2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Semi-final Preview

The semi-final of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competitions will be played this weekend. All semi-finals are elimination. Preview below..

Saturday – 18 August

Weeraman Field

Singleton

vs

Warners Bay

Black Diamond Cup

2.00pm

Killarney Vale

Vs

Singleton

Women’s

12.00pm

Muswellbrook

vs

The Entrance Bateau Bay

Black Diamond Plate

10.00am

 Max McMahon Oval

Newcastle City

vs

Killarney Vale

Black Diamond Cup

2.00pm

Newcastle City Stars

Vs

Maitland

Women’s

12.00pm

Newcastle City

vs

Warners Bay

Black Diamond Plate

10.00am

Saturday – 19 August

Don Small Oval

Cardiff

vs

Wyong Lakes

Black Diamond Cup

2.00pm

Wyong Lakes

Vs

Newcastle City Nova’s

Women’s

12.00pm

Cardiff

vs

Killarney Vale

Black Diamond Plate

10.00am

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2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Semi Final Preview

It’s down to the business end of the season this weekend as Week 1 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Finals Series takes place in Muswellbrook and Maitland on Saturday and then Tacoma on Sunday.

Warners Bay and Singleton head to Weeraman Field in Muswellbrook for the 4 v 5 clash in the Top 7 structure.

The Roosters had the Bye last week, and the opportunity of getting over niggling injuries at this time of year won’t have been wasted by Coach Andrew Scott and his men. Scott and his men got over the top of the Bulldogs early in the season at Rose Point Park, so the Roosters won’t have any fears about what the Bulldogs offer. Scott and star on-baller Sam Brasington have been superb in the second half of the season as their fitness and experience have started to make a major impact.

The Roosters know they have to kick 12 goals or more to trouble the Bulldogs. The Roosters’ defence is well organized, but it is up front where Singleton must make an impact if they are to make the Preliminary Final. The enigmatic, mercurial Jackson Kolatchew must have a big game, possibly matched on Oscar Anderson or Luke Roach. Veteran full-forward Travis Bates will probably have League backman Linc Stewart for company, whilst speedy youngster Cody Carroll will be needed for at least two goals in the small forward position, possibly rotating with Alex Mitchell.

The Bulldogs, who went hard at Cardiff last week in a solid preparation for the Finals, will have League Rover Matt Spinks back after missing the last two games with a minor leg injury, Spinks’ combination with Ben Hunter and Jake Roach will be pivotal in this semi-final, up against the simply outstanding duo of Brasington and Scott. The idea of centreman Hunter and Scott on one another, both very strong over the ball, will be worth the price of admission below. Bulldogs Coach Marty Reiman may elect to have one of his taggers perform a run-with role on either Brasington or Scott.

Jake Roach looms as an important part of Bulldogs arsenal. Roach works extremely well with Hunter, often benefitting from Hunter’s contested ball gets. When he is on, Roach’s long kicking and delivery are dangerous, with Luke McKenna, brother Luke Roach and the lightning-quick Jack Hardman presenting match-up issues for the Roosters.

Newcastle City & Killarney Vale, the 3 v 6 clash, travel to Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford for their clash.

City have been excellent in the second half of the season, and produced a reasonable performance against high-flying Minor Premiers Terrigal Avoca last week.

CIty have a core of vastly experienced players in the midfield and across half-back, with their back line sure to enjoy the wide open spaces of the revamped Max McMahon Oval. Conor Haswell, one of the top 5 players in the League, has spent time in the centre and across half back all year, adding the midfield to his already impressive resume. Veterans Matt Enright and Mitchell Knight will provide lots of contested ball, and their match-up with Josh Mifsud will be a beauty.

Ruckman-forward Cam Keast, a star all year for City, gives Bombers ruckman Tim Oosterhoff “my biggest challenge, he is very strong and uses his body really well.” Oosterhoff, taller and leaner than Keast, will look to avoid contact in ruck contests with the burly City follower, with Killarney Vale needing quality ball if they are any chance of upsetting their long-term rivals. Keast will also spend time up front in cahoots with Patrick Gillingham, the 2018 BDAFL leading goalkicker, who has had his best year in Navy Blue and White.

Bombers Coach Scott Reed has some interesting decisions midweek as he makes plans for Killarney Vale’s welcome return to the finals. Bryce Singleton will play at full-forward, freeing up Reed to spend time on the ball in combination with Mifsud and Oosterhoff. Much will depend on Killarney Vale’s back six, led by Brendan Lewis, Lachlan Waters and Ben Simpson, if the Bombers are to shut down City and produce a big upset on a hard and fast Max McMahon Oval.

Cardiff and Wyong Lakes have the 2 v 7 Sunday Semi Final clash at Don Small Oval in Tacoma.

Cardiff have struggled in recent weeks, going down to Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City and being pushed all the way by Warners Bay. The Hawks have quality across the park and will need to be at their best up against a revitalized Magpies outfit, who have flown into the finals with wins over the Dockers and Tigers and who will also being playing in front of the faithful at Don Small Oval.

Match-ups in this clash are huge, particularly in the midfield. Cardiff’s Tom Yensch and Wyong Lakes’ Brayden Tos will have a massive battle in the ruck. Yensch has has a consistent second half of the season and, like Tos, plays as an extra ruck-rover. Tos was sublime against Gosford last week, putting the ball on a platter for the experienced Lee Moore and Tim Hillman. Yensch provides a huge challenge for Tos, with both men not afraid to get in an under, their hard tackling a feature of their games.

