SHINING superstars, strong control and a deep-seeded pedigree for Newcastle City prevailed as they marched to a late-game victory over Wyong Lakes in the Black Diamond AFL Womens grand final.
The Stars overcame a physical opening three quarters from the Magpies and minimal scoring opportunities to claim a 5.10.40 to 1.1.7 win at No.1 Sportsground, with leading club kicker Sarah Halvorsen slotting a double.
Halvorsen was joined on the score-sheet by Kristel Gavenlock and Stephanie Miniter, while Player of the Final Tayla Braithwaite claimed the team’s fifth major of the afternoon.
While the Stars eventually emerged 33 point victors in the title fight, it was a slow-paced grand final played on the Magpies’ terms – Wyong Lakes have become one of the strongest defensive outfits in the competition in August’s elimination rounds.
Emily Bohan and Sarah Ball both stood tall for the Magpies as they kept the Stars’ lethal forwards at bay for much of the match, including allowing just two goals in the opening half for Halvorsen and Gavenlock.
The final quarter proved key, as Halvorsen struck again alongside Miniter and Braithwaite.
Rebecca Ives was the lone scorer for Wyong Lakes, as she was gifted a free major off a moment of confusion from the Stars, resulting in a marching 50 all the way to in front of the sticks.
Newcastle City’s 2018 title is their third in four years, and has cemented them as the dominant force of the opening campaigns of the Hunter’s newest womens top comp.
The Black Diamond AFL Womens competition will return in March with the annual women’s gala day.
Further information in relation to upcoming changes announced by AFL NSW/ACT and AFL Hunter Coast will also be released before the end of 2018. More to be announced.