2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 11 Preview

Round 11 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday . Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

 

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Maitland vs Warners Bay

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

3.30pm

 

Nelson Bay - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Newcastle City Stars vs Maitland

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

 12.00pm

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Nelson Bay

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Bateau Bay

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Port Stephens

Feighan Park

12.00pm

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Cardiff vs Wyong Lakes

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Terrigal Avoca

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Singleton vs Killarney Vale

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Newcastle City vs Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

Maitland vs Warners Bay

Max McMahon Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Nelson Bay

Weeraman Field

    2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Bateau Bay

2.00pm

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2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 11 Preview

In the Black Diamond Cup, Cardiff host Wyong Lakes; Maitland are at home to Warners Bay; Lake Macquarie host Terrigal Avoca; Gosford are away to Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground and in the BARTV Match of the Round, Singleton host Killarney Vale.

Cardiff, fresh off the Bye last week, are strong favourites to account for Wyong Lakes at Hillsborough. The Hawks are nine from nine this season and have winners all over the ground. From the back six led expertly by Zac Metcalfe, Nick Tomlinson and Chad Mayo, to a forward line featuring Josh Murphy and small forward Lachlan Price, to their stacked midfield, led by skipper Simon O’Brien and featuring Marcus DeLeur, Jack Lennon, Matt Vukovic and ruckman Tom Yensch.

Wyong Lakes have struggled in recent weeks as a large injury list has taken its toll on coach Michael Tos’ men. The Magpies have consistent performers in ruck duo Brendan Charlton and Brayden Tos, utility Peter Drzal, fullback Carter Jones and rover Leigh Moore. Justin McPhan needs more support from his fellow forwards, with the Magpies struggling for alternate avenues to goal when opposition defences peel off their man to stop the strongly-built McPhan from having one-on-one marking contests.

Maitland, fresh off their second win of the season last week, welcome fourth-placed Warners Bay to Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford.

Pat McMahon’s timely return last week makes a big difference to the Saints, as has the consistency of Mitch Norquay, Mitch Greaves, veteran Rob Eddy Riley Newstead and Andrew Willmot. The Saints have quickly adjusted to the revamped Max McMahon Oval, which is now MCG-sized and creates lots of open space for the Saints to take advantage of.

The Bulldogs are progressing quietly and efficiently, with Coach Marty Reiman finally starting to get close to his best 22 on the field. The expected return from injury this week of key forward Kayne Gibbs and the electrifying Jack Hardman will give the Bulldogs great confidence heading into a game they must win. Sitting one game behind third-placed Newcastle City, the Bulldogs will be eyeing off third or fourth place at the end of the home and away season, enabling them to play their semi-final against a team below them on the ladder in the Top 7 model.

Lake Macquarie has the tough task of playing a very confident Terrigal Avoca at Tulkaba Park. The Dockers, winless this season, have had a lack of playing depth and playing experience exposed with their promotion to the Cup in 2018. Rory Sleeth, Oliver Bunny, Riley Janissen, Daniel Zuzek and Damon Tually have all shown some good patches of form during the season, with Bunny’s last month of football having him in the Dockers best six each week. Coach Tom Croft will look to the second half of the season to get more games and Cup experience into his younger players in a bid for significant improvement in 2019.

Terrigal Avoca will be very confident of a smooth path to the Finals after their clinical and thorough victory over Newcastle City last week. Typical of Chris Bishop-coached sides, the Panthers outstanding defence, despite missing James Hart, kept high-flying City to one goal last week, a terrific achievement. Like many other sides in the Cup Competition, the Panthers don’t have a traditional key full-forward, electing instead to rotate Brandon Thomas, Thomas Cresswell, Pete Van Dam and Sam Ellis through the forward line at various times. Bishop and James Webster head a starstudded midfield rotation, and the Panthers back six works as a very cohesive unit.

Newcastle City will look for an immediate return to form this week when they host Gosford on Big Freeze Day at No.1 Sportsground. City kept Terrigal Avoca to six goals last week, led by Ethan Durbridge, Conor Haswell and Ian Baker in the backline. Durbridge’s intercept marking and long raking left foot kicks were a feature and will prove very dangerous on the relatively short No.1 Sportsground. Chris Jackson will be better for the run last week, and his on-ball combination with Mitchell Knight will be sure to have grabbed the attention of Tigers Coach Josh Barty.

