BDAFL Grand Finals results

Results from yesterday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Grand Finals. Reviews below.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup


Newcastle City 0.2, 2.6, 3.6, 9.11 (65)
Terrigal Avoca 2.3, 3.7, 3.7, 5.13 (43)
Newcastle City :Cade Triffitt 3, Jackson Crawford 1, Aidan Watling 1, Conor Haswell 1, Luke Rawnsley 1, Hamish Thomson 1,
Reed van Huisstede 1
Terrigal Avoca :Mark Skuse 2, Brandon Thomas 1, Lachlan Bayliss 1, Corbin Bond 1
Newcastle City :Reed van Huisstede, Aidan Watling, Conor Haswell, Luke Rawnsley, Cameron Keast, Ethan Durbridge
Terrigal Avoca :Kurt Fleming, James Webster, Sam Ellis, Corbin Bond, Jarrad Flint, William Delahunty

BDC Premiers 2018

2018 GE Black Diamond Women's


Newcastle City Stars 0.3, 2.6, 2.9, 5.10 (40)
Wyong Lakes 0.0, 0.1, 1.1, 1.1 (7)
Newcastle City Stars :Sarah Halvorsen 2, Kristel Gavenlock 1, Stephanie Miniter 1, Tayla Braithwaite 1
Wyong Lakes :Rebecca Ives 1
Newcastle City Stars :Tayla Braithwaite , Ashlee Hayllar, Sarah Halvorsen, Kate Gilbert, Casey Eacott, Stephanie Miniter
Wyong Lakes :Emily Bohan, Jesse Graham, Kanesha Murray, Rachael Potts, Rebecca Ives, Abby Pearce

Women`s Premiers 2018

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate


Terrigal Avoca 3.0, 5.3, 6.6, 6.9 (45)
Newcastle City 1.2, 1.2, 4.5, 4.7 (31)
Terrigal Avoca : Mathew Studdert 1, Tim Smith 1, Michael Studdert 1, Jason Roach 1, Jack Fitzgerald 1, Ryan Shaw 1
Newcastle City :Thomas Dwyer 1, Jarred Matson 1, Rhett Allen 1, Bailey Cullen 1
Terrigal Avoca :Jason Roach, Damen Smith, Ryan Shaw, Michael Roach, Ethan Formby, Liam Townsend
Newcastle City :Benjamin Conquest, Luke Vicary, Brodie Jones, Asheet Tak, Nicholas Pollock, Mitchell Black

Black Diamond AFL Grand Final Reviews

In the Black Diamond Plate Grand Final played at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground on Saturday, Terrigal Avoca completed an undefeated season with a hard-earnt 14-point win over a dogged and persistent Newcastle City. Final scores were Terrigal Avoca 6.9.45 to Newcastle City 4.7.31.

The Panthers set up their undefeated flag with a 5 goal to 1 first half, to leave them leading by 25 points at the main break. City came back hard in the third quarter, kicking 3 goals to one in the third stanza to leave the Blues only down by 13 points at the last change.

Remarkably, neither side kicked a goal in the last quarter, with Terrigal Avoca deploying a loose man in defence to stifle City’s challenge in securing the improbable, an undefeated Premiership in the 14-team Plate Competition.

Terrigal Avoca kept gun forward pair Kevin McDonald and Abe Gibson goalless in the match, a significant factor in their win. Using the tactics successfully employed by the Panthers Black Diamond Cup side for many years, key backs Ethan Formby, Damen Smith and Liam Townsend made life very difficult for City’s forwards, rarely allowing a one-on-one contest throughout the four quarters.

Livewire rover Jason Roach was adjudged best on ground after a scintillating performance, using his speed and deadly left foot to set up many of the Panthers attacking raids.

Smith, Formby, Townsend, Ryan Shaw and Michael Roach (who produced an excellent display in the centre) were other players to shine for Terrigal Avoca, who lost Josh Arms early on to concussion.

Ben Conquest, thrust into the ruck against much taller opponents, was outstanding all day for City, playing as an extra ruck-rover and winning countless contested possessions. Backmen Luke Vicary, Brodie Jones and skipper Mitchell Black were big contributors for City, alongside rover Asheet Tak and utility Nick Pollock.

