Cardiff   

Feighan Oval

 12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes 

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Newcastle City - 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=3&a=ROUND

Round 3 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup this Saturday has another three intriguing matches scheduled. Newcastle City head to Adelaide St Oval for a potentially tricky fixture against Killarney Vale; Terrigal Avoca host Nelson Bay in a cracking fixture at Hylton Moore Oval; and in a massive local derby at a resurfaced Feighan Oval, traditional rivals Warners Bay host Cardiff in the BARTV Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Match of the Round.

21st century powerhouse Newcastle City are in a rare position; 0-2 after two games and heading to Adelaide St Oval to play a confident Killarney Vale outfit, fresh off a last-gasp, after-the-siren victory over Warners Bay on the Saturday before Easter.

City were under-manned in their recent loss to Terrigal Avoca and will look forward to the return of gun midfielder Aaron Seen this week. Seen’s speed and precise delivery were sorely missed at East Gosford, where the Panthers cleaned
up City in the contested ball and clearances.

City will also need to find a second key forward, after a gallant Nick Gill often had three men on him against a well-organised and structured Panthers defensive six.

The Bombers stole victory over Warners Bay last start on the back of an outstanding performance from centreman Josh Mifsud. Mifsud was injured at the end of last season and his successful return to the Killarney Vale engine room makes an enormous difference to the Bombers prospects. Mifsud has been aided and abetted by the reliable Max Mumford, ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and the returning Rick White, who will only get better with more games and match fitness under his belt.

Terrigal Avoca are exactly where they want to be after two games; 2-0, well organised in defence, and having the luxury of having Jayson Van Dam, Peter Van Dam and possibly the sublime James Webster returning to add some serious
firepower on the ball and up forward.

The very experienced Alastair Richardson was best on ground last start, playing loose in defence in the second half and launching many of the Panthers’ attacking thrusts with his reliable left boot. Coach Mark Skuse was very solid in his second game for his new club, possessing very clean hands and precise delivery to his forwards.

Experienced backmen James Hart, Corey Billins and Corbin Bond were superb against City and will have their hands full with the likes of Marlins key forwards Luke Price, Jayden Rymer and the veteran Aaron Clayden this week.

The Marlins were very good against Cardiff last start, coming home very hard but just failing to pip the Hawks at the death. Coach Sean McGrath has the Marlins fit and firing, with Bendigo recruit Tim Davison slotting in beautifully at centre-half back. Follower Matthew Dews has moved into the middle at the insistence of McGrath and has started the season in great form. Ruckman Billy Barton has had a big off-season and is providing champagne service to his gun midfielders in Rymer, Price and newcomer Harry Freund.

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup BARTV Match of the Round will be a belter. Traditional rivals Warners Bay and Cardiff clash in the first

The recruitment of quality ruckman Tom Yensch from Lavington has brought new life to the Cardiff Football Club. Yensch has quickly established himself as the League’s pre-eminent ruckman and will be pivotal as the Hawks seek a top-two
finish at the end of the Home and Away season. Regular goalsneak Aaron Wivell has kicked nine goals in his first two games and will be looking to kick another bag this week.

Warners Bay will be gutted by their last-gasp loss to Killarney Vale on April and will seek redemption against their local rival this week. The expected return of key players in Matt Spinks and Ben Hunter will be a bonus for the Bulldogs adding much needed experience to the youthful Bulldogs outfit. Another positive was the debut of new recruit Ben Kernahan who was impressive on is debut.

In Round 3 Plate action this Saturday, Terrigal Avoca host Muswellbrook; The Entrance Bateau has their first game this season in the form of a local derby against Gosford at Bateau Bay, Lake Macquarie host Wyong Lakes and in the
match of the Plate Competition so far, 2016 Grand Finalists Singleton and Maitland do battle in a blockbuster fixture at Rose Point Park in Singleton.

The Roosters and Saints are both undefeated and this fixture could very well be a dress-rehearsal for bigger matches in August and September. The Saints are gunning for the Roosters having recruited very well in the off-season, whilst the experienced Roosters are looking forward to a third successive fixture at home and by far their biggest test this season. The club swill also be playing for the Bryan Childs Memorial Trophy. Newcastle City has the Bye.

The BDAFL GE Women’s Competition Match of the Round will be at Dick Burwell Oval where the reigning premiers, Nelson Bay take on a challenger to their crown Gosford. Both sides have taken all before them in their opening two matches and
will relish a tight contest.

In other matches, Warners Bay host local rival Cardiff; Singleton welcome Maitland to Rose Point Park; Wyong Lakes have their second successive game at Tulkaba Oval, this time away to Lake Macquarie; Killarney Vale welcome the Newcastle Novas to Adelaide St and Muswellbrook has their first ever home game at Weeraman Field against the very much in-form Newcastle City.

Round 3 Reserve Grade action on Saturday sees Killarney Vale host local rivals Gosford; Warners Bay host close neighbour Cardiff; Nelson Bay travel to Terrigal Avoca; Maitland head up the Hunter Expressway to play Singleton and Lake
Macquarie are at home to Wyong Lakes. Newcastle City has the Bye.