Gosford are struggling somewhat with injuries, with Adam Lyons out for the season, Barty struggling with a leg injury and backline general Scott Burkinshaw out for the past month with a serious leg injury himself. The loss of Lyons put added pressure on key forward Tim Eather, and Alex Remy, follower Patrick Murphy and Lewis Baker will all need to step up if the Tigers are to seriously challenge the Blues.

In the BARTV Match of the Round, it’s fifth versus sixth on the ladder as Singleton host Killarney Vale at Rose Point Park.

The Roosters’s nail-biting victory away to Nelson Bay last week was an important win for coach Andrew Scott and his men, consolidating their place in the ladder and putting them two games and percentage in front of eighth placed Wyong Lakes. Mercurial forward Jackson Kolatchew kicked five goals last Saturday and will enjoy the wide-open spaces at home this week. Kolatchew is very important for the Roosters, giving them a second key target (along with Travis Bates) as well as bringing the Roosters small men into the game at every contest. Cam White has been extremely consistent for Singleton this year, working well with star followers Sam Brasington and coach Scott.

The return of veteran forward Bryce Singleton has been a catalyst for a very good run of form for the Bombers. Sitting in 6th place but with a favourable percentage, a win this week would see them leapfrog Singleton into the all-important 5th place, with the opportunity to play a 4 vs 5 semi-final in week one of the finals if they hold their form.

Kyall Walford has shrugged off early-season injury and is a very important part of coach Scott Reed’s midfield. Walford works very well with centre Josh Mifsud, League ruckman Tim Oosterhoff and Reed to get quality ball to the Bombers forward line. How Reed elects to combat the deadly Brasington-Scott combination this week will be fascinating, as control of the clearances will be vital to the two evenly-matched squads.

Nelson Bay has the Bye this week.

In the GE Womens Competition, the undefeated Newcastle City Stars kickstart four games of football on Big Freeze Day at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground when they host Maitland; The Entrance Bateau Bay welcome Wallsend-West Newcastle to the Bateau Bay Sports Facility; Warners Bay host Port Stephens at Feighan Park; Wyong Lakes have an important game at Hillsborough against Cardiff; Singleton host Killarney Vale at Rose Point Park; Lake Macquarie are at home to Terrigal Avoca; League leaders Nelson Bay make the long trek to Muswellbrook to take on the Cats and the Newcastle City Novas host Gosford at No.1 Sportsground.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Cardiff are at home to Wyong Lakes; Singleton host Killarney Vale; Terrigal Avoca are away to Lake Macquarie; first-placed Newcastle City host Gosford; Maitland are at home to Warners Bay; Wallsend-West Newcastle head to the Bateau Bay Sports Facility to play The Entrance Bateau Bay and fourth-placed Muswellbrook are at home to Nelson Bay

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 10 Preview

Round 10 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday . Fixtures and preview below.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

BDAFL

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Gosford

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Singleton

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Maitland vs Wyong Lakes

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Feighan Park

2.00pm

 

Cardiff - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Nelson Bay vs Port Stephens

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Newcastle City Nova’s

Hylton Moore Oval

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Gosford

Adelaide St Oval

 12.00pm

Newcastle City Stars vs Singleton

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Maitland vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Feighan Park

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Cardiff

Bill Elliott Oval

12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Gosford

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Feighan Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Singleton

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wyong Lakes

Weeraman Field

2.00pm

Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Cardiff

Bill Elliott Oval

    2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Newcastle City

Bateau Bay

2.00pm

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-916-0-0-0&a=FIXTURE&compID=478412

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 10 Preview

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Round 10 fixtures on Saturday, Bombers legend Dane Amidy plays his historic 300th First Grade for Killarney Vale as they host Central Coast rivals Gosford at Adelaide St Oval; Nelson Bay, after a heart-stopping win over Wyong Lakes last week, have a massive clash against ladder rivals Singleton at Dock Burwell Oval; Warners Bay host Lake Macquarie at Feighan Park; Wyong Lakes have a must-win fixture at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford against tenth-placed Maitland; and in the match of the season so far, fierce rivals and league heavyweights Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City do battle in the BARTV Match of the Round at Hylton Moore Oval. Cardiff has the Bye.

In the BARTV Match of the Round great rivals and the dominant force of the BDAFL over the past decade, Terrigal Avoca & Newcastle City, do battle in what will be a pivotal fixture if the winner of this game can knock off Cardiff later this season.

