Black Diamond AFL - Representative Football - Women's

The GE Black Diamond AFL Women's Representative team will be looking to record their first win when they take on AFL Sydney at Adelaide St Oval on Saturday.

After making their debut last year against the strong AFL Canberra side, this years team will come up against an equally strong AFL Sydney team, a task that is not lost on their coach, Simon Berry.

"The squad performed very well last year before going down to AFL Canberra last year and with a further twelve months experience I am expecting another good performance against a good AFL Sydney team" Berry said.

BDAFL's strength is in their midfield where Alison Parkin (captain), Lisa Steane and Audrey Gillingham are expected to win many possessions and give the BDAFL forward's plenty of opportunities. Pippa Smyth and Bec Ives will have a big job in the ruck to ensure the midfield gets first use of the football.

Up forward exciting Newcastle City forward Sarah Halvorsen will be a key player for the home side. Halvorsen, in her first year of AFL after moving from rugby union, has been a revelation and is the leagues leading goalkicker. All the scoring responsibility however will not just rest with Havorsen as Jemma Astley, Sarah James and Meaghan MacDonald are all capable of hitting the scoreboard.

The BDAFL defence is also strong led by Paige Mathewson and Tarryn O'Hehir and if they can get on top of their opponents it will go a long way towards a BDAFL victory.

AFL Sydney's team will be very talented given that they are made up of players who are members of the AFL NSW/ACT women's academy.

The match commences at 12pm and if you can't get to the match you catch all the action LIVE on BarTV.

Full Squad

Karina Berry



Rebecca Collins


Emily Crookes



Alison Parkin


Georgia Butler

Killarney Vale


Tarryn O’Hehir

Killarney Vale

Sarah Burns



Sarah James


Sophie Balcombe

Nelson Bay


Jemma Astley

Nelson Bay

Lauren Cooper

Nelson Bay


Kate Holland

Nelson Bay

Pippa Smyth

Nelson Bay


Lisa Steane

Newcastle City

Audrey Gillingham

Newcastle City


Kailee Goodwin

Newcastle City

Sarah Halvorsen

Newcastle City


Meaghan MacDonald

Newcastle city

Paige Mathewson

Newcastle City


Erin White

Newcastle City

Kate Booth

Warners Bay


Bec Ives

Wyong Lakes

Black Diamond AFL - Representative Football - Mens

Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL will be looking to make it five wins a row when they take on AFL Sydney at Adelaide St Oval on Saturday.

Their task however will not be easy as AFL Sydney have put together a strong squad for the match a fact not lost on BDAFL Coach Chris Bishop.

"AFL Sydney is regarded as the pinnacle league in the State and whoever pulls on the jumper for them will be a good player" Bishop said.

The AFL Sydney squad oozes with talent with many former NEAFL players including East Coast Eagles defenders players Kieran Emery, Ben Bourke and Stuart Turner, ruckmen Andrew Browning and forward Mark Weekes, who along with North Shores Wayd Blackburne are expected to be the main scoring options for the AFL Sydney side.

Also in the squad is Pennant Hills veteran Matt Carey who in his prime was regarded as one of the best players in the state with his raking left foot kick, whilst former Sydney Swan rookie, Eugene Kruger will provide plenty of dash across half back.

The BDAFL side however is not lacking class either with Cardiff recruits Tom Yensch and Marcus De Leur heading a list of players who will be making their BDAFL Representative debuts.

The BDAFL have named a solid defence led by Zac Metcalfe and James Hart, whilst Newcastle City's Conor Haswell has had a standout year with his intercept marking and run off half back.

At the other end of the ground Killarney Vale coach and former Collingwood rookie, Scott Reed will be the focal point, with Maitland's Pat McMahon and Wade Beard also expected to be reliable avenues to goal.

The match is likely to be decided in the middle of the ground and Bishop will be looking to his big men in Yensch and Sam Ellis to get on top and give his small fleet of midfielders in De Leur, Aaron Seen, Alex Mitchell, Corey Billins, Mark Skuse and Jeremy Eddy plenty of quality of ball.

The BDAFL will be captained by Terrigal Avoca veteran, Peter Van Dam who will be representing the league for a record 12th time.

All in all it is shaping up to be a great contest.

The match starts at 2.15pm and if you can't get to the match you can catch all the action LIVE on BarTV.

