BDAFL Round 14 Preview

Round 14 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend and is highlighted by “BDAFL Women’s Round”. Fixtures are listed below with preview.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

General Bye

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Lake Macquarie vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Tulkaba Park

1.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Gosford

Weeraman Field

1.00pm

Maitland vs Terrigal Avoca

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Singleton

Don Small Oval

   2.00pm

Newcastle City - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Maitland vs Cardiff

No1 Sportsground

9.00am

Broadcast Match of the Week

Muswellbrook vs Lake Macquarie

No1 Sportsground

10.50am

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Singleton

No1 Sportsground

12.40pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle vs Wyong Lakes

No1 Sportsground

2.30pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Gosford vs Warners Bay

No1 Sportsground

4.20pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No1 Sportsground

6.10pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Lake Macquarie vs Cardiff

Tulkaba Park

 11.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Terrigal Avoca

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Warners Bay

Don Small Oval

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?a=ROUND&c=0-916-0-435917-0&pool=1&round=14

With the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition having a general bye this weekend all eyes will centre on No 1 Sportsground as the league celebrates “Women’s Round”.

Six matches, involving all twelve GE Women’s teams, will be played back to back at the venue with the first game commencing at 9am and the final game being a rematch of the 2016 Grand Final between Newcastle City and Nelson Bay commencing at 6.10pm.

Since the BDAFL introduced the women’s competition in 2015 it has gone from strength to strength and Women’s Round is an important component of the BDAFL calender.

The women’s competition commenced in 2015 with six teams (Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Newcastle City, Warners Bay, Wyong Lakes) and 180 participants. Newcastle City won the inaugural premiership defeating Nelson Bay in the final.

In 2016, Cardiff, Killarney Vale and Singleton fielded sides for the first time whilst Gosford joined the competition from AFL Sydney, making it a ten team competition. 329 women played in the 2016 competition which was won by
Nelson Bay, who defeated Newcastle City in a thrilling final, and also saw the Marlins go through the season undefeated.

Muswellbrook and a second Newcastle side entered teams in 2017 increasing the number of teams to twelve. So far in 2017, 385 women have pulled on the boots for one of the twelve teams.

Even though we are only midway through the 2017 season, two additional teams, including one from a new club have had their applications approved to join the competition in 2018.

Women players have come from a myriad of backgrounds and of all ages. Many have come from other sports, some having played at an elite level, whilst more and more are progressing from the Hunter and Central Coast Youth Girls competitions.

A highlight has been a number of instances where mothers and daughters have been able to play together, whilst after many years of playing football in the backyard with their brothers, the sisters have been now been able to play too.
Even from the start women’s matches have always been well attended, initially it was for the novelty factor but now those watchers do so due to the skill level shown by the women.


The introduction of the AFLW has created plenty of interest across the country and also locally with the women now having a designated pathway to play AFL at an elite level.

No local players featured in the first season of AFLW however reigning BDAFL Best & Fairest winner and Nelson Bay midfielder Lisa Steane was a member of the GWS Giants training squad and was even an emergency for one match. Lets hope
Lisa can go one better this year and make the Giants main squad.

With the introduction of the AFL NSW/ACT Women’s Academy, local women are getting the opportunity to train at an elite level which can only improve their chances of making into onto the big stage.

This Saturday’s fixtures:
9am Maitland vs Cardiff
10.50am Lake Macquarie vs Muswellbrook
12.40pm Killarney Vale vs Singleton
2.30pm Newcastle Nova’s vs Wyong Lakes
4.20pm Gosford vs Warners Bay
6.10pm Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

In Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate matches this week, third placed Singleton travel to ladder leaders Wyong Lakes looking to reverse the result of their previous meeting. Terrigal Avoca will be putting their finals hopes on the line
when they travel to Max McMahon Oval to take on second placed Maitland. Lake Macquarie areat home to The Entrance Bateau Bay who will be buoyant after recording their win of the season last week whilst in the final game, Muswellbrook
will relish the return to Weeraman Field when they host Gosford.