City have been terrific since a close Round 1 loss at Hillsborough. Patrick Gillingham has been in scintillating form up forward for City, and who Panthers Coach Chris Bishop elects to start on Gillingham will be fascinating, given Gillingham’s speed and ground level skills. Youngsters Reed van Huisstede and Max Quinlan are showing the City hierarchy that they are definitely up to City’s very high Cup standards, with the return of talented ruckman Chris Jackson (knee) a great boost for influential Blues followers Conor Haswell and veteran Mitchell Knight.

The Panthers have been unstoppable in recent weeks and just love playing against Newcastle City. The sublime James Webster, hobbled over the last 12 months with a debilitating knee injury, has found his best form and that spells trouble for the entire competition, not just City. With Jasper
Davis performing much of the ruckwork around the ground, Bishop has been able to free up Sam Ellis to go forward, to good effect. Although Lachlan White (ankle) is a long-term injury, Bishop has plenty of options through the midfield, including representative rover Jack Grimmond, Bishop
himself and Sam O’Brien.

How the Panthers back six manage City’s potent forward line will be ket to the outcome of the contest.

Killarney Vale celebrate their fortieth anniversary and Amidy’s 300th First Grade game in a very important fixture for both clubs. Gosford have four wins so far this season and Killarney Vale three, so this pivotal Round 10 clash is hugely important for both teams’ aspirations of finishing inside the Top and indeed in the Top 5, thereby avoiding League powerhouses Cardiff, Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City in the first round of the finals.

The return of veteran full-forward Bryce Singleton has been massive for Bombers Coach Scott Reed. With Singleton playing out of the square, this has freed Reed up to alternate between centre-half forward and ruck-rover, often to devastating effect. The continuous improvement of League
ruckman Tim Oosterhoff, a fully fit Josh Mifsud, Singleton’s influence and the class of Kyall Walford give Reed much optimism of a Finals berth after a tough couple of seasons at Adelaide St.

The Tigers will have circled this date as a fixture vitally important to their chances of finishing fifth or higher on the ladder. The expected return of Tigers Coach Josh Barty will be key for the Tigers to provide a second target up forward next to key forward Tim Eather. Follower Daniel White has been excellent all season for the Tigers, alongside the versatile Tim Paavola and Lewis Baker.

Nelson Bay, who restored faith and confidence with a great, come-from-behind victory over Wyong Lakes last Saturday, host Singleton in a huge fixture at Dick Burwell Oval. Billy Barton has been a shining light in the ruck all year for Coach Sean McGrath, and the timely return from illness of stars Jayden Rymer and Chris Eddy could not have come at a better time for Nelson Bay as they seek a return to finals footy. Mark Spencer’s four goals last week were massive, and the addition of rugged Andrew Last has given McGrath a solid presence around the ground.

Singleton, after an away win last week, head to the Tomaree Peninsula knowing they must win to keep their hopes of a Top 5 finish well and truly alive. Follower Sam Brasington and lively utility Cam White have been in very good form over the last month, with Brasington sure to enjoy the wide
open spaces at Dick Burwell Oval. Coach Andrew Scott is has been simply superb over the past month, both in the centre for his Roosters and at representative level.

Warners Bay, who were looking at having 12 players out last week before a timely wet weather cancellation, have had good news on the injury front, with only Josh Rainieri likely to be a long-term casualty. Despite missing ruck-rover Jake Roach (wedding) this Saturday, coach Marty Reiman has an excellent back six led by Linc Stewart and Lachlan Deverell, a solid midfield led by Ben Hunter, Nick Turner, Matt Spinks and Jack Hardman, with Kayne Gibbs hopeful of a return up front this week.

Lake Macquarie has a talented top of younger players, led by Damon Tually and Riley Janissen. A lack of depth has hurt the Dockers all season, with Daniel Zuzek and Oliver Bunny consistent contributors all season for coach Tom Croft.

Wyong Lakes have a crucial away fixture in Rutherford as they play the struggling, injury-depleted Maitland Saints. Fullback Carter Jones, rover Leigh Moore and ruckmen Brendan Charlton & Brayden Tos have consistent all year for Michael Tos, especially in the long absence of Chris Koop-Folkes (cheekbone). Key forward Justin McPhan has struggled all year with a persistent leg injury and his four goals last week was a positive sign for the Magpies moving forward.

