Black Diamond Australian Football League

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The Black Diamond Australian Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Newcastle, Hunter Region and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The league was formed in 2000 from a merger of the Newcastle Australian Football League and the Central Coast Australian Football League.

The proposition of an alternate competition started from rumblings during the 1990's that both competitions were dreadfully uneven and it was generally considered the administration, although keen and resolute, was far from what was needed to sustain a viable football league/s.

Visits from AFL executives to both the Newcastle and Central Coast took place during the 1999 season where they addressed meetings of delegates to look at alternatives to their contemporary competitions. It turns out these people were more interested in a proposed regional Club to participate in the Sydney Competition.

This prosposal didn't address the concerns of the general situation of the local competitions. As there was no follow-up by the AFL both boards issued invitations to senior officials of all clubs to discuss the options for the future. A meeting was held at Mt Penang, Kariong in October 1999 where it was decided to merge both leagues together to create a stronger more balanced competition.

The name "Black Diamond AFL" derives from the Black Diamond Cup which has been awarded to the Newcastle AFL Premiers since 1888.[1]

League development[edit]

The Black Diamond AFL were successful in winning the Southern NSW AFL Championships in 2007, defeating the Riverina Football League.

In 2008 both Woy Woy and Singleton were removed from the First Grade competition and Lake Macquarie Crows were promoted to First Grade, meaning nine clubs competed for the premiership.

In 2011, Singleton returned to first grade, after winning the reserve premierships for 2009 and 2010. Nelsons Bay however will only compete in Reserve Grade. Woy Woy, now known as the Peninsula Swans, will compete as a joint venture with the Gosford Tigers, allowing players at both clubs to compete in First Grade, Reserve Grade and Under 18s in 2011.

Gosford left the league in 2012, competing in the Sydney AFL for the next four seasons, before returning to the BDAFL in 2016.

The Maitland Saints also entered a senior side in 2012. From 2012, the competition was restructured to allowed clubs to enter teams across Premier, 1st, 2nd and 3rd divisions. This allowed smaller or newer clubs to field their firsts against the reserves or even third senior side of the stronger clubs.

Further clubs have joined the league in recent years, including Muswellbrook Cats and the The Entrance Bateau Bay both entering senior sides 2014. Muswellbrook had competed from 1988 until 1994 in the Newcastle AFL, and then later in the Tamworth AFL until 2013.

A women's competition started in 2015.

Current Senior Clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Premiership Years
Cardiff Hawks NAFL: 1979-80, 1998
BDAFL: 2002, 2004-05-06
Gosford Tigers CCAFL: 1977, 1980, 1983–84
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Killarney Vale Bombers CCAFL: 1981-82, 1986–87, 1997-98
BDAFL: 2007
Lake Macquarie Dockers -
Maitland Saints -
Muswellbrook Cats -
Nelson Bay Marlins NAFL: 1994, 1996–97, 1999
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Newcastle City Blues NAFL: 1950, 1953, 1961, 1963–66, 1968, 1970–71, 1973, 1975–76, 1981, 1995
BDAFL: 2003, 2008-09-10-11, 2013, 2016
Singleton Roosters -
The Entrance Bateau Bay Blues -
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Terrigal-Avoca Panthers CCAFL: 1976, 1988–91, 1994, 1996, 1999
BDAFL: 2000, 2012, 2014-15
Warners Bay Bulldogs NAFL: 1984, 1988, 1990–93
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Wyong Lakes Magpies CCAFL: 1978, 1979

Former Clubs[edit]

Jumper Club Nickname Premierships Years in competition
West Newcastle-Wallsend Demons BDAFL: 2001 2000-2002
Woy Woy Peninsula Swans 2008

Black Diamond Australian Football League Premiers[edit]

Year Premiers Runners Up Score
2000 Terrigal-Avoca Cardiff TA (17.16-118) d CAR (10.18-78)
2001 West Newcastle-Wallsend Cardiff WEST (21.9-135) d CAR (18.13-121)
2002 Cardiff Terrigal-Avoca CAR (11.15-81) d TA (7.10-52)
2003 Newcastle City Cardiff NC (17.16-118) d CAR (11.10-76)
2004 Cardiff Terrigal-Avoca CAR (16.13-109) d TA (15.9-99)
2005 Cardiff Killarney Vale CAR (17.11-113) d KV (11.6-72)
2006 Cardiff Newcastle City CAR (8.9-57) d NC (2.4-16)
2007 Killarney Vale Newcastle City KV (9.9-63) d NC (4.17-41)
2008 Newcastle City Cardiff NC (14.12-96) d CAR (8.11-59)
2009 Newcastle City Cardiff NC (12.15-87) d CAR (11.14-80)
2010 Newcastle City Cardiff NC (17.21-123) d CAR (10.12-72)
2011 Newcastle City Cardiff NC (14.20-104) d CAR (10.11-71)
2012 Terrigal-Avoca Cardiff TA (10.8-68) d CAR (7.12-54)
2013 Newcastle City Terrigal-Avoca NC (18.9-117) d TA (14.9-93)
2014 Terrigal-Avoca Killarney Vale TA (17.12-114) d KV (9.5-59)
2015 Terrigal-Avoca Newcastle City TA (14.9-93) d NC (10.11-71)
2016 Newcastle City Terrigal-Avoca NC (14.13-97) d TA (5.6-36)