BDAFL Round 13 Preview

Round 13 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Preview are listed below.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Muswellbrook

Bateau Bay    

   1.00pm

Newcastle City vs Lake Macquarie

No1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Gosford vs Maitland

Rogers Park

   2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Terrigal Avoca

Don Small Oval

   2.00pm

Singleton - Bye

   

GE Women’s

Gosford vs Maitland

Rogers Park

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

  10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Muswellbrook

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Singleton

Don Small Oval

  10.00am

Newcastle City vs Lake Macquarie

No1 Sportsground

  11.00am

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Gosford vs Maitland

Rogers Park

 12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Singleton

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Terrigal Avoca

Don Small Oval

1.00pm

Lake Macquarie - 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=0&a=ROUND

Round 13 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition is highlighted by the clash between arch neighbouring rivals Cardiff and Warners Bay at Hillsborough Oval. In other matches Terrigal Avoca travel to Nelson Bay and Killarney Vale host Newcastle City.

The clash of sides sitting second and last on the ladder normally doesn’t create much interest, however that is far from the case when Cardiff host Warners Bay at Feighan Oval.

Cardiff continue to rise to every challenge with two losses to Terrigal Avoca the only losses on an impressive scorecard.

Warners Bay recorded their first win of the season last week with a convincing win over Killarney Vale, however their form leading up to that win has been very impressive.

A more stable line up has allowed Bulldogs coach Mart Reiman to consolidate his game plan which in the past has stood up against the better side. Jake Roach continues to be the standout player of the side, along with tough on-baller Ben

Hunter whilst Rob Schindler-Taylor provides the touch of class. Kayne Gibbs has been a revelation up forward and provides them with a big marking target which they have not had for some time.

They will need to be at there best however to overcome the Hawks on the small Hillsborough Oval track.

Cardiff Coach, Nathan Harkness has his side playing a disciplined brand of football and led by skipper Simon O’Brien that have been able to out last their opponents. Nick Chapman celebrated his 100th game in style last week whilst Mattie Vukovich has been a revelation in the midfield this year after being moved from his defensive post.

Tom Yensch has been a standout performer all year whilst Josh Murphy and Trent Thompson have filled the goalkicking void in the absence of the injured Aaron Wivell. Warners Bay led for the majority of the game before being pipped on the post the last two time these two teams met. Can they reverse the result this time around. Nelson Bay will be looking to record a win over side above them on the ladder when they host ladder leader Terrigal Avoca at Dick Burwell Oval.

The Panthers themselves will be looking to return to the winners list after suffering their first loss last week at the hands of Newcastle City.

The Marlins are a different team on their home ground however will need a contribution from all 22 players, which has been missing in recent weeks. Too much responsibility is left to the senior players with the likes of Jeremy Eddy, Jayden Rymer, Billy Barton and Matt Dews have been consistent performers all year. The return of Adam Grinyer is a bonus for coach Sean McGrath, whilst Luke Price has now put a couple of solid games together after returning from his hamstring injury. Terrigal Avoca struggled last week against the pressure applied by Newcastle City, however will welcome the roomier Dick Burwell Oval.

The Panthers struggled to find a reliable forward option when Jayson van Dam went off last week with a groin injury and if he does not play it may require a reshuffle. The Panthers defence is excellent led by Jimmy Hart, however if Nelson Bay midfield can get on top of the likes of Kurt Fleming, Corey Billins and Mark Skuse they potentially have a forward line capable of causing an upset.

In the final game, Newcastle City travel to the Central Coast to take on Killarney Vale fresh from inflicting the first defeat on Terrigal Avoca for 2017.

In arguably their best performance of the year, the Blues pressure around the ground set up the victory and coach Mitchell Knight will be looking for his side not to suffer a let down against the Bombers.