The Saints had a tough day last week at East Gosford against a rampant, ruthless Panthers outfit, and will look forward to the familiar environs of Max McMahon Oval this week. Andrew Wilmott and Mitch Greaves, along with Dylan Bennett, have shown good form as the Saints have had a wretched run of injuries and unavailability.

In the GE Womens Competition, the first ever Port Stephens derby takes place at Dick Burwell Oval, with the Marlins hosting the Port Stephens Power. Killarney Vale are at home to Gosford in a crucial match for both sides, hopeful of finals berths; Wallsend-West Newcastle are at home to Cardiff; Warners Bay host Lake Macquarie at Feighan Park; the Newcastle City Novas head to East Gosford to play hosts Terrigal Avoca; The Entrance Bateau Bay head to Rutherford to play the Maitland Saints; the undefeated Newcastle City Stars host Singleton at No.1 Sportsground and Wyong Lakes make the journey to Weeraman Field to play the Muswellbrook Cats.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Killarney Vale host Gosford at Adelaide St Oval; Lake Macquarie are away to near-neighbours Warners Bay; Terrigal Avoca are at home to Maitland; Nelson Bay host SIngleton at Dick Burwell Oval; The Entrance Bateau Bay welcome first-placed Newcastle City to the Bateau Bay Sports Facility; Wallsend-West Newcastle welcome Cardiff to Bill Elliott Oval in Maryland and Muswellbrook host Wyong Lakes at Weeraman Field.

ROUND 10 FOOTBALL RECORD...

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 9 Preview

Round 9 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview listed below.

Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Newcastle City vs Warners Bay

No 1 Sportsground

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Gosford vs Cardiff

Rogers Park

2.00pm

 

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

 

Terrigal Avoca vs Maitland

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Wyong Lakes vs Nelson Bay

Don Small Oval

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s - General Bye

Black Diamond Plate - General Bye

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2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 9 Preview

Round 9 action in the Black Diamond Cup sees Wyong Lakes at home to Nelson Bay, Maitland away to Terrigal Avoca, Newcastle City at home to Warners Bay, Gosford hosting undefeated Cardiff and Lake Macquarie at home to the Singleton Roosters.

Nelson Bay have a difficult road trip to Tacoma to take on Wyong Lakes, in a game they must win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Coach Sean McGrath will be sweating on the return of Jayden Rymer and Chris Eddy, who both missed last week’s tough loss to Gosford with the flu.

Rugged utility Andrew Last has been consistently in Nelson Bay’s best players all season, with regular support from club stalwarts Ben Thompson, Joel Erickson, Adam Grinyer, Eddy and followers Rymer and Billy Barton.

Wyong Lakes themselves will be keen to return the winners list after a last start loss to Newcastle City.

The Magpies already have one major scalp at home this year (Killarney Vale) and must win to keep tabs with Gosford and Singleton, who will be warm favourites to beat the Dockers. Big men Brayden Tos and Brendan Charlton have been very good in recent weeks for coach Michael Tos, with other notable performances from Carter Jones at fullback and rover Leigh Moore. Key forward Justin McPhan’s gradual return to form from injury will be hugely important if the Magpies are to play finals footy this August.

Terrigal Avoca will warm up for their blockbuster June 16 clash with Newcastle City when they host Maitland at Hylton Moore Oval.

Tap ruckman Jasper Davis was in excellent form last week, freeing up Sam Ellis to play as another tall forward alongside Peter Van Dam. Coach Chris Bishop has his back six playing (as always) as a cohesive unit, led by Will McKellar, Jayson Van Dam and Corbin Bond. A long-term injury to Lachlan White (ankle) means Sam O’Brien, James Webster, Bishop and Matt Shortal are rotating through the midfield on a constant basis.

Maitland have had a tough season so far, their only victory coming over Lake Macquarie. A lack of depth has hurt the Saints, as have the long-term injuries to star forwards Patrick McMahon and Wade Beard. Bailey Challen, 100-gamer Mitch Greaves and Thomas Grimmer have all been
consistent for the Saints, alongside veteran Rob Eddy. The Saints have a massive task facing an inform Panthers outfit at East Gosford, with coach David Ross sure to spend time devising a way to kick a winnings core against the miserly Panthers defence.