Full Squad

Marcus De Leur



Zac Metcalfe


Tom Yensch



Alex Bailey

Killarney Vale

Beau Cubillo

Killarney Vale


Scott Reed

Killarney Vale

Wade Beard



Pat McMahon


Jeremy Eddy

Nelson Bay


Luke Price

Nelson Bay

Todd Thornton

Nelson Bay


Conor Haswell

Terrigal Avoca

Macaulay O’Malley

Newcastle City


Aaron Seen

Newcastle City

Alex Mitchell



Corey Billins

Terrigal Avoca

Corbin Bond

Terrigal Avoca


Sam Ellis

Terrigal Avoca

James Hart

Terrigal Avoca


Mark Skuse

Terrigal Avoca

Peter Van Dam

Terrigal Avoca


Ben Kernahan

Warners Bay

Rob Schindler-Taylor

Warners Bay


Crook Earns National Selection in Foreign Sport

A 25-year-old carpenter from the Central Coast will make his AFL debut at Spotless Stadium on Saturday when the GIANTS take on Collingwood.

Article courtesy of GWS Giants Website

Daniel Lloyd was told on Wednesday that he’d play his long-awaited first game, following more than a season on the club’s rookie list.

“It was a special moment,” he told GIANTS TV.

“I had no idea when Leon announced it in the meeting that I was debuting so it was a special moment.

“It’s a good occasion for me and my family, it’s an exciting time and I just can’t wait to be out on the field on Saturday.”

When he was just 15, Lloyd - from Killarney Vale on NSW’s Central Coast - signed with the Western Bulldogs on a NSW Scholarship after being spotted at a local carnival.

He spent four years training in Melbourne with the club during the school holidays, but it didn’t work out and he returned home and took up a carpentry apprenticeship following school.

More than five years after that disappointment, he was shocked when GIANTS Assistant Coach Mark McVeigh approached him after a game in the Black Diamond League and asked him to come to Sydney and try out.

“Our relationship started when I was about 20, 21,” Lloyd said.

“He used to just pop his head into the club every now and then, he never really said much to me but he just had his eye there for a number of years.

“He just approached me one afternoon after a game and said there was an opportunity here.

“We have a great relationship, he’s a great mentor, he’s taught me a lot and it’s thanks to him I’m in this position because he gave me a chance. I’m forever grateful for that.”

Lloyd got time off work, began pre-season with the GIANTS and when the Rookie Draft came around, he was selected by the club with pick 26.

“It’s been a great journey, it’s a different pathway than a lot of AFL footballers take. I was rapt last year that I got the opportunity last year to be on the rookie list and I think I’ve just taken it week by week and worked hard.

“The club’s been great, they’ve helped me grow and develop in all aspects of the game and life so I think it’s just been a great journey from there until now and now my AFL journey is just beginning.”

While it was the opportunity of a lifetime and one many dream of, there were still other considerations for Lloyd.

He was 23 at the time, with a two-year-old son and a daughter just 10 weeks old. But with now-wife Crystal’s support, they made the move to Sydney permanently and

“It was a exciting opportunity that I was presented with and I had no hesitation in taking it,” he said.

“The toughest thing was taking my family away from home but we settled into Sydney well, the club’s been great and looking back I wouldn’t change any decisions to date.

“Crystal’s been on this journey with me, and my two kids. It’s just as much of an achievement for her as it it for me. She gets a lot of pride and joy out of this as well, she’s been a great support.”

Crystal works at the club part-time and GIANTS TV were there as her husband told her their dream had come true.

“She never once second-guessed the decision to come here. It was a great moment telling her, she got a bit emotional but we’re just excited and ready for this Saturday and what’s to come.”

WATCH: INSIDE THE GIANTS - Daniel Lloyd to Debut

Killarney Vale Bombers’ 2015 Best and Fairest will have plenty of support in the crowd when he runs out on to Spotless Stadium on Saturday, with plenty of Lloyd’s former teammates set to make the trip down the highway to cheer on the the guy who once kicked nine goals in a semi-final for them.

Sully Reaches 1,000 Match Milestone

This Saturday and Feighan Oval, Warners Bay, Black Diamond AFL & Newcastle Central Coast Umpires Association (NCCUA) Life Member, John Sullivan will umpire his 1000th AFL match in the Hunter & Central Coast Regions. That is no typo, ONE THOUSAND total matches in the Black Diamond AFL, Newcastle AFL and AFL Hunter Juniors.