Goal kickers for Terrigal Avoca were Mathew Studdert, Tim Smith, Michael Studdert, Jason Roach, Jack Fitzgerald and Ryan Shaw.

City’s goalkickers were Tom Dwyer, Jarred Matson, Rhett Allen and Bailey Cullen.

In the GE Womens Competition Grand Final played on Saturday at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground, the Newcastle City Stars secured the club’s third Womens Premiership in the four-year history of the competition with an extremely efficient and composed performance, comfortably defeating a physical Wyong Lakes Magpies by 33 points. Final scores were the Stars 5.10.40 to Wyong Lakes 1.1.7.

The Stars have been superb in the finals series after suffering a plague of injuries during the season, hanging on grimly in their semi-final against hosts Maitland, professionally accounting for hosts Killarney Vale in last Sunday’s Preliminary Final, then, inspired by superb performances from guns Tayla Brathwaite, Sarah Halvorsen, skipper Ashlee Hayllar and unsung hero Kate Gilbert, producing a compelling performance to completely shut down a game but outgunned Wyong Lakes outfit.

The Magpies have used a stingy defence, lead by Emily Bohan and Sarah Ball, to great effect this season, but the tables were turned today, with the Stars making scoring almost impossible for them. Indeed, the Magpies only goal came on the back of a lazy 50m penalty awarded to skipper Rebecca Ives, who kicked the goal from 5 metres out.

Halvorsen’s duel with Sarah Ball was a beauty, with Halvorsen made to earn every kick as she shaded the very talented Ball over four quarters. Halvorsen’s speed and ability to produce second and third efforts completed a wonderful finals series for the dynamic centre-half forward.

Bohan was thrust into the centre after half-time in a bid to use her long kicking to set up attacking opportunities for the Magpies. Bohan was solid in the centre but City’s defence structures held up superbly all day.

Braithwaite won the Best on Ground Medal, and she was well-supported by Hayllar, Halvorsen, Gilbert, Casey Eacott and forward Stephanie Miniter.

Bohan produced her usual excellent display, well-supported by Jesse Graham, ruck Kanesha Murray, the tireless Rachael Potts, Ives and Abby Pearce.

Halvorsen kicked two goals for City, with singles to Kristel Gavenlock, Stephanie Miniter, and Braithwaite. Ives kicked the Magpies only goal.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Grand Final played at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground on Saturday, a stirring fightback from Newcastle City, in which they kicked 9 of the 10 goals across 2 and a half quarters of football, has seen the Blues upset favourites and Minor Premiers Terrigal Avoca to take out the Grand Final by 22 points. Final scores were Newcastle City 9.11.65 to Terrigal Avoca 5.13.43.

Terrigal Avoca kicked the first 3 goals of the match to lead by 20 points with 10 minutes to go in the first half. Then, a rapid series of events completely changed the match and gave City great momentum going into the main change:

*Firstly, Panthers ruckman Sam Ellis, with a running shot 20m out, dead in front and with no-one on him, hit the post for a behind;
*Secondly, City Coach Tim Cotter rolled the dice and moved star half-back Conor Haswell into the forward line. Haswell produced his regulation speccie, then kicked a wonderful snap from deep in the pocket and got City’s forward line going;
*Finally, City ruckman Chris Jackson took a kick from 45m out just as the half-time siren sounded. Hamish Thompson was adjudged to have held behind play, and, unbeknownst to many at the ground, kicked a goal from 15m out well after the siren to leave City just one point behind at the main break.

City came out after half-time like men possessed, kicking 6 goals to none in the third quarter to basically secure the Premiership in a dynamic, compelling and at-times brilliant “Premiership Quarter” blitzkrieg.

Mobile forward Cade Triffitt kicked 3 goals in the third quarter, with outstanding veteran backman Luke Rawnsley adding a rare major from the 45m arc. The Panthers, who had been in complete control in the first 40 minutes, simply had no answer to City’s brilliance as they were kept to just one Mark Skuse goal in the third quarter.