Killarney Vale will welcome the return back to Adelaide St Oval, where they are always hard to beat.

Whilst the Bombers have been hit with injuries and unavailabilities this year, they would have been impressed with the continued improvement of a number of younger players in Tom Oosterhoff, Conor Reilly and Harley Beckett.

The problem with the Bombers will be their ability to kick a winning score with a heavy reliance on Scott Reed. Other avenues to goal will be required if they are to penetrate the Newcastle City defence led by veterans Luke Rawnsley, Ian Baker and Matt Enright, whilst Conor Haswell is having the best year of his short career.

In Black Diamond Plate matches there are big matches for two finals contenders. At Rogers Park, Gosford host second placed Maitland whilst Terrigal Avoca travel to Don Small Oval to take on league leaders, Wyong Lakes. In other matches Newcastle City host Lake Macquarie whilst The Entrance Bateau Bay host Muswellbrook in what should be great contest.

In the GE Women’s competition the battle for finals spots is certainly hotting up with seven teams still in the mix for the six finals spots. In the match of the week, Gosford host Maitland at Rogers Park, Newcastle City make the trip to Adelaide St Oval to take on Killarney vale whilst Wyong Lakes take on Singleton, who will be looking for their fourth win in a row.

In other matches, Nelson Bay host Muswellbrook, Cardiff do battle with Warners Bay and Newcastle and Lake Macquarie clash at No 1 Sportsground.

BDAFL Round 12 Preview

Round 12 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and preview listed below.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Nelson Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

 

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Bateau Bay    

   1.00pm

Gosford vs Wyong Lakes

Adcock Park

2.00pm

Singleton vs Newcastle City

Rose Point Park

   2.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Muswellbrook

Tulkaba Park

   2.00pm

Maitland - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Cardiff vs Muswellbrook

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Newcastle

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Warners Bay

Tulkaba Park

  10.00am

Gosford vs Nelson Bay

Adcock Park

  10.00am

Maitland vs Killarney Vale 

Max McMahon Oval

  11.00am

Newcastle City vs Wyong Lakes

No 1 Sportsground

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Lake Macquarie vs Warners Bay

Tulkaba Park

 12.00pm

Gosford vs Wyong Lakes

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Singleton vs Newcastle City

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Killarney Vale 

Max McMahon Oval

1.00pm

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&round=12&client=0-916-0-435916-0&pool=1

Round 12 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition this weekend has three quality matches scheduled, highlighted by the Grand Final replay between heavyweights Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca.

Terrigal Avoca have had the wood on the reigning premiers in their two previous meetings, however both of those games were played at Hylton Moore Oval and it would also be fair to say that the Blues were made below strength on both occasions.

With the return of a number of key players in recent weeks the Blues have been shown glimpses of their best form and if they bring this form to the table on Saturday they will test the Panthers who are yet to taste defeat this year.

Terrigal Avoca will welcome back their coach Mark Skuse, however former coach Chris Bishop is again expected to miss.

If Newcastle City are to win on Saturday, they are going to need to find a way to break down Terrigal Avoca’s defence which has been outstanding all year giving up just an average of 39 points per game. With this record it is no wonder they are sitting on top of the table with ten consecutive wins.

The return of Courtney Knight has given Newcastle City more punch up forward and if Nick Gill returns this week, it gives it a very formidable look when you also include Pat Gillingham and Cameron Keast.

These two sides very rarely put in a bad contest and Saturday should be no different.

Cardiff will host Nelson Bay at Hillsborough Oval which will also be an enthralling contest.

Cardiff suffered their second loss of the year last week going down to Terrigal Avoca, whilst Nelson Bay had a strong win over Killarney vale after suffering three consecutive losses.

The two previous matches were won by Cardiff with a combined margin of 14 points which indicates how even these two teams are.

The Hawks are currently suffering a run of injury which is testing their depth, however no one can question their character having won six matches by 11 points or less.

