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/

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 14 Preview

Round 14 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday and will see the Black Diamond AFL celebrate “Women’s Round” with all GE BDAFL Women’s matches being played at Tulkaba Park . 

Fixtures, Preview  and a history on BDAFL Women’s football listed below.

Hunter Havel Black Diamond AFL

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Singleton vs Lake Macquarie

Rose Point Park

2.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs Terrigal Avoca

Don Small Oval

2.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Newcastle City

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

Cardiff - Bye

   

Gosford - Bye

   

Killarney Vale - Bye

   

Maitland - Bye

   

Warners Bay - Bye

   

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Lake Macquarie vs Singleton

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

BarTV Match of the Week

Port Stephens vs Wallsend- West Newcastle

Tulkaba Park # 2

10.30am

 

Killarney Vale vs Wyong Lakes

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Terrigal Avoca vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Tulkaba Park # 2

12.30pm

Newcastle City Stars vs Warners Bay

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Muswellbrook vs Cardiff

Tulkaba Park # 2

2.30pm

Maitland vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

4.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Nelson Bay

Tulkaba Park

6.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Black Diamond Plate

Nelson Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Dick Burwell Oval

12.00pm

All Other Teams - 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 14 Preview Round 14 action of the Black Diamond Cup sees Nelson Bay host a confident, resurgent Newcastle City; Wyong Lakes welcome Terrigal Avoca to Don Small Oval and the Lake Macquarie Dockers head to Rose Point Park to play fifth-placed Singleton. Maitland, Warners Bay, Cardiff, Gosford and Killarney Vale all have the Bye this weekend.

Nelson Bay have had a tough season and it doesn’t get any easier this week, with the visit of Newcastle City to Dick Burwell Oval.

The Marlins have had some good performances this season, but a lack of depth and injuries have hurt them considerably. Ruckman Billy Barton has been in their best players every week and would be favourite for the Nelson Bay Best & Fairest award, such has been his consistency. Jarryd Rymer’s continuing development has been very pleasing for coach Sean McGrath, as has the form of reliable backmen Joel Erickson and Chris Eddy. McGrath will need plans this week to combat the powerful 1- 2 City forward combination of Cam Keast and Patrick Gillingham.

City have beaten Warners Bay and Cardiff over the past two weeks and will enter this fixture in great form and confidence. Keast and Gillingham are benefitting from excellent midfield work from Mitchell Knight and Conor Haswell; whilst Ethan Durbridge and Mac O’Malley have been rock-solid across half-back.

Wyong Lakes have the biggest task in the BDAFL at the moment; hosting a hugely confident Terrigal Avoca at Don Small Oval in Tacoma.

The Magpies, after a promising start to the season, have struggled through the middle part of the season, with key injuries exposing a slight lack of depth. Chris Koop-Folkes and Justin McPhan, so important to the Magpies structure, have missed several weeks each and this has hurt coach Michael Tos’ ability to play his best players in their correct positions on a weekly basis. Lee Moore has been in the Magpies players each week, and the welcome return of Koop-Folkes gives Moore and ruckman Brayden Tos another quality follower to work with. Carter Jones and Peter Drzal have also been very consistent for Wyong Lakes, but the Magpies need to find a way to kick winning scores, a massive task against the superb Panthers back six.

After the Bye last week, the Panthers enter the final 5 rounds of the home and away season in full fitness and in wonderful form. Terrigal Avoca finish the season away to both Cardiff and Newcastle City, so they will want to perform well this Saturday in the lead-up to Rounds 17-18, where their aim will be the Minor Premiership and a week off in the Finals.

Coach Chris Bishop has welcomed back Kurt Fleming, an ideal replacement for Lachlan White (ankle). James Webster has moved into top gear in recent weeks and that spells danger for the Magpies and the rest of the competition. Jayson Van Dam, Will McKellar and Corbin Bond form part of a frugal and well-drilled Terrigal Avoca back six, whilst rover Jack Grimmond has been one of the form rovers in the Black Diamond Cup, alongside representative teammate Matt Spinks from Warners Bay.

Singleton are set for finals action after several tough wins in recent weeks, highlighted by thrilling wins, all away, at Nelson Bay, Wyong Lakes and Maitland. The Roosters will look for a solid performance when they host Lake Macquarie this Saturday at Rose Point Park.