The Panthers kicked 2 goals to none in the final quarter but it was a case of too little, too late as City put men behind the ball in the last 15 minutes to secure a famous victory.

BDAFL Preliminary Finals results Sunday

Results from Sunday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Preliminary Finals.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup


Terrigal Avoca 0.4, 2.8, 7.12, 11.14 (80)
Warners Bay 1.4, 3.6, 4.6, 4.8 (32)
Terrigal Avoca : Sam Ellis 4, Mark Skuse 2, Brandon Thomas 1, Thomas Cresswell 1, Matthew Shortal 1, Daniel Heuston 1, Kurt Fleming 1
Warners Bay : Jack Hardman 4
Terrigal Avoca : Sam Ellis, Josh Polglase, Jayson Van Dam, Jarrad Flint, William Delahunty, Jack Grimmond
Warners Bay : Riley Warner, Nicholas Metcalfe, Jake Roach, Jack Hardman, Ben Hunter, Lincoln Stewart

2018 GE Black Diamond Women's


Newcastle City Stars 1.2, 3.3, 5.6, 8.6 (54)
Killarney Vale 0.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.1 (25)
Newcastle City Stars : Sarah Halvorsen 4, Ashlee Hayllar 1, Lewis Rose 1, Simone Sing 1, Kristel Gavenlock 1
Killarney Vale : Courtney Barnett 1, Georgia Butler 1, Jocelyn Kelleher 1, Tonicah Eslick 1
Newcastle City Stars : Sarah Halvorsen, Ashlee Hayllar, Kirsty Ferguson, Casey Eacott, Simone Sing, Tayla Braithwaite
Killarney Vale : Jocelyn Kelleher, Teneale Toker, Skye Bailey, Courtney Barnett, Bethany Wood, Maggie Healey

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate


Terrigal Avoca 5.2, 8.4, 10.7, 11.11 (77)
Killarney Vale 0.0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.7 (7)
Terrigal Avoca : Joshua Arms 2, Michael Studdert 2, Mathew Studdert 1, Stephen Lynch 1, Jason Roach 1, Jack Fitzgerald 1, Samuela Sirilo 1, Luke Bury 1, Ethan Formby 1
Terrigal Avoca : Kenneth Szaladzinski, Ethan Formby, Samuel Korsch, Michael Roach, Luke Bury, Jack Fitzgerald
Killarney Vale : Gerard Schell, Corey Shackleton, Kyall Walford, Michael Broadbent, Trent Debnam, Jake Greentree

BDAFL Preliminary Finals results/reports

Results from yesterday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Preliminary Finals. Women`s previews below.

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

NEWCASTLE CITY v. CARDIFF @ No 1 Sportsground

Newcastle City 2.3, 3.7, 8.9, 10.10 (70)
Cardiff 1.2, 1.5, 3.8, 5.11 (41)
Newcastle City : Patrick Gillingham 3, Cameron Keast 3, Macaulay O'Malley 1, Conor Haswell 1, Jackson Crawford 1, Mitchell Knight 1
Cardiff : Brandt Job 2, Jack Lennon 1, Trent Thompson 1, Simon O'Brien 1
Newcastle City : Aidan Watling, Macaulay O'Malley, Ian Baker, Ethan Durbridge, Max Quinlan, Conor Haswell
Cardiff : Tom Yensch, David O'Donnell, Nick Tomlinson, Mattie Vukovich, Brandt Job, Miles Petersen

2018 GE Black Diamond Women's

NELSON BAY v. WYONG LAKES @ No1 Sportsground

Wyong Lakes 2.1, 3.1, 3.1, 3.1 (19)
Nelson Bay 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.1 (1)
Wyong Lakes : Monique Maddalena 2, Alanna Nicholson 1
Wyong Lakes : Alexandra Pearce, Emily Bohan, Sarah Ball, Alanna Nicholson , Kanesha Murray, Monique Maddalena
Nelson Bay : Kate Holland, Sophie Balcombe, Molly Simpson, Hayley West, Athena Gerakiteys, Molly Fraser

