BDAFL support Kirrily Dear in her Ultra Marathon for Family Violence.


The truly inspiring Kirrily Dear is about to embark on a huge Ultra-Marathon from Broken Hill to the Sydney Opera House. The Steps Together Ultra-Marathon commences in Broken Hill at 7.00am on Wednesday August 30 before arriving 19 days later, on Sunday 17 September, at the Sydney Opera House. 

Ms Dear explained; "I will be running from Broken Hill to Sydney, covering 1300 kilometres in the process of doing that. On the day before the official start, I am actually going to run from the South Australian-NSW border, at a little place called Cockburn, to Broken Hill, a distance of approximately 50 kilometres, so that we can officially say that we have run all the way across the State". 

Ms Dear also explained that a Steps Together Virtual Challenge has been created for sporting clubs to "race against me". All of the details for this great challenge, plus other helpful information, are here: .  

Ms Dear explained that it would be great if all of the BDAFL Clubs got involved with the Steps Together Virtual Challenge. "The idea is for Clubs to collectively run the 1300kms to mirror what we are doing with the Ultra-Marathon. It would be great to see clubs compete against one another to achieve the 1300 kilometres before I get to the Sydney Opera House on 17 September.  

Kirrily Dear is the major figure in the Run Against Violence initiative (  ) a program trying to raise awareness of and prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, and when asked why she was undertaking such an arduous, difficult task, she explained "this is my skill set, I am an Ultra-Marathoner. After we completed the White Ribbon Ultra, an 860 kilometre run through country NSW, my support crew and I decided to form Run Against Violence.  

We wanted to take a much more inclusive approach to talking about Family & Domestic Violence, it is something that could happen to anybody, and we found that running was a comfortable way to get into an uncomfortable subject. We found on the last big run I did, people would come up and start talking about the running, and then they would start asking the uncomfortable questions, like what stories I had heard, or they might ask questions about things they don't understand in relation to Family Violence. Quite often, people would share their own personal stories, and this has been a re-occurring theme in the three years that we have been doing this. We have found that this is a great way to make people feel comfortable and talk about a taboo topic, it really isn't something that people have wanted to talk about previously". 

Ms Dear explained that Broken Hill was chosen as the launch of the Steps Together Ultra-Marathon as it is a remote community, a long way from the rest of NSW, where there is a lot of fantastic work going on. "We found that starting as far away as Broken Hill inspired people's imaginations. Starting so far away gives a really good cross-section of NSW, we pass through 25 communities on the way, starting at a place as remote as Cockburn right into the heart of Sydney. There is something very special in connecting with all of those communities and cultures and getting them to open up about Family Violence". 

1300 kilometres in 19 days is a massive task. Ms Dear advised that the plan is to try to do over 300kms in the first four days, to get a significant part of the journey done in the early part of the Ultra-Marathon. "We are planning to go through Sunset Strip, Menindee and Ivanhoe, then get to Forbes to coincide with the Forbes Show. After that, Orange High School is hosting a Public Event for us, that everyone is invited to. There will be a band playing and a BBQ put on, and we are looking forward to that. All the details are on our Facebook Page (go to Facebook and search Run Against Violence).  

Kirrily Dear explained that she decided to create the Run Against Violence program after a spate of murders in Sydney. "Three murders happened in quick succession, and all of the victims were murdered by a current or former partner. When I saw a photo of one of these three victims, I looked into her eyes and made a connection. I felt that if we had known each other, we would have been really good friends. She was the same age as me and looked like a high-energy person, similar to me. 

There was something that just struck me, and I heard that in news reports, one woman a week was being killed in Australia by a current or former partner. That figure seemed unbelievable to me, but after I did some research, the figure was actually higher. In that particular year, there were approximately 80 women killed by a current or former partner". 

Kirrily Dear is a truly inspirational person. Her commitment, energy, attitude, dedication and strong will are quite simply unbelievable. Ms Dear and the people involved with Run Against Violence program are actively helping the many victims of Family and Domestic Violence across the country by bringing their stories out into the open in an attempt to prevent the devastating consequences of violence in the home and/or being perpetrated by those close to them. 

The Black Diamond Australian Football League is very proud of its association with the wonderful Kirrily Dear and the Run Against Violence program. We encourage everyone involved in our League to get involved in the Steps Together Virtual Challenge to support the Steps Together Ultra-Marathon.

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.

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