Scott Moore, Jacob Welsh and Alex Mitchell have been in very good form for the Roosters of late, providing great support for Singleton’s trump cards Andrew Scott and Sam Brasington, with Brasington expected to return to the field this week after missing the Hunter Valley derby at Rutherford last week.

Lake Macquarie will be boosted by a solid performance at home last week to Gosford. Damon Tually was superb at centre-half back last week for the Dockers, combining well with long-kicking fullback Damien McIntyre and Ben Taylor. Riley Janissen and burly Sean Clune produced four-quarter displays for coach Tom Croft last week on the ball, Clune using his solid frame to great effect at the stoppages.

Daniel Zuzek and Jakson Bertoli also played well in the centre and may expose the Roosters with the speed and agility on the wide-open spaces of Rose Point Park. Croft needs to find an avenue to goal, with regular forward Tually seemingly locked into centre-half back. Chris McKay provides a target for the Dockers, and they need to work off McKay more effectively to pick up opportunist goals this week.

In the Annual Women’s Round being staged at Tulkaba Park in Teralba, the Dockers host Singleton; Port Stephens are up against Wallsend-West Newcastle; Killarney Vale and Wyong Lakes have a huge clash; League newcomers Terrigal Avoca and The Entrance Bateau Bay do battle; the Newcastle City Stars have a tricky fixture against Warners Bay; Muswellbrook play Cardiff; Maitland play Gosford and in the final fixture under lights at 6.00pm, first-placed Nelson Bay have a massive clash with the third-placed Newcastle City Novas.

There is one game in the Black Diamond Plate this week; Nelson Bay are at home to Wallsend-West Newcastle.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL – Women in Football This Saturday the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL (BDAFL) will celebrate women’s round as an acknowledgement to the contribution that women have made not only in the BDAFL but football in the region as a whole.

The celebrate the occasion all eight GE BDAFL Women’s football matches this Saturday will be played at Tulkaba Park, Teralba.

For many years women were seen as unsung heroes of football clubs fulfilling many roles behind the scenes but in recent years these roles have been brought to the forefront as Women’s AFL competitions have evolved and none more so than in the BDAFL.

Megan Farrell is currently the Vice President of the BDAFL Board of Management, having joined the Board in 2016, becoming just the second female to hold a Board position. Erin Cotter was the first in 2005.

Currently the BDAFL have three women Presidents. Annette Garland (Muswellbrook), Mel Nelson (Port Stephens) and Nadene McBride (Singleton) whilst Kate Handley stepped into a shared Presidency role with Newcastle City in 2017.

Christine Burrows has held the position of BDAFL Umpires Coach since 2013 and is responsible the development of the umpires in the region for which she is doing a fine job. Christine is a Level 3 Umpire Coach, one of only three in NSW to hold this accreditation.

Tracey Baker currently is Women’s Coach at Warners Bay, whilst Lauren Anstey (Cooper) previously held the same role at Nelson Bay including leading the club to a premiership in 2016.

Increasing the number of women in both umpiring and coaching is a key focus of the BDAFL.

On-field is the area that has created significant surprise amongst long term AFL followers in the region.

Once considered to be a male only bastion the BDAFL now runs a fully fledged AFL Women’s competition consisting of 16 teams.

The competition commenced in 2015, when Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Nelson Bay, Newcastle City, Warners Bay and Wyong Lakes competed in the inaugural competition, which was won by Newcastle City. 180 women played in the inaugural competition.

2016 saw the competition expand to ten teams with the addition of Cardiff, Killarney Vale, Maitland and Singleton. Nelson Bay were undefeated premiers that year and participation numbers had increased to 329.

396 women played in the 2017 competition which had increased to 12 teams following the inclusion of teams from Muswellbrook and a second team from Newcastle City (Nova’s). Newcastle City dominated the competition to claim the premiership with an unblemished record.

In 2018, four new teams, Port Stephens, Terrigal Avoca, The Entrance Bateau Bay and Terrigal Avoca, joined which enabled the competition to expand to 16 teams, So far 489 women have played a game in 2018.

Overall 941 women have played a game of AFL in the BDAFL over the past four years. This has included players who have played previously, players who have never played before, sportswomen from other codes (including elite), players transitioning from the Youth Girls competition, mother playing with daughters, sisters playing together and girls who have grown up kicking the football with the brothers in the backyard. All with a common goal, to experience the excitement and challenge of AFL football.

BDAFL Women’s football has received great support from GE Industrial Solutions who have been the naming rights sponsor for the GE BDAFL Women’s competition since it’s inception.

