Nine Nelson Bay Marlins will line up for Black Diamond AFL in Saturday’s representative fixture against Sydney.
The Bay’s Jeremy Eddy, Todd Thornton and Luke Price will be part of the BDAFL men’s team looking to make it five wins in a row against Sydney AFL during Saturday’s representative round on the Central Coast.
Marlins Sophie Balcombe, Lauren Cooper, Pippa Smyth, Jemma Astley, Kate Holland and Lisa Steane will be part of the women’s team looking for their first win against Sydney.
After making their debut against AFL Canberra in 2016, this year’s Black Diamond women’s team will come up against an equally strong AFL Sydney side.
“The squad performed very well last year before going down to AFL Canberra,” Black Diamond women’s coach Simon Berry said.
“With a further 12 months experience I am expecting another good performance against a good AFL Sydney team.”
BDAFL’s strength is in their midfield.
Steane, Alison Parkin and Audrey Gillingham are expected to win many possessions and give the forward’s plenty of opportunities.
Smyth and Bec Ives will have a big job in the ruck to ensure the midfield gets first use of the football.
AFL Sydney's team will be talented given that they are made up of players who are members of the AFL NSW/ACT women’s academy.
BDAFL’s men will have a tough task extending their representative round results to five in a row, a fact not lost on coach Chris Bishop.
“Sydney AFL is regarded as the pinnacle league in the state and whoever pulls on the jumper for them will be a good player,” he said.
Bishop expected the match would likely be decided in the middle of the ground.
All teams in the regular Black Diamond AFL competition have the bye this weekend.
The women’s representative team will play first on Saturday, May 20.
Kick off at Adelaide St Oval, Killarney Vale, is noon.
The game will be live streamed by BarTV.
The men’s representative game will be played at Adelaide St Oval from 2.15pm.
The game will also be live streamed by BarTV.