Moore’s battle with Simon O’Brien and Matt Vukovich will also be significant. Moore is a wily customer with great foot skills and excellent hands, whilst O’Brien roves very well to Yensch and has a very quick first 10 metres to enable him to create clearances.

Centres Marcus DeLeur and Tim Hillman provide the final intriguing match-up. Both men are tall followers, with DeLeur able to provide back up ruck duties to his already impressive skill set. Hillman is rated highly by the Magpies gives Tos a great second option to Moore. Hillman will need to be marked closely when he moves forward, as he delivers very well to Justin McPhan and Jared Cross. McPhan had a great tussle with Scott Burkinshaw last week and whether Liam Gibson or David O’Donnell are tall enough to counter McPhan provides an interesting quandary for Hawks Coach Nathan Harkness.

Terrigal Avoca has the week off after finishing the Home & Away season as Minor Premiers.

In the GE Womens Competition, Killarney Vale, now very much in the Premiership mix after a series of injuries suffered by Nelson Bay & the Newcastle City Stars, head to Muswellbrook to take on firsttime finallists Singleton; the Newcastle City Stars play hosts Maitland in Rutherford; and on Sunday, Wyong Lakes welcome the Newcastle City Novas to Don Small Oval.

In the Black Diamond Plate, great rival Muswellbrook and The Entrance Bateau Bay do battle at Weeraman Field; Newcastle City enter their match against Warners Bay as strong favorites at Rutherford; and on Sunday, Killarney Vale makes the short trip to Tacoma to take on Cardiff.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 18 Preview

The final Home & Away round of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competitions will be played this Saturday. Preview below..

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Gosford vs Wyong Lakes

Adcock Park

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Killarney Vale

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

 

Singleton - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Lake Macquarie

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Maitland vs Warners Bay

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00am

Gosford vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Singleton

Weeraman Field

12.00pm

Port Stephens vs Cardiff

Ferodale Park

  12.00pm

Wallsend- West Newcastle  vs Killarney Vale

Bill Elliott Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City Stars vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Gosford vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Adcock Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Wyong Lakes

Dick Burwell Oval

10.00am

Newcastle City vs Terrigal Avoca

No 1 Sportsground

  11.00am

Maitland vs Lake Macquarie

Max McMahon Oval

  12.00pm

Cardiff vs Warners Bay

Hillsborough Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Singleton

Weeraman Field

2.00pm

Wallsend- West Newcastle  vs Killarney Vale

Bill Elliott Oval

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 18 Preview

The final round of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup this Saturday will be highlighted by a mouthwatering sudden-death fixture at Adcock Park, Gosford host Wyong Lakes in the BARTV Match of the Round, with a simple equation; the winner makes the Finals Series. BDAFL heavyweights Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City have a huge last-round fixture at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground , Cardiff host their last-ever game at Hillsborough, fittingly against fierce local rivals Warners Bay; Killarney Vale head to Dick Burwell Oval knowing they have qualified for the finals series, a welcome return to August action for the Adelaide St faithful and in the final match Maitland host 11th -placed Lake Macquarie with both clubs keen to end a long season with a win in the last game of the season for both clubs.

Gosford, who have struggled in the last month, must defeat Central Coast rivals Wyong Lakes to secure seventh place and a possible date with Cardiff in week 1 of the Finals Series. The Tigers desperately need the return of Patrick Murphy this week, his long kicking enhanced on the small confines at West Gosford. Key Tigers backman Scott Burkinshaw could play on Magpies stalwart Justin McPhan, with this possible match-up key to the result between two evenly matched sides. The Tigers also need big performances from coach Josh Barty, Tristan Carter and full-forward Tim Eather if they are to defeat the Bombers. Eather has a big size advantage over wiry Magpies fullback Carter Jones, with the Tigers well-advised to get Eather in one-on-one marking contests with the Wyong Lakes custodian.

Wyong Lakes, comfortable winners last week, have 2017 Granland Medallist Brayden Tos in wonderful form at exactly the right time of the season.

Goalkicking rover Lee Moore looms as a major problem for the Tigers if he gets anything like decent ball from Tos and in contested ball situations. Tim Hillman, Jarrod Cross and Chris Koop-Folkes will need to be at their best this Saturday, as the Magpies have the added incentive of playing for a home semi-final in week 1 of the Finals Series if they can get over the desperate Gosford outfit.

Newcastle City & Terrigal Avoca at No.1 Sportsground; in the last 8 years, this fixture is the RollsRoyce of Black Diamond Cup games. This game may be used to try some structural changes, with Terrigal Avoca now having secured the Minor Premiership, a valuable week-off in Week 1 of the Finals and a possible Preliminary Final match-up against Singleton or Warners Bay at Adelaide St Oval.

Coach Chris Bishop may opt to rest a couple of sore players however Lachlan White may return, a very handy replacement and another of a myriad of midfield options for the wily Bishop. The return of Mark Skuse gives the Panthers some real strike power in the forward 50m arc, Skuse’s smarts and goalkicking across half-forward giving balance to a forward line featuring Brandon Thomas, Pete Van Dam and Daniel Heuston.