Nelson Bay welcomed back Luke Price last week, whilst Jayden Rymer returned to his goal kicking best whilst the Dews boys were also strong.

Both sides have quality players however this contest could be decided by some of the unheralded players on both teams.

Expecting this game to be another tight contest.

In the final match, Warners Bay will be looking for their first win of the year when they take on Killarney Vale at Feighan Oval.

The Bulldogs form in recent weeks has been very good, but they have just not been able to get the important win.

Coach Marty Reiman, has worked hard all year with his young squad and is confident of some positive results in the second half of the year.

Killarney Vale have been mixing their form of late with a good performance against Cardiff followed by a big loss to Nelson Bay.

 Injuries to key players have affected the Bombers in a big way and they will not be helped by the fact they representative midfielder, Alex Bailey will miss the remainder of the year after going overseas.

Once again the two previous matches have been decided by a combined total of just 12 points, both in the Bombers favour so you would expect another tight contest.

In the Black Diamond Cup competition, Gosford will look to consolidate a top four position when they take on arch rivals and second placed Wyong Lakes at Adcock Park. One of Gosford’s closest rivals is Newcastle City who make the trip to take on reigning premiers, Singleton. At Tulkaba Park, Lake Macquarie will host Muswellbrook with both teams looking for their second win of the year and in the final game, The Entrance Bateau Bay host Terrigal Avoca.

In the GE Women’s competition, the all important second place will be up for grabs when Gosford host Nelson Bay. Maitland will host Killarney Vale in an important match for both teams. Singleton are at home, looking for their fourth win of the year when they take on Newcastle Nova’s who themselves won their first game of the season last week. Warners Bay will be looking to return to the final six when they travel to Lake Macquarie, whilst Wyong Lakes have the daunting task of taking on the all conquering Newcastle City team. In the final match Cardiff host Muswellbrook with both teams looking for a rare win.

BDAFL Round 11 Preview

Round 11 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures & Preview below.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

 
       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Singleton

Hylton Moore Oval

 12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Bateau Bay    

1.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle City

Weeraman Field

  2.00pm

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

  2.00pm

Gosford - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Adcock Park

  11.00am

Singleton vs Cardiff

Rose Point Park

  11.00am

Muswellbrook vs Newcastle

Weeraman Field

  12.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Terrigal Avoca vs Singleton

Hylton Moore Oval

 10.00am

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie 

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Adcock Park

1.00pm

Cardiff - 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=11

Round 11 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition is highlighted by the top of the table clash between Terrigal Avoca and Cardiff at Hylton Moore Oval. In other matches Nelson Bay host Killarney Vale and Warners Bay and Newcastle City will do battle at Feighan Oval with the “Plunger Dunn Trophy” up for grabs.

Terrigal Avoca hosting Cardiff in a blockbuster 1 v 2 matchup at Hylton Moore Oval. The Panthers have taken on all comers this season, with their perfect record a testament to their outstanding defence, talent-laden midfield and a versatile and mobile forward line. First year coach Mark Skuse has the Panthers playing committed team football, shutting down the opposition forwards with much the same systems coaching guru Chris Bishop has used over the past decade in moulding Terrigal Avoca into a powerhouse.

Cardiff coach Nathan Harkness clearly has all of his players switched on and committed to tenacious, disciplined football. They have a perfect record in every one of their many close games this year, against Newcastle City, Nelson Bay and Killarney Vale.

Terrigal Avoca has inflicted Cardiff’s only defeat this year back in Round 4, winning by 80 points . To reverse this result much will depend on Tom Yensch, Simon O’Brien and Marcus DeLeur getting on top in the middle of the ground for Cardiff to enable their forwards enough opportunities to kick a winning score against the very disciplined, well-structured Panthers back six.

You would expect this match to be much closer.

Dick Burwell Oval will be the venue for the extremely important match between Nelson Bay and Killarney Vale.