Newcastle City head into their local derby with Warners Bay chock-full of confidence and knowing that the Bulldogs will be severely depleted with injury. City have Patrick Gillingham leading the League goalkicking after managing sixteen majors in his last two games. Nick Turner and Nick
Medcalfe may spend time on the destructive Gillingham, who is thriving on quality ball being delivered by influential Blues midfielders Mitchell Knight and Conor Haswell.

Young forwards Max Quinlan and Reed van Huisstede have also been in fine form for the Blues, who will use this week’s game as the ideal lead-in to their massive fixture away to fierce rivals Terrigal Avoca on June 16

Warners Bay coach Marty Reiman will have some interesting selection dilemmas this week with the following Cup regulars unavailable through injury or work commitments; Oscar Anderson, Jack Hardman, Josh Rainieri, Kobe McClure, Kayne Gibbs, Corey Deverell, David McGuinness and Ben Hunter. The superb return to form after a long injury lay-off by Jake Roach was the only highlight of a tough day last Saturday for the depleted Dogs, and it does not get any easier this week playing a flying City team at No.1

Gosford, fresh off an excellent away win over Nelson Bay last week, welcome undefeated League leaders Cardiff to Rogers Park. The Tigers will be sweating on the fitness of coach Josh Barty (hamstring), Adam Lyons (leg), Daniel White (toe) and Tristan Carter (illness), who all failed to finish last wee’s game. Barty needs all four players up and running, with the return of centre-half back Scott Burkinshaw (leg) at least another three weeks away. Full forward Tim Eather will have his hands full with Cardiff’s outstanding fullback Zac Metcalfe, and Barty will need a tall option down back when Tom Yensch goes forward.

Cardiff cannot have asked for a better start to the season; eight from eight, no major injuries, a range of goalscoring options, the rapid improvement of Lachlan Price, the form of Nick Tomlinson and Yensch, after a slow start to the season, finding full form and fitness. Singleton, after recent away losses to Gosford, Terrigal Avoca and City, simply have to start winning away, and they get a perfect opportunity on Saturday when they head to Tulkaba Park to take on struggling Lake Macquarie.

Gun midfielders Sam Brasington, Alex Mitchell and coach Andrew Scott give Singleton regular quality clearances, with Scott moving back into the centre after starting the season across half-back. Andrew Macpherson and Jacob Welsh have given Scott two solid performances in their last two games, and the Roosters must get key forward Jackson Kolatchew firing as they aim for a Top 7 spot in the second half of the season.

The Dockers have struggled all season, particularly in getting the same 22 players on the paddock each week. Wingman Daniel Zuzek and ruckman Riley Janissen have been shining lights for Lake this season, supported by Rory Sleeth and Damon Tually. Janissen acts as an extra ruck-rover with his excellent ground-level skills, whilst Zuzek often gets 25-30 touches each week given his speed and ability to break tackles.

Killarney Vale has the Bye this week.

There are General Byes in the GE Womens Competition and the Black Diamond Plate this week.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 8 Preview

This Saturday the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL will be celebrating ‘Indigenous Round” with the majority of clubs wearing specially design guernseys for the day as well as holding a number of traditional ceremonies prior to the Black Diamond Cup matches. Fixtures and Preview are listed below.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Park

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Singleton vs Cardiff

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Maitland vs Killarney Vale

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

2.00pm

 

Lake Macquarie - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Maitland vs Killarney Vale

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Park

  12.00pm

Singleton vs Lake Macquarie

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City Stars

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Cardiff

Bateau Bay

12.00pm

Port Stephens vs Newcastle City Nova’s

Ferodale Park

12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Warners Bay vs Terrigal Avoca

Feighan Park

10.00am

Singleton vs Lake Macquarie

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Gosford

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs Newcastle City

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Killarney Vale

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Weeraman Field

    2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Cardiff

Bateau Bay

2.00pm

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-916-0-0-0&a=FIXTURE&compID=478412

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 8 Preview

Round 8 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday, with a number of teams looking for a win to improve their chances of playing finals in 2018. The Round will also see the BADFL celebrate Indigenous Round with a number of clubs wearing specially designed guernsey’s for the day.