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate


Newcastle City 3.1, 7.1, 11.2, 13.6 (84)
Muswellbrook 2.2, 3.5, 4.6, 7.7 (49)
Newcastle City : Kevin McDonald 4, Brodie Jones 3, Abraham Gibson 3, Jayson Cleaver 1, Cameron Sheridan 1, Bailey Cullen 1
Muswellbrook : Adam Higham 3, Lachlan Watts 1, Callum Strachab 1, Kyle Bray 1, Jessy Besford 1
Newcastle City : Mitchell Williams, Benjamin Conquest, Bailey Cullen, Kevin McDonald, Abraham Gibson, Asheet Tak
Muswellbrook : Jacob Connor , Matthew Dunn, Adam Higham, Lachlan Watts, Jeremy Smith, Broque Smith

Central Coast BDAFL Preliminary Final Review

In the BDAFL GE Womens Competition Preliminary Final played at Newcastle No.1 Sportsground on Saturday, a superb defensive performance from the Wyong Lakes Magpies has seen them qualify for their first ever BDAFL Grand Final, in doing so preventing the depleted Marlins from appearing in their fourth successive Grand Final. Final scores were Wyong Lakes 3.1.19 to Nelson Bay 0.1.1.

With Marlins star forwards Jess Jakubowski, Kaitlyn Douglass and late withdrawal Jemma Astley all injured, the Marlins could not break down the superb Magpies defence, with star back Emily Bohan playing as the loose defender all day, constantly repelling the Marlins attacking efforts.

Both teams elected to stack their backlines throughout the match, with Wyong Lakes comfortably winning the game despite being kept scoreless in the second half, a half in which a late behind deep in the last quarter from Nelson Bay was the only score of the half, quite remarkable in a Preliminary Final.

The experienced Monique Maddalena kicked two goals in the first half before she spent the last quarter as a second loose defender across half-back. Small forward Alanna Nicholson kicked the Magpies only other goal.

Alexandra Pearce, Bohan, Sarah Ball, Nicholson, ruck Kanesha Murray and Maddalena were the Magpies best players as they continued their march to the Grand Final.

Kate Holland, Sophie Balcombe and the tireless Molly Simpson were superb all day for the outgunned Marlins, with Simpson running herself into the ground and Balcombe's improved long kicking a feature in a difficult day for the proud perennial finallists.

Other Marlins players to shine were Hayley West, Athena Geratikeys and Molly Fraser.

BDAFL Semi Finals results/reports (2)

Results from Sunday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Semi Finals. Previews below..

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup


Cardiff 3.2, 5.4, 8.8, 10.15 (75)
Wyong Lakes 1.1, 3.1, 5.3, 7.3 (45)
Cardiff : Nelson Brown 2, Trent Thompson 2, Simon O'Brien 2, Jack Lennon 1, Michael Ryan 1, David O'Donnell 1, Tom Yensch 1
Wyong Lakes : Keaton Jones 2, Justin McPhan 2, Joshua Glachan 1, Christopher Koop-Folkes 1, Brendan Charlton 1
Cardiff : Jack Pratt, Tom Yensch, Mattie Vukovich, Liam Gibson, Trent Thompson, Michael Ryan
Wyong Lakes : Carter Jones, Nathan Doyle, Brayden Tos, Timothy Hillman, Christopher Koop-Folkes, Gavin Stokes

2018 GE Black Diamond Women's


Wyong Lakes 1.2, 3.3, 4.4, 6.5 (41)
Newcastle City Nova's 0.0, 0.0, 0.1, 0.1 (1)
Wyong Lakes : Alexandra Pearce 1, Rebecca Ives 1, Kanesha Murray 1, Aleece Williams 1, Monique Maddalena 1, Aimee Bohan 1
Wyong Lakes : Sarah Ball, Abby Pearce, Kyrah Tos, Alexandra Pearce, Jesse Graham, Monique Maddalena
Newcastle City Nova's : Caitlin Holcombe, Erin White, Chiara Lam, Kailee Goodwin, Meaghan MacDonald, Tjarra Kilpatrick

