Newcastle Dodgeball League

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Newcastle Dodgeball League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Newcastle Dodgeball League season
Newcastle Dodgeball League.jpg
Australian Dodgeball League Logo
SportDodgeball
Founded2013
No. of teams19
Country Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Gthundercolours.svg Belmont (1st title)
Official websitehttps://www.newcastledodgeball.com

The Newcastle Dodgeball League (NDL) is a professional dodgeball league in Australia, founded in 2014. The league is composed of 18 professional teams, which are divided between Hunter Valley conferences, the foremost of these being the Newcastle League and the Maitland League.[1][2]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Newcastle Dodgeball League was formed in 2014.[3] The league is played across two divisional zones, the Newcastle Conference and the Maitland Conference. The opening season of the league had 6 entrant clubs, and has since expanded to include 12 Newcastle-based clubs and 8 Maitland-based clubs.

The first season saw six teams contest the title in Newcastle: Hamilton, The Junction, Waratah, Wickham, Raymond Terrace and Stockton.[4] The Stockton club was the first organisation to be named as champions in the Newcastle league. Foundation clubs Hamilton, Waratah and Raymond Terrace still compete in the league, with Waratah claiming a championship in 2016,[5] and Hamilton going on to become the most successful club in the league with a record five championships.[6]

The Newcastle Dodgeball League is currently contesting its tenth season.[7]

Venues[edit]

Newcastle Dodgeball has held a number of venues over the year, with all conferences held in central venues rather than the traditional home and away system many other sports in the area operate with. The Newcastle Conference was first held at the Cooks Hill Indoor Sports Centre.[8] For the league's tenth season the organisation moved to Gateshead Indoors Sports Complex. The Maitland Conference is played at the Maitland Indoor Sports Centre.

Regular season[edit]

During the course of a season, each club plays each other side once. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss.[9] Teams are ranked by total points, then point difference. The top four teams on the competition ladder contest the league finals. The series sees 1st plays 2nd and 3rd play 4th. The winner of the major semi-final progresses to the grand final, while the loser of the major semi-final faces the winner of the minor semi-final in the preliminary final. The team that progress meet the major semi-final winner in the grand final and the winner of that game is crowned the major premier.

Leagues finals are played out as follows:

  Semi-Finals Preliminary Final Grand Final
                           
1 First Place -  
2 Second Place -         2 Winner of Major Semi-Final -
      1 Loser of Major Semi-final -   1 Winner of Preliminary Final -
  3 Winner of Minor Semi-final -  
3 Third Place -
4 Fourth Place -  

Rules[edit]

The Newcastle Dodgeball League plays by National Dodgeball League rules, as is the case for all professional dodgeball competitions.

Teams[edit]

Team Premierships Founded Website
Newcastle Dodgeball League
St. George colours.svg Hamilton Stags 5[10][11][12][13][14] 2013 Hamilton Official Team Website
Canberra colours.svg The Junction Panthers 0 2013 The Junction Official Team Website
Melbourne colours.svg Waratah Cobras 1[15] 2013 Waratah Official Team Site
Hullcolours.svg Wickham Warriors 0 2013 Wickham Official Team Site
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Raymond Terrace Raccoons 0 2013 Raymond Terrace Official Team Site
New Zealand colours.svg Stockton Hunters 1[16] 2013 Stockton Official Team Site
Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay Wizards 3[17][18][19] 2014 Warners Bay Official Team Site
Catalanscolours.svg Merewether Heights Dodgers 0 2014 Merewether Heights Official Team Site
Bullscolours.svg Cooks Hill Crusaders 0 2015 Cooks Hill Official Team Site
France colours.svg Mayfield Bulldogs 0 2016 Mayfield Official Team Site
Gthundercolours.svg Belmont Beavers 1[20] 2016 Belmont Official Team Site
Widnes colours.svg Kotara Kings 0 2018 Kotara Official Team Site
Brisbane colours.svg Bar Beach Boomers 0 2018 Bar Beach Official Team Site
Hullcolours.svg Shortland Scotch Fingers 0 2018 Shortland Official Team Site
Maitland Dodgeball League
Broncoscolours.png East Maitland Antelopes 0 2017 East Maitland Official Team Site
Faxcolours.svg Lochinvar Ducks 0 2017 Lochinvar Official Team Site
Sheffeagles colours.svg Thornton Turtles 2 2017 Thornton Official Team Site
Cruscolours.svg Kurri Kurri Cowboys 0 2017 Kurri Kurri Official Team Site
Oldhamcolours.svg Oakhampton Demons 0 2017 Oakhampton Official Team Site
Leigh colours.svg Maitland Vale Cougars 0 2017 Maitland Vale Official Team Site
Workingtoncolours.svg Pokolbin Penguins 0 2017 Pokolbin Official Team Site