Newcastle City, coming off the Bye, will look to fine-tune their preparation for a possible 3 v 6 match-up against Killarney Vale in week one of the Finals Series. City have been outstanding in recent weeks, knocking off top four companions Cardiff and Warners Bay in their lead-up to this huge last-round clash. City’s half-back line, including Ethan Durbridge, Conor Haswell & Mac O’Malley, have been in superb form and they will look to feed in-form forwards Patrick Gillingham and Cameron Keast on the relatively short No.1 Sportsground. Mitchell Knight and Chris Bishop, similar-sized players and both very clever, could end up one another at stages in this match, and that would be a great duel inside a battle if it eventuates.

Warners Bay, now confirmed for the 4 vs 5 sudden-death week one semi-final against the Singleton Roosters, have an interesting opportunity to have a real crack at Cardiff, with the Hawks needing to quickly re-group after being humbled by Minor Premiers Terrigal Avoca last Saturday. Warners Bay, expecting the return of Ben Hunter and Jack Hardman, have a couple of minor injury worries but will go into this game against their fiercest rivals knowing they are capable of worrying Cardiff if they are disciplined, get an advantage in the clearances and play smart football at the short and wide Hillsborough Oval.

Cardiff, a very experienced outfit, will work hard this week on their midfield and forward structures, exposed somewhat by the Panthers last week. Tom Yensch stood up well last week under enormous pressure, as did David O’Donnell and Chad Mayo. The Hawks will need Josh Murphy and Lachlan Price to hit the scoreboard this week, and it would not surprise to see Cam Jones return to the starting 22, with Oscar Anderson or Linc Stewart a possible match-up for the burly half-forward.

Killarney Vale, who have produced a very good second half of the season, will fine-tune their finals preparations when they visit Dick Burwell Oval in Nelson Bay. The return of Bryce Singleton, and the quick recovery from injury of guns Brendan Lewis, Josh Mifsud and ruckman Tim Oosterhoff have the Bombers in a confident frame of mind. Lachlan Waters, Ben Simpson and Dan Cartwright have all given coach Scott Reed great service as the Bombers have returned to they want to be; finals football in late August.

Nelson Bay, finallists in the past two seasons but most disappointing this year, finish off their difficult season at their home ground on the Tomaree Peninsula. Billy Barton and Joel Erickson have shown their maturity and consistency all season, along with the lion-hearted rover Adam Grinyer. Sadly, coach Sean McGrath has struggled to get the same 22 (or in recent times even 22 players) on the park each week, and the Marlins faithful will need an honest and forthright de-brief after the completion of this Saturday’s Round 18 fixture.

Maitland will look to finish a very tough season on a high note in their last two games. The Saints have been served well season by Chris Pedler, veteran ruckman Mick Norton, big-improver Mitchell Greaves and in the back half of the season by their star player Patrick McMahon. McMahon has battled on in the second half of the season, nowhere near fully fit after a serious quad injury at the start of the season.

Lake Macquarie, who made a brave and welcome decision to join the Black Diamond Cup this year, will enjoy their last Saturday of the season at Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford, then look back at a tough season and quickly begin early preparations for a much-improved 2019. Oliver Bunny, Riley Janissen, fullback Damian McIntyre, Rory Sleeth and talented youngster Damon Tually have been the Dockers best players in a difficult season for the Tulkaba Park faithful.

Singleton has the last-round Bye.

In the GE Women’s competition, Maitland host Warners Bay with the winner to play finals; Nelson Bay take on Wyong Lakes at Dick Burwell Oval needing to win to claim the Minor Premiership and the important week off. Singleton take on Muswellbrook needing a win to secure their first ever finals berth; Newcastle City Stars and Nova’s are at No 1 Sportsground against Terrigal Avoca and Lake Macquarie respectively. And in the final matches Gosford host The Entrance Bateau Bay, Port Stephens are at home to Cardiff and Killarney Vale travel to Wallsend-West Newcastle.

Newcastle City and Terrigal Avoca do battle for the Minor Premiership in the highlight of the final Black Diamond Plate round.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 17 Preview

Round 17 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competitions will be played this Saturday. Preview below.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Maitland vs Warners Bay

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Gosford vs Killarney Vale

Adcock Park

2.00pm

 

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

 

Lake Macquarie vs Wyong Lakes

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Newcastle City Stars vs Warners Bay

No 1 Sportsground

10.00am

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

No 1 Sportsground

  12.00pm

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Gosford vs Muswellbrook

Adcock Park

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Port Stephens

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Singleton vs Nelson Bay

Rose Point Park

  10.00am

Gosford vs Wyong Lakes

Adcock Park

10.00am

Cardiff vs Terrigal Avoca

Hillsborough Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Maitland vs Warners Bay

Max McMahon Oval

  12.00pm

Muswellbrook vs Killarney Vale

Weeraman Field

2.00pm

Newcastle City vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

No 1 Sportsground

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 17 Preview

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup this Saturday, Warners Bay head to Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford to play the tenth-placed Maitland Saints; Wyong Lakes are away to Lake Macquarie knowing they must win and hope that Gosford lose; Gosford, who have a two-game home set to finish the Home & Away season, host Killarney Vale knowing that victory books them a place in the Finals Series; Singleton, playing their last game of the Home & Away season before a last round Bye, host Nelson Bay at Rose Point Park, and in a mouth-watering possible dress rehearsal for the Grand Final, second-placed Cardiff host Terrigal Avoca at Hillsborough in the BARTV Match of the Round.