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate


Killarney Vale 3.2, 6.3, 9.5, 11.7 (73)
Cardiff 2.1, 3.2, 4.4, 5.7 (37)
Killarney Vale : Justin Daley 3, Alex Wells 2, Greg Rolfe 1, Trent Debnam 1, Michael Broadbent 1, William Cross-Hicks 1, James Newburn 1, Ryan Cross 1
Cardiff : Andrew Walker 2, Thomas Hawthorne 1, Clinton James 1, Aaron Wivell 1
Killarney Vale : Gerard Schell, Ryan Cross, Deklan Bates, Greg Rolfe, Michael Strappazzon, Justin Daley
Cardiff : Andrew Walker, Thomas Hawthorne, Toby Machart, Regan Bowe, Luke Griffiths, Matt Dippolito

BDAFL Sunday Semi-Final Review
In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Semi-Final played at Don Small Oval in Tacoma on Sunday, Cardiff produced a composed and professional finals display in accounting for a game but outgunned Wyong Lakes by 30 points. Final scores were Cardiff 10.15.75 to Wyong Lakes 7.3.45.

Cardiff kicked three goals to one in the first quarter and were never headed, kicking seven goals to six after quarter-time as their renowned back six and ruckman Tom Yensch controlled proceedings, in the absence of Zac Metcalfe and the injured Marcus DeLeur.

In blustery conditions, Yensch and Magpies ruckman Brayden Tos had a great one-on-one battle, with neither man having a break all day. Yensch’s ability to play as an extra ruck-rover eventually proved a major difference in the game, with the 2017 Elliott Davey Medallist taking several strong marks in a dominant second-half display.

Veteran forward Michael Ryan proved a strong target playing out of the goalsquare, kicking one goal and creating opportunities for his forward line through his ability to provide a strong contest.

Jack Pratt had a field day across half-back for the Hawks, working in combination with the constructive Nick Tomlinson, Liam Gibson and David O’Donnell. Pratt’s 30-plus touches were all quality possessions and coach Nathan Harkness will be very pleased with his ability to provide rebound across half-back.

Wyong Lakes’ big four of Tos, Lee Moore, Chris Koop-Folkes and Tim Hillman all provided solid finals performances, with Koop-Folkes having a big day despite suffering a painful back injury in a legitimate marking contest with Tomlinson. Carter Jones was terrific at fullback for the Magpies, providing an attacking option in the Magpies backline and providing several fierce contests at the ball despite his slender frame.

Nelson Brown, Trent Thompson and Simon O’Brien all kicked two goals for Cardiff, whilst Keaton Jones and key forward Justin McPhan managed two goals apiece for the Magpies, who showed they were deserving finallists with a dogged and disciplined performance against the talented Hawks outfit.

Cardiff were best served by Pratt, Yensch, Matt Vukovich, Gibson, Trent Thompson and Ryan.

Wyong Lakes were best served by Jones, Nathan Doyle, Tos, Hillman, Koop-Folkes and Gavin Stokes, who had a great battle with Ryan all day.

Cardiff will play Newcastle City at No.1 Sportsground in Saturday’s Preliminary Final.

In the GE Womens Semi-Final, a superb defensive performance from Wyong Lakes saw the Magpies defeat the Newcastle City Novas 6.5.41 to 0.1.1.

Led by Sarah Ball and Abby Pearce, the Magpies simply shut down the Novas despite the best efforts of the Novas’ Caitlin Holcombe and star follower Erin White.

The Magpies welcomed the return of influential ruck Rebecca Ives and also had Alexandra Pearce produce a dominant display despite a heavily strapped knee.

The Magpies had six individual goalkickers led by Ives and Aleece Williams.

Wyong Lakes best players were Ball, Abby and Alexandra Pearce, Kyrah Tos, Jesse Graham and Monique Maddalena.

The Novas were best served by Holcombe, White, Chiara Lam and Kailee Goodwin.

Wyong Lakes will play Minor Premiers Nelson Bay in Saturday’s Preliminary Final at No.1 Sportsground.

Killarney Vale produced the upset of the weekend in defeating Cardiff by 36 points in the Black Diamond Plate Semi-Final. Final scores were Killarney Vale 11.7.73 to Cardiff 5.7.37.