Premier division[edit]

2015 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Terrigal Avoca 15 0 1 0 1992 614 324.43% 60 1st Semi Killarney Vale 16 7 103 Warners Bay 5 9 39
Newcastle City 13 0 3 0 1633 961 169.93% 52 2nd Semi Newcastle City 9 15 69 Terrigal Avoca 6 8 44
Killarney Vale 8 0 8 0 1143 1202 95.09% 32 Preliminary Killarney Vale 13 21 99 Killarney Vale 7 7 49
Warners Bay 6 0 10 0 881 1516 58.11% 24 Grand Terrigal Avoca 14 9 93 Newcastle City 10 11 71
Nelson Bay 5 0 11 0 939 1441 65.16% 20
Cardiff 1 0 15 0 922 1776 51.91% 4

2016 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Newcastle City 16 0 1 0 2165 792 273.36% 64 1st Semi Nelson Bay 10 17 77 Cardiff 9 10 64
Terrigal Avoca 11 0 6 0 1577 1073 146.97% 44 2nd Semi Newcastle City 10 17 77 Terrigal Avoca 8 7 55
Nelson Bay 8 0 9 0 1459 1514 96.37% 32 Preliminary Terrigal Avoca 16 21 117 Nelson Bay 12 10 82
Cardiff 8 0 9 0 1346 1781 75.58% 32 Grand Newcastle City 14 13 97 Terrigal Avoca 5 6 36
Warners Bay 6 0 11 0 1111 1548 71.77% 24
Killarney Vale 2 0 15 0 896 1846 48.54% 8

Division One[edit]

2015 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Div 1 Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B M/R Team G B Pts
Terrigal Avoca 12 2 2 1 1394 567 245.86% 80 1st Semi Maitland 12 11 83 Wyong Lakes 11 11 77
Newcastle City 12 2 2 1 1351 579 233.33% 80 2nd Semi Newcastle Bay 9 8 62 Terrigal Avoca 2 10 22
Wyong Lakes 10 2 4 1 1395 801 174.16% 67 Preliminary Terrigal Avoca 15 11 101 Maitland 9 5 59
Maitland 10 2 5 0 1303 751 173.50% 67 Grand Newcastle Bay 11 6 72 Terrigal Avoca 7 8 50
Warners Bay 7 2 8 0 681 958 71.09% 47
Singleton 5 3 9 0 817 1283 63.68% 35
Cardiff 5 2 10 0 623 1250 49.84% 33
Killarney Vale 3 3 10 1 635 1252 50.72% 21
Lake Macquarie 0 3 14 0 505 1263 39.98% 0

2016 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Div 1 Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Singleton 15 0 2 0 1875 524 357.82% 60 1st Semi Newcastle Bay 16 17 113 Gosford 1 7 13
Maitland 15 0 2 0 1636 730 224.11% 60 2nd Semi Singleton 13 15 93 Maitland 11 7 73
Newcastle City 14 0 3 0 1668 620 269.03% 56 Preliminary Maitland 13 6 84 Newcastle Bay 6 16 52
Gosford 13 0 4 0 1743 851 204.82% 52 Grand Singleton 6 7 43 Maitland 2 4 16
Terrigal Avoca 8 0 9 0 1362 960 141.88% 32
Wyong Lakes 8 0 9 0 1373 1044 131.51% 32
Warners Bay 5 0 11 1 838 1454 57.63% 22
Cardiff 3 0 14 0 629 1758 35.78% 12
Lake Macquarie 2 0 14 1 525 1637 32.07% 10
Killarney Vale 1 0 16 0 341 2412 14.14% 4

Division Two[edit]

2015 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Div 2 Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Newcastle City 14 1 2 0 1429 526 271.67% 60 1st Semi Lake Macquarie 15 11 101 Terrigal Avoca 6 6 42
The Entrance Bateau Bay 14 1 2 0 1334 656 203.35% 60 2nd Semi The Entrance Bateau Bay 7 10 52 Newcastle City 7 4 46
Terrigal Avoca 13 1 3 0 1531 544 281.43% 56 Preliminary Newcastle City 15 13 103 Lake Macquarie 3 4 22
Lake Macquarie 10 1 6 0 1202 777 154.70% 44 Grand Newcastle City 16 5 101 The Entrance Bateau Bay 9 11 65
Singleton 10 1 6 0 1079 1045 103.25% 44
Muswellbrook 8 1 8 0 1229 895 137.32% 36
Warners Bay 7 1 9 0 841 880 95.57% 32
Cardiff 6 1 10 0 757 1186 63.83% 28
Nelson Bay 5 1 11 0 862 1129 76.35% 24
Maitland 5 1 11 0 734 999 73.47% 24
Wyong Lakes 3 1 13 0 607 1826 33.24% 16
Killarney Vale 1 1 15 0 502 1644 30.54% 8

