Results from yesterday’s Hunter Haval Black Diamond AFL Grand Finals. Reviews below.
2018 Hunter Haval Black Diamond Cup
TERRIGAL AVOCA v. NEWCASTLE CITY @ No 1 Sportsground
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
2018 GE Black Diamond Women's
NEWCASTLE CITY STARS v. WYONG LAKES @ No 1 Sportsground
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
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.