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:


Main Ground


No 2 Ground


Newcastle City White vs Warners Bay


Port Stephens vs The Entrance Bateau Bay


Killarney Vale vs Wyong Lakes


Muswellbrook vs Wallsend-West Newcastle


Newcastle City White vs Killarney Vale


Port Stephens vs Muswellbrook


Warners Bay vs Wyong Lakes 


The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle


Warners Bay vs Killarney Vale


The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Muswellbrook


Newcastle City White vs Wyong Lakes


Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Port Stephens


Newcastle City Navy vs Gosford


Terrigal Avoca vs Lake Macquarie


Nelson Bay vs Maitland


Cardiff vs Singleton


Maitland vs Newcastle City Navy


Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca


Nelson Bay vs Gosford


Lake Macquarie vs Singleton


Gosford vs Maitland


Singleton vs Terrigal Avoca


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.


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.


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.

2018 Black Diamond AFL Fixtures

The 2018 Black Diamond AFL Fixtures have been released.

The season which will commence on Saturday, 7 April 2018 and conclude on Saturday, 1 September 2018 will see an expanded Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition with eleven (11) teams competing. The Women’s competition has also continued to grow with sixteen (16) teams competing. The Reserve Grade competition has been renamed the “Black Diamond Plate” and will include (14) teams.

All competitions will play a top seven finals series.

Other points of interest from the fixture include:

All competitions will have a bye for the Representative Fixtures on 19 May;
The popular Indigenous Round will be held on 2 June which will once again see a number of clubs wear specially designed jumpers for the day;
Women's Round will be held on 14 July 2018.


Garry Burkinshaw Football Operations Manager 0400 725384

Black Diamond 2018 Competition Structure

Following on from the announcement of the new single governance model for AFL in the region, the 2018 competition structure for the Black Diamond competitions have been released.

The competition will include two senior men's competitions, a women's competitions and a new social competition, whilst a point system will also be introduced into the Black Diamond Cup competition for the first time.

In all 41 teams will compete across the men's and women's competitions, with nominations still to be called for the social competition (over 30-35 years).

As previously advised the Black Diamond Cup competition will consist of 11 teams, an increase of 5 from 2017 and as such a Community Club Sustainability Program (CCSP i.e. points system) will be introduced to assist in the competitive balance of the competition.

The details of the CCSP are almost finalised however is expected to include a “Team Points Cap” which clubs will need to adhere to for each Black Diamond Cup match. In addition to this there will be a “ Home Player” component whereby clubs will be required to play a minimum number of “Home Players” in each Black Diamond Cup match.

BDAFL Board Member, Kevin Greaves has been working with AFL NSW/ACT on developing the CCSP and is happy with how it is shaping up.

"An effective CCSP is important for the competitive balance of the Black Diamond Cup competition, especially with the new clubs joining the competition" Greaves said.

"Whilst finding the right model is not easy, we are happy with how it is progressing and certainly believe it will have an effect, especially in the spread of new players across all the clubs" he added.

The women's competition continues to grow with new teams entered from existing clubs Terrigal Avoca and The Entrance Bateau Bay whilst teams from new clubs Wallsend-West Newcastle and Port Stephens have been accepted for the first time.

Newcastle City have been granted permission to field two women's teams under their own banner, with an internal draft to be held to spread the talent amongst both teams following the Blues domination of the 2017 Women's competition.

Overall 16 women's teams will compete in the one competition in 2018.

The competition will commence on Saturday, 7 April 2018 with all Grand Finals to be held on 1 September 2018. The Home and Away season will run for 18 weeks which all teams playing 16 matches and having two byes with the finals consisting of a top 7 being run over three weeks.

Full competition structure:

Black Diamond Cup – 11 Teams

Black Diamond Plate – 14 Teams

Black Diamond Women’s – 16 Teams







Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie

Killarney Vale

Killarney Vale

Killarney Vale




Nelson Bay



Newcastle City

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay


Newcastle City

Newcastle City - Navy

Terrigal Avoca


Newcastle City - White

Warners Bay

Terrigal Avoca

Port Stephens

Wyong Lakes

The Entrance Bateau Bay



Wallsend – West Newcastle **

Terrigal Avoca


Warners Bay

The Entrance Bateau Bay


Wyong Lakes

Wallsend – West Newcastle **


Warners Bay


Wyong Lakes


Black Diamond Cup

-       Includes all senior teams except Muswellbrook and The Entrance Bateau Bay

Black Diamond Plate

-       Muswellbrook and The Entrance Bateau Bay senior teams have been granted approval to participate in this competition due to them only having the one team.

-       AFL NSW/ACT are currently attempting to establish a senior men’s team from Wallsend-West Newcastle and if successful will field a team in this competition

Black Diamond Women’s

-       All sixteen teams to play in the one competition

-       New teams from Port Stephens, Terrigal Avoca, The Entrance Bateau Bay and Wallsend-West Newcastle

-       Newcastle to field two teams. The talent will be split across both women’s teams via a player draft.

-       Newcastle City will assist in the establishment of Wallsend-West Newcastle women’s team


Wal Bembic                  BDAFL President            0428 881 811
Kevin Greaves              BDAFL Board Member    0418 509 969
Garry Burkinshaw         BDAFL Footy Ops Mgr    0400 725 384