In a fascinating fixture at Hillsborough, the Minor Premiership (and the priceless week off) is up for grabs as Terrigal Avoca head up the M1 to take on their rivals from the truly outstanding 2017 Grand Final, the Cardiff Hawks.

The Panthers are well-structured, have a large midfield rotation, a suffocating back six and the rapidly-improving tap ruckman Jasper Davis feeding prime movers Chris Bishop and James Webster. Brandon Thomas is over some niggling injuries, with an electrifying eight-goal haul against Nelson Bay last week. Of interest will be who marks up on Hawks forwards Lachlan Price, Jack Lennon, Cam Jones and Tom Yensch when he goes forward. Corbin Bond may get Price, with Jarrad Flint a possible match-up for the burly Jones. Yensch may have company from Jayson Van Dam when he ventures into the forward 50.

Hawks coach Nathan Harkness has some interesting decisions of his own. With an attack-minded followers group featuring Lennon, Simon O’Brien and Marcus DeLeur, Harkness may elect not to tag Bishop and/or Webster. Matt Vukovich looms as a possible tagger for Bishop, given their similar height. Cardiff like to free up Nick Tomlinson and Zac Metcalfe in their back six, so it would not surprise to see Bishop have Thomas or possibly Mark Skuse line up on Tomlinson and take him to the goalsquare. Pete Van Dam can run all day and he might end up on Metcalfe, again making Metcalfe work defensively all day in a bid to nullify the Hawks key rebound man across half back.

In a massive fixture at Adcock Park, Gosford must win to secure their place in the Finals series, it really is as simple as that. The Tigers have struggled in recent weeks, despite the return of key backman Scott Burkinshaw. Missing small forward Adam Lyons, the Tigers need big performances from Patrick Murphy, coach Josh Barty, Tristan Carter and full-forward Tim Eather if they are to defeat the Bombers.

Killarney Vale will be sweating on the progress of injured star trio Brendan Lewis, Josh Mifsud and League ruckman Tim Oosterhoff as they prepare for an important game. The Bombers can finish anywhere from fifth to seventh in the Top 7, and they will need all hands on deck if they are defeat a desperate Tigers outfit this week. Lachlan Waters, coach Scott Reed, Ben Simpson and Dan Cartwright will have to be at their best if the Bombers are to hold onto sixth place.

Warners Bay, seemingly entrenched in fourth spot and looking directly at a sudden-death week one semi-final against the Singleton Roosters, are looking to fine-tune their midfield and forward line against the Saints before a massive last round clash against fierce rivals Cardiff at Hillsborough.

Both Jack Hardman and Jake Roach, who have had interrupted seasons, will play as long as possible on the hard and fast MCG-sized Max McMahon Oval. With No.1 rover Matt Spinks picking up a slight injury last week, it is unlikely he will be risked before the semi-finals. Coach Marty Reiman has some interesting selection issues this week, with Josh Nicol, Kayne Gibbs and David McGuinness all pressing for a return to Black Diamond Cup duties.

Maitland will look to finish a very tough season on a high note in their last two games. The Saints have been served well season by Chris Pedler, veteran ruckman Mick Norton, Mitchell Greaves and in the back half of the season by their star player Patrick McMahon.

Wyong Lakes, after the Bye last week, are still in the hunt for a finals berth after Gosford stumbled in Singleton last Saturday. The Magpies are expected to win at Tulkaba Park against the last-placed Lake Macquarie, then they are completely dependent on an injury-ravaged Killarney Vale defeat Gosford at Adcock Park. Those two results would set up an epic last round encounter, when Gosford host the Magpies. Brayden Tos, Lee Moore, Peter Drzal and fullback have been the Magpies best players this season and they must extract another good performance by their teammates this week.

Lake Macquarie can see the end of the season just around the corner, where they can sit back and begin early preparations for a much-improved 2019. Olive Bunny, Riley Janissen, fullback Damian McIntyre and talented youngster Damon Tually have been the Dockers best players in a disappointing season for the Tulkaba Park faithful.

Nelson Bay, finallists in the past two seasons but most disappointing this year, make the trek to Rose Point Park to take on a confident, finals-bound Singleton. The Marlins, humbled by first-placed Terrigal Avoca last week, must find an avenue to goal this week against a Singleton side who don’t kick large scores, instead relying on solid defensive structures. Billy Barton and Joel Erickson have show their maturity and consistency all season, and star player Jayden Rymer, hampered by injury at times this year, has again shown he is one of the class players in the League.

Singleton have welcomed the return from injury of Mitchell Gaffney (broken jaw) and will look to Gaffney, Alex Mitchell and Travis Bates to kick them a winning score this week. Apart from the star duo of Sam Brasington and Andrew Scott, the Roosters have had consistent seasons from Oliver Moody, Roosterettes coach Andrew MacPherson and Luke Davis as they head toward the finals after the Bye next week.

Newcastle City has the Bye in the lead-up to their huge last home game of the season on August 4; hosting Terrigal Avoca.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 16 Preview

Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competitions will be played this Saturday. The weekend will see former AFL great Drew Petrie line up for Terrigal Avoca whilst BDAFL Life Member Darrel Luck will create history when he officiates in his 300th Black Diamond Cup player becoming the first player or umpire to achieve this milestone (see below).