BDAFL Round 2 Preview

 

Round 2 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and preview below.

 

Friday, 7 April 2017

GE Women’s

Newcastle vs Newcastle City       

Tulkaba Park

7.30pm

 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay   

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City   

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City   

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Muswellbrook

Don Small Oval    

2.00pm

Gosford vs Singleton

Adcock Park

  2.00pm

Maitland vs The Entrance Bateau Bay 

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

Lake Macquarie - Bye        

   

 

GE Women’s

Killarney Vale vs Lake Macquarie   

Adelaide St Oval

 10.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Gosford vs Singleton

Adcock Park

10.00am

Maitland vs Warners Bay 

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Muswellbrook

Don Small Oval    

12.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City   

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Gosford vs Singleton

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Maitland vs Warners Bay 

Max McMahon Oval

 12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Lake Macquarie   

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://tinyurl.com/m9keufy

Round 2 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup is a beauty with three evenly matched contests expected.

The BARTV Match of the Round is a grand final rematch between league heavyweights, Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City at Hylton Moore Oval.

The Panthers, led by new coach Mark Skuse, were reasonable in defeating Killarney Vale in Round 1 by 45 points, a match where Terrigal Avoca should have won by more only for dreadful shooting at goal. Skuse will be hopeful for the
return of the inspirational Jayson Van Dam after 18 months off after a very serious hand injury. With James Webster on the sidelines for an extended period after a knee cleanout a month ago, the Panthers will look to Corbin Bond, the abrasive and tough Corey Billins, James Hart and the Clark brothers to get them over the line against a very dangerous opponent coming off a rare first up defeat.

Newcastle City will be looking for quick return to the winners list after a narrow loss to Cardiff in Round 1. Nick Gill and Jono Hamilton were lively up forward for the Blues last week and they will again need to be at their best against the ,miserly Panthers defence. City will again look to their strength which is their midfield with Coach, Mitch Knight, Aaron seen and Macaulay O’Malley leading the way with Hugh Kelleher playing an important role in the ruck.

Nelson Bay travels to Hillsborough to meet Cardiff in a mouth-watering clash of first-round winners. The Marlins demolished Warners Bay at Dick Burwell Oval in Round 1 and will face a tough task against a revitalised Cardiff outfit fresh off a thrilling and rare victory over Newcastle City.

Marlins Coach Sean McGrath will be sweating on this fitness of gun Luke Price (knee) after losing Tom Wood (shoulder) and Jordan Pritchett (arm) for an extended period. Nelson Bay destroyed Warners Bay at the clearances, on the
back of a dominant display from ruckman Billy Barton, who have champagne service to star Jayden Rymer and Matthew Dews, who produced his best-ever game for Nelson Bay after being told by McGrath that he will spend a lot of time
on the ball this season.

Veteran forward Aaron Clayden was in good nick and will cause Cardiff’s defence some real headaches. New Bendigo recruit Tim Davison was outstanding in the backline for the Marlins and appears to be a great pick-up for McGrath and the
Marlins.

Cardiff, of whom much is expected this season after a very healthy off-season recruiting drive, held off a fast-finishing Newcastle City to win a thriller by four points in Round 1. The Hawks could not have imagined a better start to the season, with Lavington recruit Tom Yensch starring in the ruck. His battle with Barton in the ruck should be a beauty and this contest could be pivotal to the outcome of this game.

Cardiff have a strong midfield of their own led by skipper Simon O’Brien and Melbiurne recruit Marcus DeLear who will better with a game under his belt. Coach Nathan Harkness would have been pleased to have kicked fourteen goals last week and will again be looking for Aaron Wivell to lead the way up forward whilst youngster Brandt Job prove dto be a goal sneak last week.

In the final game Killarney Vale and Warners Bay will be looking to open their account for 2017 at Adelaide St Oval. Both sides will be fielding a young sides however it will the experienced players who will decide this contest. The Bombers will still be missing Coach Scott Reed and will be relying on skipper Josh Mifsud, max Mumford and Rick White to lead the way. White has been playing in the midfield however against the Bulldogs he may be better served inside the forward fifty as the Bombers need to find a way to kick a winning score.

The Bulldogs will be missing key players in Scott Bartlem and Ben Hunter however will welcome back four key players including Adelaide recruit, Ben Kernahan who will be making his debut. Jake Roach and Matt Spinks will again be key players for the Bulldogs along with Lincoln Stewart, especially if White plays forward.

Ben Crawley made a welcome return to footy last week and his battle with Killarney Vale youngster Tim Oosterhoff will be important. There is plenty on the line in the this clash and a close contest is expected.

In Round 2 Plate action, Terrigal Avoca host Newcastle City at East Gosford; Singleton head to Gosford for a potentially great fixture at Adcock Park; Wyong Lakes, after a great first-up win in front of the faithful at Don Small Oval, host Muswellbrook; The Entrance Bateau Bay play their first game away to a confident Maitland and Lake Macquarie has the Bye.

