The Terrigal Avoca Panthers have long been a dominant force in the Black Diamond Cup, and now the club’s AFL Hunter Central Coast Womens side is locking their eyes on the same prize – the end-of-year silverware in the grand final.
Their most recent result has seen them continue on that path, as they defeated Nelson Bay 13.15-93 to nil away from home to continue their undefeated run in 2019. So far they have downed every challenge they’ve faced, and sit on a 4-0 record after the opening five weeks.
Lethal goalkicker Morgan Ross was at the forefront of the Panthers assualt against the Marlins on the weekend, scoring five majors across all four quarters to add 20 points to the board. Her key contribution came early, as she notched two in the first quarter to set the tone for the travelling side.
Emily Bryant also had a strong shooting day against the Marlins, while Shirelle Altona scored a brace to add to the pile-on at Dick Burwell Oval. Darneka Rowe and Bronte Korsch also scored for Terrigal Avoca in the 93-point win.
Wyong Lakes clocked up a similar result to stay neck-and-neck with the Panthers, downing Singleton 168-nil. The Magpies slotted 24 majors in the match at Don Small Oval, and added another 24 behinds to the goal-scoring spree.
Aleece Williams starred in the scoring, notching seven for herself to take her season’s tally to 21 after just five rounds. Alana Nicholson and Rebecca Ives joined the majors tally with four apiece, while Sarah Ball chalked up a hat-trick in the 24.24-168 to nil win.
Also on the weekend, Cardiff travelled to face The Entrance Bateau Bay and recorded an 18.10-118 to 0.1-1 victory off the back of six for Minerva Bailey and five for Hayley Wright, while Warners Bay delivered a similar scoreline of 18.21-129 to nil against Port Stephens at Feighan Oval. Samantha Delaney slotted four for the Bulldogs.
Maitland also collected a triple digit scoreline, defeating Lake Macquarie 15.11-101 to nil. Jessie Burnham kicked nine majors at Max McMahon Oval, while Sarah Burns added a hat-trick of her own. Burnham’s nine takes her eleven clear of the next best in the race for the golden boot.
Finally, Newcastle City won out against Killarney Vale in a tight 5.3-33 to 2.3-15 battle that saw the Bombers fall to their first defeat of the season. Sarah Halvorsen kicked two for the Blues.
Muswellbrook’s match against Wallsend-West Newcastle was delayed due to wet weather on the weekend, while the Gosford Tigers had the round five bye.
STANDINGS: Wyong Lakes, Maitland, Terrigal Avoca (100%), Killarney Vale, Cardiff (80%), Wallsend-West Newcastle (66%), Newcastle City, Singleton (60%), Port Stephens, Gosford (25%), Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie (20%), Muswellbrook, Nelson Bay, The Entrance Bateau Bay (0%).