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Maitland vs Cardiff

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Singleton vs Gosford

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

 

Lake Macquarie vs Warners Bay

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

 

Wyong Lakes - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Terrigal Avoca vs Port Stephens

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Maitland vs Cardiff

Max McMahon Oval

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City Nova’s

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Singleton vs Gosford

Rose Point Park

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Muswellbrook

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Warners Bay

Bateau Bay

  12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City Stars

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

Wallsend- West Newcastle  vs Wyong Lakes

Bill Elliott Oval

12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Maitland vs Cardiff

Max McMahon Oval

  10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Newcastle City

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Singleton vs Gosford

Rose Point Park

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Muswellbrook

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Nelson Bay

Hylton Moore Oval

  12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Warners Bay

Bateau Bay

2.00pm

Wallsend- West Newcastle  vs Wyong Lakes

Bill Elliott Oval

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 16 Preview

In Round 16 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup, Killarney Vale host Newcastle City, Maitland host Cardiff, Gosford are away to Singleton, Warners Bay head to Tulkaba Park to play near neighbours Lake Macquarie and in a huge day at Hylton Moore Oval, North Melbourne & West Coast Eagles legend Drew Petrie will make a guest appearance for Terrigal Avoca when they host Nelson Bay in the BARTV Match of the Round.

Terrigal Avoca have a huge Panthers Day planned in their last home game of the season this Saturday against struggling Nelson Bay. AFL 300-gamer Drew Petrie, a very good friend of Panthers stalwart Matthew Shortal, will make a guest appearance for the Panthers, a great promotion for the local game and a move that will result in a great crowd at Hylton Moore Oval. Panthers coach Chris Bishop has his men in simply superb form and will use this week to fine-tune his squad before the Panthers finish the season at Hillsborough and then Newcastle No.1 Sportsground against Cardiff and Newcastle City respectively.

Nelson Bay, coming off the Bye, have a huge task in front of them, with along trip as well as facing up to the rampant Panthers 22. In a season in which coach Sean McGrath has almost no opportunity to field a consistent 22, the performances of ruckman Billy Barton, backline general Joel Erickson and star follower Jayden Rymer have been the shining lights of an otherwise disappointing and tough season at Dick Burwell Oval.

Killarney Vale, after a big win over Warners Bay last Saturday, have another huge day at Adelaide St Oval when they host a very confident Newcastle City. Coach Scott Reed still has an eye on qualifying in fifth place for the Finals series, with Josh Mifsud, ruck Tim Oosterhoff and Brendan Lewis in all excellent form. Oosterhoff rates burly City ruckman Cam Keast as his toughest opponent, meaning this Saturday’s ruck duel will be a beauty.

Aidan Watling is developing rapidly, one of a bevy of talented City youngsters including Max Quinlan and Reed Huisstede. Ethan Durbridge, Mac O’Malley and Cade Triffitt are all playing very consistent footy, and key forward Patrick Gillingham is simply in career-best form, coming off twelve goals last week.

Singleton commence their final two-game home set (before a last round bye) against a Gosford side that are one win away from qualifying for the Finals series. Both teams struggled away last week and will want to re-focus leading into August.

Roosters stars Sam Brasington and Andrew Scott lead a Singleton side that are safely in the finals but need to keep winning to ensure a fourth or fifth placed finish and a potential first semi-final against Warners Bay.

Gosford, badly missing Adam Lyons, must win one game in the next two weeks or else they face a possible sudden-death last home and away game at Adcock Park against Wyong Lakes. The Tigers need to focus, and not rely on Scott Burkinshaw, Alex Remy, Josh Barty and Daniel White if they are make the finals in their first year back in the Black Diamond Cup.

Maitland host Cardiff at Max McMahon Oval with the Saints looking for some solid performances for the rest of the season to build toward a more successful 2019. Mitch Greaves, Riley Newstead, Andrew Wilmot and Dustin Spriggs have been most consistent for the Saints.

Cardiff, who finish the season at home against Terrigal Avoca then Warners Bay, still have an eye on the Minor Premiership and subsequent week off. The Hawks have stars all over the ground, with a back six led by Zac Metcalfe, a versatile forward line featuring Lachlan Price, Jack Lennon and Josh Murphy and pure class in the midfield, led by Simon O’Brien, Marcus DeLeur, reigning Elliott Davey Medallist Tom Yensch and Lennon when he rotates through the midfield.

Warners Bay were disappointed with their performance at Adelaide St last week and will look to their next two games against the Dockers then Maitland in a bid to steady the ship before a huge last-round fixture against fierce rivals Cardiff in the last-ever Hawks home at Hillsborough before Cardiff move to the magnificent Pasterfield Complex at Cameron Park in 2019.

The expected return of Ben Hunter (work), Jack Hardman (unavailable) and tyro ruckman Tom McDonell (illness) will give the Bulldogs a full strength squad to choose from. Jake Roach will use the next three weeks to gain full fitness after a long-term quad injury hampered his 2018 season, whilst key forward Kayne Gibbs will need to perform against the Dockers in his bid to be cherry-ripe for the finals.

The Dockers are still struggling to field the same 22 each week as they are playing purely for pride for the rest of the season. The return of Damon Tually and Daniel Zuzek will be important for Tom Croft’s men, as will the consistency of Oliver Bunny, who has produced a very solid Cup season for the Dockers.