In the GE Womens Competition, Friday Night Football sees a Newcastle derby at Tulkaba Oval, with the Novas playing Newcastle City. This fixture gets underway at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, Gosford host Singleton; Lake Macquarie head to Tumbi Umbi to play Killarney Vale; Cardiff host Nelson Bay in the match of the round; Warners Bay are away to Maitland and Muswellbrook make the long trek to Tacoma to play
hosts Wyong Lakes.

Round 2 Reserve Grade actions sees City travel to Terrigal Avoca; Gosford host Singleton; Killarney Vale host Lake Macquarie; Nelson Bay travel to Cardiff and Maitland host Warners Bay. Wyong Lakes have the Bye.

 

BDAFL Round 1 Preview

 

Round 1 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Terrigal Avoca   

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Newcastle City

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 
       

Black Diamond Plate

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

  2.00pm

Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Maitland vs Muswellbrook   

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

9.45am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

 10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

10.00am

     

Cardiff vs Newcastle Nova’s

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Muswellbrook   

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Reserve Grade

Maitland vs Cardiff   

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Gosford 

Don Small Oval    

 11.45am

Lake Macquarie vs Newcastle City

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay   

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Singleton

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Killarney Vale - Bye

 

 

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition gets underway this Saturday, with fascinating match ups across all four competitions.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition, The BARTV match of the round sees the Nelson Bay Marlins hosting Warners Bay at Dick Burwell Oval. The Marlins came home at the end of the 2016 season like a wet sail, defeating Terrigal Avoca after 32 previous attempts had failed and then upsetting Cardiff with a remarkable last quarter in the First Semi-Final.

Nelson Bay’s two gun players are Elliott Davey Medallist Jayden Rymer and utility Luke Price. Price hurt his hamstring at the time last season, meaning a slow start for him and the Marlins. Nelson Bay were noticeably improved in the second half of last year, with Price at full fitness and with coach Sean McGrath rotating Rymer and Price between ruck-roving duties and playing out of the goalsquare.

Warners Bay came close to the finals series last season, but paid for inconsistency and ill-discipline at times. The Bulldogs will again field a youthful line up however will welcome Adelaide recruit Ben Kernahan into the line up. A lot will depend on Best & Fairest winner Jake Roach, rover Matt Spinks and returning ruckman Ben Crawley. The Bulldogs know that the wide-open spaces of Dick Burwell Oval suit the Marlins, and will accordingly try to get lots of players around the ball to stop Nelson Bay’s outside runners.

Cardiff, return to Hillsborough Oval this season before moving to the purposebuilt Cameron Park in 2018, have recruited well and are serious contenders in 2017. Their credentials will be put to the test early when they host 2016 premiers, Newcastle City.

The Hawks were up and down last season and will want to become a consistent, four-quarter side this year. Despite losing Best & Fairest winner Max Hillier, Michael Norton and Dustin Spriggs, the Hawks picked up some very handy players from the Riverina and Albury regions and will be after a win first up.

City have lost Matt Bailey, Chris Jackson, Josh Wheeler and Mitchell Crawford, who were 4 of their best 10 players one year ago. However, the Blues still have class all over the park in Aaron Seen, Mitch Knight and Conor Haswell whilst up forward Pat Gillingham and Courtney Knight will pose a danger to the Hawks defence.

Killarney Vale host Terrigal Avoca in a Round 1 Central Coast derby.

Bombers coach Scott Reed, who bravely ignored a debilitating ankle injury for most of season 2016, will look for a much-improved effort this year with the return of key midfielders Rick White and Alex Bailey. Killarney Vale are a proud club and Reed will have his men primed for an upset first-up victory over the Panthers.

Terrigal Avoca, under new coach Mark Skuse, will want leave to Adelaide St Oval on Saturday evening with four points safely tucked away. The retirement of Angus Darling and the loss of Mitch Betson means Doug Clark and Sam Ellis will perform key forward and No.1 ruck duties respectively all season.

The return of inspirational skipper Jayson Van Dam and premiership defender Alastair Richardson will be a bonus for the Panthers, who will be missing three time Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster for the early rounds due to a knee injury.

In the Black Diamond Plate competition, Singleton will open their defence of the premiership at home against Terrigal Avoca, Wyong Lakes will be looking for a first up over Gosford as they celebrate “Back to Don” day whilst Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City will be playing for the “Bob Hooten Trophy” when they clash at Teralba. In the final game, Muswellbrook will make a return to the senior grade when they travel to Maitland to take on the 2016 Grand Finalists. The Entrance Bateau Bay have the bye.

In the GE Women’s competition, Muswellbrook will take to the field for the first time when they travel to Maitland to take on an improved Saints outfit. Just down the road at Rose Point Park, Singleton enter their match full of optimism after an encouraging pre-season when they take on Killarney Vale. Undefeated premiers
will unfurl their premiership flag when they are at home to Warners Bay, whilst Newcastle City travel to Teralba to take on Lake Macquarie and the Newcastle Nova’s make their debut at Hillsborough Oval against Cardiff. The Match of the Round is at Don Small Oval when Wyong Lakes take on Gosford.

 

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