BDAFL Representative Preview

BDAFL Media Release

New BDAFL Men’s Representative Coach Rowan Bilkey starts his tenure as League Coach with a serious baptism of fire: playing AFL Canberra at the wide open expanses of Manuka Oval.

The BDAFL side has been picked a versatile, strong, fast and skilful squad based on form and includes a mix of youth and experience, all of whom are keen to test themselves against the best, and AFL Canberra have proven over many years that they are the best in AFL NSW/ACT.

20 year old ruckman Tim Oosterhoff, who just missed out on debuting for BDAFL last year, will be asked to lead the way and super keen to impress against AFL Canberra. His recent form has him well placed to give the BDAFL first use of the ball, in tandem with the athletic, Sam Ellis.

They will need to be at their best as they will be up against the experienced Tuggeranong follower Matt Channon as well as the exciting Ben Perry from Ainslie.

Perry is a very talented athlete that spent time in the US on a basketball scholarship and possesses a great leap and mobility around the ground.

Once the ball hits the ground the BDAFL will look to gain an advantage courtesy of their A grade midfield led by Marcus DeLeur, Jayden Rymer and Josh Mifsud whilst Gosford, Pat Murphy could have a big role to play with his long kicking to prove invaluable at Manuka, which at 168 metres long, is eight metres longer than the MCG.

Ainslie midfield duo in Liam O’Neill and Stephen Camp are proven performer in the AFL Canberra competition and if allowed to take control of the midfield they will create plenty of scoring opportunities for their forwards. Expect tenacious Terrigal Avoca midfielder Corey Billins to have the job on curbing the influence of these players during the day.

Both sides will look to set up many of their attacks off half back with Conor Haswell (Newcastle City), the experienced Nick Tomlinson and the classy, Andrew Scott (Singleton) up against the highly credentialled, Joshua Bryce who has had great experience through TAC cup as a junior and spent time at VFL club Werribee. Bryce is aggressive at the contest and at home in aerial contests as well ground ball situations and the home side will be looking to the Queanbeyan leader to provide plenty of drive off half back.

Haswell is highly skilled youngster who is in superb form and will no doubt pique the interest of the Canberra and GWS Giants NEAFL recruiters who are playing the curtain raiser prior to the representative fixture.

Both sides have plenty of quality in front of goal, whom can kick a winning score if they can get enough quality ball.

Queanbeyan’s Tim Clowhry has been an effective goalkicker this year and enters the game on the back of a five goal haul last game whilst Belconnen’s Luke McKay has been a revelation this year following his move forward this year with his elite skills making him a very dangerous proposition in the forward half.

Bilkey will be looking to his key defenders in Corbin Bond, Lincoln Stewart, Andrew Last and Macaulay O’Malley to be able to negate the AFL Canberra forwards influence.

At the other end of the ground BDAFL captain, Tom Yensch, will have an important role as a forward/ruckman, a major focal point across half-forward. Jack Lennon, Matt Spinks, Jack Hardman and Jack Grimmond will look to sit at Yensch’s feet and use their pace inside the forward 50m arc. Hardman in particular will be worth watching as the former Sydney Swans Academy member is very elusive with a big leap which was evidenced in his spectacular mark last week. He also has the ability to turn matches in a matter of minutes.

Killarney Vale Coach Scott Reed is a big game player and his clash with Eastlakes Ben Halse will be entertaining to watch.

AFL Canberra will no doubt enter the match as clear favourites however the BDAFL have proven in the past they love a challenge and they don’t come any bigger than this.

Live BARTV Coverage of this representative fixture commences at 2.55pm this Saturday.

The squad for Saturday’s game is: 

Marcus DeLeur

Cardiff

 

Jack Lennon

Cardiff

Nick Tomlinson

Cardiff

 

Tom Yensch

Cardiff

Pat Murphy

Gosford

 

Josh Mifsud

Killarney Vale

Tim Oosterhoff

Killarney Vale

 

Scott Reed

Killarney Vale

Chris Eddy

Nelson Bay

 

Andrew Last

Nelson Bay

Jayden Rymer

Nelson Bay

 

Conor Haswell

Newcastle City

Macaulay O’Malley

Newcastle City

 

Alex Mitchell

Singleton

Andrew Scott

Singleton

 

Corey Billins

Terrigal Avoca

Corbin Bond

Terrigal Avoca

 

Sam Ellis

Terrigal Avoca

Jack Grimmond

Terrigal Avoca

 

Jack Hardman

Warners Bay

Matt Spinks

Warners Bay

 

Lincoln Stewart

Warners Bay

Due to the Representative fixture all Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competitions have a General Bye.