 In the GE Womens Competition, Port Stephens are away to Terrigal Avoca; Killarney Vale host the Newcastle City Novas; Warners Bay head to Passage Road to play The Entrance Bateau Bay; Wallsend-West Newcastle host Wyong Lakes; undefeated Nelson Bay play second-placed Newcastle City Stars, with both teams struggling with several serious injuries; Maitland host Cardiff; Singleton are at home to Gosford; and Muswellbrook visit Lake Macquarie.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Newcastle City are away to Killarney Vale, Maitland host Cardiff, Singleton host Gosford, Muswellbrook are away to Lake Macquarie, Terrigal Avoca host Nelson Bay, Warners Bay are away to The Entrance Bateau Bay and Wyong Lakes are away to Wallsend-West Newcastle.

Darrel Luck to Create History on Saturday

written by Ashley Borg and David Redden

This Saturday at Hylton Moore Oval, Darrel Luck will be the first player or umpire in Black Diamond AFL History to participate in 300 Black Diamond Cup matches.

Luck’s extraordinary achievement, in which he will umpire a fixture featuring North Melbourne and West Coast legend Drew Petrie, comes at the relatively young age of 48.

When asked about umpiring 300 Black Diamond Cup games, Luck advised; “It’s a big milestone in anybody’s terms. As umpires, we don’t go out there every week thinking about milestones, but they do come about just like players. I know (Killarney Vale’s) Dane Amidy had his own milestone recently, so certainly it’s going to be a big day for me on Saturday. I recently chalked up 400 BDAFL matches, which I am also very proud of.”

In looking back on his footballing journey, Luck stated; “I played footy in the Sydney Football Association for the St Ives Club. I injured myself in second season, about half-way through the season, so I decided to start umpiring in Sydney. I umpired about 150 games in Sydney, with my biggest achievement being umpiring a Reserve Grade Grand Final at Monarch Field in Campbelltown. I then moved up to the Central Coast and did some umpiring with the Central Coast AFL. The CCAFL then amalgamated with the Newcastle AFL to form the Black Diamond AFL, and I have been umpiring with the BDAFL since its inception in 2000.”

When asked about his umpiring future, Luck said; “Look, I still very much enjoy what I do. People have asked me if I am considering retirement, and I tell them that I would like to continue umpiring for another good couple of seasons. I love the role of mentoring young umpires coming through. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of mentoring Joey O’Brien & Stephen Blume as they have come through the ranks, to these young umpires progress to the AFLW and the NEAFL has been great. There’s more young umpires to come through the ranks, and that will give me a great opportunity to give something back to the game.”

Luck explained that he does a significant amount of running to keep him in good shape for umpiring; “I try to run at least every second day, to try and keep some fitness up. I did actually think of retiring last season when I tore a calf muscle back in Round 4, which took me out of umpiring for 6-7 weeks. I didn’t know what to do myself during that time, but I was convinced to mentor and give feedback to other umpires when they going around. That kept me occupied and in the game.”

Luck, who is a Science teacher at Lake Munmorah and Belmont High Schools, and his wife Kylie have five children, the youngest of whom, Elise, is just three weeks old.

Luck explained that he has seen some great footballers in his time in the BDAFL; “That’s a tough one to nominate the best players I have umpired. The three that come to mind are Clint Austerberry, Angus Darling (both Elliott Davey Medallists) and Chris Bishop. They have all stood out in their respective timeframes, as did Michael Ryan and Maurice Goolagong in their primes.”

We thank Darrel Luck for his huge contribution to football in our region, over an amazing 18-year period. Darrel’s colleague Ashley Borg has kindly contributed the information below about the extraordinary contribution to the BDAFL and football by the great Darrel Luck.

Darrel has umpired in every year of the BDAFL and has notched up a total of 411 BDAFL matches, second behind the legendary John Sullivan.

As a field umpire, he has officiated in 402 BDAFL matches. His tally including 300 Black Diamond Cup Matches, 16 Plate matches, 5 Second Division, 26 Reserve Grade, 52 Under 18s and 3 Women's matches.

Luck has officiated in 7 Black Diamond Cup Grand Finals; 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2015 and has officiated in one Representative Fixture, in 2008, when he officiated in the BDAFL vs North Coast AFL match at Number One Sportsground at Under 18 level. Darrel also officiated in 2 First Division Grand Finals (2012-2013), a Second Division Grand Final (2014), 2 Reserve Grade Grand Finals (2010-2011), 2 Under 18 Grand Finals (2008-2009).

In 2001, 2007 (joint winner) and 2013, Darrel was awarded the NCCUA Umpire of the Year award, as well as the NCCUA Field Umpire of the Year in 2007 and 2013.

Darrel has been a magnificent servant to the NCCUA, being awarded the 2005, 2012 and 2013 Club Person of the Year Award for his services to the Association and in 2015 won the Inaugural “President’s Award”.

Darrel is an NCCUA and BDAFL Life Member and an NCCUA Inductee in its Hall of Fame.

Luck served on the NCCUA committee for 13 years, 8 of those as the President of the NCCUA (2006- 2013), 1 year as Vice President (2002), 4 years as Committee Member (2000, 2014, 2015, 2016) and one year as co-coach of the Umpiring Group (2000). His commitment to the recruitment, retention and promotion of umpiring in the Hunter / Central Coast Region, is second to none.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 15 Preview

Round 15 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup & Plate competitions will be played this Saturday. Whilst the GE BDAFL Women’s competition will have a general bye all eyes will be on the inaugural GE BDAFL Women’s Representative Challenge which will see representative teams from Central Coast, Hunter and Newcastle compete in a round robin carnival at Ferodale Park, Medowie. Previews below.