The Bombers were simply too hard and tough for the Hawks, winning the vast majority of the contested ball and kicking well in the blustery conditions.

Justin Daley kicked three goals for the Bombers, well supported by Alex Wells with two majors. Andrew Walker kicked two goals for the Hawks.

Killarney Vale were best served by Gerard Schell, Ryan Cross, Greg Rolfe and Daley. Cardiff’s best players were Walker, Tom Hawthorne, Toby Machart and Regan Bowe.

Killarney Vale has secured a home Preliminary Final on Sunday at Adelaide St Oval, where they will play Minor Premiers Terrigal Avoca.

BDAFL Semi Finals results/reports

Results from yesterday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Semi Finals. Previews below.

Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup

Warners Bay 3.4, 3.8, 5.12, 7.17 (59)
Singleton 0.4, 2.5, 4.8, 5.8 (38)
Warners Bay : Jack Hardman 4, Luke McKenna 1, Josh Nicol 1, David McGuinness 1
Singleton : Ben Graham 2, Cameron White 1, Alex Mitchell 1, Tristan Chalker 1
Warners Bay : Benjamin Crawley, Ky McGrath, Jack Hardman, Jake Roach, Ben Hunter, Nicholas Metcalfe
Singleton : Andrew Scott, Cameron White, Oliver Moody, Ben Graham, Samuel Brasington, Brenton Potter

Newcastle City 3.0, 6.0, 10.5, 11.7 (73)
Killarney Vale 0.1, 2.3, 3.4, 4.6 (30)
Newcastle City : Cade Triffitt 4, Patrick Gillingham 2, Cameron Keast 1, Jordan Harrison 1, Mitchell Knight 1, Liam Dwyer 1, Max Quinlan 1
Killarney Vale : Scott Reed 2, Joshua Mifsud 1, Samuel Jabour 1
Newcastle City : Hamish Thomson, Ethan Durbridge, Aidan Watling, Luke Rawnsley, Jordan Harrison, Stephen Batten
Killarney Vale : Joshua Mifsud, Lachlan Waters, Dane Amidy, Liam Banfield, Connor Reilly, Tim Oosterhoff

2018 GE Black Diamond Women's

Killarney Vale 1.1, 4.3, 4.3, 5.4 (34)
Singleton 0.0, 0.0, 1.1, 1.1 (7)
Killarney Vale : Dixie Butler 2, Tonicah Eslick 2, Kelsey Acton 1
Singleton : Brianna Howard 1
Killarney Vale : Jocelyn Kelleher, Natasha Gregory, Skye Bailey, Teneale Toker, Dixie Butler, Tonicah Eslick
Singleton : Tori Cowburn, Lua Roser, Madeleine Edsell, Hayley Richards, Lynan Scott, Jade Moody

Newcastle City Stars 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.2 (32)
Maitland 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 4.4 (28)
Newcastle City Stars : Sarah Halvorsen 3, Ashlee Hayllar 2
Maitland : Sarah Burns 3, Skyla Dunn 1
Newcastle City Stars : Casey Eacott, Ashlee Hayllar, Sarah Halvorsen, Sara Gilbert , Kate Gilbert, Teneall Chapman
Maitland : Sarah Burns, Gabrielle Easey, Felicity Millen, Anna Fraser, Skyla Dunn, Stevi Bishop

2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate

Muswellbrook 3.5, 5.8, 7.8, 9.10 (64)
The Entrance Bateau Bay 1.1, 2.3, 2.5, 6.7 (43)
Muswellbrook : Jacob Connor 2, Kyle Bray 2, Jessy Besford 2, Mark McLaughlin 1, Cameron Benkovic 1, Callum Strachab 1, Adam Higham 1
The Entrance Bateau Bay : Todd Hindmarsh 2, Kris Toohey 1, Mathew Johnstone 1, Patrick McMahon 1, Kyle Robinson 1
Muswellbrook : Nigel Smith, Matthew Dunn, Lachlan Watts, Kyle Bray, Callum Strachab, Broque Smith
The Entrance Bateau Bay : Kyle Pollock, Todd Hindmarsh, Kyle Robinson, Kris Toohey, Jack Bastin, Michael Besley