BDAFL Name Rep Team

The Black Diamond AFL have named a strong squad for their representative fixture against AFL Canberra which will be played this Saturday at Manuka Oval, Canberra this Saturday commencing at 3pm.

Hunter Havel Black Diamond AFL

The squad includes eight players who will be making the BDAFL Representative debut.

AFL Canberra will be arguably the toughest representative opponent the BDAFL have played however Football Operations Manager, Garry Burkinshaw is optimistic about a strong showing.

“To get the opportunity to play a league like AFL Canberra is a fantastic opportunity for our players and one we are all looking forward to” Burkinshaw said.

“Representative football is an important part of the BDAFL and we will continue to strive to play quality opposition. This years squad has a mixture of youth and experience and our new Coach, Rowan Bilkey is looking forward to taking the team to Canberra” he added.

The squad will train tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Feighan Park, Warners Bay and Thursday night at Adelaide St Oval, Tumbi Umbi before travelling to Canberra on Friday afternoon.

Full squad

Marcus DeLeur

Cardiff

 

Jack Lennon

Cardiff

Nick Tomlinson

Cardiff

 

Tom Yensch

Cardiff

Pat Murphy

Gosford

 

Josh Mifsud

Killarney Vale

Tim Oosterhoff

Killarney Vale

 

Scott Reed

Killarney Vale

Andrew Last

Nelson Bay

 

Jayden Rymer

Nelson Bay

Conor Haswell

Newcastle City

 

Macaulay O’Malley

Newcastle City

Alex Mitchell

Singleton

 

Andrew Scott

Singleton

Corey Billins

Terrigal Avoca

 

Corbin Bond

Terrigal Avoca

Sam Ellis

Terrigal Avoca

 

Jack Grimmond

Terrigal Avoca

Brandon Thomas

Terrigal Avoca

 

Jayson Van Dam

Terrigal Avoca

Jack Hardman

Warners Bay

 

Matt Spinks

Warners Bay

Lincoln Stewart

Warners Bay

 

Rowan Bilkey

Coach

Marty Reiman

Assistant Coach

 

Sean McGrath

Assistant Coach

Black Diamond AFL Media Release - Women's Gala Day and Season Launch This Weekend

It is a big weekend for the Black Diamond AFL with the annual Women’s Gala Day on Saturday and the Season Launch on Sunday.

This Saturday, will see all sixteen teams take to the field for the annual Black Diamond AFL Women’s Gala Day at Tulkaba Park, Teralba.

It will be the first time that new teams in Port Stephens, Terrigal Avoca, The Entrance Bateau Bay and Wallsend-West Newcastle are seen in action.

The action commences at 9.30am with all teams guaranteed three matches , each consisting of two ten minute halves.

Any women who are interested in having a game are welcome to come along on the day.

Full draw is as follows:

Time

Main Ground

 

No 2 Ground

9.30am

Newcastle City White vs Warners Bay

 

Port Stephens vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Wyong Lakes

 

Muswellbrook vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

10.30am

Newcastle City White vs Killarney Vale

 

Port Stephens vs Muswellbrook

11.00am

Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes 

 

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

11.30am

Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale

 

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Muswellbrook

12.00pm

Newcastle City White vs Wyong Lakes

 

Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Port Stephens

12.30pm

Newcastle City Navy vs Gosford

 

Terrigal Avoca vs Lake Macquarie

1.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Maitland

 

Cardiff vs Singleton

1.30pm

Maitland vs Newcastle City Navy

 

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

2.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

 

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

2.30pm

Gosford vs Maitland

 

Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca

3.00pm

Newcastle City Navy vs Nelson Bay

 

Lake Macquarie vs Cardiff

Then on Sunday, Belmont 16 Footers Sailing Club will be the venue for the 2018 Season Launch.