Wyong Lakes and Maitland will also be holding their 4th annual Beyond Blue Fundraiser at Don Small Oval. Details of that fundraiser below.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Cardiff vs Singleton

Hillsborough Oval

2.00pm

 

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

 

Newcastle City vs Lake Macquarie

No 1 Sportsground

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

General Bye

GE Black Diamond Women’s Representative Challenge

Hunter vs Newcastle

Ferodale Park

1.40pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Central Coast vs Hunter

Ferodale Park

12.20pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Central Coast vs Newcastle

Ferodale Park

11.00am

BarTV Match of the Week

Black Diamond Plate

Wyong Lakes vs Maitland

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Singleton

Hillsborough Oval

  12.00pm

Killarney Vale vs Warners Bay

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca vs Gosford

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City vs Muswellbrook

No 1 Sportsground

12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Lake Macquarie

Bateau Bay

2.00pm

Nelson Bay - Bye

   

Wallsend- West Newcastle  - Bye

   

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 15 Preview

A full round of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup takes place this Saturday. Killarney Vale welcome fourth-placed Warners Bay to Adelaide St Oval; in the BARTV Match of the Round, Wyong Lakes host Maitland as part of the fourth Annual beyondblue Day between the two great rivals; Singleton head to Hillsborough to take on second-placed Cardiff; Terrigal Avoca and Gosford have a huge Central Coast Derby at Hylton Moore Oval and Newcastle City host Lake Macquarie at No.1 Sportsground.

Killarney Vale have been in very good form over the last 6 weeks and their clash at Adelaide St Oval with Warners Bay will be a cracker. The Bombers have seen the return of veteran full-forward Bryce Singleton and the great form of ruckman Tim Oosterhoff correlate with some excellent performances. Brendan Lewis, Connor Reilly and Ben Simpson have been consistent for coach Scott Reed, with on-ballers Kyall Walford and Josh Mifsud providing real quality out of the centre, roving to the dominant Oosterhoff.

Warners Bay were well-held by a committed Newcastle City last start and will look for an improved performance this week against the sixth-placed Bombers. Matt Spinks is having his best season as a Bulldog, often combining with burly centre Ben Hunter. Backline generals Josh Nicol, Linc Stewart and Lachlan Deverell have been very solid all season, with youngster Riley Warner having a breakout season as part of the Bulldogs back six.

It is up forward that coach Marty Reiman will concentrate on at Feighan Park during the week. Jack Downing has been a revelation in the long-term absences of Jake Roach and Kayne Gibbs, and the explosive Jack Hardman will also spend time up forward if and when Reiman goes with his small forward option at stages during the game.

Wyong Lakes and Maitland have a great rivalry and their fourth annual beyondblue day at Don Small Oval will showcase some great football and a very important cause.

The Magpies have struggled in recent weeks with a significant injury toll. Rover Lee Moore and ruckman Brayden Tos have been the Magpies most consistent players, with notable support from Peter Drzal, fullback Carter Jones Mitchell Ede. Michael Tos will have his men primed for a big effort against their great rivals, especially in front of the faithful at Don Small Oval.

Maitland are battling on through adversity, their last start effort against Hunter Valley rivals Singleton one of their better efforts this season. Mitch Greaves, Chris Pedler, veteran Mick Norton and Tom Grimmer have produced consistently for Maitland all season, and the return of star forward Patrick McMahon has seen clear improvement in the Saints play in all facets of the game.

Singleton, safely ensconced in fifth place after some gritty wins over the past five weeks, face the arduous task of taking on Cardiff at Hillsborough. The expected return of star follower Sam Brasington will be crucial for Andrew Scott’s men as they face the star-studded Cardiff midfield. Pivotal to this clash will be Singleton kicking a winning score. Travis Bates kicked seven goals last week but will face a potential match-up with Hawks backline chief Zac Metcalfe. Jackson Kolatchew presents an interesting match-up quandary for Hawks coach Nathan Harkness, with David O’Donnell or Chad Mayo possible opponents for the mercurial Roosters centre-half forward.

Cardiff are still very much in the hunt for the Minor Premiership, with three of their last four games at Hillsborough, with their final two games hosting Terrigal Avoca then Warners Bay. Jack Lennon has starred all season for the Hawks, rotating between the midfield and the half-forward line. The return from concussion of Lachlan Price gives Cardiff a versatile and speedy forward line, capable of kicking big scores on the relatively small confines of their beloved Hillsborough.

Terrigal Avoca, in simply superb form, welcome Gosford to Hylton Moore Oval in a match the Panthers will expect to win and win well. Coach Chris Bishop has his men in great form and confidence, the return of Kurt Fleming and Brandon Thomas adding to the Panthers already formidable depth. Veteran Pete Van Dam has been very consistent since ending his short retirement from the game, with Corbin Bond, Matt Shortal and Jack Grimmond all in great nick as the Panthers eye another Grand Final appearance.

