Cardiff’s Aaron WivellAn under-strength Cardiff recovered from the loss of defender Julian Clements to fight back andbeat Newcastle City 10.6(76) to 9.16 (70) in Black Diamond AFL on Saturday.
The Hawks trailed at every break at No.1 Sportsground in the round six game but booted three goals in the third term to close to 65-60 down at three-quarter time.
They then sneaked home two goals to nil in the last quarter as City kicked five behinds to cap a poor day in front of goals.
The result left second-placed Cardiff eight points clear of City with five wins and one loss this season.
Aaron Wivell finished with three goals for Cardiff, while David Graan and Beau Heeney had two each.
Hawks coach Nathan Harkness was proud of the effort from his side, especially given the loss of Clements in the third quarter when he hit the fence heavily and was stretchered from the field. He was taken to hospital to be assessed.
Harkness said Clements was pushed into the fence,and he was disappointed there was no action taken by the umpires.
However, the coach was full of praise for his side’s effort without players like Cam Jones, Brandt Job,Tom Yensch and Liam Gibson.
“It was a very good win,” Harkness said.
“The boys are believing in themselves and our processes and it was a gutsy win because we had some good players out, although they did too.
“I thought Trent Thompson on the wing was outstanding. He’s come a long way. We’ve found the right position for him and he’s thriving in it.
“Graan was good in the forward pocket and when we moved him into the middle. Beau Heeney was good in his third game back. He’s not footy fit yet but he gives us that bit of class.”
He said Simon O’Brien and Marcus Deleur were also impressive, while Wivell was again strong up front.”
Cameron Keast and Max Quinlan booted two goals each for City.
Terrigal Avoca remained unbeaten leaders with a 12.12 (84) to8.4(52) win over Killarney Vale at Adelaide St Oval. Mark Skuse kicked four goals for the Panthers andBeau Cubillo matched him for Killarney Vale.
Nelson Bay defeated Warners Bay11.21(87) to8.5(53) at Dick Burwell Oval with three goals each fromTodd Thornton and Tim Divall.
JimNewburn finished with three goals for Warners Bay, who remained last and winless.Continue Reading →