2016 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Div 2 Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Muswellbrook 14 0 0 0 1866 380 491.05% 56 Elimination Warners Bay 5 5 35 Terrigal Avoca 3 12 30
The Entrance Bateau Bay 12 0 2 0 1286 443 290.29% 48 Qualifying The Entrance Bateau Bay 9 9 63 Newcastle City 7 4 46
Newcastle City 10 0 4 0 1394 446 312.56% 40 1st Semi Warners Bay 9 9 63 Newcastle City 6 9 45
Terrigal Avoca 10 0 4 0 1181 636 185.69% 40 2nd Semi Muswellbrook 8 12 60 The Entrance Bateau Bay 9 5 59
Warners Bay 7 0 7 0 673 1085 62.03% 28 Preliminary The Entrance Bateau Bay 22 11 143 Warners Bay 3 6 24
Gosford 6 0 8 0 823 1038 79.29% 24 Grand The Entrance Bateau Bay 7 10 52 Muswellbrook 5 6 36
Maitland 6 0 8 0 650 1213 53.59% 24
Nelson Bay 4 0 10 0 870 1089 79.89% 16
Singleton 3 0 11 0 663 1536 43.16% 12
Killarney Vale 3 0 11 0 488 1341 36.39% 12
Wyong Lakes 2 0 12 0 550 1237 44.46% 8

Black Diamond Women's football competition[edit]

2015 Ladder[edit]

A open age women's competition commenced in 2015. Initially starting with 6 teams the competition expanded to 10 the following year.

Black Diamond AFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Nelson Bay 13 0 1 0 761 95 801.05% 52 1st Semi Warners Bay 11 9 75 Lake Macquarie 1 1 7
Newcastle City 12 0 2 0 703 125 562.40% 48 2nd Semi Nelson Bay 7 7 49 Newcastle City 4 1 25
Warners Bay 8 0 6 0 480 311 154.34% 32 Preliminary Newcastle City 5 7 37 Warners Bay 4 6 30
Lake Macquarie 5 0 9 0 352 660 53.33% 20 Grand Newcastle City 4 5 29 Nelson Bay 1 1 7
Wyong Lakes 3 0 11 0 277 502 55.18% 12
Maitland 1 0 13 0 148 1028 14.40% 4

2016 Ladder[edit]

Black Diamond AFL Wins Byes Losses Draws For Against % Pts Final Team G B Pts Team G B Pts
Nelson Bay 15 0 0 0 968 141 686.52% 60 1st Semi Newcastle City 4 10 34 Cardiff 1 6 12
Gosford 12 0 3 0 1079 202 534.16% 48 2nd Semi Nelson Bay 7 12 54 Gosford 2 0 12
Newcastle City 12 0 3 0 941 197 477.66% 48 Preliminary Terrigal Avoca 16 11 107 Gosford 1 1 7
Cardiff 11 0 4 0 820 321 255.45% 44 Grand Nelson Bay 5 2 32 Newcastle City 3 11 29
Wyong Lakes 10 0 5 0 656 465 141.08% 40
Warners Bay 5 0 10 0 569 467 121.84% 20
Maitland 5 0 10 0 608 637 95.45% 20
Killarney Vale 3 0 12 0 352 798 44.11% 12
Lake Macquarie 2 0 13 0 318 969 32.82% 8
Singleton 0 0 15 0 13 2127 0.61% 0

Newcastle Central Coast Umpires Association[edit]

The Newcastle Central Coast Umpires Association provides umpires to the following competitions:

• Black Diamond AFL (Senior Football League on the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions);

• AFL Hunter Coast:

  • Central Coast Juniors (Junior Football League on the Central Coast)
  • Hunter Juniors (Junior Football League in the Newcastle and Hunter regions)

The NCCUA not only provides umpires to these competitions but provides training and support to these umpires.

The NCCUA trains at the following locations, starting at 6pm:

Tuesdays - Bateau Bay Sports Facility, Passage Road, Bateau Bay

Wednesday - Newcastle Number 1 Sportsground, Corner of Parry and Union Streets East Newcastle

The Newcastle Central Coast Umpires Association is led by President Jake Lowe, Vice President Nick Hickson, and a committee of several umpires.

The current BDAFL Umpire's Coach is Christine Burrows.

Christine works with AFL Hunter Coast Umpires Manager, Roy Reichert (NCCUA Life Member), on developing umpiring pathways from Junior to Senior Football.

There are also several people who assist both Christine and Roy in various coaching roles.

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