Newcastle City have cemented their legacy in the AFL Hunter Central Coast Women’s competition, claiming their third consecutive title with a 54-18 victory over Maitland at the No.1 Sportsground on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints were the first off the mark in the decider, with Maitland’s leading scorer Jessie Burnham continuing her sharpshooting tendencies with the opening major of the contest. Her goal was the only of the first quarter, giving Maitland a 6-2 lead.
City returned to the field with renewed vigour, and rep player of the year Molly Simpson fired Newcastle into the lead with the Blues’ first goal. Hannah Murdoch and Simone Wood were next to find their mark, and City led 23-6 at the half.
Burnham, alongside Leawanna O’Donoghue, stuck back for the Saints in the third, bringing the contest back to within just six points, but City’s second-quarter haul kept them in control heading into the final 15 minutes of the season.
There, Molly Simpson and Meaghan Macdonald combined for a hefty five goals to fire the match out of doubt, and put the Blues right in front of their third championship. Simpson ended the game with four majors in the 8.6-54 to 3.0-18 result.
The 36-point win marks the third time in a row City have lifted the women’s trophy at the Newcastle No.1 Sportsground. Their first two titles were won under Black Diamond AFL management, when they defeated the Marlins and the Magpies.
The Blues also won the first women’s competition in the region in 2015 against Nelson Bay, before falling to their regular finals rivals the Marlins in 2016 by just three points. They claimed revenge in 2017, winning 10.11-72 to 1.6-12.
The AFLHCC Women’s premiership is expected to return in March, 2020.