Sitting one game and almost 32% behind Nelson Bay, this is a game that the muchimproved Bombers outfit simply must win if they want to play deep into August.

To be placed precariously inside the top four is not what many experts expected from Nelson Bay at the beginning of the year, however a couple of close losses and a number of inconsistent performances has the Marlins in that predicament.

Killarney Vale went tantalisingly close to defeating second-placed Cardiff at Adelaide St Oval last Saturday, the disappointment which was compounded by the season ending broken ankle to inspirational skipper, Josh Mifsud.

With arguably their best player in Rick White also missing the Bombers will be looking to Max Mumford, Beau Cubillo and Alex Bailey to pick up the slack in the midfield and capitalise on the ruck work of the in form, Tim Oosterhoff. Up forward, Coach Scott Reed and youngster Harley Bernleitner have proved to be capable of kicking a bagful of goals.

Nelson Bay coach Sean McGrath has been frustrated by the inability to field a consistent 22 players for the majority of the season and this has contributed to their inconsistency.

At their best the Marlins have a very talented list at full strength however this has happened far too infrequent for the Marlins supporters.

Chris Eddy has been a shining light at fullback, whilst Jayden Rymer, Jeremy Eddy and Todd Thornton have had strong seasons in the midfield.

Newcastle City will be chock full of confidence when they take on Warners Bay at Feighan Oval after their thumping victory over Nelson Bay last week.

Aaron Seen has been in great form after overcoming a leg injury, well supported by Sam Payne, backline leaders Conor Haswell & Luke Rawnsley, veteran forward Nick Gill and the lightning Jackson Crawford.

Warners Bay have been solid all year despite sitting at the bottom of the ladder, with their inability to play a full four quarters, coach Marty Reiman’s main issue.

Lachlan Deverell has been a standout in a rebounding defensive role, however the Bulldogs have lacked firepower up front all season and this will surely be a focus for Warners Bay in the off-season.

The injection of a number of new recruits in recent weeks and they have also shown enough to indicate they will be good acquisitions for the Bulldogs.

All Cup games start at 2.00pm this week.

This week in the Black Diamond Plate, Terrigal Avoca host Singleton, The Entrance Bateau Bay host near-neighbours Wyong Lakes, Maitland are at home to Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City are away to Muswellbrook. Gosford have the Bye.

This week in the GW Womens Competition, Nelson Bay host Wyong Lakes in a real test for both clubs; Warners Bay are at home to the Newcastle City juggernaut; Maitland host Lake Macquarie; Singleton are at home to Cardiff; Killarney Vale head to Gosford for a huge Central Coast derby for both finals aspirants and Muswellbrook & the Newcastle Novas do battle at Muswellbrook’s Weeraman Field, both looing for their first win.

BDAFL Round 10 Preview

Round 10 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this weekend. Fixtures and Previews are listed below.

Friday, 16 June 2017

GE Women’s

Newcastle Nova’s vs Maitland

Hillsborough Oval

  7.00pm


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.30pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

       

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

 11.00am

Gosford vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Adcock Park    

1.00pm

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

  2.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye        

   

GE Women’s

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Muswellbrook

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

  12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Hunter Haval Reserve Grade

Newcastle City vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Killarney Vale vs Cardiff

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Gosford

Feighan Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Lake Macquarie 

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

   

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://bit.ly/2rocIPE

After a week off the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition resumes this week with players refreshed as they enter the second half of the season.

The highlight of Round 10 will at No1 Sportsground when not only will Newcastle City host Nelson Bay in an important clash, but the venue will also host “Big Freeze- Newcastle” which is part of a major project to raise funds and awareness for finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Whilst there will be a lot of activities off-field, there will be plenty of interest onfield when both the Blues and Marlins look to gain an important victory to push for an all important top two position on the ladder.

Both clubs have had a mixed first halves of the year with Newcastle City third with a four win, four loss record, although this record could be significantly better had they not suffered two narrow losses to Cardiff.