Premiership winners[edit]

Season Grand Finals Minor Premiers
Finished first on premiership season ladder
Premiers Score Runners-up
S1: 2013 New Zealand colours.svg Stockton (1st) 10 – 8 St. George colours.svg Hamilton New Zealand colours.svg Stockton (34 pts)
S2: 2014 Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay (1st) 10 – 4 St. George colours.svg Hamilton New Zealand colours.svg Stockton (30 pts)
S3: 2014 Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay (2nd) 13 – 6 St. George colours.svg Hamilton Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay (32 pts)
S4: 2015 Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay (3rd) 12 – 7 Hullcolours.svg Wickham Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay (38 pts)
S5: 2015 Melbourne colours.svg Waratah (1st) 10 – 5 Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay Melbourne colours.svg Waratah (32 pts)
S6: 2016 St. George colours.svg Hamilton (1st) 10 – 5 Bullscolours.svg Cooks Hill St. George colours.svg Hamilton (24 pts)
S7: 2016 St. George colours.svg Hamilton (2nd) 10 – 5 Melbourne colours.svg Waratah St. George colours.svg Hamilton (34 pts)
S8: 2017 St. George colours.svg Hamilton (3rd) 12 – 2 Bullscolours.svg Cooks Hill St. George colours.svg Hamilton (36 pts)
S9: 2017 St. George colours.svg Hamilton (4th) 14 – 9 Melbourne colours.svg Waratah St. George colours.svg Hamilton (30 pts)
S10: 2018 St. George colours.svg Hamilton (5th) 11-6[21] Gthundercolours.svg Belmont St. George colours.svg Hamilton (39 pts)
S11: 2018 Gthundercolours.svg Belmont (1st) 8-6 St. George colours.svg Hamilton Hullcolours.svg Shortland (38 pts)

Players[edit]

NDL's Most Valuable[edit]

The Newcastle Dodgeball League's most valuable player is the team that earns the most Team of the Week appearances over the course of the regular season. Team of the Week appearances are voted on by all players in the league each round, with selections encompassing the six best players from all teams competing. This award was founded in the inaugural season as a way to honour the highest performing player across the season.

Year Winner Position Club
Season 1 Tim Leishman Centre New Zealand colours.svg Stockton
Season 2 Ryan Willcox Forward Cronulla colours.svg Warners Bay
Season 3 Harry Gibson Flanker St. George colours.svg Hamilton
Season 4 Sean Ryan Centre Hullcolours.svg Wickham
Season 5 Michael Knight Centre Melbourne colours.svg Waratah
Season 6 Isaac McIntyre Forward St. George colours.svg Hamilton
Season 7 Doug Byrne Forward St. George colours.svg Hamilton
Season 8 Benjamin McIntyre Flanker Bullscolours.svg Cooks Hill
Season 9 Harry Gibson Flanker St. George colours.svg Hamilton
Season 10 Peter Goldthorpe Centre Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Raymond Terrace[22]
Season 11 Emma Hawes Catcher Giantscolours.svg Bar Beach[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newcastle| Australian Dodgeball League". newcastledodgeball.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Maitland| Dodgeball League". newcastledodgeball.com. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ McGowan, Michael (2 April 2014). "The dodge squad stands ready for some hardball". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Six teams enter inaugural Newcastle Dodgeball League season". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Waratah claim first premiership in Season 5". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (2 March 2018). "Waratah-Hamilton classic ends in 6-all draw". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (2 March 2018). "Waratah-Hamilton classic ends in 6-all draw". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Nabo: What's On in Newcastle". nabo.com.au. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Newcastle Dodgeball League: Rules of Dodgeball". Newcastle Dodgeball League. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Hamilton down Cookers to lift first silverware". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Grand Final Founders Derby goes to Hamilton for two in a row". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Hamilton make history with third championship". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Unstoppable: Hamilton make it four". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  14. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (6 July 2018). "Hamilton extend dynasty with fifth league championship". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Waratahs claim first title after five season". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Stockton crowned debut champions in the NDL". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Stockton claim back-to-back premierships". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Warners Bay claim glory in debut season". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  19. ^ "The Bay stakes claim as top club in the league". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Belmont defeat Hamilton to claim maiden championship". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  21. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (6 July 2018). "Hamilton extend dynasty with fifth league championship". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  22. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (6 July 2018). "Hamilton extend dynasty with fifth league championship". Newcastle Star. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  23. ^ McIntyre, Isaac (2 November 2018). "Most Valuable Player crowned for Season 11". Newcastle Dodgeball. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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