In the Match of the Round, Warners Bay enter a season-defining seven days this Saturday, with Terrigal Avoca at home followed by Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground. The return from long-term injury of follower Jake Roach was a massive boost last week, and Saturday will give Bulldogs Coach Marty Reiman his first opportunity to select from a full squad all season, after Jack Hardman and Ben Hunter missed last Saturday’s solid win over Gosford at Adcock Park. Warners Bay sit a game and 70 percent in front of Wyong Lakes and Singleton, and an upset win over Terrigal Avoca would see them draw level with the Panthers on 5 wins apiece.

This game will be won and lost in the midfield. Coach Chris Bishop has a multitude of players able to rotate through the middle, and Sam Ellis’ battle with improving Bulldogs ruckman Tom McDonell will be important to both sides chances. Warners Bay may elect to put a tag on the influential and wily Bishop, with Nick Turner an option to play on the Panthers coach. The Bulldogs backline, in good form of late, will have their hands full with Pete Van Dam, small forward Brandon Thomas and Ellis when he rests up forward. Kayne Gibbs will start in the goalsquare and may have Will McKellar for company from the get-go. This game should be a cracker and BARTV coverage commences from
Feighan Oval at 1.55pm.

Nelson Bay, last start losers away to City, return to Dick Burwell, where they are normally a six goal better team than when they are on the road, when they host Gosford in a game they need to win if they are to keep in touch with the top 7.

Reliable backmen Joel Erickson and David Wood always give coach Sean McGrath their very best efforts in support of stars Rymer, Adam Grinyer, Chris Eddy and rugged big man Andrew Last. McGrath will be hoping for the return of consistent ruckman Billy Barton to boost their chances. Gosford sit in sixth place on the ladder and must find their best away form to challenge the Marlins. Tigers coach Josh Barty was outstanding last week against Warners Bay and will need a continuance of that good form as the Tigers seek to quell the influence of star Nelson Bay follower Jayden Rymer. With an injury cloud over centre-half back Scott Burkinshaw, Barty must get four quarters of consistent football from Tristan Carter, Daniel White and gun forwards Tim Eather and Adam Lyons. Newcastle City have been in scintillating form since a close Round 1 loss to Cardiff. Patrick Gillingham’s extraordinary 11-goal haul last Saturday during City’s 100-point victory over Nelson Bay capitalized on great work up the ground from representative backman Conor Haswell, burly ruckman Cam Keast, Mitchell Knight and the speedy Jackson Crawford.

Wyong Lakes badly missed Chris Koop-Folkes (fractured cheekbone) last week and will be without the experienced follower for at least another five weeks. Ruckman Brendan Charlton, rover Leigh Moore, rangy fullback Carter Jones and Brayden Tos were in fine form against the Roosters last week and coach Michael Tos will need an improved performance this week if the Magpies are to upset a very confident City outfit.

Maitland has won just the one game this season, and welcomed back star forward Patrick McMahon for host game of the year last week. McMahon’s immediate good form was a big lift for the struggling Saints, who are still coming to terms with the absence of Wade Beard, Jim Taranto, Tim Sheldon and Ben Stewart. Mitchell Greaves has been a standout this year for the Saints who have improved through the acquisition of veteran midfielder, Andrew Wilmott. The Saints will be confident of upsetting Killarney Vale however to do so will need to put in the same effort they displayed against Cardiff in the first half last week, however they will need to do it for the full four quarters.

The return of veteran full-forward Bryce Singleton has been a real shot in the arm for Scott Reed and his Bombers. Singleton kicked ten goals against struggling Lake Macquarie last week, and Maitland coach David Ross will have sleepless nights on deciding a match up for the dynamic forward. Centre Josh Mifsud is just about back to full fitness and form after a debilitating leg injury ruined his 2017 season and 2018 pre-season. Club legend Dane Amidy continues to close in on 300 First Grade games for his beloved Killarney Vale, and his experience provides great leadership for the youthful Bombers outfit.

Singleton produced a solid defensive display last week in their win over Wyong Lakes, but undefeated Cardiff present the Roosters’ biggest challenge of the season so far. Brandon Quinn provided run and carry last week for coach Andrew Scott and will have a huge battle with Cardiff’s midfielders Simon O’Brien, Jack Lennon and Matt Vukovic. Scott and Alex Mitchell moved between the half-back line and the centre at will last week, with gun ruck-rover Sam Brasington showing the benefits of playing in Gippsland last year. Brasington’s expected battle with Marcus DeLeur will be a highlight this Saturday. Veteran full-forward Travis Bates, fresh from a polished five goal effort last week, will have his hands full with Zac Metcalfe this week. Cam White may be the initial matchup for gun small forward Lachlan Price, with Price’s blinding speed sure to be a problem for Singleton’s back six.