Gosford have surprised many with their form this season in their return to the Cup competition. The Tigers are eyeing off a spot in the bottom half of the Top 7 come finals time, and their youthful squad are getting better with each game. Dan White, Alex Remy and Tristan Carter have all been ouststanding for Coach Josh Barty, and the return from injury of key backman Scott Burkinshaw has balanced the season-ending injury to Adam Lyons. Burkinshaw’s ability to read the play and take intercept marks will be very important this Saturday, with possible match-ups including Sam Ellis and Pete Van Dam.

Newcastle City welcome 11th -placed Lake Macquarie to No.1 Sportsground, looking for another victory as they continue their march to a top three finish. Cam Keast has been brilliant all year for City, rotating between the ruck and centre-half forward, where he forms a lethal 1-2 combination with Patrick Gillingham. Ethan Durbridge, Mac O’Malley, Cade Triffitt and the highly skilled Conor Haswell form an excellent, experienced backline who launch many of the Blues attacking raids at the relatively short No.1.

Lake Macquarie have battled on all season, struggling with injuries, unavailability and a lack of depth in their return to the Black Diamond Cup. Fullback Damien McIntyre has been a shining light for the Dockers, his long raking kicks and intercept marking a highlight in an otherwise tough season at Tulkaba Park. Sam Wellard, Isaiah Button and Lachlan West have been solid in recent weeks, with youngsters Damon Tually, Rory Sleeth and Riley Janissen learning every game in often difficult circumstances.

In the inaugural three-way BDAFL Womens Representative Carnival at Ferodale Park in Medowie, Central Coast plays Newcastle first up at 11.00am, followed by Central Coast vs Hunter at 12.20pm then the final fixture sees Newcastle vs Hunter at 1.40pm.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Warners Bay are away to Killarney Vale; The Entrance Bateau Bay are at home to Lake Macquarie; Wyong Lakes host Maitland as part of the annual beyondblue fund-raising day; Cardiff welcome Singleton to Hillsborough; Gosford make the short trip to Hylton Moore Oval to play hosts Terrigal Avoca and Muswellbrook head to No.1 Sportsground to take on the undefeated Newcastle City.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL – Wyong Lakes & Maitland – Beyond Blue Fundraiser # 4

SIMON WOOD – BEYOND BLUE FUNDRAISER – WYONG LAKES AFC

Simon Wood, President of the Wyong Lakes Footy Club, is looking forward to the fourth Annual Big Blue at Don Small Oval in Tacoma, a joint initiative of the Wyong Lakes Magpies and the Maitland Saints.

“Everyone’s really excited about the event, both clubs work well to make it happen every year, this year we have Mark Gable, the frontman from legendary Aussie rock band The Choirboys as our special Guest Speaker.” Gable is a beyondblue Ambassador and will be speaking about his own personal battle with depression. “Mark Gable has been great. I spoke with him recently for about half an hour, it felt like we were best mates, he just the sort of fella that you can talk to very easily. We are really excited, a lot of good sponsors have come on board just for the day, we are hopeful that we can raise some serious money for the beyondblue cause.”

Wyong Lakes and Maitland have two games on July 21 at Don Small Oval, Wood advised. “We have the Black Diamond Plate fixture at 12 noon followed by the Black Diamond Cup fixture at 2.00pm. Our Womens side have the General Bye as there is the three-way Womens representative day at Medowie that day. As luck would have it, the Central Coast side, which will have some of our best players in it, play the first two games at the Rep carnival so our Womens players and supporters will be able to attend the fund-raising dinner at Wyong Leagues Club in Kanwal.”

Following the football, the clubs will be holding a fund-raising dinner at the Showroom Wyong Leagues Club. Doors open at 6.30pm, followed by introductions from 7.15pm. Mark Gable will speak at 8.00pm, with auctions, the Lucky Door Prize and the raffle to commence from 8,45pm. Daniel Friend and the Magpies will commence at 9.15pm.

Wood stated that the Maitland Saints football club, as always, had been very supportive of the day, evening function and the entire event. “Maitland are like a lot of Black Diamond Clubs, we all pitch in to help one another, for whatever cause it is, things like the Big Freeze MND, last year the Van for Van Dam and all the rest of it, that’s what our League is all about.”

Entertainment at the evening event at Wyong Leagues Club will be provided by live band Daniel Friend and the Magpies. “A couple of our players and a mate of theirs are going to play the music. We spoke to Mark as well and we are hoping that he can possibly perform “Run to Paradise” for us just before the live band starts, to get everyone up and going, then the boys will kick in.”

When talking about the beyondblue cause and the devastating effects of depression, Wood explained; “over the past 12 months, we have had someone associated with our club that a few of us could tell was really struggling, he just wasn’t right. We would say to him, “mate, are you OK, what’s going on” and he would just shrug us off.

He just wasn’t right, I asked him if he had time for a cuppa, and that wasn’t suitable due to work commitments. I eventually sent him an SMS, asking how he was. I waited and waited for a reply, and he got back to me and asked if he could come around and have a chat. He came around, we had a good talk, he was in a bad place.

He said he had a plan to end it all, and he stated that he was really embarrassed in admitting what he had been through. I told him I had more respect for him than ever before, as he had able to communicate his mental health to someone, and by putting his hand up, he has got professional help and is basically a new man.”

The beyondblue cause is a hugely important part of Australian life and has quite simply helped saved lives. We sincerely congratulate both Wyong Lakes and Maitland footy clubs for their amazing collaborative work in raising awareness of anxiety and depression and wish them all the best for July 21.

beyondblue Support Service: Call 1300 22 4636

Website: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/