Saturday sports wrap-up: Newcastle Rugby, Newcastle Netball, Newcastle Rugby League, Black Diamond AFL, Northern NSW Football NPL
ON TARGET: Josh Murphy kicked three majors to help steer Cardiff to a comprehensive win over Nelson Bay in the Black Diamond preliminary final. Picture: Max Mason Hubers
BLACK DIAMOND AFLA free-running Cardiff stormed past Nelson Bay 16.13-109 to 7.6-48 in the preliminary final at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
Tom Yensch, Jack Lennon and Josh Murphy each kicked three goals in a dominant performance by the Hawks.
The Hawks progress to the grand final where they will meet minor premiers Terrigal Avoca.
Meanwhile, Newcastle City completed an unbeaten season when they beat defending champions Nelson Bay 10.11-71to 1.6-12in the women’s Black Diamond AFL grand final at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
City led 41-12 at half-time and smothered the Marlins’ attack in the third and fourth quarters.
Newcastle’s Erin White was named Best on Ground.
Newcastle RugbyHamilton came from 10-0 down to overpower a gallant Merewether 14-10 at Passmore Oval and seal a third straight minor premiership.
However, the bonus point for finishing within seven points was enough for the Greens to hang on to fifth.
Therew as late drama at Medowie where Nelson Bay were awarded a controversial penalty try to beat Lake 35-31.
In other games, Maitland out-muscled Wanderers 29-17 , Uni beat The Waratahs 57-33 to finish the season with three straight wins and Southern Beaches were too strong for Singleton 53-23at Rugby Park.
NEWCASTLE OPENNETBALLSouths Lions led all the way in a 52-37 win over BNC Whanau to progress to Newcastle open netball championship grand final.
The Lions will meet undefeated Wests Leagues Balance in the decider next Saturday.
NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUESouth Newcastle produced their best 80 minutes of the season to thrash Central 42-18at Townson Oval.
However, they remained in fifth place after Lakes United accounted for Cessnock 28-4 at Cahill Oval.
At Peackock Oval, Macquarie warmed up for the qualifying semi-final with a 44-22 victoryover Kurri Kurri.
Minor premiers Western Suburbs flexed their muscles with a 43-14 triumphover Maitland at Coronation Oval.
NORTHERN NSW FOOTBALL NPLLambton Jaffas defeated a 10-man Hamilton Olympic 2-1in the second leg of the semi-final at Darling Street Oval to win 4-2on aggregate and claim a berth in the grand final.
Jaffas entered the second leg with a 2-1 advantage but Hamilton scoredand went ahead on the away goals rule in the 64thminute when Andrew Swan scored.
However, teammate Daniel Bird was then sent off for a rude gesture at an opposition player, which sparked a minor scuffle straight after the goal.
Michael Sessions put Jaffas back ahead in the tie with an 80thminute header off a Nathan Morris corner.Pat Brown put the result beyond doubt with a strike inthe 87thminute.
Edgeworth beat Broadmeadow on penalties 3-1 after the second leg at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday night ended 2-1to Magic and 1-1 overall following extra-time.
Scott Pettit scored for Magicand Daniel McBreen levelled in extra-time for Edgeworth.