Channel 10 personality, Michael Cain will host the event which will include interviews with coaches from all teams.

The event starts at 12pm.

Pippa Smyth to Make AFLW Debut on Sunday.

Great news for women's football in the BDAFL with Nelson Bay's, Pippa Smyth named to make her AFLW debut this Sunday against reigning AFLW premiers, Adelaide at Blacktown International Sports Park commencing at 4.35pm.

Pippa_Smyth

Smyth will be the first local player to play in the AFLW competition.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 22 year old who only took up playing AFL three years ago for the Nelson Bay Marlins.

Since being draft by the Giants in October, it has been a sharp learning curve for Smyth as she worked on learning a game that many other players have been playing since their childhood.

"Training has been great, its been hard work, but I'm loving it" Smyth said recently.

"I have a lot to work on and improve, but so lucky to be given this experience so far" she added.

Smyth had her first AFLW experience when she played in a practice match against Brisbane in the lead up to the season.

Smyth is excited in the lead up to the game.

“I’m not sure how much game time I will get but I am super excited to be given the opportunity” Smyth said

No doubt there will be plenty of BDAFL supporters in the crowd on Saturday to support Pippa and the Giants.

BDAFL to Implement Player Points System in 2018

The Black Diamond AFL and AFL NSW/ACT have released the Community Club Sustainability Program (CCSP) which will be implemented in the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition in 2018.

BDAFL

The CCSP will replace the Equalisation Policy which was in place for 2017.- Download HERE.

The CCSP is the result of a process that began in late 2016 at the initiation of the BDAFL Board in moving towards the introduction of more clubs to the Black Diamond Cup competition as well as addressing the disparity in playing strength across the leagues premier competition, a situation that has become the norm over the past ten seasons.

The CCSP draws from a similar program being introduced in the Canberra competition this year with some adjustments made for localised factors. The key factors are:

· a tailored Player Points System that will classify each player playing in the Black Diamond Cup competition into one of 6 categories (and points values);

· Additions and Deductions to be applied to the Player Points System to address local conditions;

· the introduction of a League Equalisation Panel to assess the appropriateness of the application of the Player Points System as it is applied to specific players; and

· the Player Points Cap, as determined by the Board and AFLNSWACT, for each club for the 2018 season.

The Player Points Cap applicable for 2018 are as follows:

34 points – Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca
38 points – Cardiff
40 points – Killarney Vale, Nelson Bay & Warners Bay
45 points – Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Singleton and Wyong Lakes

The Player Points Caps will be reviewed annually reflect not only the long term dominance of the competition by Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca but also the support needed for the new teams being promoted into the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition in 2018.

In addition to the Player Points System therefore, in 2018 there will be a Home Player Threshold implemented. Each club’s team sheet for Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup matches must include at least 12 Home Players. A Home Player is a player who:
· Played 40 or more games at the aligned Junior club up to and including U18 competitions;

· Has only played at that club; OR

· Has not played in the previous 36 months.

Chairman of the BDAFL Equalisation Working Party, Mr Kevin Greaves is pleased with the outcome and believes that given time the CCSP will deliver its desired outcomes.

“Whilst the BDAFL’s Equalisation Working Party, consisting of 12 members across a broad cross section of the BDAFL community, originally sought a continuation of the 2017 recruiting cap, applied without discrimination across the competition, given the effectiveness of the policy in delivering equalisation immediately, it was determined that this would not fit within AFL NSW/ACT policy”. Mr Greaves said.

“The BDAFL Equalisation Working Party delivered their recommendations to the Board and AFL NSW/ACT in October 2017 and there began negotiations around the application of the Player Points System in delivering a more even spread of player talent through the competition and more competitive football in our premier competition”. he added.

“It was a long process but a very interesting one and we are very thankful for the members of the group for their time and willingness to engage in the conversation.”

The CCSP will only apply to the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition in 2018 however consideration will be given to applying the policy into the Women’s and even the Reserve Grade competition in future years.