Nelson Bay on the other hand are in fourth position with a three and five record although they too have been on the end of three narrow losses.

The Blues are expected to welcome back a number of key players including their inspirational captain/coach, Mitch Knight who has not played since injuring his calf in the week following Round 1. Knight’s presence will assist the Blues midfield which has been manfully controlled this season by Aaron Seen and Macaulay O’Malley whilst Hugh Blanchfield has shown significant improvement in his first season.

Nelson Bay performed well, despite not getting the win, against league leaders Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval last time out and coach, Sean McGrath will be looking for his troops to repeat those efforts this week.

The Marlins will welcome back two of their leaders in Tim Divall and Joel Ericson however Luke Price is a doubtful starting as he looks to overcome a troubling hamstring complaint. Price’s absence will be a blow for the Marlins as Newcastle City’s defence led by Conor Haswell, Ian Baker and Matt Enright has been excellent all year. There was just two points separating these teams when they met in Round 5 and another close match is expected.

It will be top versus bottom when Warners Bay host Terrigal Avoca at Feighan Oval. With Terrigal Avoca unbeaten and Warners Bay yet to win a game you would expect this game to be one way traffic however if you consider the matches between these two teams in recent years you will discover that Warners Bay record against Terrigal Avoca is very good, including two wins in 2016.

Earlier this year the Bulldogs had the upperhand for much of the day before the Panthers experience saw them get over the line for a win in the final term.

Warners Bay coach will welcome back representative player Ben Kernahan and NSW/ACT under 16’s player, Ky McGrath although this will tempered some what with the absence of bullocking midfielder, Ben Hunter with a calf injury.

The Panthers on the otherhand have been able to field a pretty settled line up this year which has been a luxury for new coach Mark Skuse, although the unavailability of a number of players including defenders Corbin Bond and Brandon Thomas could open the door for the Bulldogs. Expect the Bulldogs to once again be in this contest for a long while on their home track. In the final game Killarney Vale will host Cardiff looking to avenge their biggest loss of the season against the Hawks in Round 5.

The 97 point loss was the Bombers worst loss of the season and since then have rebounded strongly and were unlucky not the get the points against Newcastle City last round. The return of skipper Josh Mifsud has been instrumental for the Bombers in recent weeks as his combination with ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and fellow midfielders Kyal Walford and Alex Bailey has ensured the Bombers have a reasonable share of the football. Ryan Barrett has been a consistent performer in defence, whilst coach Scott Reed is always dangerous in front of goal.

They will need to be at their best however as Cardiff have had an excellent first half of the year, sitting in second position with a loss to Terrigal Avoca their only blemish this year. Their ability to win close matches (five of their seven wins have been by eleven points of less) speaks volume for their never say die attitude and with key players in Tom Yensch, Marcus deLeur and Zac Metcalfe leading the way the Hawks have shown that they can contend this year. Killarney Vale are tough to beat at home which will keep Cardiff on their toes.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition, the Match of the Round is at Newcastle No 1 Sportsground when Newcastle City host ladder leaders Maitland. In other matches Wyong Lakes are at home to Lake Macquarie,

The Entrance Bateau Bay make the short trip to Adcock Park to take on Gosford, whilst in the local derby Singleton will be at home to the improving Muswellbrook Cats.

In the GE Women’s competition all eye’s will be on No 1 Sportsground when the unbeaten heavyweights Newcastle City and Nelson Bay do battle. Nelson Bay have not suffered a loss since the 2015 Grand Final, which was at the hands of Newcastle City, whilst the Blues have taken all before them this year recording big wins each week.

In other matches Warners Bay and Gosford meet in an intriguing match at Feighan Park, Singleton and Muswellbrook meet at Rose Park Park, Wyong Lakes will host Lake Macquarie and Killarney Vale are at home to Cardiff. The round will kick off on Friday night when Newcastle Nova’s host Maitland.

 

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