Women players from the BDAFL are starting to also make their mark in the talent space as well with Nelson Bay’s Pippa Smyth becoming the first local player to be drafted into the AFLW competition with GWS Giants this year.

Just recently Smyth was joined in the GWS Giants Winter Series squad along with Lisa Steane (Nelson Bay), Sarah Halvorsen (Newcastle City) and Meaghan MacDonald (Newcastle City). All these girls commenced their AFL careers in the BDAFL and were able to progress to higher honours from the local competition. Alison Parkin (Gosford) has also represented the GWS Giants in the Winter Series, albeit she transferred to Gosford in 2016 from the AFL Sydney competition.

In addition to the above a number of our talented youngsters have made an impact in the AFL NSW/ACT Youth Girls competitions namely Coram Matisse-Parker (Cardiff), Dixie Butler (Killarney Vale), Eloise Petersen (Cardiff) and Arizona Cross (Cardiff).

Women’s football has made a significant change to the BDAFL landscape, all for the better and have rejuvenated a number of stale football clubs. The fact that all women’s club are part of an overall club structure (i.e. men’s and women’s together) is unique. Port Stephens is the obvious exception being the first club to join the BDAFL on the back of having women’s team only .As one President said recently said if all men footballers were like women footballers running a football team would be easy, they register on time, pay on time, attend training (rain, hail or shine), are available for games, hang around and assist other teams and not only do they organise and attend functions, but they also bring their friends.

To all the women involved in football both in the BDAFL and across the country, we thank you !!!

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 13 Preview

Round 13 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday . Fixtures and preview below.

Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

2.00pm

BarTV Match of the Week

Killarney Vale vs Wyong Lakes

Adelaide St Oval

2.00pm

 

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Park

2.00pm

 

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

2.00pm

 

Nelson Bay vs Cardiff

Dick Burwell Oval

2.00pm

 

Terrigal Avoca - Bye

     

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Lake Macquarie vs Port Stephens

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Nelson Bay vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Dick Burwell Oval

  10.00am

Maitland vs Terrigal Avoca

Max McMahon Oval

 10.00am

Killarney Vale vs Muswellbrook

Adelaide St Oval

12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City Nova’s

Feighan Park

12.00pm

Wyong Lakes vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Don Small Oval

12.00pm

Cardiff vs Singleton

Hillsborough Oval

12.00pm

Newcastle City Stars vs Gosford

No 1 Sportsground

 12.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Killarney Vale vs Muswellbrook

Adelaide St Oval

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Newcastle City

Feighan Park

10.00am

Wyong Lakes vs The Entrance Bateau Bay

Don Small Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Gosford

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Nelson Bay vs Cardiff

Dick Burwell Oval

  12.00pm

Maitland vs Singleton

Max McMahon Oval

  12.00pm

Wallsend-West Newcastle vs Terrigal Avoca

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 13 Preview

With just six rounds remaining in the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup competition all matches have a bearing on the prospective finishing positions come finals time and Round 13 is no exception this Saturday.

The Match of the Round is at Feighan Park where Warners Bay play host to Newcastle City with both clubs looking to claim the Neil ‘Plunger’ Dunn Trophy. It will be the first meeting of these two teams this year after their earlier meeting was washed out.

Newcastle City recovered from a disappointing loss to Terrigal Avoca in Round 10 by ending Cardiff’s unbeaten start to the season last week and are currently within striking distance of the coveted top position.

The Blues will be looking welcome back star ruckman, Chris Jackson to compliment what is a strong on-ball brigade which includes Mitch Knight, Macaulay O’Malley, Stephen Batten and Conor Haswell. Up forward Pat Gillingham has had an excellent season which has him leading the competition goalm kicking table whilst Cameron Keast and Reed Van Huisstede have also troubled opposition defences.

The return of the experienced duo, Luke Rawnsley and Matt Enright provided great leadership down back along with Ian Baker.

Warners Bay enter this clash on the back of big wins over Lake Macquarie and Nelson Bay, however coach Marty Reiman is under no illusion of the challenge in front of his charges on Saturday.

He is expected to be able to call on the services of star players in Jake Roach and Lincoln Stewart whilst key defenders Oscar Anderson and Ben Crawley are also a chance to return.

The Bulldogs this year have found scoring easier than in previous years with a multi pronged forward line headed by the reinvigorated Jack Downing and the mercurial Jack Hardman. Exciting youngster Isaiah Olsen has also been creating scoring opportunities.

