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

Gosford

 

Rebecca Collins

Gosford

Emily Crookes

Gosford

 

Alison Parkin

Gosford

Georgia Butler

Killarney Vale

 

Tarryn O’Hehir

Killarney Vale

Sarah Burns

Maitland

 

Sarah James

Maitland

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