Newcastle City 2.6, 7.8, 14.21, 14.21 (105)
Warners Bay 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 (0)
Newcastle City : Joseph O'Donoghue 3, Kevin McDonald 2, Abraham Gibson 2, Rhett Allen 1, Luke Curgenven 1, Angus Beckett 1, Asheet Tak 1, Bailey Cullen 1, Mark Salau 1, Jayson Cleaver 1
Newcastle City : Benjamin Conquest, Luke Curgenven, Asheet Tak, Brodie Jones, Nicholas Pollock, Thomas Dwyer
Warners Bay : Connor Manwarring, Ian Bird, Dillon Walsh-Hall, Nicholas Pattey, Robert Barlow, Adam Lowe

Central Coast BDAFL Review - Semi Final Match Day 1, 18 August 2018

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup Semi-Finals played on Saturday, at a very windy Max McMahon Oval in Rutherford, Newcastle City produced a solid performance over four quarters to defeat a depleted Killarney Vale by 43 points.

Newcastle City kicked ten goals to three in the first three quarters to comfortably account for Killarney and book themselves a home Preliminary Semi-Final next Saturday at No.1 Sportsground. Final scores were Newcastle City 11.7.73 to Killarney Vale 4.6.30.

City’s much-vaunted backline, missing the suspended Conor Haswell, kept the Bombers to four goals in a convincing display on a day where delivery into the forward line was made extremely difficult by a strong north-westerly breeze. Ethan Durbridge, Luke Rawnsley and Reed van Huisstede were all outstanding against a Bombers forward line missing late withdrawal Bryce Singleton.

Bombers fullback Connor Reilly kept star City forward Patrick Gillingham to just two goals, with City small forward Cade Triffitt making a big difference with four very important goals.

A possible ACL injury to Killarney Vale’s Jayden Banfield led to City’s Cam Keast having a field day at centre-half forward and on the ball, interchanging with Chris Jackson.

Centre Mitchell Knight shone on a day where conditions were perfect for the rugged, powerfully built City veteran. Liam Dwyer was terrific for the Blues with his run and carry, whilst Aidan Watling and Hamish Thompson showed City’s future is very healthy, with composed performances from the two young stars.

Tim Oosterhoff bravely battled an ankle problem all day, working well with diminutive centreman Josh Mifsud, veteran Dane Amidy and Lachlan Waters.

Triffitt (4) and Gillingham (2) were the multiple goalkickers for City, with Bombers Coach Scott Reed managing two goals on a tough day for the Adelaide St Oval faithful.

In the GE Women’s Semi Final, Killarney Vale got the jump on Singleton on their way to a 5.4.34 to 1.1.7 win over Singleton.

Four goals to nil in the first half gave the Bombers the ascendancy and whilst the Roosters matches them in the second half they were unable to bridge the gap.

Jocelyn Kelleher was a standout for the Bombers and she received good support from Natasha Gregory, Skye Bailey and Teneale Toker with Tonicah Eslick and Dixie Butler each kicking two goals.

For Singleton, Tori Cowburn was superb with her run and carry and also her ability to pick up possessions at will. Lua Roser, Madeleine Edsell and Hayley Richards also played well.

In the Hunter Haval Black Diamond Plate, Muswellbrook progressed through to the Preliminary Final with a 9.10.64 to 6.7.43 win over The Entrance Bateau Bay in an entertaining game.

Muswellbrook’s Adam Higham kicked a goal inside the first minute of the game and from then on, they were never headed and thrilled the big contingent of local supporters.

Nigel Smith, who unpassable at centre half back, was easily the Cats best and he was well supported by Matthew Dunn, Lachlan Watts and Kyle Bray. Jacob Connor, Jessy Bedford and Bray each kicked two goals.

For The Entrance Bateau Bay, Kyle Pollock, Todd Hindmarsh (two goals), youngster Kyle Robinson and veteran Kris Toohey were their best.