To overcome the Blues, Warners Bay are going to need a big game from young ruckman, Tom McDonnell who must at least nullify Jackson to give his midfielders, Nic Turner, Matt Spinks and Ben Hunter the opportunity to win their fair share of the football. This should be an engrossing contest.

Another big game will be at Adelaide St Oval when Killarney Vale host Wyong Lakes.

The Bombers currently sit in sixth position of the ladder and will enter the game on the back of a big loss to Terrigal Avoca, however they will welcome back some of the clubs biggest names including Scott Reed, Josh Mifsud and Brendan Lewis.

Tim Oosterhoff has been a power of strength in the ruck this year whilst the acquisition of Bryce Singleton has given their forward line an extra dimension.

The Magpies suffered their second heartbreaking loss in three matches when they went down to Singleton last week, a result that sees them sitting outside the finals at present.

Coach Michael Tos, will be hoping that key forward Justin McPhan is available as his presence is vital to his sides cause. Gun midfielder, Chris Koop-Folkes, who ironicall
meeting between these two clubs, is another who is a chance to return which would be a big boost to Magpies chances.

Lee Moore, Brayden Tos and Tim Hillman have been consistent performers for Wyong Lakes whilst Nathan Doyle continues to impress in his debut season.

Wyong Lakes upset Killarney Vale in their last meeting so a close contest is anticipated. Singleton will be looking to consolidate their finals position when they travel to Max McMahon Oval to take on near neighbours Maitland.

It was heartstopping stuff last week as Singleton hung on to defeat Wyong Lakes by just four points a win that saw them move into fifth position on the ladder.

Coach Andrew Scott continues to lead from the front with excellent support provided by Sam Brasington, Alex Mitchell and Scott Moore.

The Roosters will be hoping for the return of some of their injured brigade in the lead up to finals. Maitland were well in the contest against Gosford before fading in the final term and coach David Ross knows that if they can put four quarters together they can match most sides.

Pat McMahon’s return along with the mid year acquisition of Andrew Willmot has improved the Saints and provided good support for Mitch Greaves and Dustin Spriggs.

If the Saints can get a lift out of their mid tier players a victory is not out of reach.

Gosford will be looking to take one step closer to an unlikely finals berth when they travel to Lake Macquarie on Saturday.

Expected to be the ‘whipping boys’ at the beginning of the season, Gosford under new coach, Josh Barty have surprised many and currently sit in seventh position on the table.

The Tigers had to work hard to defeat Maitland last week with the return of Barty, Tom Hunt and Scott Burkinshaw proving pivotal. Lewis Baker, Daniel White, Alex Remy and Mark Haywood have been consistent performers whilst Gosford look to have unearthed a talent in 16 year old Adam
Miller who stepped up and kicked two important goals late last week. Up forward veteran forward Tim Eather continues to provide an excellent target and has 30 goals to his name this year.

Lake Macquarie enter the match on the back of a bye and defeat the scoreboard not showing it put in a strong performance against Terrigal Avoca last start.

Their youngsters in Rory Sleeth, Damon Tually, Tom Standford continue to show improvement whilst Terry Balchin and Sean Clune have been providing excellent leadership.

This game could be closer than most people think.

At Dick Burwell Oval, Cardiff will be looking for a quick rebound when they take on a struggling Nelson Bay outfit.

Not only did Cardiff suffer their first loss last week they also lost top spot to Cardiff and they know a win on Saturday will see them return to the coveted position with Terrigal Avoca having the bye.

Cardiff were close to full strength last week and coach Nathan Harkness will be looking for his charges to put in a good performance with matches against Warners Bay, Terrigal Avoca and Singleton still to come.

It has been a tough year for the Marlins which was made even tougher when star midfielder Jayden Rymer went down with a knee injury in Round 11 which has him in doubt for the remainder of the season.

It is difficult to see anything but a Cardiff win.

In the GE Women’s competition, Newcastle City Stars host Gosford in the Match of the Round, Lake Macquarie are at home to Port Stephens, Wallsend-West Newcastle travel to Nelson Bay, Killarney Bay host Muswellbrook, Cardiff and Singleton do battle at Hillsborough Oval in a must win match for both teams whilst Warners Bay are at home to Newcastle City Nova’s and Maitland host Terrigal Avoca.

The Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate matches Killarney Vale play host to Muswellbrook in the Match of the Round whilst The Entrance Bateau Bay travel to Wyong Lakes and Wallsend-West Newcastle host Terrigal Avoca.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Round 12 Preview

Round 12 of the Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL competition will be played this Saturday .
Fixtures and Preview are below.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Wyong Lake vs Singleton

Don Small Oval

2.00pm

Gosford vs Maitland

Adcock Park

2.00pm

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Park

2.00pm

Terrigal Avoca vs Killarney Vale

Hylton Moore Oval

2.00pm

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

3.00pm

Lake Macquarie - Bye

   

GE Black Diamond Women’s

Newcastle City Nova’s vs Singleton

No 1 Sportsground

9.00am

Gosford vs Maitland

Adcock Park

  12.00pm

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Park

 12.00pm

Terrigal Avoca vs Muswellbrook

Hylton Moore Oval

12.00pm

Port Stephens vs Wyong Lakes

Ferodale Park

12.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Killarney Vale

Bateau Bay

12.00pm

Lake Macquarie vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Tulkaba Park

12.00pm

Newcastle City Stars vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

1.00pm

Black Diamond Plate

Gosford vs Maitland

Adcock Park

10.00am

Warners Bay vs Nelson Bay

Feighan Park

10.00am

Terrigal Avoca vs Muswellbrook

Hylton Moore Oval

10.00am

Lake Macquarie vs Wallsend-West Newcastle

Tulkaba Park

10.00am

Newcastle City vs Cardiff

No 1 Sportsground

  11.00am

Wyong Lake vs Singleton

Don Small Oval

    2.00pm

The Entrance Bateau Bay vs Killarney Vale

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 12 Preview

In the Black Diamond Cup, Gosford host Maitland, Wyong Lakes are at home to Singleton; Warners Bay host Nelson Bay; Killarney Vale have a massive test at East Gosford against hosts Terrigal Avoca and in one of the matches of the season so far, Newcastle City host undefeated Cardiff at No.1 Sportsground.

Wyong Lakes have a must-win game at home, hosting sixth-placed Singleton at Don Small Oval. The Magpies, sitting eighth on the ladder, one game behind Gosford but with a superior percentage have struggled in recent weeks as a large injury list has taken its toll. The Magpies have consistent performers in ruck duo Brendan Charlton and Brayden Tos, with Tos in great form over the past six weeks. Utility Peter Drzal, fullback Carter Jones, rover Leigh Moore and key forward Justin McPhan will be very important for the Magpies, particularly if they can shut down the Roosters gun midfielders in Sam Brasington, Andrew Scott and Alex Mitchell, and in McPhan’s place, possibly exposing an undersized Singleton back six.

The Roosters will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss last Saturday at home to Killarney Vale. Youngster Cody Carroll brings speed and agility to the forward line, whilst burly backmen Daine Cowburn and Richard Wilkes provide rebound off the half-back line. Scott will be sweating on the fitness of big man Brenton Potter and backman David Hicks, whilst Andrew MacPherson is expected to miss this crucial game with a hamstring injury.

Gosford simply must win at home against Maitland. The expected return from injury of coach Josh Barty and backline general Scott Burkinshaw will give the Tigers a much-needed boost after a tough day at No.1 Sportsground last week. Calan Montgomery, agile ruckman Tristan Carter and Daniel White will need lots of touches as Gosford tries to hang on to a place in the Top 7.

Maitland have had some great fixtures against the Tigers over the past two seasons and will hope for the return of key pair Patrick McMahon and Rob Eddy as they look to recover from a bad day at Feighan Park last Saturday. Andrew Willmot and Riley Newstead have been amongst Maitland’s best players every week, with veteran rover Dustin Spriggs proving a rare highlight last week.

Warners Bay, almost back to a full squad and with Oscar Anderson’s return from an arm injury imminent, will look to continue their recent form when they welcome Nelson Bay to Feighan Park. Rover Matt Spinks has been one of the Bulldogs best all season, and Jack Downing’s form up forward has been a bonus for coach Marty Reiman, especially with the recent absence of key forward Kayne Gibbs. The maturity of Luke Roach this season has been noticeable, whilst the Bulldogs rebounding in defence, featuring Lachlan Deverell, Josh Nicol and Nick Metcalfe, has featured prominently in a two-match spell where the Bulldogs have conceded one behind.