In the GE Women’s Competition, The Entrance Bateau Bay host Cardiff; undefeated Nelson Bay welcome third-placed Gosford to Dick Burwell Oval; the top of the ladder Newcastle City Stars venture to Tacoma to play Wyong Lakes; Warners Bay are at home to Terrigal Avoca; Port Stephens host the Newcastle City Novas; Killarney Vale head to Rutherford to play the Maitland Saints; Singleton are at home to the Lake Macquarie Dockers and Muswellbrook have a good chance at their third victory of the season when they host Wallsend-West Newcastle at Weeraman Field.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Muswellbrook host Wallsend-West Newcastle at Weeraman Field; Gosford make the long trek to the Tomaree Peninsula to play Nelson Bay; Newcastle City will present a huge challenge for Wyong Lakes at Don Small Oval in Tacoma; Warners Bay welcome Terrigal Avoca to Feighan Oval; Maitland host Killarney Vale at Max McMahon Oval; Singleton are at home to Lake Macquarie and in a big Top 7 clash, third placed Cardiff play The Entrance Bateau Bay at the Bateau Bay Sporting Facility.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 7 Preview

After a general bye for the Representative Fixture, Round 7 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday. Fixtures and Preview below.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Terrigal-Avoca vs Newcastle

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

Broadcast Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Maitland

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Gosford vs Warners Bay

Adcock Park

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale vs Lake Macquarie

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

 

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Newcastle City Stars vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

 12.00pm

Gosford vs Warners Bay

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Lake Macquarie

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Maitland vs Port Stephens

Max McMahon Oval

12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Muswellbrook

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Singleton vs Wyong Lakes

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Gosford vs Warners Bay

Adcock Park

10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Lake Macquarie

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Cardiff vs Muswellbrook

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Max McMahon Oval

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Hylton Moore Oval

  10.00am

Newcastle City vs Nelson Bay

No 1 Sportsground

11.00am

You will be able to keep to date with all results during the day at http://websites.sportstg.com/comp_info.cgi?c=0-916-0-0-0&a=FIXTURE&compID=478412

Black Diamond Cup action returns this week after a General Bye last Saturday for the representative fixture played in Canberra.

In the Match of the Round, Wyong Lakes & Singleton, sixth and seventh on the ladder, have a crucial clash at Rose Point Park. These two sides have had many spirited clashes in recent years in the Black Diamond Plate competition most notable last year when Singleton eliminated Wyong Lakes from the Premiership race after the Magpies finished minor premiers. This however will be the first meeting of the teams time in the Black Diamond Cup competition since 2011. The Magpies enter the match on the back of a stirring victory over arch rivals Killarney Vale and will be looking to the return of key forward Justin McPhan to provide another avenue to goal which was carried last start by five goals to Jarred Cross. McPhan’s return will be offset however by the expected loss of arguably their best player this year in Chris Koop-Folkes due to a facial injury. Koop-Folkes injury will mean players such as Tyler Wood and Nathan Doyle to provide support to their star midfielders Tim Hillman and Lee Moore both of whom never seem to play a bad game. Singleton are coming off a horror last four weeks, where they travelled to Gosford, Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City, all three fixtures and will welcome their return to the comforts of home where they are unbeaten this year, including a win over Warners Bay. Coach Andrew Scott is expected to be able to call on a number of key players which will certainly provide support to Sam Brasington, Alex Mitchell, Sam Brasington, Scott Moore and Cam White. Scott himself is a proven star in our competition as shown in last weeks Representative fixture where he was judged Best on Ground for the BDAFL. Scott has used himself in many positions this year however a permanent role in the midfield would certainly benefit the Roosters. When expected return in Nick McPherson who will add must needed size to the Roosters and his match up with Magpies twin towers, Brendan Charlton and Brayden Tos could be pivotal to the outcome of this match.

