Club debuts and goal hauls were the flavour of the opening round as the Black Diamond Women’s season kicked off for 2018.

With many new rosters taking time to gel, a number of the opening matches were lopsided, including the old rivalry at Hillsborough Oval.

Newcastle City Novas downed the Cardiff Hawks 10.14.74 to 1.1.7, but the scoreline didn’t represent the on-field contest.

With a number of new recruits, the Lady Hawks took time to find their rhythm on the day, and kept Newcastle to just four goals in the first half of the contest.

City kept the Hawks scoreless however, with the home side finding their first goal of the season off the boot of young recruit Arizona Cross.

Kailee Goodwin and Taylah Smith both scored doubles, and Meaghan Macdonald added two in the dying minutes of the match to bring City’s tally to 10.

Taylah Smith, Anna Ralston, Audrey Gillingham and Tahlia Doherty were named best for the Novas in the win, while Sheree Vukovich, Faith Lewis, Abbey Cooksley and lone goalscorer Arizona Cross earned the honours for the Hawks.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Wyong Lakes recorded their first ever win over Gosford with a 10.6.68 to 2.1.13 victory at Don Small Oval.

Most notably, Lakes’ Alexandra Pearce shone upon her return from the injury that prematurely ended her 2017, while Aleece Williams had key impact through her massive six goal haul.

Feighan Park played hosted to a tight battle between Warners Bay and Killarney Vale, with the Bombers claiming the spoils by just 9 points as the match ended 7.8.50 to 6.5.41.

Although the Bulldogs walked away with the defeat on the weekend, the return of player-coach Tracey Baker, and her four goals, will provide a strong point to start their 2018 season. Georgia Butler and Chelsea Dawson both kicked doubles for the Bombers in their win.