Nelson Bay must give their coach Sean McGrath headaches at times; the Marlins are capable of kicking six goals in fifteen minutes when they get momentum, then at other times, they too often let other teams get over the top of them. McGrath will be very pleased with the direction in the forward line provided by Mark Spencer and Kieran Lamond, benefitting from great work in the midfield provided by Billy Barton, Jayden Rymer and Joel Erickson chiming in from half-back.

Killarney Vale, after a slow start to the season, are flying after four wins in a row (and 12 in succession across three grades). The Bombers make the short trip to East Gosford to face a massive test of where they are at right now; a buoyant Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval.

The continuous improvement of ruckman Tim Oosterhoff has seen him rapidly developing into the best tall man in the competition, alongside Cam Keast and the emerging Brayden Tos. Scott Reed has Oosterhoff playing as a seventh man in defence, to devastating effect. Oosterhoff’s battle with Jasper Davis, Pete Van Dam and Sam Ellis will be pivotal to the result of this match. Centre Josh Mifsud is finally back to his best after a serious ankle injury threatened to derail his career. Backmen Lachlan Waters and Ryan Coughlan have been shining lights over the past month for Reed and will face a big test from the skillful and well-organised Panthers.

The Panthers, like League leaders Cardiff, base their playing structure on an excellent defence and a myriad of midfield options. With a question over the fitness of small forward, Van Dam & Dan Heuston will need a bag of goals against a disciplined but slightly undersized Bombers back six.

Panthers coach Chris Bishop may elect to man up Oosterhoff when the big man sits in his defensive 50m arc, making him accountable for a man and nullifying the effects of Oosterhoff’s intercept marking. Jack Grimmond, Bishop and James Webster are the equal of any midfield in the competition right now, and Killarney Vale, who managed Andrew Scott & Sam Brasington very well last week, must thwart these three if they are to upset the Panthers and announce themselves as a viable fifth option for the Premiership.

Newcastle City and Cardiff, long-term traditional rivals and perennial grand finallists this century, provide a huge clash in the late game at No.1 Sportsground.

City bounced back from a tough day at East Gosford with a convincing win over under-manned Gosford, Pat Gillingham kicking seven goals in another superb display in his new role deep in the forward line. City will be focussing on kicking a winning score against the miserly Cardiff back six, after being systematically shut down by the Panthers 14 days ago. Cam Keast, freed up to play forward with the return of ruckman Chris Jackson, will look to engage Zac Metcalfe to keep the destructive Cardiff backline general accountable and stop his run off half back. Conor Haswell, one of the top five players in the League, just loves running off half-back at the relatively short No.1 Sportsground, linking with Mitchell Knight, Ethan Durbridge and wily backman Mac O’Malley.

Cardiff, after an ordinary first half against a game and committed Wyong Lakes last week, woke from their slumber in the second half, kicking ten goals in an impressive second half display in the absence of skipper Simon O’Brien. Jack Lennon has been simply outstanding for Nathan Harkness this season, over-shadowing his impressive midfield teammates Marcus DeLeur, O’Brien and Tom Yensch. The Hawks has managed the loss of Lachlan Price (concussion effects) comfortably, but City provide their toughest test in many weeks, especially at No.1. Bryce Graetz is a consistent performer, both in the midfield and across half-back, forming a lethal combination with the classy veteran Nick Tomlinson.

In the GE Womens Competition, the Newcastle City Novas host Singleton at No.1 Sportsground; Maitland are away to Gosford; The Entrance Bateau Bay host local rivals Killarney Vale; Warners Bay host undefeated League leaders Nelson Bay at Feighan Park; Wyong Lakes head to Medowie to take on Port Stephens; Muswellbrook are away to Terrigal Avoca; Lake Macquarie are at home to Wallsend-West Newcastle and the undefeated Newcastle City Stars host Cardiff at No.1 Sportsground.

In the Black Diamond Plate, Gosford host Maitland; Nelson Bay head to Feighan Park to play hosts Warners Bay; Muswellbrook makes the long journey to play undefeated Terrigal Avoca at Hylton Moore Oval; Wallsend-West Newcastle makes the short trip to Tulkaba Park to play Lake Macquarie; heavyweights Newcastle City and Cardiff have a huge fixture at No.1 Sportsground; Singleton are away to Wyong Lakes and The Entrance Bateau Bay and Killarney Vale, fierce local rivals, will have a combative fixture at the Bateau Bay Sports Facility.

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

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 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