Warners Bay head to Gosford in what should be an interesting clash. The Bulldogs have returned to form in recent weeks whoever will be missing key players in Jack Hardman, Ben Hunter and Ryan Sorensen. Coach Marty Reiman will be hoping these losses will be offset by the return from injury of influential midfielder Jake Roach, whose long kicking be an asset on the short Adcock Park ground. Gosford pushed Terrigal Avoca for a half last start and will know that if they can repeat this effort they will be right in this contest. Daniel White has been a consistent performer all year and if he and BDAFL representative can get on top in the midfield, the leagues leading goalkicker Tim Eather could be a handful although Bulldogs fullback Lincoln Stewart will be a handful on the back of his impressive showing in the representative fixture last week.

10th-placed Killarney Vale must kick-start their season on Saturday when they host 11th-placed LakeMacquarie. The return of full forward Bryce Singleton has given the Bombers and extra dimension up forward allowing Scott Reed to push further up the ground. Tim Oosterhoff has been impressive all year as has skipper Josh Mifsud however they will need an alright performance if they are to record their first win of the season.

Lake Macquarie are yet to open their account this year, however if they can repeat the effort they showed against league leaders, Cardiff last week they will be very competitive no matter who they play. Youngster Rory Sleeth and Riley Janissen have been consistent performers all week however the Dockers will need to find a consistent avenue to goal have only averaged 30 points per game across the first six rounds. Damon Tually has shown glimpses of form and this game could be the game where he puts his stamp on the competition.

Maitland has a massive, if not insurmountable task this week after a two-week break; when they take on the undefeated Cardiff at Hillsborough Oval. The Saints, winners of just the one game this season, will need great performances from Andrew Willmot, follower Mitchell Greaves, Mitch Norquay and the veteran ex-Cardiff duo of Michael Norton and Dustin Spriggs. Coach David Ross, will be looking for his players to be more accountable when they do not have the football as this is an aspect that his let his side down this year.

Cardiff’s outstanding back six, who have been miserly in letting in an average of just 44 points a game so far, are the catalyst for the Hawks fluent attack, especially on the small confines of the Hawks Nest at Hillsborough. Nick Tomlinson, Chad Mayo, Liam Gibson and Zac Metcalfe consistently provide quality ball for the Hawks quality on-ballers in Jack Lennon, Marcus DeLeur and speedy skipper Simon O’Brien. Up forward Josh Murphy has been a consistent goal kicker for the Hawks. Newcastle City are coming off four successive victories and will look for another strong win, this time over Nelson Bay, as they seek to join Terrigal Avoca at five and one for the season. City’s depth is excellent, with the Blues not reliant on one or two players to shine each week. Conor Haswell’s move into the midfield has been a masterstroke, his clean hands and outstanding kicking giving his forwards regular quality ball. Ruckman Cameron Keast has been almost unbeatable this year consistently giving his City teammates quality possession. Youngsters Aidan Watling and Reed Van Huisstede return after playing for the Sydney Swans NEAFKL and Academy in recent weeks and their class will benefit the already strong City outfit.

Nelson Bay are two from six and need to start putting wins on the board immediately if they are to challenge for a finals berth. Coach Sean McGrath needs a much more consistent performance from his entire squad of 22, with too much work being left to stars Jayden Rymer, Adam Grinyer, Chris Eddy, Joel Erickson and ruckman Billy Barton.

In the GE Women’s Competition, the Match of the Round will see Newcastle Nova’s, fresh from the first loss of the year to their sisters “Stars” take on the undefeated Nelson Bay at No 1 Sportsground. Singleton and Wyong Lakes do battle at Rose Point Park in what should be a great contest as will Gosford and Warners Bay at Adcock Park. Fresh from their first win of the year, Cardiff will host Muswellbrook, Killarney Vale take on Lake Macquarie at Adelaide St Oval, Maitland are at home to Port Stephens, Terrigal Avoca host Wallsend-West Newcastle and the Entrance Bateau Bay will have their work cut out against competition leaders Newcastle City Stars at No 1 Sportsground. the undefeated Newcastle City Stars

In the Black Diamond Plate, Cardiff play host to Muswellbrook in what should be a great contest. Gosford host Warners Bay; Lake Macquarie head to Adelaide St Oval to play hosts Killarney Vale; The Entrance Bateau Bay head to Max McMahon Oval to play the Maitland Saints; undefeated Terrigal Avoca host Wallsend-West Newcastle at Hylton Moore Oval; Singleton host Wyong Lakes at Rose Point Park and ladder leaders Newcastle City welcome Nelson Bay to No.1 Sportsground