There is nothing this man, affectionately known as Sully, hasn’t done in local umpiring. After commencing as a Field umpire, Sullivan moved into Goal Umpiring in his latter years.

Over his lengthy umpiring career the 71 year old has umpired 530 Newcastle AFL (NAFL) Matches, including a whopping 10 NAFL First Grade Grand Finals (5 of these as a Field Umpire). He has also officiated in 409 Black Diamond AFL Matches with 9 Black Diamond Cup (First Grade) Grand Finals and 4 lower grades Grand Finals. Throw into the mix, 59 AFL Hunter Juniors matches and the stats continue to tick over for the Legend of the NCCUA.

In 2015 Sullivan was the first person to be inducted into the inaugural NCCUA Hall of Fame, and was also elevated to Legend status, currently the only person recognised as a Legend. This was in recognition of his outstanding achievements on and off the footy field, having also lead the Umpires Association through major changes between 2000 and 2005, as President and has continued serving the Association in other roles.

Since beginning his competitive umpiring career in 1970 Sully has received many awards, including the 1974 NAFLUA Umpire Achievement of the Year Award, two time NCCUA Goal Umpire of the Year, 2012-2013, as well as the honour of having that award named after him.

When discussing this milestone he pointed out a few highlights over his lengthy career. The first highlight was his first AFL match as an umpire in July 1966, between the National Service Side (based out of the Singleton Army Base) versus the Royal Australia Air Force side (which played in the Newcastle AFL Competition). His second highlight was his first competition match in Newcastle, between Newcastle City vs University which was played at Hawkins Oval in April 1970. Outside of the competition and his 20 plus Grand Finals John also counts Field Umpiring the Grand Final of the 2003 Australia University Championships as a personal highlight.

When asked how he feels about achieving this incredible milestone, Sullivan humbly remarked, “It’s nice to achieve this milestone, although in hindsight it is only a number.” He then made reference to a friend of his from South Australia who actually started umpiring after Sully who has umpired over 1600 matches. John continued to say “Absolutely pleased that I can still get out there now, specifically now with the younger group to be a mentor for them.”

Black Diamond AFL Football Operations Manager, Garry Burkinshaw has nothing but praise for Sullivan.

“Sully is an umpiring icon and has given so much to not only umpiring but also AFL in the region”. Burkinshaw said.

“His willingness to mentor and work with umpires is a great strength of his and is a key reason to the strength and growth of umpiring in the region” he added.

“We wish him all the best for Saturday”.

NCCUA President, Jake Lowe also praised Sullivan’s achievement.

“All of us in the NCCUA are incredibly proud of what this inspirational man has and continues to achieve in umpiring, both on and off the field”. Lowe said

There is nothing else left to say except, congratulations on your personal milestone Sully and long may your illustrious career and invaluable service to AFL in the Hunter and Central Coast continue.

2017 BDAFL Match of the week Broadcast Schedule


The 2017 Match of the week Broadcast Schedule is as follows:

1 April Nelson Bay vs Warners Bay Dick Burwell Oval
8 April Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City Hylton Moore Oval
22 April Warners Bay vs Cardiff Feighan Park
29 April Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale Dick Burwell Oval
6 May Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca Feighan Park
13 May Newcastle City vs Cardiff No 1 Sportsground
20 May BDAFL Womens vs AFL Sydney Womens TBA
20 May BDAFL vs AFL Sydney TBA
27 May Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale Feighan Park
3 June Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay Hylton Moore Oval
17 June Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay No 1 Sportsground
24 June Terrigal Avoca vs Cardiff Hylton Moore Oval
1 July Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca No 1 Sportsground
8 July Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City Adelaide St Oval
15 July Maitland vs Cardiff - Women's No 1 Sportsground
15 July Muswellbrook vs Lake Macquarie - Women's No 1 Sportsground
15 July Killarney Vale vs Singleton - Women's No 1 Sportsground
15 July Newcastle vs Wyong Lakes - Women's No 1 Sportsground
15 July Gosford vs Warners Bay - Women's No 1 Sportsground
15 July Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay - Women's No 1 Sportsground
22 July Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay Feighan Park
29 July Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City Dick Burwell Oval
5 August Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay Adelaide St Oval
12 August Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca Hillsborough Oval


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